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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2017, photo, Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, speaks with reporters following a day of questions from the House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Page, who was the target of a secret surveillance warrant during the FBI’s Russia investigation says in a federal lawsuit filed Friday, Nov. 27, 2020,  that he was the victim of “unlawful spying.” The suit from Carter Page alleges a series of omissions and errors made by FBI and Justice Department officials in applications they submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to eavesdrop on Page on suspicion that he was an agent of Russia.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ex-Trump campaign aide sues over Russia probe surveillance

Nov. 28, 2020 6:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Trump campaign associate who was the target of a secret surveillance warrant during the FBI's Russia investigation says in a federal lawsuit that he was the victim of “unlawful spying.” The suit from Carter Page alleges a series of omissions and errors made by FBI...

El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala stage mass raids on gangs

Nov. 27, 2020 8:10 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Savador (AP) — The Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have rounded up hundreds of suspected street gang members as part of a U.S.-backed effort known as “Operation Regional Shield.” The attorney general’s office in El Salvador has taken...

FILE - This Aug. 28, 2020, file photo shows the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. The Justice Department is quietly amending its execution protocols, no longer requiring federal death sentences to be carried out by lethal injection and clearing the way for other methods like firing squads and poison gas. The amended rule, published Friday, Nov. 27, in the Federal Register, allows the U.S. government to conduct executions by lethal injection or use “any other manner prescribed by the law of the state in which the sentence was imposed.” (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

New rule could allow gas, firing squads for US executions

Nov. 27, 2020 4:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is quietly amending its execution protocols, no longer requiring federal death sentences to be carried out by lethal injection and clearing the way to use other methods like firing squads and poison gas. The amended rule, published Friday in the Federal Register,...

Justice Department sues over pollution in Puyallup River

Nov. 26, 2020 5:59 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The owners of a hydroelectric project in south-central Washington violated the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Department of Justice says in a lawsuit seeking monetary damages and cleanup work. The Seattle Times reports that the Justice Department filed the lawsuit Wednesday against Electron...

FILE - President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn arrives at federal court in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. President Donald Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn, taking direct aim in the final days of his administration at a Russia investigation that he has long insisted was motivated by political bias. Trump announced the pardon on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 calling it his “Great Honor.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

Nov. 26, 2020 12:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, ending a yearslong prosecution in the Russia investigation that saw Flynn twice plead guilty to lying to the FBI and then reverse himself before the Justice Department stepped in to dismiss...

Women plead guilty in Virginia to drug, laundering charges

Nov. 26, 2020 9:47 AM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Two Mississippi sisters pleaded guilty Monday to distributing synthetic marijuana and laundering millions of dollars from the sales, federal officials said. A U.S. Department of Justice news release said Kimberly Drumm, 51, and Bonnie Turner, 49, of Olive Branch, Mississippi, pleaded...

VA woman pleads guilty to aiming laser pointer at plane

Nov. 26, 2020 9:34 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman pleaded guilty Monday to aiming a laser pointer at a police aircraft during a demonstration at the Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond, federal prosecutors said. The U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release that Amanda Robinson, 33, of Henrico went to the...

Prison sentence for man who threatened Black renters

Nov. 26, 2020 9:16 AM EST

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who pleaded guilty three months ago to charges that he threatened to shoot an African American family for renting a home has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the prison sentenced handed down to Douglas...

U.S. Justice Department suing over Puyallup River pollution

Nov. 26, 2020 9:10 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is suing the owners of the Electron dam for violating the Clean Water Act by polluting the Puyallup River. The civil suit was filed against Electron Hydro, LLC, Wednesday at the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. District Court for...

Tuberville names Boyd as chief of staff

Nov. 26, 2020 8:41 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville on Wednesday announced that Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, an Alabama native with a lengthy Washington D.C. resume, will serve as his chief of staff. Boyd is currently the assistant attorney general for the Office of Legislative Affairs at...