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  • Recalls this week: smoke alarms, space heaters

    More than 150,000 smoke alarms that can fail to alert consumers when a fire occurs are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include potentially faulty space heaters. Here's a more detailed view: SMOKE ALARMS DETAILS: ESL and Interlogix brand 400/500 series smoke detectors...

  • Scott won't reinstate acquitted Miami Lakes mayor

    MIAMI (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott says he won't reinstate Michael Pizzi as mayor of Miami Lakes despite his acquittal on federal corruption charges because the office is already occupied. Miami Lakes voters elected Wayne Slaton mayor in an October 2013 special election held after Pizzi was indicted...

  • IRS failed to do background checks on contractors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS failed to do background checks on some private contractors who handled confidential taxpayer information, exposing more than a million taxpayers to an increased risk of fraud and identity theft, a government investigator said Thursday. In one case, the IRS gave a...

  • Edison penalized $24.5 million over 2011 windstorm

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — State regulators voted Thursday to penalize Southern California Edison $24.5 million for safety violations uncovered after a 2011 windstorm left 440,000 customers without lights and a power line failure electrocuted three family members. The California Public Utilities...

  • OSHA: Flammables put in factory oven before blast

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Pennsylvania factory, killing a visiting employee, federal workplace safety officials said. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed the...

  • What the U.S. Marshals Service spent millions on may surprise you

    Poker chips, golf towels, yo-yos and teddy bears, for starters, according to documents newly made public.

  • EXography: Americans revile Congress --- but keep re-electing incumbents over and over

    It's the most inexplicable paradox in politics: Americans revile Congress and its inhabitants, yet are voting the same individuals into office far longer than at any time in the nation's history.

  • $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.

  • Attorney general: NYC taxi drivers to get $1.3M

    NEW YORK (AP) — The state attorney general says New York City cabbies will receive over $1.3 million in restitution from a taxi company that violated workplace protections. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday that Yellow Cab SLS Jet Management Corp. also has agreed to pay $125,000...

  • Financial coordinator in Houston guilty of fraud

    HOUSTON (AP) — A financial coordinator at a Houston clinic who used another person's name and Social Security number to get the job faces up to 25 years in prison for fraud. Prosecutors say 36-year-old Simone Nicole Gary of Houston applied for financial grants for kidney dialysis patients and...

  • 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...



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