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Louisiana gov asks Congress for $2B for flood recovery
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Friday appealed to Congress to approve $2 billion in aid for his state        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Hurricane Katrina Federal government of the United States United States United States Congress Flood Tropical cyclone Federal Emergency Management Agency Louisiana
Christie orders flags to half-staff on 9/11
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has ordered flags at state government buildings lowered to half-staff on Sept. 11 in memory of those killed in the terrorist attacks. In his executive order, the Republican says almost 700 New Jerseyans were among the nearly 3,000 who perished 15 years ago. ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | President of the United States Federal government of the United States State U.S. state Government New Jersey Washington D.C. Sovereign state
Two North Carolina men arrested for hacking into U.S. government accounts
Ed AdamczykALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Two members of a hacking group called "Crackas With Attitude" were arrested and charged with breaking into U.S. government computer accounts and systems.
8 points by UPI | United Press International International News Service News World Communications William Randolph Hearst Federal government of the United States United Kingdom News agency
VW engineer pleads guilty to diesel emissions scandal
James Liang reportedly developed a defeat device for a Volkswagen Jetta diesel car        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Volkswagen Volkswagen Group Federal Bureau of Investigation United States Department of Justice Porsche Audi Federal government of the United States Diesel engine
Spokesman: Driver shot at US-Mexico border remains alive
NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - A federal government spokesman says truck driver remains alive after being shot and wounded by officers and a Border Patrol agent at an Arizona port of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border. Customers and Border Protection says the truck driver was shot Thursday at the Mariposa crossing ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | English-language films Arizona Federal government of the United States American films Truck Washington D.C.
Federal audit rips Nevada’s Hardest Hit Fund contractor for ‘culture of waste and abuse’
Millions of dollars meant to help distressed Nevada homeowners stay in their homes at the height of the recession were squandered by a Nevada contractor on excessive rent, holiday parties, employee gift cards and other lavishness.
166 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Las Vegas metropolitan area Nevada Mercedes-Benz Carson City Nevada Las Vegas Nevada Clark County Nevada Federal government of the United States U.S. state
Letter: Volinsky is a fighter
Volinsky is a fighterBack in the days when it seemed like a fool’s errand to take on the school funding issue in this “local control”-obsessed state, one man stepped into the breach. Andru Volinsky spent literally thousands of hours spearheading the Claremont school funding suit, fending off a hosti...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Separation of powers U.S. state State School New Hampshire Federal government of the United States United States Constitution United States
Ex-Texas driver's license worker took bribes, gets 18 months
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A former Texas Department of Public Safety worker must serve 18 months in prison for accepting bribes to help people in the U.S. illegally get a driver's license. Jose A. Ytuarte (ee-TWAHR'-tay) was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge in San Antonio. Ytuarte in March pleaded ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | English-language films Texas Time Judge Jury Barbra Streisand Federal government of the United States Lawyer
Senate considers making a short pre-election session even shorter
The most optimistic timeline could have senators finishing up their work by late next week, more than two weeks before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.
284 points by The Washington Post | Mitch McConnell United States Senate United States Congress Republican Party Harry Reid Federal government of the United States National Republican Senatorial Committee Party leaders of the United States Senate
Goldman Sachs bans employee donations to Trump’s election campaign
Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs has changes its regulations prohibiting top employees from making political contributions to now include the campaign of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, reports online magazine Politico. Read Full Article at RT.com
506 points by Russia Today | President of the United States Political action committee George W. Bush United States Senate Democratic Party Federal government of the United States Goldman Sachs Bill Clinton
After months behind bars, the face of the armed Oregon occupation goes on trial
For weeks in Oregon’s rugged backcountry, the two brothers were the face of the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge —  two men dressed in flannel and cowboys hats with copies of the Constitution jammed in their breast pockets. Now Ammon and Ryan Bundy — behind bars since the occupation wound...
