May 16, 2009 |
CIA Director Leon E. Panetta on Friday fired back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying agency records showed officials had briefed her truthfully about its interrogation program. He also urged the CIA workforce to ignore the political rancor consuming Capitol Hill. Panetta's assertions came one day after Pelosi accused the agency of misleading Congress by failing to inform her during a fall 2002 briefing that the CIA had used waterboarding and other severe methods on an Al Qaeda suspect.
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March 27, 2009 |
The city of Walnut filed suit earlier this week to block a proposed NFL stadium in adjacent Industry, arguing in part that the developer's campaign failed to reach the city's large Asian population. Walnut is a predominantly Asian suburb about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, and city officials said in their lawsuit that many residents don't speak English. The suit alleges that the city of Industry did not properly inform Walnut residents in their native tongues about the potential effects of the $800-million stadium.
March 20, 2009 |
American International Group Inc. on Thursday surrendered the names of employees who received controversial retention bonuses, but don't look for the list to go public any time soon. New York Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo had subpoenaed the information, insisting that the public had a right to know the identities of the bonus recipients. But he struck a different tone Thursday amid concerns that the bonus recipients could become physical targets for public outrage.
March 13, 2009 |
Just days after FBI agents boarded a Princess Cruises ship in Los Angeles and booked a head waiter on suspicion of rape, lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday that would require cruise lines to report crimes at sea, improve ship safety and employ doctors trained in assault examinations. The $38-billion cruise industry has faced criticism in recent years for a series of high-profile cases involving missing passengers, sexual attacks and so-called "sick ships."
March 12, 2009 |
Thousands of donors to Senate Republican hopeful Norm Coleman's legal fund learned that their identities and some credit card information had been posted on the Web. In an e-mail to supporters, the campaign said it asked federal authorities to investigate, and it urged affected donors to cancel the cards.
March 10, 2009 |
New York's attorney general and a key congressman are demanding that the chief executive of Bank of America Corp. immediately disclose details about individual bonuses paid to Merrill Lynch & Co. employees in December. The Charlotte, N.C., bank acquired Merrill on Jan. 1. The letter from Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) to Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis comes as Cuomo's office and the bank fight about whether details of individual bonuses should be made public.
February 26, 2009 |
Far from the gay-rights battlefields of Los Angeles and San Francisco, where supporters of a ban on gay marriage risk business boycotts and landing on the social D-list, a Baptist church in Montana has scored a quiet victory in its campaign to keep its books and defense-of-marriage backers out of the limelight.
February 11, 2009 |
A slip-up by a law firm Tuesday revealed that Facebook Inc. paid $65 million to end its legal fight with a smaller social network, ConnectU. The founders of ConnectU had accused Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, a fellow Harvard University graduate, of stealing their ideas to create his site. The details of last year's settlement were supposed to be confidential.