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Small-time actor peddled fake coronavirus cure to millions online, feds charge in first covid-19 prosecution

The Justice Department brought its first coronavirus-related criminal fraud case in the nation on Wednesday night, accusing a small-time actor in Southern California of peddling a fake cure to millions of his social media followers and trying to woo investors ...

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SEC warns of risk of insider trading during coronavirus market turbulence

WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission is warning of the risk of insider trading. The coronavirus has affected U.S. markets in “unprecedented” ways, Stephanie Avakian and Steven Peikin, co-directors of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, said in a sharply ...

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Examining Burr’s and Loeffler’s well-timed stock trades during coronavirus

WASHINGTON—The STOCK Act was passed in 2012 to make sure that members of Congress don’t trade stocks and enrich themselves based upon something amounting to insider information. And now that we have our first major market drop since its passage, ...

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Coronavirus pandemic makes U.S. more vulnerable to serious cyberattack, lawmakers warn

The United States is increasingly vulnerable to a cyberattack targeting hospitals, food supplies or other vital functions during the coronavirus pandemic, lawmakers and experts say. They’re calling on the Trump administration to take bold action to keep adversaries at bay. ...

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Jails and prisons suspend visitation to keep coronavirus from spreading

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A 56-year-old New York City prison investigator died Sunday of the coronavirus, weeks after he began showing symptoms and went home to self-quarantine. At a county prison in Pennsylvania, the virus sickened the maintenance director about a week ago, sending ...

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D.C. start-up uses technology and data to help police stop human trafficking

In late 2013, acting on a community tip, police detectives in Delaware began investigating massage parlors operated by a man named Da Zhong Wang. They were suspected fronts for prostitution and human trafficking. After a sting operation, police arrested Wang ...

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U.S. Soccer argues USWNT players trail male counterparts in ‘skill’ and ‘responsibility’

The U.S. Soccer Federation, fighting to convince a judge to dismiss the gender discrimination lawsuit brought by members of the 2019 women’s World Cup team, claimed in new legal filings this week that men’s national team players possess more “skill” ...

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Wis. judge criticizes an ‘assault on democracy’ by Justice Roberts’ court

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. sits at the center of the Supreme Court's ideological spectrum. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford

Lynn Adelman, a U.S. district judge in Milwaukee, has riled conservatives by publishing a blistering critique of the Supreme Court’s record under Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., focusing on a string of decisions that he argues have fostered “economic inequality,” ...

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Analysis: Why you should care about the Chuck Schumer-John Roberts dustup

Chuck Schumer

WASHINGTON — The chief justice of the United States and the highest-ranking Senate Democrat got into a war of words Wednesday that epitomized how the relationship between our legislative and judicial branches has taken a severe turn for the worse. ...

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Justice Department hints at legal action against Google

A sign of Google is seen at its headquarters in Mountain View, California on April 21, 2018. (Photo by Yichuan Cao/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department issued a rare, private rebuke of Google this week, faulting the tech giant for failing to promptly turn over critical information to government officials who are investigating the search and advertising company for potential ...

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Trump to commute sentence of former Illinois governor Blagojevich

President Trump listens to Italian President Sergio Mattarella in the East Room at the White House on Oct. 16, 2019. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump granted clemency to a slew of high-profile individuals Tuesday, including Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor who was convicted on corruption charges in 2011 related to trying to sell then-President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat, ...

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