1011 points by Los Angeles Times | Federal government of the United States United States Constitution United States Congress U.S. state United States federal courts Government of the United States United States Law of the United States
EDITORIAL: Loan rates
Student loan program goes down
2 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Debt Money Student loan Interest rate Loan Interest United States Senate Federal government of the United States
Hassan outlines federal plan to curb opioid abuse
Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan says she would require doctors nationwide to use prescription drug monitoring programs if she is elected to the U.S. Senate this fall. Such programs are meant to curb opioid abuse by tracking prescriptions and preventing patients from “doctor shopping.” New Hampshire de...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Drug overdose Drugs Pharmacology Opioid Federal government of the United States United States Naloxone Drug addiction
Chicago to receive $2.3M to help with police overtime costs
CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago is receiving more than $2.3 million in federal money to help cover overtime costs for police officers amid a spike in violent crime. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced Thursday the city is among the latest recipients of funding from the Department of Justice's ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Washington D.C. Federal Bureau of Investigation City United States United States Department of Justice Illinois Federal government of the United States Chicago
Embattled Soledad cross will remain standing after 25-year legal battle
More than 25 years of lawsuits, court rulings, aborted sales and property transfers over the landmark Mt. Soledad cross in La Jolla have finally come to an end, closing one of the longest legal battles over religious symbols on public property in the country. On Wednesday the 9th U.S. Circuit Court...
1753 points by Los Angeles Times | Mount Soledad cross controversy Law Veteran Appeal United States Constitution Supreme Court of the United States Federal government of the United States United States
Visa security loophole exploited by 9/11 attackers still open 15 years later
At least five of the Sept. 11 hijackers exploited a glaring hole in visa security to stay in the U.S. beyond their time — allowing them to board the planes and conduct their murderous attack. Fifteen years later, and despite a clear consensus on the need for improvement, that gaping ...
975 points by The Washington Times | Federal government of the United States U.S. Customs and Border Protection United States Department of Homeland Security Thomas Kean September 11 attacks United States Congress Attack Hillary Rodham Clinton
Government workers union backs Democrat in Northern Nevada congressional race
Chip Evans, the Democratic candidate in the 2nd Congressional District race in Northern Nevada, received the endorsement of the American Federation of Government Employees on Thursday.
2 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | United States Nevada President of the United States Minimum wage Federal government of the United States Republic Employment Wage
Homestead cabins have become a cottage industry in the desert
Anne Krieghoff thought her husband, Darryl, was out of his mind in 1991 when he suggested they buy a tiny, ramshackle homestead cabin in the Yucca Valley. Like hundreds of other tiny desert shacks, the 660-square-foot house was the product of a 1930s-era government program to sell excess federal...
1091 points by Los Angeles Times | San Bernardino County California Mojave Desert Joshua Tree National Park Federal government Property Federalism Yucca brevifolia Federal government of the United States
5 things Colorado’s Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Lily Tang said that may surprise you
In what amounted to a preview of the Club 20 debate, Williams sat for an interview with Colorado Public Radio to talk about the race that aired Thursday. And what she said may surprise you.
78 points by The Denver Post | United States Constitution Libertarian Federal government of the United States Climate change United States Senate United States Global warming President of the United States
Welcome to the Purple State Project
Welcome to the Purple State Project. For the 2016 election, The Denver Post is experimenting with new ways to tells stories about Colorado politics that better explain the state's "purple" status.
1 points by The Denver Post | North Carolina U.S. state Federal government of the United States Colorado United States University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Pew Research Center United States Congress
EPA moves to declare toxic Northern Nevada mine Superfund priority
After decades of resistance from the state of Nevada, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking the final steps to add an abandoned copper mine in Yerington to the list of the nation's most polluted Superfund sites. The EPA formally proposed ...
2 points by Las Vegas Sun | United States Environmental Protection Agency Anaconda Copper Federal government of the United States Superfund ARCO Nevada Copper Brownfield land
EPA proposes adding Northern Nevada copper mining site to superfund priority list
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiated the process Thursday to add an abandoned Northern Nevada copper mine to its superfund national priority list.
42 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | United States Environmental Protection Agency Federal government of the United States Lisa P. Jackson United States Cabinet United States Superfund Environmental protection Regulatory Flexibility Act
Obama: Feds to cover larger share for flood damage projects
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - President Barack Obama has authorized the federal government to cover a larger percentage of the costs for repairing damage to public infrastructure from the historic flooding in south Louisiana. In a letter to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards dated Thursday, Obama says he agreed to ...
