U.S. Justice Department

  • Donald Trump Jul 23, 2019

    Justice Department Launches Antitrust Probe of Big Tech

    The U.S. Department of Justice opened a sweeping antitrust investigation of major technology companies and whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation or otherwise harmed consumers. It said the probe will take into account “widespread concerns” about social media, search engines and online retail services. Its antitrust division is seeking information from the public, including those in the...

  • Los Angeles Jun 21, 2019

    14th Parent Pleads Guilty in College Bribery Scheme

    A Del Mar man has pleaded guilty for paying bribes to facilitate the admission of his children to the University of Southern California as a purported athletic recruit, federal officials said Friday.

  • Ecuador Apr 6, 2019

    Ecuador Rejects WikiLeaks Claim It Plans to Expel Julian Assange

    Ecuador has denied WikiLeaks’ claims that it is set to expel Julian Assange from its embassy in London, rejecting what it called “an attempt to stain the dignity of the country,” NBC News reported. Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, hasn’t left the embassy since 2012. He sought refuge there to avoid arrest and potential extradition to the United States for...

  • California Feb 16, 2019

    Potential Privacy Lapse Found in Americans’ 2010 Census Data

    An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 headcount could be reconstructed from encrypted data, but with lots of mistakes, a top agency official disclosed Saturday. The age, gender, location, race and ethnicity for 138 million people were potentially vulnerable. So far, however, only internal hacking...

  • California Feb 15, 2019

    Supreme Court to Decide If 2020 Census Can Ask About Citizenship

    The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship that could affect the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal money. The justices agreed Friday to a speedy review of a lower court ruling that has so far blocked the Trump administration from adding...

  • Attorney General Nov 30, 2018

    Las Vegas Massacre Survivors Promised Nearly $17M by Justice Department

    The U.S. government is allocating nearly $17 million to help people affected by the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting that became the deadliest in the nation’s modern history, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Friday. The money from the Justice Department will defray costs of counseling, therapy, rehabilitation, trauma recovery and legal aid for thousands of people affected by the...

  • The Associated Press Oct 18, 2018

    AP: Feds Open Clergy Abuse Probe in Pennsylvania

    The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand confidential files and testimony from church leaders, according to two people familiar with the probe.

  • California Oct 2, 2018

    Health Company to Pay Millions Over Improper Billing Practices

    A health care company has agreed to pay $270 million to resolve allegations it provided inaccurate information to Medicare, federal prosecutors said Monday.

  • Donald Trump Apr 12, 2018

    Backpage.com, CEO Plead Guilty to State, US Charges

    The chief executive of a website that authorities have dubbed a lucrative nationwide “online brothel” pleaded guilty Thursday to state and federal charges including conspiracy and money laundering, and agreed to testify in ongoing prosecutions against others at Backpage.com, authorities said. Federal prosecutors say that Backpage brought in a half-billion dollars since it began in 2004, mostly through prominent risque...

  • Facebook Apr 2, 2018

    Malaysia Approves Anti-Fake News Bill Ahead of Elections

    Malaysia’s parliament on Monday passed a new law prohibiting fake news that critics fear will be abused to silence dissent ahead of a general election. Despite criticism from opposition lawmakers that the anti-fake news legislation will lead Malaysia closer to dictatorship, the bill was approved after a heated debate with 123 lawmakers voting for it and 64 against. The bill...

  • Facebook Nov 26, 2017

    Russian President Vladimir Putin Signs Bill Targeting US and Foreign Media

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill allowing Russia to register international media outlets as foreign agents — a move largely seen as retaliation against the U.S. for similar crackdowns on Kremlin-funded media outlets, NBC News reported. Putin signed the bill into law Saturday after the upper chamber of the Russian parliament adopted it Wednesday. The move is seen...

  • Attorney General Nov 17, 2017

    Killings of Transgender People Increase, Advocacy Groups Say

    At least 25 transgender people in the United States have been homicide victims so far this year, the highest annual total on record, according to advocacy groups that have been monitoring the grim phenomenon and seeking ways to reduce the toll. The Human Rights Campaign, in a report released Friday, calculated that 102 transgender people have been killed in the...

  • Dallas Jul 7, 2016

    Sniper Ambush Kills 5 Officers, Injures 7 in Dallas Following Peaceful Protest

    Five officers are dead — four Dallas police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer — in what authorities called a sniper ambush on police officers at the end of a peaceful protest against nationwide officer-involved shootings Thursday night.

  • Dallas Jul 9, 2016

    Inside the Ambush in Downtown Dallas

    In the blink of an eye a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas turned to panic, as hundreds of people ran for their lives Thursday night.

  • Texas Jun 28, 2017

    FBI Agent in Court on Charge of Lying About Rancher Shooting

    An FBI agent pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that he lied about shooting at a key figure in last year’s armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge just before the man was killed by Oregon police.
    W. Joseph Astarita said nothing during a brief court hearing and was released on his own recognizance.

  • U.S. Justice Department Jun 20, 2017

    Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Over Michael Brown’s Death

    A federal judge on Tuesday approved a settlement in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the parents of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old, whose fatal shooting by a white police officer nearly three years ago in Ferguson, Missouri, set off months of protests. Financial terms of the settlement approved by U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber were not disclosed. Anthony...

  • California Apr 28, 2017

    Trump Administration: No Immediate Plans to Halt Immigration Order

    The Trump administration has told two California counties it has no plans right now to seek a court ruling immediately reinstating the president’s executive order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities....
    Court documents filed on Friday and signed by U.S. Justice Department attorneys say the administration has indicated to Santa Clara and San Francisco counties that...

  • Detroit Apr 21, 2017

    Volkswagen to Pay $2.8 Billion in US Diesel Emissions Scandal

    A federal judge has approved a $2.8 billion criminal penalty against Volkswagen for cheating on diesel emissions tests. District Judge Sean Cox approved deal and fine — the largest ever levied by the U.S. government against an automaker — negotiated by VW and the Justice Department during a Friday hearing in Detroit. The announcement comes six weeks after the German...

  • Donald Trump Feb 27, 2017

    Lawyer: White House to No Longer Contest Texas’ Voter ID Law

    An attorney for a voting rights group says President Donald Trump’s administration has told her that the federal government no longer plans to challenge Texas’ strict voter ID law.

  • Texas Jul 20, 2016

    Federal Appeals Court Orders Changes to Texas Voter ID Law

    A federal appeals court has ruled that Texas’ strict voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act and has ordered changes before the November election.

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