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Novartis pays over $700 million to settle U.S. kickbacks case

Jul 02, 2020 - 4:50 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Novartis is accused of having hosted tens of thousands of speaker programs and events which the United States Department of Justice says were used to bribe physicians

NOVARTIS. The Novartis facility in Stein, Switzerland, on February 18, 2020. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S. arrests 1,700 'online child sex offenders' in two-month operation

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:05 AM

The US justice department says the 'Broken Heart' operation of April and May targeted people who make and distribute child pornography, as well as those who receive and download it

Trump administration escalates legal battle against Obamacare

Mar 26, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Democrats react with anger to the administration's latest move

'PENDING REPEAL.' An Obamacare logo is shown on a clinic in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. File photo by Rhona Wise/AFP

Facebook faces criminal probe of data deals – report

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:35 AM

A grand jury in New York is looking to get testimonies or evidence from at least 2 major smartphone makers regarding data sharing practices with Facebook

U.S. gov't asked Facebook to help wiretap Messenger – report

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:37 PM

The case is reminiscent of Apple's case in 2016 when the FBI asked it to break into a locked iPhone for an investigation

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Erdogan says to freeze assets of 'U.S. justice, interior ministers'

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:03 PM

It is Turkey's tit-for-tat response to Washington's sanctions on the Turkish interior justice ministers over the detention of an American pastor on terror-related charges

ERDOGAN. In this file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during his party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara on January 30, 2018. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Disney clears hurdle for Fox tie-up with US regulator approval

Jun 28, 2018 - 10:57 AM

The US Department of Justice greenlights Disney's proposed acquisition of the entertainment empire

DISNEY. The entertainment company is a step closer to its proposed acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Photo from

U.S. Justice Dept's no. 3 official resigns

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish over my time here,' says Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand

BRAND RESIGNS. This file photo taken on February 1, 2018 shows Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand during a summit to discuss efforts to combat human trafficking at the Justice Department in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America/AFP

Sessions questioned in Russia probe as FBI accused of bias

Jan 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM

A report said the president himself could face an interview request within weeks in the probe into allegations of Russian election meddling

QUESTIONED. In this file photo, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on December 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Ex-Trump aide Manafort sues Mueller, Justice Department

Jan 04, 2018 - 6:59 AM

Manafort charges that the Justice Department and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave Robert Mueller excessively broad authority in his investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election

Microsoft drops lawsuit as U.S. government limits use of gag orders

Oct 24, 2017 - 6:39 PM

Brad Smith, Microsoft's chief legal officer, says the company achieved 'an unequivocal win for our customers' that protected the constitutional rights of US citizens

No evidence Obama wiretapped Trump Tower – U.S. Justice Dept

Sep 03, 2017 - 9:17 AM

The FBI had previously shot down the claims that were made as controversy over alleged links between Trump s campaign team and Russia intensified earlier this year

NOT WIRETAPPED. A view of Trump Tower on 5th Avenue, November 16, 2016 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump renews attacks on own attorney general

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:36 AM

UPDATED Trump has expressed increasing anger with Attorney General Jeff Sessions as his Justice Department s investigations into possible Trump Russia collusion quickens

This file photo taken on February 9, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump alongside US Attorney General Jeff Sessions after Sessions was sworn in as Attorney General in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump's attorney general Jeff Sessions to face Russia questions

Jun 13, 2017 - 2:42 PM

It comes as political intrigue pulses through the US capital following explosive testimony by former FBI chief James Comey before the same panel last week and as Trump has expressed frustrations with Sessions

OATH. This file photo taken on January 10, 2017 shows then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-AL, as he is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing to be Attorney General of the United States, in Washington, DC. Photo by Molly Riley / AFP

U.S. appeals court upholds block on Trump travel ban

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:48 AM

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit keeps in place a lower court injunction on the ban arguing the president has overstepped his authority and his executive order discriminated against travelers based on their nationality

WELCOME TO THE USA. This file photo taken on February 8, 2017 shows Yemenis who were among those stranded in Djibouti when US President Donald Trump ordered his travel ban, arrive to Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. David McNew/File/AFP

Trump asks Supreme Court to reinstate Muslim travel ban

Jun 02, 2017 - 11:36 AM

UPDATED US Justice Department: We have asked the Supreme Court to hear this important case and are confident that President Trump s executive order is well within his lawful authority

NEW ARRIVALS. Travelers arrive at the international terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, March 6, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Ex-FBI chief Mueller to head Trump-Russia probe

May 18, 2017 - 7:28 AM

3rd UPDATE US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein taps former FBI director Robert Mueller to take over the probe of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election

SPECIAL COUNSEL. Robert Mueller served as FBi director from 2010 to 2013. File photo from FBI New York

FBI confirms probe of Trump team ties to Russia

Mar 20, 2017 - 11:17 PM

UPDATED The FBI is investigating the Russian government s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election Comey tells a hearing by the House Intelligence Committee

JAMES COMEY. FBI Director James Comey gestures as National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers looks on during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign on March 20, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/ AFP

