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US Paid Suspected Nazis Millions in Social Security

Benefits continue after they voluntarily leave US

(Newser) - As an incentive to get them off American soil, Nazi war criminals and suspects were in many cases allowed to keep their Social Security benefits. That left dozens of them—at least 38 of 66 suspects since 1979—to receive millions in US taxpayer dollars over the years, the AP... More »

Eric Holder Will Step Down

Resignation announcement coming today

(Newser) - Eric Holder, the first black attorney general and one of the few remaining original members of President Obama's cabinet, will announce his resignation later today, sources tell NPR . Holder is described as being more and more "adamant" that he will leave, and sources say that could happen as... More »

FedEx Accused of Drug Trafficking

Feds indict over online pharmacies; company says it did nothing wrong

(Newser) - Is FedEx a drug trafficker? Federal prosecutors think so; yesterday they slapped the shipping company with a 15-count indictment, alleging that it knowingly shipped drugs for illegal online pharmacies, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the indictment, FedEx even set up a special "Online Pharmacy Credit Policy" to... More »

Citi to Pay $7B Fine Shaped by ... Benghazi Arrest?

Justice Department delayed lawsuit for publicity reasons

(Newser) - Citigroup today agreed to shell out $7 billion to settle allegations stemming from its role in the mortgage crisis. The deal will consist of $4.5 billion in cash and $2.5 billion in consumer relief, the Wall Street Journal reports. The penalty is notably lower than the $13 billion... More »

'Tour de Fraud' Earns Bank Record Fine

BNP Paribas fined almost $9B for bypassing sanctions

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors at last made good on their promise to get a guilty plea out of a major bank yesterday, as BNP Paribas agreed to a record fine of almost $9 billion for violating US sanctions. The bank, the biggest in France, "perpetrated what was truly a Tour de... More »

DOJ Plan: Cut 20K Inmates' Jail Time by 23 Months

Holder-endorsed proposal would reduce nonviolent offenders' sentences

(Newser) - Some 9% of the federal prison population could see their sentences reduced by an average of 23 months thanks to a new Justice Department proposal endorsed by Eric Holder. The US Sentencing Commission voted in April to reduce drug sentences for nonviolent offenders in the future; this proposal, presented to... More »

Swiss Bank: Yep, We Helped Americans Duck Taxes

Credit Suisse pleads guilty in Justice Department case

(Newser) - Credit Suisse AG has pleaded guilty to helping wealthy Americans avoid paying their taxes through offshore accounts, CNN Money reports. A person familiar with the matter said the European bank has agreed to pay about $2.6 billion in penalties, which will apparently be paid to the Justice Department and... More »

US Charges 5 in China's Military With Cyber Spying

It's the first such charge against a state actor

(Newser) - The US government has filed criminal charges against five Chinese military officers, accusing them of spying on American businesses, NBC News and USA Today report. It's the first time the US has leveled such charges against a state actor. The Justice Department is alleging that the officers used military... More »

Feds: Albuquerque Cops Use Excessive Force

Report slams department for violating civil rights

(Newser) - Police in New Mexico's biggest city routinely violate people's constitutional rights with a pattern of excessive and deadly force, a damning Justice Department report finds. The department's civil-rights investigation found that the majority of the police shootings in Albuquerque over the last few years were unjustified and... More »

Toyota Pays $1.2B to End Criminal Probe

It's an unusually large settlement for an automaker

(Newser) - Toyota will write a hefty $1.2 billion check to end a four-year Justice Department investigation into its unintended acceleration scandal , Attorney General Eric Holder announced today. It's the largest criminal penalty against a car company in US history, according to USA Today . "Today we can say for... More »

American Arrested, Accused of Plot to Join al-Qaeda

Nicholas Teausant planned flight to Syria, officials say

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors say a 20-year-old California man has been arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state and charged with trying to provide support to al-Qaeda's efforts in Syria. The Justice Department said today that Nicholas Teausant, of Acampo, Calif., was planning to travel to Canada before proceeding to... More »

Feds Open Criminal Inquiry Into GM Auto Recall

Justice Department suspects automaker didn't act quickly enough

(Newser) - General Motors is facing more pressure over its handling of a deadly defect in certain compact cars as word leaked of a criminal investigation and two congressional committees opened inquiries into the matter. The Justice Department is investigating whether GM broke any laws with its slow response to a problem... More »

CIA Accused of Spying on Senate Staffers

Inspector General looking into clashes over torture report

(Newser) - The CIA's Inspector General is calling for the Justice Department to look into allegations that the agency illegally spied on aides to the Senate Intelligence Committee as they gathered information for a potentially contentious report on the CIA's torture program, McClatchy reports. The CIA had insisted that the... More »

Report: Feds Subpoena Mt. Gox

Japan also promises to investigate

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors in New York have sent a subpoena to Mt. Gox, the once-mighty bitcoin exchange that vanished yesterday , the Wall Street Journal reports. Prosecutors demanded that the site preserve certain documents, a source said. Mt. Gox is based out of Tokyo, but if its employees sent emails or financial... More »

Feds Plan New Protections for Same-Sex Marriages

Holder's Justice Department calls for equality

(Newser) - Thirty-four states don't recognize same-sex marriage—but when it comes to criminal justice, the attorney general is ready to afford all marriages the same protections. "In every courthouse, in every proceeding, and in every place where a member of the Department of Justice stands on behalf of the... More »

Deputy AG: NSA 'Probably' Has Congress' Call Data

Lawmakers lambaste deputy attorney general James Cole

(Newser) - Just how sweeping is the NSA's data collection? So sweeping that it likely includes members of Congress and President Obama himself, Deputy Attorney General James Cole conceded yesterday. In a contentious Judiciary Committee hearing, Darrell Issa asked Cole directly if the government collected data on numbers beginning with (202)... More »

Tech Giants: Here's What the NSA Wanted

Yahoo, Google, Facebook and others reveal data requests

(Newser) - Wonder if the NSA is spying on you? Well keep wondering, because the NSA isn't talking, but major technology companies today revealed how many data requests the NSA made in the first half of 2013, the Washington Post reports. Yahoo led the pack with requests for content affecting at... More »

US, Internet Giants Cut Deal on Data Disclosure

Companies can say how often they give up your information

(Newser) - The government and leading Internet companies today announced a compromise that will allow those companies to reveal more information about how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government in national security investigations. The Justice Department reached agreements with Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn that... More »

Feds Will Recognize Utah's Gay Marriages

Justice Department takes opposite stance of state as matter goes through courts

(Newser) - Because the status of in-limbo gay couples who got married in Utah wasn't confusing enough: The Justice Department said today that it will recognize their marriages, even though the state won't , reports NBC News . It's no small thing: This means that the more than 1,000 couples... More »

JPMorgan Execs Unscathed in $1.7B Madoff Settlement

Fines will go to pay off victims

(Newser) - JPMorgan has officially signed off on a $1.7 billion settlement laying to rest complaints about its dealings with infamous Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff. Prosecutors accuse the bank of turning a blind eye to Madoff's frauds—the bank filed a Suspicious Activity Report on Madoff with UK regulators in... More »

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