1 points by The Washington Times | United States President of the United States Illinois Democratic Party Barack Obama Louisiana Federal government of the United States Iraq War
‘IOC offers blueprint in battle against doping’ - ROC honorable president
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have put forward to the independent Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) a way out of the current difficult situation, according to ROC honorable president Vitaliy Smirnov. Read Full Article at RT.com
15 points by Russia Today | World Anti-Doping Agency Russia United States American record labels President of the United States World War II Federal government of the United States
ATF agents broke law protecting people with disabilities, Justice Dept. says
Andrew V. PestanoWASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. Department of Justice report has found ATF agents broke federal laws prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities while undercover.
3 points by UPI | Disability Milwaukee Journal Sentinel United States Federal Bureau of Investigation Journal Communications Federal government of the United States Developmental disability United Press International
Cleveland releases proposed policies on police use of force
CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland is proposing that officers attempt de-escalation techniques such as taking cover before using force, a tactic that might have prevented an officer from fatally shooting 12-year-old Tamir Rice. The proposed use-of-force policy made public Thursday is required under an agreement between Cleveland and the U.S. Justice ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal government of the United States United States Department of Justice Police Washington D.C. United States Marshals Service United States federal executive departments Drug Enforcement Administration
2 men charged with hacking senior U.S. officials
The men allegedly targeted CIA Director John Brennan and other senior government officials       
-1 points by The Detroit News | Hacker .hack Federal government of the United States Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution Hacker Copyright Government occupations Associated Press
Q&A: What to know as Oregon ranching standoff trial begins
Trial is gearing up this week for armed ranchers who took over a national bird sanctuary in rural Oregon to oppose federal management of public lands ...
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Federal government of the United States First Amendment to the United States Constitution United States Constitution Jury Supreme Court of the United States Cowboy Alford plea United States
2 men arrested, charged with hacking senior US officials
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Two North Carolina men have been arrested and charged in connection with a network of computer hackers that allegedly targeted CIA Director John Brennan and other senior government officials. Federal prosecutors in Alexandria said 22-year-old Andrew Otto Boggs, known online as "INCURSIO," of North Wilkesboro, North ...
6 points by The Washington Times | Federal government of the United States United States Washington D.C. Southern United States Virginia Hacker U.S. state Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Proposed Cleveland police policy clearly defines when cops can use force
The team monitoring Cleveland's police reform efforts is expected Thursday to unveil a new use-of-force policy for public comment before it is submitted to a judge for approval. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The team monitoring Cleveland's police reform efforts is expected Thursday to unveil a new use-of-force policy for public comment before it is submitted to a judge for approval. The proposed policy is another step required by a settlement the city entered into with the U.S. Justice Department after the Justice Department said Cleveland officers too often use force. The new policy would make several key changes to the department's current use-of-force policy, the monitoring team says. These include: * Officers can use force when it is "objectionably reasonable" -- a legal standard that means an average officer would have made the same decision -- but they must also use force that is proportional to the threat against the officer. In other words, if a suspect or resident is passively resisting arrest, using force is likely not allowed. * Instead of encouraging officers to using de-escalation techniques to try to calm a situation down, officers will now be required to use these techniques before using force. * Officers must provide medical care to anybody injured after he or she used force. The current policy only requires officers to request a supervisor go to the scene and call for medical assistance if someone appeared to be or said they were injured. The proposed policy also lists 16 "don'ts" for officers, many of which appear to be inspired by incidents the Justice Department described in a December 2014 report. This policy was originally set to be presented to the public for comment in July. However, the department's preparations for the Republican National Convention that month pushed back many deadlines. Monitoring team head Matthew Barge said in a video set to be released Thursday that his plan is still to have all officers trained on a new policy by the turn of the new year. "This means that, if all the timelines hold, Cleveland will be operating under a new use-of-force policy at the start of next year," Barge said in the video. If you would like to comment on this story, please visit Thursday's crime and courts comments section.
