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  • Lawmakers pass ethics reform following scandals

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers marked the end of the legislative session early Saturday by approving two political reform bills aimed at addressing a string of scandals, including the arrest of two state senators on federal corruption charges. Political transparency,...

  • ACORN-linked groups may profit in Bank of America settlement

    Congress banned federal funding for ACORN in 2009 after years of allegations of misuse and corruption, but many of its local chapters reorganized under new names and continued their previous operations.

  • Morgan professor gets 3 years for grant fraud

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A professor at Morgan State University has been sentenced to three years in prison for fraudulently obtaining research grants from the National Science Foundation. Forty-seven-year-old Manoj Kumar Jha of Severn was also ordered to pay $105,726 in restitution at sentencing...

  • Feds investigate Idaho Medicaid contractor

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials are investigating a contractor Idaho selected to oversee its Medicaid behavioral health program for possibly violating patient-privacy laws. In a collaborative report from the Idaho Statesman and Boise State Public Radio (http://bit.ly/1pqUk0O ), health...

  • Recalls this week: laptop power cords, helmets

    Nearly 6 million laptop power cords that can overheat and start a fire are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include potentially faulty helmets and bunk beds. Here's a more detailed view: LAPTOP POWER CORDS DETAILS: Power cords that came with HP and Compaq laptops and mini...

  • Feds critical of California twin tunnel project

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A pair of giant water diversion tunnels proposed for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta could violate the federal Clean Water Act and increase harm to endangered fish species, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which released its formal comment on the...

  • Chief in $800M fraud gets 20 years prison

    MIAMI (AP) — The man who masterminded an $800 million insurance scam that fleeced tens of thousands of investors in one of Florida's all-time largest fraud schemes was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola gave Joel Steinger, 64, credit for pleading guilty to...

  • Some IGs slow to publicize whistleblower rights and protections

    Official watchdogs at three federal agencies are doing a poor job of spreading the word about the rights and protections available to federal employees who blow the whistle on waste, fraud and corruption.

  • USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than...

  • Washington Examiner's Mark Flatten receives American Legion's Fourth Estate Award

    Flatten was recognized for his 2013 series, "Making America's Heroes Wait."

  • Rand Paul argues U.S. actions led to rise of ISIS

    Sen. Rand Paul argued Wednesday that the U.S. is partly responsible for the rise of ISIS, an argument that is sure to roil the Republican Party's ongoing debate over foreign policy ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.

  • USPS leases 10k trailers but can't track them or confirm their receipt

    U.S. Postal Service officials spent more than $39 million leasing trailers last year, but they have no way of tracking their locations or even confirming that they exist, according to a government watchdog.

  • Frequent frankers in Congress face tough re-election fights

    A Washington Examiner analysis of congressional spending accounts found millions of tax dollars being spent on what amounts to free advertising for House members.

  • SEC adopts rules on loan-backed securities

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators on Wednesday voted to require financial firms that sell securities backed by loans, like the kind that fueled the 2008 financial crisis, to give investors details on borrowers' credit records and income. The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the...

  • Report: FBI official used 'poor judgment' in suit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former leader of the FBI's Milwaukee field office used "extremely poor judgment" in trying to influence the testimony of a subordinate in a disability discrimination lawsuit, according to a Justice Department inspector general report issued Wednesday. The report concerns a...



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