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Nation Nov 13U.S. aids countries in legal fight against extremists
Justice Department lawyers are coordinating with foreign governments in North Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East to deal with the problems posed by foreign fighters flowing to the conflict in Syria, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.
Nation Nov 10AP demands FBI never impersonate any journalist again
The Associated Press on Monday demanded assurances from the Justice Department that the FBI will never again impersonate a member of the news media, following revelations that an agent in Seattle portrayed himself as an AP journalist as part of…
Nation Oct 177 more states to recognize same-sex marriages
WASHINGTON — The federal government is recognizing same-sex marriages in seven more states. The states are Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado and Nevada.
Health Oct 11Ebola airport screenings may seem intrusive, but they’re legal, experts say
The government's authority to screen airline passengers for potential Ebola exposure and order them quarantined if necessary is far-reaching and rooted in the Constitution and federal law, public health experts say.
Nation Oct 10Ebola airport screenings supported by federal law, experts say
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's plans to screen certain airline passengers for exposure to Ebola are based on the Constitution and long-established legal authority that would almost certainly stand up in court if challenged, public health experts say.
Nation Oct 03State investigators dismissed prisoners’ complaints of sexual abuse
WASHINGTON — When inmates at a notorious Alabama women's prison came forward to complain of sexual abuse and harassment, state investigators time and again classified the complaints as unfounded or unsubstantiated and often recommended that the matters be closed without…
Nation Sep 24FBI report says mass shootings have increased in U.S. in recent years
WASHINGTON — The FBI says the number of shootings in which a gunman opens fire on a crowd of people has increased in recent years.
World Sep 12One simple legal fix could help fight overseas credit card fraud, claims DOJ
Though prosecutors do have existing tools and have brought international cybertheft cases in the past year, the Justice Department says a new law is needed at a time when criminals operating largely in Eastern Europe are able to gobble up…
Nation Sep 04Justice Department launches civil rights probe into Ferguson police practices
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department plans to open a wide-ranging civil rights investigation into the practices of the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department following the shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in the St.
World Aug 26AP: American militant said killed in Syria
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. official says an American man reported to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside a terrorist group, most likely the Islamic State. The official said Tuesday that investigators were aware that Douglas McArthur…