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  • Ex-BP exec can be tried on obstruction charge

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP executive can be tried on a charge that he obstructed a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill, a federal appeals court in New Orleans said in a ruling posted Monday. The case involves allegations that David Rainey failed to disclose...

  • GM issues 3 more recalls covering 474,000 vehicles

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors extended its record-breaking string of safety problems, announcing Friday three more recalls, including a large one involving its top-selling vehicle. The recalls, part of a top-to-bottom safety review, bring the company's total for the year to 48, covering more...

  • IRS failed to tell federal court of lost Lois Lerner emails

    Internal Revenue Service officials will have to explain to a federal judge July 10 why the tax agency didn't inform the court that Lois Lerner's emails had been lost.

  • 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...

  • Bay Area postal inspector charged with mail theft

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A San Jose postal inspector has been arrested and charged with stealing and destroying mail. A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District court earlier this week said alleges that Quan Pham Howard stole gift cards, prescription pills, silver and copper bars, passports,...

  • 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,...

  • Doctors indicted for alleged health care fraud

    GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Two doctors who owned and operated pain management clinic have been indicted on charges of health care fraud. A 16-count indictment against 60-year-old Paramjit Singh Ajrawat and his wife, 56-year-old Sukhveen Kaur Ajrawat of Potomac was returned Tuesday by a grand jury...

  • GM recalling nearly 29,000 Cruzes to fix air bags

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling more than 29,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars because metal parts in the air bag assemblies can hit the driver and passengers if the bags are inflated. The cars, from the 2013 and 2014 model years, were built with an incorrect baffle, and that...

  • Ex-NYC councilman's conviction in jeopardy

    NEW YORK (AP) — The conviction of a New York City councilman serving a five-year prison sentence may be in jeopardy after a federal appeals court launched a probe Thursday to see whether spectators were improperly excluded from his trial. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asked the trial...

  • Chicago man arrested for impersonating US marshal

    CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Chicago man has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a U.S. Marshals Service employee. Thirty-seven-year-old Robert P. Rozycki was arrested Wednesday by deputy U.S. marshals. He is charged with two felony counts of impersonating a U.S. Marshals...

  • 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...

  • Education Dept. removes tweet with movie scene

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department on Wednesday apologized for a tweet that depicted a scene from the movie "Bridesmaids" with the words "Help me. I'm poor" imprinted on it as part of an effort to get students to apply for federal aid. "If this is you, then you better fill out your...

  • Amidst crisis, CFPB quietly offers legal services to worried managers

    Several weeks after a top whistleblower testified of widespread discrimination and retaliation at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, agency officials quietly moved to reimburse its managers for legal counsel and offer legal protections, the Washington Examiner has learned. The new CFPB...

  • Top OPM officials routinely use set-aside contracting to circumvent rules, IG says

    High-ranking officials in the Office of Personnel Management steered half a million dollars to a politically connected management consultant by pressuring existing contractors to hire him as a subcontractor, the agency's inspector general found.

  • State Department going online to counter terrorism messages

    The State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications has hired a contractor to provide it with six staffers to conduct "a digital English-language campaign designed to counter propaganda by al Qaeda and other extremist groups" outside the U.S.



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