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Investigation finds sex, fraud and retaliation at Census office

Investigation finds sex, fraud and retaliation at Census office

Employees in the Census Bureau’s hiring office bilked the government out of $1.1 million in pay they never earned, broke government rules by hiring friends and tried to intimidate whistleblowers who ratted them out, according to a new inspector general’s report Thursday that said supervisors even “led” the misconduct. The worst of the employees overcharged […]

Jewel Warren, 8-year-old child of slain cop, escorted to father-daughter dance by 6 officers

Jewel Warren, 8-year-old child of slain cop, escorted to father-daughter dance by 6 officers

A Memphis girl whose father was killed in the line of police duty was recently escorted to a father-daughter dance by six of his law enforcement colleagues. Six Memphis police officers accompanied 8-year-old Jewel Warren to the dance, viagra the department said in a statement on Facebook. They said it was an honor to help […]

Planned Parenthood misleads, women testify at congressional hearing

Planned Parenthood misleads, women testify at congressional hearing

Two women who survived abortions told a congressional hearing that Planned Parenthood, which is being investigated over its abortion and fetal tissue activities, already misleads people about what it does. Planned Parenthood says it is for women’s rights, said Gianna Jessen, who showed pictures of her burned body when she was born at 7 and […]

Colorado coal mine narrowly avoids shutdown, survives WildEarth Guardians threat

Colorado coal mine narrowly avoids shutdown, survives WildEarth Guardians threat

DENVER – Colorado coal miners dodged a threat to their livelihood Friday with the Interior Department’s just-in-time completion of an environmental review that keeps open the Colowyo mine and saves the jobs of 220 employees. The Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining issued a “finding of no significant impact” after being ordered in May by […]

Gina McCarthy, EPA head, won’t appear at House hearing on Animas River spill

Gina McCarthy, EPA head, won’t appear at House hearing on Animas River spill

A House committee will hold next week the first congressional hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Animas River spill, but administrator Gina McCarthy won’t be there. The House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing, scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, said in a statement it will seek answers on “how this disaster occurred and why the […]

Obama Justice Department sides with Planned Parenthood against Bobby Jindal

Obama Justice Department sides with Planned Parenthood against Bobby Jindal

The Obama administration has sided with Planned Parenthood in its effort to keep its contract with Louisiana, arguing in a court filing that the state’s decision to defund the organization may be in violation of the federal Medicaid Act. The Justice Department filed a “statement of interest” late Monday in favor of Planned Parenthood Gulf […]

Chris Christie: track immigrants like FedEx packages

Chris Christie: track immigrants like FedEx packages

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie on Saturday pitched an interesting idea for how to keep tabs on immigrants and visitors to the U.S.: track them like FedEx packages. “At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It’s on the truck. It’s at the station. It’s on the airplane,” Mr. Christie said at […]

Los Angeles VA shredded veterans’ claims instead of processing them, IG report says

The Los Angeles VA shredded veterans’ benefit claims without ever processing them, the department’s inspector general said in a report Tuesday that suggests the problems exposed last year continue. Investigators auditing the Los Angeles office of the Department of Veterans Affairs found eight benefits claims that were designated for shredding, instead of being processed and […]

Gold King Mine spill exposes Obama hypocrisy, threatens EPA credibility, critics say

Gold King Mine spill exposes Obama hypocrisy, threatens EPA credibility, critics say

The political fallout from last week’s toxic spill at Colorado’s Gold King Mine intensified Monday, with critics saying the incident has exposed clear hypocrisy within the Obama administration while threatening the credibility of the Environmental Protection Agency at a crucial moment. Rather than express outrage as it has done in the wake of previous environmental […]

EPA takes heat for toxic wastewater spill that turns Colorado river orange

EPA takes heat for toxic wastewater spill that turns Colorado river orange

DENVER – The Environmental Protection Agency is coming under fire in Colorado after accidentally dumping one million gallons of acidic waste into the Las Animas River, turning it bright orange and threatening the community’s water supply. “The irony of this million-gallon toxic spill is rich,” said Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid. “EPA just created its […]