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US sues to stop deal between American Airlines and JetBlue

Sep. 21, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

The Justice Department and officials in six states have filed a lawsuit to block a partnership formed by American Airlines and JetBlue, claiming that it will reduce competition and lead to higher fares. The Justice Department said Tuesday that the agreement will eliminate...

Ivey promotes Alabama prison plan ahead of special session

Sep. 21, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday blamed crumbling infrastructure for the state’s prison problems as she prepares to call lawmakers back to Montgomery for a special session on prison construction. “The main issue contributing to these...

US govt to probe Zoom's $14.7B Five9 deal for natsec risks

Sep. 21, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

A U.S. government committee that reviews foreign investment in telecom is probing videoconferencing company Zoom's $14.7 billion deal for cloud call center company Five9. In an August filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the Justice Department, which chairs...

University to pay $1.6M to students assaulted by employee

Sep. 21, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose State University has agreed to pay $1.6 million to 13 female student-athletes whose complaints about being sexually assaulted by an athletic trainer were mishandled by the university, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The payment is...

Prosecutors: Man defrauded Amazon out of $290,000 by returns

Sep. 21, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man scammed Amazon out of nearly $300,000 by seeking refunds for products that he never actually returned, according to federal prosecutors. The U.S. Department of Justice said court filings show Hudson Hamrick of Charlotte was...

Pennsylvania Democrats sue over GOP election 'investigation'

Sep. 17, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats in Pennsylvania's state Senate sued Friday evening in a state court to block a Republican-approved subpoena seeking voter information and to put a stop to what Republicans call a “forensic investigation” of last year’s presidential election. ...

Ivey to call special session on prison construction

Sep. 17, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is calling lawmakers into special session later this month to vote on a prison construction plan that would use part of the state's virus relief funds to jumpstart the building of three new lock-ups. In a letter to...

Judge lifts race, gender hiring quotas for Cincinnati police

Sep. 17, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has lifted race- and sex-based hiring quotas imposed on the Cincinnati Police Department 40 years ago to fix its lack of diversity, agreeing with the U.S. Justice Department's argument that the changes are no longer constitutional. ...

Justice Department reviewing policies on transgender inmates

Sep. 17, 2021 06:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is reviewing its policies on housing transgender inmates in the federal prison system after protections for transgender prisoners were rolled back in the Trump administration, The Associated Press has learned. The federal Bureau...

Biden slammed for challenging nuclear workplace health law

Sep. 16, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Officials in Washington state are upset the Biden administration is challenging a law making it easier for workers who become ill at a former nuclear weapons production site to be compensated. The Supreme Court will likely decide in the next few...