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  • New York construction firms accused of safety scam

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two construction safety companies dispatched cooks, hairdressers, bellhops and musicians to sign off as licensed safety experts — one of them dead — on inspections at dozens of high-rise sites, authorities said Wednesday. Flouting a city law that requires a private-sector...

  • Groups want to see Montana judge's racist emails

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A group of American Indians wants a court to preserve and eventually release an investigative file containing inappropriate emails sent by a federal judge, including a racist message involving President Barack Obama. Two Indian advocacy groups from Montana and South...

  • Lawsuit: Inmate tried to buy influence in prison

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former driver and personal assistant to imprisoned hedge-fund founder Raj Rajaratnam says he was asked to help funnel money from his boss to other inmates at a federal prison in Massachusetts. The allegations are contained in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed June...

  • NY state senator indicted; accused of lying to FBI

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Top ranking New York state Sen. Thomas Libous pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge that he lied to the FBI about using his position to arrange a legal job and an inflated salary for his son. An indictment unsealed Tuesday alleges that the Binghamton Republican...

  • Graco gives in, agrees to recall infant car seats

    DETROIT (AP) — Graco Children's Products is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats, bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators, in what is now the largest seat recall in American history. The recall, announced Tuesday, comes after a five-month spat between Graco and the National Highway...

  • Regulators accuse T-Mobile of bogus billing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — T-Mobile US knowingly made hundreds of millions of dollars off its customers in potentially bogus charges, federal regulators alleged Tuesday in the first lawsuit of its kind against a wireless provider. The lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission, which fueled a separate...

  • Recalls raise questions about ignition switches

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors issued a new round of recalls for faulty ignition switches this week, but the company says the problem is different than the ignition switch defect that sparked recalls in February. At the same time, Chrysler is recalling vehicles for a similar ignition switch...

  • New recalls and questions about auto parts safety

    DETROIT (AP) — The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry. GM's safety crisis deepened dramatically Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles in North America to its...

  • Va. lawmaker indicted on charges related to teen

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia legislator was indicted Monday on charges that he had an improper sexual relationship with a teenage girl, accusations the Democratic lawmaker denied and pledged to fight. According to a special prosecutor's statements in court papers, state Del. Joseph D....

  • GM won't limit ignition switch crash compensation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney overseeing General Motors' compensation to victims of small-car crashes says there's no limit to what the company will pay, provided the crashes were caused by faulty ignition switches. The tally could climb into billions of dollars. GM links 13 deaths to...

  • Recalls This Week: wine openers, bicycles

    A line of devices used to puncture a hole in a wine bottle cork are being recalled because they can cause the bottle to burst or crack. Other consumer products recalled this week include faulty bicycles and air conditioning systems with improper grounding. Here's a more detailed look: WINE...

  • Checkered progress on disabled care despite ruling

    Brent Kaderli has a wheelchair-accessible van waiting in the driveway, a hospital bed in a spare bedroom and an electric lift that's left unused. If the 30-year-old quadriplegic had his way, he'd be living here, in his father's house, with help from aides. Instead, he is in an institution,...

  • GOP lawmaker wants governor to testify on program

    CHICAGO (AP) — A vocal Republican lawmaker called Wednesday for Gov. Pat Quinn to testify before a legislative commission over a scandal-plagued anti-violence program the same day a published report showed the Quinn initiative gave money to a nonexistent program that claimed to help former...

  • You won't believe where EPA employees are pooping

    The Supreme Court's Monday ruling on greenhouse gas regulation may be the primary topic of conversation at the Environmental Protection Agency, but this is a close No. 2.

  • US weighs lawsuits on alleged insurance kickbacks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is considering whether to sue banks and other mortgage servicers to recover its losses from alleged insurance kickbacks that may have cost government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac hundreds of millions of dollars, according to an internal...



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