77 points by The Plain Dealer | United States Department of Justice Federal government of the United States Arrest United States federal executive departments Resisting arrest
WKSU to host public forum on effects of removing the Gorge Dam
WKSU and Exploradio will hold a public forum and panel discussion Sept. 21 on removing the Gorge Dam on the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls. AKRON, Ohio - The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has focused on removing the Gorge dam from the Cuyahoga River for more than a decade. The dam is located in the Gorge MetroPark between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls.  In March, the federal government said it would pay 65 percent of the $70 million cost to remove the 57-foot-high dam. Residents can attend a public forum hosted by WKSU and Exploradio to learn more about what removing the dam will mean and what can be done to remove the decades of sludge built up under the dam and downriver. The forum will be Sept. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls. Register for the free event here. All Things Considered host and Exploradio producer Jeff St. Clair will moderate the public discussion. Panelists include representatives from the Ohio EPA, the city of Akron, Summit MetroParks and the local whitewater kayaking community.
7 points by The Plain Dealer | United States Environmental Protection Agency Ohio Federal government of the United States Cuyahoga River Greater Cleveland Akron Ohio Cuyahoga Falls Ohio Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Montgomery faith council presents DOJ talk on religious bias
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County faith leaders are bringing a U.S. Justice Department official to Silver Spring to talk about religious discrimination in land-use decisions. The Rev. Ken Howard, an Episcopal rector from Germantown, says 80 faith communities and 10 government agencies are sending representatives to the forum ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Law Washington D.C. Federal government of the United States United States Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation Montgomery County Maryland Maryland United States Marshals Service
Mexico's New Finance Minister Inherits Tight Budget Goals
José Antonio Meade has the task of presenting Congress with a budget proposal for 2017 that will slash government spending to confront further declines in oil revenue and rein in growing public debt.
6 points by The Wall Street Journal | United States public debt Tax Federal government of the United States President of the United States Petroleum Corporate finance Mexico Rein
$1.7B to Iran: Just how much money is that?

-1 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Currency Money United States dollar President of the United States United States Bill Clinton Federal government of the United States Numismatics
Central Texan pleads guilty to smuggling 2 orangutan skulls
VICTORIA, Texas (AP) - A Central Texas man has been put on probation and fined $2,500 for smuggling two orangutan skulls into the U.S. from Indonesia. Graham Scott Criglow pleaded guilty Wednesday in Victoria. Federal prosecutors say the 39-year-old Anderson man violated smuggling laws related to protection of an endangered ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | United States Endangered species Orangutan Federal government of the United States Species Indonesia Customs Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira
FDA bans antiseptic chemicals from soaps, cites no evidence of safety
The federal government Friday banned more than a dozen chemicals long-used in antibacterial soaps, saying manufacturers failed to show they are safe and kill germs. "We have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, the Food and Drug Administration'...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Antiseptic Disinfectant Antiseptics Federal government of the United States Antibacterial soap Hand sanitizer
Baltimore Inspector General's report shows $9 million in savings, restitution to be paid to city
The Baltimore inspector general's office saved the city about $9 million in the last year by preventing waste, avoiding unnecessary expenses and recovering money, according to a report released Thursday.Inspector General Robert H. Pearre Jr. outlined the work his office performed during the 2016...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Waste management Scrap Inspector Federal government of the United States Inspector Clouseau Law enforcement agency
Veterans who worked in U.S. drone program support legal fight by Yemeni relative of drone victims
Three military veterans once involved in the U.S. drone program have thrown their support behind a Yemeni man’s legal fight to obtain details about why his family members were killed in a 2012 strike. The former soldiers’ unusual decision to publicly endorse the lawsuit against President Obama...
