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  • Historic deal for Corps dam pollution

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For the first time in its history, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways in a groundbreaking legal settlement that could have broad implications for the Corps' hundreds of dams nationwide. The...

  • Community Health paying $98M to settle US claims

    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Community Health Systems Inc. has agreed to pay $98 million to settle federal claims of improper billing by the hospital company. The Justice Department and Community Health announced the settlement Monday. The government alleges that the company admitted patients to the...

  • AIG to pay $960M to settle shareholder lawsuits

    NEW YORK (AP) — American International Group Inc. said Monday it has agreed to pay $960 million to settle shareholder claims that the company misled investors. The settlement stems from several class-action lawsuits claiming that AIG executives gave false and misleading information about the...

  • US sent Latin youth undercover in anti-Cuba ploy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fernando Murillo was typical of the young Latin Americans deployed by a U.S. agency to work undercover in Cuba. He had little training in the dangers of clandestine operations — or how to evade one of the world's most sophisticated counter-intelligence services. Their...

  • NY investigates mortgage firm's insurance deals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New York's top financial regulator said Monday he will investigate whether the nation's largest overseer of subprime mortgages, Ocwen Financial Corp., overcharged struggling homeowners on insurance. In a letter Monday, New York Financial Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky said...

  • Firm running California federal charity drive misspent millions in donations, including buying a house

    At least half of the $4 million in expenses claimed by the California arm of the federal government's workplace charity campaign was spent on inappropriate or unknown items, according to a government watchdog report.

  • Ex-banker sentenced in NY insider trading case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former investment banker who admitted making trades based on inside information to cover child support was sentenced on Friday on securities fraud charges to 2 1/2 years in prison. Frank Perkins Hixon Jr., 55, was sentenced in federal court in Manhattan by Judge Ronnie Abrams....

  • Recalls this week: bicycles, aquarium heaters

    A line of bicycles with a faulty front wheel and light fixture lenses that can shatter are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include aquarium heaters and welding torch handles. Here's a more detailed look: BICYCLES DETAILS: 20-inch Avigo "Turn N Burn" youth bicycles with...

  • Hyundai recalls more than 419K vehicles

    DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai is recalling more than 419,000 cars and SUVs to fix suspension, brake and oil leak problems. The biggest of three recalls posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators is of 225,000 Santa Fe SUVs from 2001-2006 to replace front coil springs that can rust and crack in...

  • GAO opens new probe of CFPB 'toxic workplace' charges

    Officials at the Government Accountability Office are launching an investigation into charges of workplace discrimination and retaliation at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

  • Report: Secrecy enveloped Bay Bridge construction

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Senior officials who oversaw construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly and deliberately brushed off criticism about construction problems and sought to keep information secret as part of an "institutionalized, if...

  • Former Army official guilty in bribery scheme

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former Army contracting official has pleaded guilty to accepting cash and vacations in return for helping businesses get millions in federal contracts. In Seon Lim pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Virginia to accepting more than $490,000 in benefits,...

  • Panel wants TEPCO execs charged over nuke crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese judicial panel has recommended that three former executives of the utility that operates the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant face criminal charges over their role in the disaster. A document released by the panel on Thursday showed it voted in favor of indicting...

  • Ohio: 2nd fine levied against prison food vendor

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state on Wednesday announced a second fine against the private vendor that took over the job of feeding inmates last year as the company defended its operations before a prisons oversight committee. The $130,200 fine against Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional...

  • Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say. The yearlong...



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