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Jamaican lottery scam victim hoping to get back her $400K

Nov. 10, 2019 5:32 PM EST

HARVEY, N.D. (AP) — A 90-year-old North Dakota woman who was robbed of her life savings by a Jamaican lottery scam says she has been paid back only $287 of the $400,000 she's owed. Edna Schmeets of Harvey, a small central North Dakota town about 77 miles (124 kilometers) northeast of Bismarck, was the...

Correction: Bondi-Conflicts story

Nov. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 8 about Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general, stepping down from a lobbying firm as she prepares to defend President Donald Trump in an impeachment investigation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bondi lobbied for a Kuwaiti company with a U.S. defense...

Top antitrust enforcer warns Big Tech over data collection

Nov. 8, 2019 8:01 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (AP) — The Justice Department's top antitrust official warned Big Tech companies Friday that the government could pursue them for anticompetitive behavior related to their troves of user data, including for cutting off data access to competitors. "Antitrust enforcers cannot turn a...

3 charged with smuggling gun parts from US to Saudi Arabia

Nov. 7, 2019 9:10 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Saudi nationals were charged in Southern California with violating federal export laws by buying $100,000 worth of gun parts in the U.S. while on student visas and smuggling them to Saudi Arabia, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. An indictment returned this week charges Hatim...

Justice Dept forms group to combat contracting fraud

Nov. 5, 2019 3:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is forming a special group of prosecutors and watchdogs from several agencies to fight bid-rigging, price fixing and other fraud that hurts competition in federal government contracting. Justice officials say the new effort against collusion in government...

DOJ sends letter to publisher of book by 'Anonymous'

Nov. 4, 2019 4:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department has sent a letter to the publisher and literary agency of the anonymous government official whose book is scheduled to come out later this month. The letter raises questions over whether any confidentiality agreement has been violated and asked for information that...

Under Armour's strong numbers drowned out by investigation

Nov. 4, 2019 1:02 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A strong quarter from Under Armour was overshadowed by federal investigations into the company's accounting practices. The company also lowered its revenue expectations for the year Monday. The probe, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is seeking information that would reveal...

Federal investigators probe Under Armour's accounting

Nov. 3, 2019 9:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Under Armour Inc. is being investigated by federal authorities over its accounting practices. The athletic gear company said Sunday that it has been cooperating with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice on their investigations for two years. The...

One big step: Google buys Fitbit for $2.1 billion

Nov. 1, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

Google, the company that helped make it fun to just sit around surfing the web, is jumping into the fitness-tracker business with both feet, buying Fitbit for about $2.1 billion. The deal could put Google in direct competition with Apple and Samsung in the highly competitive market for smartwatches and other...

Immigrant victimized by ICE forgery doesn't have to pay fees

Oct. 29, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday criticized the Justice Department for seeking legal fees from a Mexican immigrant who was the victim of a forgery by a government lawyer. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein on Tuesday denied the department's effort to make Ignacio Lanuza and his attorneys pay...