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Chrysler repays Treasury Dept. for auto bailout loan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Treasury department said on Tuesday that automaker Chrysler Group LLC has repaid $5.1 billion in bailout loans and ended its ability to draw a remaining $2.1 billion. The government committed a total $12.5 billion to Chrysler under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, and the…

USDA warns of fake antibiotics aimed at Hispanics

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Fake drugs with names that resemble kids’ antibiotics are being sold in Texas pharmacies, mainly to Spanish speakers, and have caused several hospitalizations, according to US officials. The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers urging them not to use the “illegal products,” after…

Justice Department may reopen Malcolm X murder investigation

In light of a recent book that claims the killers of Malcolm X never paid for their crime, the U.S. Department of Justice is considering reexamining the case. The department is reviewing “the request to open the Malcolm X murder,” department spokesman Xochitl Hinojosa said Monday. “We decline further comment…

Police link 8 more murders to US serial killer case

LOS ANGELES – Police said Tuesday they have identified eight more women they believe may have been murdered by a serial killer who terrorized Los Angeles for years known as the “Grim Sleeper.” Los Angeles police department sources said that chief Charlie Beck on Tuesday would release photos of new…

US growth revised upward to 3.1% for end 2010

WASHINGTON — The US economy grew much faster than first thought in the final months of 2010, according to the Commerce Department, which revised the figure upward to 3.1 percent on Friday. In its final estimate for the fourth quarter of 2010, US economic growth was stronger than the 2.8…

US to put military radar on Canada border: Senators

WASHINGTON — The US government will place military-grade radar along the border with Canada to thwart low-flying aircraft used to smuggle illegal drugs onto US soil, senators who sought the deployment said Wednesday. The lawmakers, all Democrats from states that border Canada, had asked for the beefed-up surveillance in a…

AZ sheriff ordered to fix ‘unconscionable’ jail conditions

The self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in the nation” is required to fix jails that do not meet constitutional minimums when it comes to food quality and housing conditions, a federal appellate court ruled Wednesday. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s appeal of District Court Judge Neil…

Dallas officer fired after beating captured on dashcam video

Dallas police file charges against 3 officers and fire 1 after dashboard cams record beating Three Dallas police officers, including one who was fired, will face criminal charges for their alleged roles in the beating of a suspect, which was caught on video by dashboard cameras, the police chief said…

ACLU petitions for oversight of Newark police

ACLU seeks federal oversight of Newark Police Dept., cites misconduct, use of excessive force The American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday that the police department of New Jersey’s largest city has so many serious problems — rampant misconduct, lax internal oversight and too many cases of officers using excessive force…

Gunman dies after firing at suburban Dallas police

Gunman dies after firing shots at suburban Dallas police station; college campus shut down A gunman drove a pickup truck into a suburban Dallas police department parking lot Tuesday, lit the truck on fire and started shooting at the police station, officials said. He died at the scene. McKinney police…

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