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Red-light camera firm bribed officials in 13 states, says fired sales exec

A fired executive from a national red-light camera vendor claimed in an Arizona lawsuit that the company provided lavish gifts and bribes to government officials in 13 states to secure new contracts. The New Jersey Star-Ledger reported Saturday that the bombshell allegations made a 13-page counterclaim by Aaron Rosenberg, former…

Larry Flynt offers $1 million for sex dirt on U.S. officials

WASHINGTON — Porn mogul Larry Flynt in a full page newspaper ad on Sunday offered $1 million for information about the sexual indiscretions of well-known US politicians or government officials. Flynt’s offer, appearing in the Washington Post newspaper, asked readers to phone their tips to his hotline, or to send…

House passes bill against congressional insider trading

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed on Thursday a bill to curb insider trading by lawmakers and other government officials, despite objections from both Democrats and Republicans that it was weaker than a version passed by the Senate last week. The House voted 417-2 to pass the…

Appeals court rejects Padilla torture lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit against current and former government officials for their alleged roles in the detention and torture of Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen and convicted terrorist. Padilla previously sued former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and…

Chinese ‘Red Pad’ reserved for top officials

For the communist cadre who has everything, a shadowy Chinese company is offering a $1,590 tablet computer called the “Red Pad” reserved for the nation’s top officials. The pricey device, whose existence was publicised by state media this week, has drawn mocking comparisons with Apple’s iPad from Chinese netizens. “The…

Snake charmer releases cobras in Indian tax office as protest

A snake charmer in northern India released up to 40 snakes, including spitting cobras, in an Uttar Pradesh tax office. Hukkul Khan said he was protesting because government officials would not proivide a plot of land for him to keep his reptiles. “[T]here is no provision for such a business,”…

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