464 points by Los Angeles Times | Al-Qaeda President of the United States Special Activities Division Federal government of the United States Barack Obama United States Bill Clinton Democratic Party
Don’t let GOP curb new pro-worker rules
Employers who receive federal taxpayers’ money should comply with federal labor law        
-1 points by The Detroit News | President of the United States United States Federal government of the United States United States Congress Washington D.C. Law of the United States Teamsters Employment
Hattiesburg trial to resume as ex-grant manager testifies
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Testimony resumes Wednesday in the trial of a Hattiesburg pastor accused of skimming money from a federal housing program. The Rev. Kenneth Fairley, a political ally of Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, faces federal charges accusing him of conspiracy and theft of government money. Prosecutors dismissed three ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Jury Federal government of the United States Money laundering Criminal law Prosecutor English-language films Washington D.C. Prosecution
Military veterans offer support to legal fight by Yemeni relative of drone victims
Three military veterans once involved in the U.S. drone program have thrown their support behind a Yemeni man’s legal fight to obtain details about why his family members were killed in a 2012 strike. The former soldiers’ unusual decision to publicly endorse the lawsuit against President Obama...
464 points by Los Angeles Times | Al-Qaeda President of the United States Special Activities Division Federal government of the United States Barack Obama United States Bill Clinton Democratic Party
The case for stocks in one word: YIELD
Holy cow, are 10-year yields lousy or what?         
22 points by Arizona Republic | Stock market Finance Stock Federal government of the United States Dow Jones Industrial Average Bond Stock market index Dow Jones & Company
Houston man sentenced for Crosby bank robbery
Dominic Renard Lindsey, 32, was sentenced to 11 years and three months in federal prison for a May 18 Crosby bank robbery. 
-1 points by The Houston Chronicle | Criminal law BBVA Compass Bank robbery Bank Federal government of the United States Cartridge Legal terms Bank of America
Recruiter for firm involved in fatal La. bus wreck in U.S. illegally
Two people were killed when bus crashed into a highway accident scene.       
105 points by USA Today | Immigration to the United States United States Immigration Louisiana Puerto Rico Employer Identification Number Federal government of the United States Illegal immigration
Colorado town on verge big changes amid Superfund cleanup
A historic Colorado mountain town is on the threshold of a transformation after the federal government announced it will embark on an ambitious campaign to stanch the flow of acidic wastewater cascading from ...
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | United States Environmental Protection Agency Federal government of the United States San Juan County Colorado Superfund San Juan Mountains Government Accountability Office Brownfield land Water
Trump’s gaffes make choice easy for voters
We are blessed to have the ability to make choices in just about everything. We don’t always have a great choice or even a good one, but still we choose and have to live with …
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | United States Donald Trump President of the United States Federal government of the United States Ivana Trump Fred Trump
Federal judge calls out prosecutors in prison recording case
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — During a federal court hearing that mainly focused on recordings of attorney-client conversations by a Kansas prison, U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson accused a federal prosecutor Wednesday of improperly trying to access her office last…
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Lawyer Prosecutor Jury Supreme Court of the United States Judge United States Department of Justice Federal government of the United States Prosecution
Identificaton issues in Juan Laboy case
Court documents reveal Juan Laboy, a native of the Dominican Republic, used a dizzying array of names and forms of identification while in Massachusetts illegally, including: At least 14 different aliases; Three different Social Security numbers; and four dates of birth.Laboy also: Provided Lowell police last year with a Puerto Rican driver’s license and a Social Security card in the name Jorge Zenon Ferreira Fernandez;
-1 points by Boston Herald | Puerto Rico Dominican Republic Social Security number Massachusetts Social Security Administration Latin America Federal government of the United States
Missed opportunities detailed ahead of personnel agency hack
WASHINGTON — It was time to purge the hacker from the U.S. government's computers.After secretly monitoring the hacker's online movements for months, officials worried he was getting too close to critical information, so they devised a plan, called the "Big Bang," to expel him.Trouble was, with all their attention focused in that case, they missed the other hacker entirely.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Security National security Security clearance Computer security United States Department of Homeland Security Federal government of the United States Classified information United States Department of Defense
U.S. hunger risk rate falls to lowest since before recession
A measure used as a proxy for hunger in the U.S. has fallen to its lowest since before the Great Recession, the government said, as the number of Americans on food stamps remains high.
2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Late-2000s recession Tom Vilsack Food security Business cycle Great Depression United States Unemployment Federal government of the United States