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Officials charge Texas suspect Bryce Ashley Reed on bomb charges

Federal authorities on Friday charged a Texas man with illegal possession of bomb making materials, but would not say whether the arrest is linked to a probe into last month’s deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant. The US Justice Department said in a statement that Bryce Ashley Reed, 31, was…

Justice Department sues drug maker for paying doctors kickbacks

The US Justice Department on Friday accused drug maker Novartis of paying kickbacks to doctors to prescribe the company’s drugs over others. In the second US action against the Swiss firm this week, the Justice Department said Novartis had boosted sales of its expensive brand-name drugs with incentives for prescribing…

Police bust online narcotics ‘Farmers Market’

LOS ANGELES — US authorities announced the bust of an online narcotics “Farmers Market” where people around the globe could buy LSD, ecstasy and other illicit substances. Fifteen people were arrested as the result of a two-year-long investigation code-named “Project Adam Bomb” and involved law enforcement in Scotland, Columbia, the…

DOJ files antitrust suit against Apple’s e-book pricing ‘conspiracy’

The US Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit naming Apple and five publishing houses alleging a “conspiracy to limit” e-book price competition, court documents showed. The suit filed in US District Court in New York said the conspiracy involved “schemes to limit Amazon’s ability to discount e-books,” hurting consumers. The…

Four U.S. women charged in Amish beard-cutting attacks

WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury has indicted four more women over a rash of bizarre beard-cutting incidents against fellow Amish in Ohio, the US Justice Department said Wednesday. A total of 16 people — 10 men and six women — have now been accused in what prosecutors called five…

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom calls U.S. charges ‘malicious’

WELLINGTON — Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom on Thursday accused US authorities of mounting a “misleading and malicious” case against him, saying there was no way they could win a landmark online piracy action. Free on bail in New Zealand after winning a legal fight with prosecutors who wanted keep him…

‘Anonymous’ hackers attack Brazilian websites

The computer hacker group Anonymous attacked websites of Brazil’s federal district Saturday as well as one belonging to aBrazilian singer to protest the forced closure of Megaupload.com. Anonymous posted messages on Twitter describing attacks against hundreds of Brazilian sites that share the URL ‘df.gov.br,’ which are owned by the government of the federal…

Twelve indicted over Amish beard-cutting attacks

WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury has indicted 12 members of a breakaway Amish group over a rash of bizarre beard-cutting incidents against fellow Amish in Ohio, the US Justice Department said Tuesday. In a statement, it linked the accused — including the leader of the group and two women…

U.S. man charged over bid to give China defense info

WASHINGTON — A US man once employed as a guard at a US consulate in China has been charged with attempting to pass defense information to the government in Beijing, the US Justice Department said Wednesday. The new charge came in a superseding indictment for Bryan Underwood, 31, atop previous…

S&P president steps down after US ratings downgrade

Standard & Poor’s president Deven Sharma is stepping down, its parent company announced, just weeks after the credit rating agency cut the US’ top AAA rating and sent global markets into turmoil. Sharma, who will take another role in the company before leaving altogether at the end of the year,…

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