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Mar 23,2007
WASHINGTON - Virginia M. Kontnik, 51, former chief of staff for a U.S. Senator from Colorado, has pleaded guilty to a charge of making a false certification, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher for the Criminal Division announced today. Kontnik entered the plea today at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Michael E. Hegarty of the District of Colorado. According to a one-count criminal information filed at the federal court in Denver, from 1995 until ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
SAN DIEGO - An agency's squabble with the Navy over military exercises off San Diego County has mushroomed into a broader battle to preserve the special powers of coastal states. The California Coastal Commission filed suit Thursday to contest the Navy's assertion that the agency has no say over training maneuvers beyond the state's waters, which extend three miles from shore. On the surface, the case involves the Navy's refusing the commission's request to increase ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
WASHINGTON - James Steven Griles, the former deputy secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI), has pleaded guilty to obstructing the U.S. Senate's investigation into the corruption allegations surrounding former Washington lobbyist Jack A. Abramoff, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. Griles admitted that he knowingly and willfully lied and concealed material information about the relationship that he had with Abramoff.   Former Washington lobbyist Jack A. Abramoff Griles, 59, ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
WASHINGTON - A federal grand jury in Jackson, Miss., returned a five-count criminal superseding indictment against four former deputies with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department for conspiring to violate the civil rights of inmates at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center, Wan J. Kim, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, and Dunn Lampton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, announced today. The Department alleges that the four former ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
When Australian military forces gather in May and June for training exercises at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area north of Brisbane, Australia, the troops and aircraft will be wired with sensors and laser-based gear that enable units to simulate combat. U.S. forces equipped with the same technology will participate in the war games, called Talisman Sabre 2007, which mix the realism of combat field maneuvers with "virtual" electronic training simulations. The blend of virtual and ... [full story]
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Mar 22,2007
Senate Democrats today discussed their proposal to increase funding for veterans beyond what is currently proposed in the president's inadequate budget. The budget proposed by Senate Democrats keeps promises to America's veterans by dedicating $3.5 billion more than the Bush budget allots, the Senate Democratic Communications Center said.    Walter Reed Army Medical CenterDemocrats are stepping up to support those who sacrifice the most as the Bush administration neglects America's veterans, the senators said. They pointed to ... [full story]
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Mar 22,2007
As the eighteenth anniversary of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill approaches on Saturday, March 24, World Wildlife Fund and Shipping Safety Partnership (SSP) issued a call to Alaska's leaders and the U.S. Coast Guard to take immediate action to address gaps in shipping safety reform in the North Pacific, specifically, along the Great Circle Route. The Exxon Valdez spilled more than 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound.   Cleanup of the Exxon ... [full story]
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Mar 22,2007
Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today regarding yesterday afternoon's passage of the Gulf Coast Housing Recovery Act, H.R. 1227, which addresses the housing needs of the survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This legislation is the first of several bills that the House will soon consider to deal with the unmet needs of the people of the Gulf Coast.   Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi "House Democrats are delivering on our promise to bring ... [full story]
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Mar 22,2007
The federal courts yesterday asked Congress for enough funding to cover basic operating costs in Fiscal Year 2008, while assuring both Houses that the federal Judiciary is doing its part to contain costs and enhance productivity.  Judge Julia Gibbons, chair of the Judicial Conference Budget Committee, and Administrative Office Director James C. Duff appeared before both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Financial Services and General Government on March 21. "The Judiciary recognizes that ... [full story]
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Mar 22,2007
12 Whistleblower Crew Members to Receive $437,500 Each for Reporting Violations WASHINGTON – Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. (OSG) pleaded guilty and was sentenced yesterday in federal court to pay $27 million dollars for violations in Boston, Portland, Maine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Wilmington, N.C., announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew J. McKeown, U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan for the District of Massachusetts, and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Timothy Sullivan.  In addition to the ... [full story]
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Mar 22,2007
Faculty at the largest public university system in America on Wednesday voted to strike over a bitter salary standoff that has professors blasting recent executive pay hikes while bemoaning instructor compensation that they contend is too meager. California State University plans to begin rolling two-day strikes next month which will start on each campus on different dates. No specific dates have been scheduled. Ninety-four percent of voting faculty on 23 campuses authorized a strike unless ... [full story]
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Mar 21,2007
SAN DIEGO - President George W. Bush on Monday nominated the presiding judge of the San Diego Superior Court for a seat on the San Diego federal court. Judge Janis Sammartino was nominated to fill the vacancy created by the death of Judge Judith Keep in September 2004. The Senate must confirm her nomination before she could take the seat.   Judge Janis Sammartino She was one of 11 federal judges for both the district and appellate ... [full story]
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Mar 21,2007
TIJUANA, Mexico - It would be the biggest sewage treatment plant the city has seen, and it wouldn't cost Mexico a penny. Won over by the possibility of free sewage treatment and the prospect of a vast supply of recycled water, high-level Mexican officials are openly endorsing a binational plant promoted by a San Marcos, Calif., company. Though set in Tijuana, the $170 million facility would be funded by U.S. taxpayers. Mexican officials have said ... [full story]
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