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Sessions sticks to Justice Department basics amid Russia uproar

A week into his tenure as U.S. attorney general, Jeff Sessions is going about the business of establishing his conservative agenda at the Justice Department — and keeping his distance from the political storms closing in. The former Republican senator ...

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A stain on the Justice Department

Last week, President Obama granted clemency to 153 individuals who had been incarcerated under mandatory minimum drug-sentencing laws, bringing to more than 1,100 the number of clemency petitions the administration has granted. “You don’t just try to hammer everybody for ...

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2nd Circuit: Targeted killings memos can be kept secret

NEW YORK — The U.S. government can keep secret various memos related to its legal justification for using drones to kill citizens suspected of terrorism overseas, a federal appeals court said in a decision unsealed Monday. The U.S. Court of ...

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GOP senators ask Justice to clarify Clinton email inquiry

WASHINGTON — Two top Republican senators asked the Justice Department on Monday whether it is conducting a criminal investigation related to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private server for email and whether the computer specialist who helped set it ...

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Justice Dept. looks to sharpen computer crime law

WASHINGTON — Stung by recent court decisions that have gone against them, Justice Department lawyers are making a fresh push to clarify a computer trespass law that critics malign as overly broad. The 1986 law, known as the Computer Fraud ...

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Justice Dept.: Food companies risk prosecution for outbreaks

WASHINGTON — Following a deadly listeria outbreak in ice cream, the Justice Department is warning food companies that they could face criminal and civil penalties if they poison their customers. “We have made a priority holding individuals and companies responsible ...

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US at odds with Google on computer search-warrant proposal

WASHINGTON — A Justice Department proposal that could make locating and hacking into computers that are part of criminal investigations easier is raising constitutional concerns from privacy groups and Google, who fear the plan could have broad implications. Federal prosecutors ...

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Sentencing changes sought for business crimes

WASHINGTON — The federal panel that sets sentencing policy eased penalties this year for potentially tens of thousands of drug dealers. Now, defense lawyers and prisoner advocates are pushing for similar treatment for an arguably less-sympathetic category of defendants: swindlers, ...

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Citigroup to pay $7B in subprime probe

WASHINGTON — Citigroup agreed Monday to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said “shattered lives” and contributed to the worst ...

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IRS head defiant, GOP interrogators skeptical

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant before skeptical Republicans, the head of the IRS refused to apologize Friday for lost emails that might shed light on the tax agency’s targeting of tea party and other groups before the 2010 and 2012 elections. ...

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News groups complain about gov’t rules on leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Months after the Justice Department issued new guidelines for criminal leak investigations, news organizations are voicing concern about a decision to limit protections to include only journalists engaged in “ordinary newsgathering.” Representatives for news organizations said at ...

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