More Accountability Articles

  • Ethics watchdog to become Democratic lapdog: report

    Politico's Ken Vogel reports Thursday that Citizens for Responsibilty and Ethics in Washington has been taken over by conservative attack dog-turned-Democratic lapdog David Brock and will likely become part of his partisan operation.

  • $48 million settlement OK'd in Louisiana sinkhole

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has granted final approval of a $48.1 million class-action settlement for Louisiana residents affected by a 37-acre sinkhole that opened two years ago has been swallowing land ever since. U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey said Wednesday there were no objections...

  • Connecticut nuclear plant had 3 safety violations

    WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal inspectors cited the state's nuclear plant on Tuesday for three minor safety violations, including a worker who inhaled radioactive material. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it found three violations of "very low safety significance" in a quarterly...

  • Those at the front lines of junk-food food stamp purchases rail at USDA secrecy

    Information on how many food stamp dollars are redeemed at which stores has long been deemed a "trade secret" by a U.S. Department of Agriculture that critics believe views large retailers, not taxpayers, as its clientele.

  • DEA improperly paid $854,460 for passenger lists

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration paid an Amtrak employee hundreds of thousands of dollars over two decades to obtain confidential information it could have gotten for free, according to internal investigators at the railroad. According to a report released Monday by...

  • NY judge to encourage settlements of GM lawsuits

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge told lawyers on Monday he'll encourage settlements in lawsuits brought on behalf of nearly 1,000 plaintiffs against General Motors for defective ignition switches. U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman told dozens of lawyers at a hearing that he'll be careful not...

  • Barneys to pay $525,000 in shopper-profiling probe

    NEW YORK (AP) — Barneys has agreed to pay $525,000 to resolve allegations that minorities were singled out as suspected shoplifters at its flagship store, part of a spate of racial profiling complaints against major retailers last year. Barneys shoppers and ex-employees complained that...

  • US agency moves slowly on investigation requests

    DETROIT (AP) — People are waiting longer than they should for an answer when they petition the government to open an investigation into what could be serious safety problems. The Associated Press reviewed all 15 petitions filed by drivers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...

  • Report criticizes US over Afghan civilian deaths

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. failed to properly investigate civilian killings, including possible war crimes, which occurred during its military operations in Afghanistan, the international rights group Amnesty International said Monday. NATO said it investigates all credible reports of...

  • Military families complain as personal cars go missing

    A surprise change in Pentagon contractors is causing headaches for rank-and-file military personnel and their families on the move this summer: The new company hired to move their personal cars isn't doing a good job, some say.

  • Illinois postal worker gets probation in theft case

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A St. Louis woman has been sentenced to six months of home detention as part of five years of probation for opening and stealing packages while working as a supervisor at a southwestern Illinois post office. Forty-two-year-old Jane Johanna Emily, who's also known as...

  • GM issues 6 more recalls covering 312,000 vehicles

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors on Friday issued six more recalls totaling more than 312,000 vehicles as the company cleans up past safety issues. The recalls in North America pushed GM's total for the year to 66, covering just over 29 million cars and trucks. That beats the company's old...

  • Utility to pay $12M over massive 2011 blackout

    EL CENTRO, Calif. (AP) — The customer-owned electric utility serving Southern California's Imperial Valley will pay a $12 million civil penalty in a vast power outage three years ago. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced the settlement with the Imperial Irrigation District on...

  • GM issues third recall on SUVs that can catch fire

    General Motors' troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire. The problem, revealed in documents posted by federal safety regulators this week, is so serious that...

  • US safety agency probes Can-Am motorcycle fires

    DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are investigating two reports of fires in Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles. The probe covers about 52,000 motorcycles from the 2008 through 2014 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted Friday that the...



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