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Gov't staff: Colleagues watching

WASHINGTON - Even before a former U.S. intelligence contractor exposed the secret collection of Americans' phone records, the Obama administration was pressing a governmentwide crackdown on security threats that requires federal employees to keep closer tabs on their co-workers and exhorts m…

June 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Senators fume over AF sex-case dismissal

WASHINGTON - An Air Force general who overturned the sexual assault conviction of a fellow fighter pilot now finds himself caught in a political crossfire that could change military justice; perhaps, some fear, for the worse.

March 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Death penalty in major crimes not a given

WASHINGTON - Reacting to the Arizona shooting with anger, sadness and shock, a majority of Americans think that suspect Jared Loughner should be sent to death row if he's convicted, according to one poll. But if statistics are any indication, he has a good chance of escaping execution.

January 23, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Health, safety fears follow plans to burn oil from Gulf spill

WASHINGTON - Plans to burn hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil from BP's blown-out well are raising new questions about the health and safety of the thousands of workers on nearby rigs and vessels.

June 12, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Mechanic: BP official made fatal decision after long argument

WASHINGTON - Company executives and top drill hands on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig argued for hours about how to proceed before a BP official made the decision to remove heavy drilling fluid from the well and replace it with lighter weight seawater that was unable to prevent gas from …

May 27, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
9/11 trial shift appears political

9/11 trial shift appears political

WASHINGTON - As the White House reconsiders the decision to prosecute the five alleged plotters of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in civilian court, the likely change seems designed to protect vulnerable Demo-crats in Congress more than it is to improve the chances for conviction.

March 14, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Citizen jailed as illegal entrant despite denial, Southern accent

Citizen jailed as illegal entrant despite denial, Southern accent

FLORENCE, Ariz. — Thomas Warziniack was born in Minnesota and grew up in Georgia, but immigration authorities pronounced him an illegal immigrant from Russia.

January 26, 2008 12:00 am Photos



Line blurred between White House, Justice Dept.

WASHINGTON — The investigations into the Bush administration's decision to fire nine U.S. attorneys have exposed how the administration has eroded the firewall between partisan politics and the Justice Department and compromised the independence of the nation's top law enforcement agency.

June 24, 2007 12:00 amLoading…
Justice Dept. asked 7 U.S. attorneys to quit

Justice Dept. asked 7 U.S. attorneys to quit

WASHINGTON — The No. 2 Justice Department official acknowledged Tuesday that at least seven U.S. attorneys were asked to resign, but he denied that the administration ousted them for political reasons.

February 07, 2007 12:00 amLoading…
Securing the homeland

Securing the homeland


September 10, 2006 12:00 amLoading…

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