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U.S. government still uses 50-year old computers for vital tasks

The U.S. government is spending tens of billions of dollars every year to maintain computer systems that in some cases are over 50 years old. These aren’t systems stored in museums but rather computers actively used to store vital federal data.

For-profit colleges told to pay $1.1 billion for business conduct

San Francisco - A group of for-profit colleges that were well-known in the Bay Area were ordered Wednesday to pay more than $1.1 billion for false advertising and overly aggressive loan collection.

Anti-government group wants ownership of seized parklands

Burns - Anti-government protesters pledged to stay on remote federal land they seized Saturday night in Oregon until U.S. officials agree to release ownership to them.

Op-Ed: America's overcrowded prisons won't be going away any time soon

Washington - President Barack Obama has recently taken steps to address the problem of prison overpopulation in the U.S. He has told us something many people probably don't want to hear — there isn't much he can really do about it.

U.S. BLM admits gun stolen from worker killed woman on S.F. pier

San Francisco - A gun allegedly used to kill a San Francisco woman on Pier 14 a week ago had been stolen from a federal agent just one week prior to the fatal shooting, a local newspaper reported Tuesday.

Amazon is testing delivery drones at a secret Canada site

Amazon is reported to be testing and developing its new drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada amid growing frustration with the U.S. government's prohibitive attitude towards the technology.

Major U.S. childhood study cancelled

Washington - The U.S. National Institutes of Health has terminated its initiative to track the health of 100,000 children through adulthood has been cancelled. The project was costing too much money and the data was not meaningful.

SF bomb possession suspect appears in court

San Francisco - A San Francisco political consultant — arrested last month after alleged chemical bomb-making materials were found in his residence in the city's tony Nob Hill district — could be released on bail to seek psychological treatment in a hospital.

Trial of accused marathon bomber could be moved from Boston

Boston - Wednesday's deadline for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to seek a new location for his trial passed without any apparent further efforts to move the case.

Drugmakers ordered to pay $9 billion for hiding cancer risks

Japan's biggest pharmaceutical company has been hit with a $6 billion penalty for concealing cancer risks associated with its Actos diabetes drug while Eli Lilly and Co, Takeda's co-defendant in the case, was ordered to pay $3 billion in punitive damages.

Bill in House would legalize marijuana at federal level Special

Washington - House Resolution 499, currently buried in committee, would put an end to the federal prohibition of marijuana. The bill was introduced by Representative Jared Polis of Colorado.

23 bodies found in search for missing agents in Jalisco, Mexico

In the continued search for two missing federal agents, Mexican officials have discovered 15 clandestine graves of which they have found 23 bodies and counting in Jalisco's La Barca municipality.

Suspected Anonymous members indicted for modern day sit-in Special

A Federal Grand Jury has indicted 13 people suspected of participating in cyber attacks carried out by the collective known as Anonymous.

Missouri congress fails to override gun veto

The attempt to override the Governor’s veto in Missouri fell one vote short on Wednesday. Had it passed, it would have nullified several federal gun control measures.

Ex-Catholic Priest in Connecticut charged in Federal drug case

Bridgeport - A former secretary to Cardinal Eagan is accused of selling meth, following a investigation that saw a drug ring infiltrated by an undercover police officer.

FBI agents arrest NYPD cop on charges of civil rights violations

Brooklyn - A New York City police officer was arrested this past Wednesday morning by FBI agents on charges of civil rights violations after he allegedly pepper-sprayed two patrons without cause at a bar in Brooklyn.

Op-Ed: How to Create One Million American Jobs

If Congress exempted prison industries from labor and employment restrictions, a million jobs would be created -- and not just inside American prisons.

Part of Texas gets declared a ‘major disaster’ by Obama

Washington - After months of political posturing between President Barack Obama and Texas Governor Rick Perry over the state’s massive wildfires this season, the White House late last week declared parts of the state a “major disaster.”

Arizona man indicted and arrested over chemical weapons attack

Tucson - An Arizona power-washing contractor was arrested in Tucson on Friday on a two-count federal indictment for allegedly producing and using chemical weapons which were placed in the front and back of a Tucson couple’s home, where he then ignited them.

GE avoids paying federal taxes despite $14 billion in profits

While Congress is grappling with broad budgetary issues, General Electric managed to avoid paying any federal taxes even though the company made $14 billion in global profits.

Memphis kid now distinguished U.S. Secret Service Deputy Director

Washington, DC - Keith Prewitt solved crime on the streets of Memphis, protected presidents, oversaw threat assessments, rose in the ranks of the US Secret Service to his current position as Deputy Director, and is the “Federal Player of the Week".

Chicago police seize enough explosives to level a city block

Chicago - It took 81 detonations to destroy the large quantity of explosive chemicals, gunpowder and fuses Cook County Sheriff deputies seized from a trailer in a gated mobile home community. Police speculate they were being used to make illegal fireworks.

Criminal Justice student pleads guilty to impersonating FBI agent

Great Falls - A 19-year-old Washington, D.C., man who was arrested at a Montana airport has pleaded guilty to impersonating an FBI agent and saying he had a gun in his carry-on bag to see how personnel would respond. He says he wanted to observe how security responded.

Montel Williams lights up the Maine Medical Marijuana Conference

Portland - Montel Williams spoke at yesterday's medical marijuana conference in Maine. In tears as he shared his pain with the audience, he was encouraged by one attending Sheriff to take his medicine, prompting Montel to light up a joint and take a few puffs.

Parents who abused cerebral palsy child post nude sex pics online

Niles - Parents are accused of taking sexually explicit pictures of their young daughter and posting them on the Internet. The young girl who has cerebral palsy detailed the sexual abuse to CPS and is now in their custody while parents await trial and conviction.

Nevada considers charges in deaths of wild horses at the round-up

Reno - A Nevada district attorney is considering whether to file criminal charges against federal land managers who are accused by animal rights activists of mistreating wild horses in a roundup.

Feds say federal immigration laws trump Arizona's efforts

On Friday, the Obama administration urged the Supreme Court to prevent Arizona from enforcing a law the would allow the state to punish businesses that hire illegal immigrants.

Hulk Hogan sues Post Cereal over Cocoa Pebbles commercial

Tampa - Hulk Hogan is back in federal court in Florida, this time over a cartoon commercial. Hulk claims his reputation was harmed in a Cocoa Pebbles ad featuring Bamm-Bamm tossing " Hulk Boulder" into the air and winning the match.

Australian Federal Police Involved in Tel Aviv Hit and Run

Tel Aviv - The Australian Federal Police has been involved in an embarrassing incident in Tel Aviv, within 12 hours of arriving to investigate the use of fake Australian passports. They reportedly hit a female cyclist and failed to offer assistance.

Obama administration to form new agency to monitor climate change

Washington - The Obama administration has proposed the formation of a new federal agency that will study and report to the goverment on the changing climate.
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