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Garland vows crackdown on gun trafficking as violence surges

Jul. 22, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland vowed Thursday that the Justice Department would crack down on gun trafficking corridors as part of a comprehensive approach to combat surging gun violence that also includes funding community intervention programs and other neighborhood...

N. Carolina man sentenced for soliciting minors for photos

Jul. 22, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — A North Carolina man who used social media to solicit minors in Virginia to send him sexually explicit photographs and videos in exchange for gifts has been sentenced to 210 months in prison, federal authorities said. Jason Kelly Inman, 41, of...

Federal judges block transgender restrictions in 2 states

Jul. 21, 2021 20:07 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Federal judges on Wednesday temporarily blocked an Arkansas law banning gender confirming treatments for transgender youth and a West Virginia ban on trans athletes in women's sports, two major victories for LGBTQ advocates against a wave of restrictions approved by...

UK man arrested in Spain, charged in US with Twitter hack

Jul. 21, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

A British man has been charged in the United States in connection with a Twitter hack last summer that compromised the accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls, the Justice Department said Wednesday. Joseph O'Connor, 22, was arrested in the...

Slammed for bribery, Siemens continued to ignore red flags

Jul. 21, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

German engineering giant Siemens ignored some of its own red flags for foreign bribery in the aftermath of a major corruption scandal in 2008, according to newly released reports by an independent monitor and other confidential documents. The warnings involved the...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Jul. 20, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

Terre Haute Tribune-Star. July 16, 2021. Editorial: Timely moratorium for federal death penalty Terre Haute became the stage for a misuse of the federal death penalty, a punishment long reserved as a last resort in America’s justice system. ...

Garland bars prosecutors from seizing reporters' records

Jul. 19, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday formally prohibited federal prosecutors from seizing the records of journalists in leak investigations, with limited exceptions, reversing years of department policy. The new policy largely codifies the...

Watchdog: Ross misled on reason for citizenship question

Jul. 19, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

President Donald Trump’s commerce secretary misled Congress about why he sought to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, according to an investigation from the Office of Inspector General, but Trump's Justice Department decided not to prosecute. The watchdog...

Senate Democrats take their case for voting bill to Georgia

Jul. 19, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Taking their case for a federal voting bill to Georgia, Senate Democrats argued at a field hearing on Monday that their sweeping elections measure is desperately needed to counter the impact of new GOP state laws that tighten voting rules. “Congress...

Alabama asks feds if COVID funds can be used for prisons

Jul. 18, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

Alabama is asking federal officials whether COVID-19 recovery funds can be used to improve state prisons with “better, enhanced, and/or extended infrastructure." The Montgomery Advertise r reports that Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn sent a letter to the U.S....