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  • Two charged in $70 million Florida 'virtual concierge' fraud

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two South Florida men are facing fraud charges in an alleged $70 million scheme using investments in so-called "virtual concierge" machines that operate in retail stores. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 49-year-old Joseph Signore and 56-year-old Paul...

  • Secret Service agents reassigned after incidents

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service has reassigned agents from its special operations division, including the top agent there, after a pair of embarrassing incidents earlier this year. The division has also changed the rules about when agents are allowed to drink before duty and on...

  • Gov't: GM missed deadline for faulty switch data

    DETROIT (AP) — A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a letter to GM on Tuesday...

  • CVS settles SEC investigation for $20 million

    CVS Caremark has finalized a $20 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over accusations that the company misled investors and used improper accounting to boost its performance several years ago. The drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager had announced the...

  • House panel calls on Commerce inspector general to fire officials who forced 'gag clause' on whistleblowers

    Federal inspectors general are supposed to protect whistleblowers, but a House panel has accused Department of Commerce Inspector General Todd Zinser of doing the opposite.

  • US jury hits Takeda, Eli Lilly with $9B penalty

    TOKYO (AP) — A U.S. jury ordered Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and its U.S. counterpart, Eli Lilly and Co., to pay $9 billion in punitive damages over a diabetes medicine linked to cancer. The drug companies said Tuesday they will "vigorously challenge" the decision. The U.S...

  • EXography: Globe-trotting honchos spend big on FMCS' dime

    Odds are good that wherever the words "labor" or "arbitration" are mentioned at meetings around the world, somebody from the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will be there.

  • Delayed tests, inadequate care linked to 23 cancer patient deaths at Veterans Affairs hospitals

    Delays in cancer screenings contributed to as many as 23 patient deaths at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide, according to an agency document. Another 53 patients suffered some type of harm as a result of improper care related to gastrointestinal cancer testing or treatment,...

  • FTC says operators of jerk.com deceived consumers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission says the operators of a website called Jerk.com are the ones behaving badly. The commission said Monday the website harvested personal information from Facebook to create profiles labeling people a "Jerk" or "not a Jerk". Jerk allegedly charged...

  • Educational program executives sentenced for exposing high school students to asbestos

    FRESNO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Two former executives from a now-defunct nonprofit organization were sentenced to prison on Monday for exposing as many as 80 Merced County high school students to asbestos in an attempt to cut corners in asbestos removal. Patrick Bowman and Rudy Buendia III...

  • Prison on lockdown after weapons, alcohol found

    Illinois' biggest maximum-security prison remained on lockdown for a second day Saturday after corrections officers uncovered an inmate cache of more than a dozen crude weapons, gallons of homemade alcohol and hoards of juice and sugar used to make the liquor.

  • California lawmakers propose reforms to regain public trust

    A series of scandals that has tarnished the integrity of the state Legislature has prompted a wave of proposals aimed at strengthening political ethics and reforming laws governing campaign contributions.

  • Report: Government files lacking for $6 billion in contracts

    A government investigation has found that the State Department has incomplete files or is missing files for more than $6 billion in contracts over the last six years.

  • Angry families want GM prosecuted for defects

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade — and perhaps for covering them up. "The only way the public is going to be...

  • Congressional leaders call for ouster of failing Veterans Affairs executives, but not of Secretary Eric Shinseki

    House Speaker John Boehner said top officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs should be fired for failing to do their jobs, but stopped short of calling for the ouster of Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki during a news conference Thursday. When asked directly whether Shinseki needs to be...



From the Weekly Standard

  • The Closing of the Academic Mind

    From Brandeis on the Atlantic to Azusa on the Pacific, an iron curtain has descended across academia. Behind that line lie all the classrooms of the ancient schools of America. Wesleyan, Brown,...

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  • Why Not an Open Convention?

    When the Republican National Committee adopted a new primary calendar in January, few people fully thought through the impact. Successfully and necessarily fighting the last war, Chairman Reince...

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  • NATO Is Still the Answer

    The continuing Ukraine crisis raises both a critical “what if?” question and a pressing policy issue. What if, in April 2008, the Europeans had not rejected President Bush’s proposal to...

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