U.S. Attorney General under fire over Russian ambassador contacts

Mar 02, 2017 - 2:25 PM

3rd UPDATE The revelation casts a fresh cloud over President Donald Trump s administration and Russia

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington, DC, February 9, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

With Trump travel ban still blocked, travelers head to US

Feb 05, 2017 - 5:54 PM

4th UPDATE Travelers from Iran Iraq Libya Somalia Sudan Syria and Yemen who have valid visas begin arriving on American soil

International travelers pass people demonstrating in support of a ruling by a federal judge in Seattle that grants a nationwide temporary restraining order against the presidential order to ban travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries, at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport on February 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

Trump fires top U.S. gov't lawyer over travel ban defiance

Jan 31, 2017 - 10:41 AM

5th UPDATE Sally Q Yates refused to mount a legal defense of Trump s ban on immigration from 7 Muslim nations

FIRED. In this file photo, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice on June 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. Pete Marovich/Getty Images/AFP

Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse agree billion-dollar settlements in U.S.

Dec 23, 2016 - 1:09 PM

UPDATED Deutsche Bank will pay a total of 7 2 billion while Credit Suisse will pay almost 5 3 billion

SETTLEMENT. The headquarters of Germany's biggest lender Deutsche Bank is seen in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, October 29, 2015. File photo by Daniel Roland/AFP

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FBI lifts Clinton email cloud as U.S. election looms

Nov 07, 2016 - 8:20 AM

The Democrat s camp welcomes the news that FBI Director James Comey had decided not to change his July recommendation that Hillary Clinton not be prosecuted for putting US secrets at risk while serving as secretary of state

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves as she boards her campaign plane at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York, on October 31, 2016. Jewel Samad/AFP

FBI email probe should not 'operate on innuendo' – Obama

Nov 03, 2016 - 8:05 AM

Obama: I do think that there is a norm that when there are investigations we don t operate on innuendo we don t operate on incomplete information we don t operate on leaks

In this file photo, US President Barack Obama sits alongside new FBI Director James Comey (R) during an installation ceremony at Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters in Washington, DC, October 28, 2013. Saul Loeb/AFP

FBI director's email letter broke recent pattern – report

Nov 02, 2016 - 10:59 AM

The FBI director s making public a new trove of emails connected to Hillary Clinton departed from decisions in recent months to keep quiet two separate investigations the New York Times reports

In this file photo, Director James Comey testifies before the House Judiciary Committee September 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

US finds evidence of criminality in VW probe – report

Aug 16, 2016 - 9:52 AM

The Justice Department is now negotiating a settlement which may involve significant financial penalties for the company The Wall Street Journal reports

A blue-and-white checkered pattern reflected in a VW€ vehicle's badge, in Munich, Germany, August 2, 2016. Peter Kneffel/EPA

US aids Philippines in containing data leak

Apr 22, 2016 - 3:27 PM

Hacking incidents like this are rarely confined to national borders Philippine Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez says

HACKER ARRESTED. Philippine officials including Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista (center) announce the arrest of a suspected hacker of the Comelec website on April 21, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

US Supreme Court affirms ruling in Apple e-books case

Mar 08, 2016 - 2:20 PM

The top court upholds the 2013 ruling of a New York judge who said Apple and publishers fixed e book prices

epa05177567 A view of an Apple Store before a small rally in support of the company's privacy policy in New York, New York, USA, 23 February 2016. Apple is currently in a legal dispute with the FBI, which has requested that Apple unlock the iPhone of one of the people involved in the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Clinton had right to delete personal e-mails – US Justice

Sep 13, 2015 - 7:11 AM

There is no question that former Secretary Clinton had authority to delete personal emails without agency supervision

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waits to be introduced at a campaign event at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on September 10, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

State of emergency in Ferguson as teen charged in police shootout

Aug 11, 2015 - 8:40 AM

St Louis County executive Steve Stenger says county police will immediately take charge of police emergency management in Ferguson and surrounding districts

ON GUARD. Officers from the St. Louis County Police, wearing riot gear, guard the perimeter of the scene of an officer-involved shooting on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, August 10, 2015. Sid Hastings/EPA

FBI looking into security of Clinton private email – report

Aug 05, 2015 - 12:57 PM

The Justice Department received a referral to probe the storage of the emails last month after an assessment that her private account contained hundreds of potentially classified emails

US, Britain fine 6 top banks nearly $6B for forex, Libor abuses

May 20, 2015 - 4:58 PM

UPDATED US UK regulators say forex traders from the banks had met in online chatroom groups to set rates that cheated customers while adding to their own profits

FOREX RATES. Pedestrians are reflected on a window of a bank as it displays the foreign exchange rates in New York on February 5, 2015. Jewel Samad/AFP

Man charged in Ferguson shooting

Mar 16, 2015 - 12:31 PM

Jeffrey Williams 20 is charged with first degree assault armed criminal action and shooting a firearm from a motor vehicle causing injury

Police crime scene tape lies in the gutter outside the Ferguson Police Department at the spot where two police officers were shot during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, 13 March 2015. Tannen Maury/EPA

