- Governor lifts state of emergency for Baltimore Updated: May-06-15 12:46 pm
BALTIMORE - The mayor called on federal investigators Wednesday to look into whether this city's beleaguered police department uses a pattern of excessive force or discriminatory policing.
- Author to face critics of new book about city's rape cases Updated: May-06-15 11:19 am
HELENA, Montana - Jon Krakauer, the best-selling author of "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town," is headed to the titular town Wednesday to face angry critics who say his decision to focus on the small Montana city is unfair.
- Attorney General Lynch meets Gray family in Baltimore Updated: May-05-15 11:16 pm
BALTIMORE - Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged Tuesday to improve the city's police department after meeting with the family of a man who was fatally injured in police custody.
- Duke seeks delay in suit over North Carolina coal ash spill Updated: May-05-15 8:31 pm
DOVER, Delaware - A Delaware judge is considering Duke Energy's request for a six-month halt of a shareholder lawsuit prompted by a massive coal ash spill in North Carolina while the company tries to resolve related lawsuits and finalize a $102 million settlement of a federal criminal investigation.
- Reforming Baltimore police will be time-consuming, costly Updated: May-05-15 10:11 am
BALTIMORE - Months before Freddie Gray died of the broken neck he suffered during what Baltimore's top prosecutor called an illegal arrest, the city's mayor and police commissioner said the department needed reform and asked the Justice Department for help reviewing officer misconduct.
- Letter: Justice Dept. lawyer reprimanded for online postings Updated: May-05-15 7:25 am
NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department says one of its attorneys was reprimanded for making online postings about a federal case involving five New Orleans police officers charged in connection with deadly shootings in the days after Hurricane Katrina.
- Ferguson to pay attorney $1,335 an hour to pursue reforms Updated: May-04-15 9:49 pm
FERGUSON, Missouri - Ferguson is paying an attorney $1,335 an hour to help the St. Louis suburb negotiate and possibly litigate reforms pressed by the Justice Department since Michael Brown's shooting death by a police officer there last summer, according to a newspaper report.
- Uncle Sam may have picked the wrong cash cow Updated: May-02-15 3:01 pm
MIDDLETOWN, Maryland - Randy Sowers always expected the government to show up one day and ask where all the cash he was depositing at his bank came from. He thought he had the right answer: from his business selling eggs and milk at farmers markets.
- 2 National Guard soldiers charged with fraud, theft in USVI Updated: May-01-15 4:28 pm
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands - Two National Guard soldiers have been arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands on charges of theft, wire fraud and making false statements.
- Suit: Suburban NY police targeted Latinos for traffic stops Updated: Apr-30-15 6:01 pm
CENTRAL ISLIP, New York - A suburban New York police department that has been the target of Justice Department scrutiny and criticism from a civil rights group is being accused in a lawsuit of systematically targeting Latinos for unfounded, race-based traffic stops, and in some cases, robberies.
- White House: Facilitating ransom not the same as paying Updated: Apr-30-15 4:45 pm
WASHINGTON - Despite a U.S. ban on ransom payments to terrorists, the White House said Thursday that federal officials helping to facilitate a payment is not the same as actually paying a ransom.
- Civilian board launches in Newark to investigate police Updated: Apr-30-15 4:44 pm
NEWARK, New Jersey - Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has signed an executive order to officially create a police civilian complaint review board.
- Attorney general decries 'senseless' violence in Baltimore Updated: Apr-29-15 8:59 pm
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Wednesday called the rioting in Baltimore "senseless acts of violence" that were counterproductive to improving relationships between the police and community.
- Stern questions in post-Katrina bridge shootings case Updated: Apr-29-15 2:03 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Government prosecutors faced stern questions from openly skeptical appeals court judges who were asked Wednesday to reinstate convictions of five former New Orleans police officers in connection with deadly shootings amid the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
- US seeks criminal charges against Lumber Liquidators Updated: Apr-29-15 10:16 am
NEW YORK - The Justice Department is seeking criminal charges against Lumber Liquidators in an ongoing investigation over imported products.
- US seeks criminal charges against Lumber Liquidators Updated: Apr-29-15 7:08 am
TOANO, Virginia - The Justice Department is seeking criminal charges against Lumber Liquidators in an ongoing investigation over imported products.
- Los Angeles County settles civil rights case with feds Updated: Apr-28-15 10:37 pm
LOS ANGELES - The nation's largest sheriff's department agreed to a sweeping settlement Tuesday with the U.S. Justice Department over long-standing civil rights abuses by deputies in the Mojave Desert.
- Texas asks appeals court to uphold voter photo ID law Updated: Apr-28-15 1:31 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Supporters and opponents of a Texas law requiring specific forms of photo identification for voters faced close questioning in a federal appeals court Tuesday on whether the law was meant to discriminate against minorities and whether there are ways to remedy it.
- Loretta Lynch sworn in as new US attorney general Updated: Apr-27-15 10:47 pm
WASHINGTON - Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the 83rd U.S. attorney general, the first African-American woman to serve as the nation's top law enforcement official.
- Hemp backers say bill gives momentum, especially for tribes Updated: Apr-26-15 11:04 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Some observers say a bill passed this session by the North Dakota Legislature that sets down guidelines for industrial hemp provides important momentum for growing the crop and could help create an industry for Indian tribes. However, it could take a while to sort out federal policies.
- Each death in Baltimore makes mistrust harder to overcome Updated: Apr-25-15 4:44 pm
BALTIMORE - Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner came in making big promises to the inner-city residents and police who spent decades staring each other down in neighborhoods ravaged by crack and heroin. But with each death of a black man in custody, their efforts to overcome mistrust have hit hard walls of skepticism and outrage.
- 5 things to know about transgender Americans Updated: Apr-24-15 7:44 pm
NEW YORK - These are pivotal times for transgender Americans, as they gain in visibility yet remain buffeted by bias and misunderstanding.
- Attorney general bids farewell after 6-year tenure Updated: Apr-24-15 7:29 pm
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder bid farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years, outlining what he said were his major accomplishments and telling staffers they helped produce a "golden age" in the department's history.
- Activists seek probe of prosecutor's role in Ferguson case Updated: Apr-24-15 5:44 pm
CLAYTON, Missouri - A Missouri judge gave strong indications Friday that he might toss a lawsuit by four activists seeking an independent investigation of a prosecutor's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Michael Brown shooting case.
- Rhode Island: Guards paid more in overtime because of suit Updated: Apr-24-15 5:19 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The state paid its prison guards $1.5 million more in overtime than planned because of a hiring freeze prompted by a federal lawsuit over how correctional officers are hired, according to its financial statements.