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  • 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...

  • Andrew Cuomo again defends handling of corruption probe

    FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo traveled to Long Island on Wednesday to promise help for homeowners after Superstorm Sandy and ended up dealing with a tempest of a different kind: allegations that his office meddled with an anti-corruption commission. The Democrat again...

  • US science group to study sexism at one of the most popular websites in the world

    Wikipedia may be sexist â€" and the federal government intends to spend more than $200,000 to find out why.

  • Bribery case kicks off vs. Utah attorneys general

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two former Utah attorneys general made their first appearance as criminal defendants Wednesday, vowing to beat a slew of bribery charges and other counts. Between the two, Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow spent nearly 13 years running Utah's top law enforcement office....

  • Lawyer sues GM on behalf of 658 plaintiffs

    DETROIT (AP) — A Texas lawyer has filed a lawsuit against General Motors on behalf of 658 people who were injured or killed in crashes allegedly caused by faulty ignition switches. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan in New York City names 29 people who were killed in...

  • 40 NY tax preparers never filed personal returns

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has suspended the licenses of 40 tax preparers who state authorities say never filed their own returns in 2011 and 2012. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Wednesday that the disciplinary actions are part of the state's effort to regulate the tax preparation industry....



From the Weekly Standard

  • Nobody’s Fault

    All of a sudden, people have noticed that we are in trouble, and many are saying it isn’t the president’s fault. All the bad news, from Iraq to Ukraine, from Libya and Syria to the Mexican border,...

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  • A Privileged Press?

    After nearly four years of procedural delay, the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling is set to open shortly. Sterling was indicted at the end of 2010 for leaking information about a...

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    On August 15, a grand jury in Travis County, Texas, shocked the Lone Star State when it handed up an indictment of Governor Rick Perry, a likely candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in...

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