Ferguson activists press ahead, undeterred by latest shooting

Mar 15, 2015 - 11:27 AM

Activists take the first steps to force the mayor out of office while residents awaited signs of progress in the investigation

Police crime scene tape lies in the gutter outside the Ferguson Police Department at the spot where two police officers were shot during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, 13 March 2015. Tannen Maury/EPA

No arrest close in shooting of Ferguson cops: police

Mar 14, 2015 - 10:23 AM

St Louis County police chief admits that an arrest at this point is imminent and that nobody is in custody

PROTEST. Protesters gesture in front of a burning auto parts store in Ferguson Missouri, USA, 25 November 2014. Tannen Maury/EPA

Officers shot in Ferguson released from hospital

Mar 12, 2015 - 1:58 PM

4th UPDATE An intense manhunt was under way for a suspect or suspects in the shootings of the officers

Protestors chant on the steps of the City of Ferguson Police Department and Municipal Court in Ferguson Missouri, March 11, 2015. Kate Munsch/Reuters

Ferguson police chief quits after racism report

Mar 12, 2015 - 11:56 AM

Thomas Jackson is the latest prominent official in the St Louis suburb to stand down

A file picture dated 01 December 2014 shows Ferguson, Missouri Police Chief Thomas Jackson (C) outside the first meeting of the Ferguson Commission at the Ferguson Community Center in Ferguson, Missouri, USA. Robert Cohen/St Louis Post-Dispatch/EPA

Senior Ferguson official out after 'racism' report

Mar 11, 2015 - 2:24 PM

The Ferguson City Council votes unanimously on a mutual separation agreement with Shaw effective immediately

Protesters gesture in front of a burning auto parts store in Ferguson Missouri, USA, 25 November 2014. Tannen Maury/EPA

Policeman cleared in US town that 'targeted blacks'

Mar 05, 2015 - 10:38 AM

The US Justice Department says it found a widespread pattern of racial discrimination and multiple violations of citizens constitutional rights

AFTER FERGUSON. In this file photo, aprotester holds her hands up in front of a police car in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 25, 2014 during demonstrations a day after violent protests and looting following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of a 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown. Photo by Jewel Samad / AFP

JPMorgan under US criminal probe on forex trade

Nov 04, 2014 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED JPMorgan says it is cooperating with the DOJ probe and with other US and foreign investigations related to the forex trade

The JPMorgan Chase headquarters stands in Midtown Manhattan on January 8, 2014 in New York City. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Fresh violence in riot-hit US town, new autopsy ordered

Aug 18, 2014 - 7:13 AM

The US Justice Department announces that a federal medical examiner would carry out a second autopsy on Brown s body citing the case s extraordinary circumstances

Malik Shabazz (C), National President of Black Lawyers for Justice, carries a picture of Michael Brown as he leads demonstrators on a march on West Florissant Avenue to protest Brown's shooting-death in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, 16 August 2014. Roberto Rodriguez/EPA

US gov't to expand recognition of gay marriage

Feb 09, 2014 - 8:06 AM

UPDATED US Attorney General Eric Holder will expand government recognition of same sex marriages in all federal courtrooms and prisons

NEW RULES. US Attorney General Eric Holder is pictured at the Department of Justice in Washington DC, USA, in this file photo taken 28 May 2013. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US, tech firms agree on spy agency data disclosure

Jan 28, 2014 - 9:35 AM

Attorney General Eric Holder and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the companies would now be allowed to disclose figures on consumer accounts requested

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

New American Airlines emerges as world's top carrier

Dec 10, 2013 - 9:17 AM

The new American Airlines Group is a goliath providing nearly 6 700 daily flights to more than 330 destinations in more than 50 countries

AVIATION BEHEMOTH. American Airlines jet with the company's new tail logo sits at a gate at O'Hare Airport on December 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

JPMorgan to pay record $13B to settle US probes – WSJ

Oct 20, 2013 - 9:14 AM

The still tentative deal wouldn t resolve a criminal investigation into the bank s activities being conducted by a court in California

RECORD FINE. A file photo dated 11 May 2012 showing a sign at a JPMorgan Chase building in New York, New York, USA. EPA/Justin Lane

NSA chief denies report on social network spying

Oct 03, 2013 - 7:53 AM

General Keith Alexander told a Senate hearing that a New York Times article jumped to the conclusion this was done on Americans that s not true

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Former FBI agent pleads guilty in AP leak case – US

Sep 24, 2013 - 7:09 AM

The leak was related to a CIA operation that disrupted a plot in 2012 from Al Qaeda s branch in Yemen to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the United States

NSA documents show spy agency violated privacy rules

Sep 11, 2013 - 7:43 AM

The revelations raised fresh questions about the NSA s ability to manage the massive amount of data it collects and whether the US government is able to safeguard the privacy of its citizens

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

NSA committed 'thousands' of security breaches - report

Aug 16, 2013 - 11:12 AM

Post: Breaches revealed after analysis of an internal audit and other top secret documents details made available by Edward Snowden

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP