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March 12, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Justice Department employees in the Civil Rights Division's voting section have shown a "disappointing lack of professionalism" during the Bush and Obama administrations, according to an independent review that found a polarizing culture, with many staffers venting frustration in personal emails and blog posts filled with racial and other epithets. The department's inspector general's office is sending its findings, released Tuesday, to top Justice Department officials for possible discipline or other administrative action against three unidentified employees.
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BUSINESS
January 26, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Ben Fritz and Randy Lewis
Giving its blessing to a deal that could transform the music industry, the Justice Department on Monday approved the controversial merger of the nation's dominant ticket seller and the world's largest concert promoter -- but only after extracting major concessions to address concerns that Ticketmaster and Live Nation would have a stranglehold on ticket sales. The merger, which was the first major review for Obama administration antitrust regulators, will create a goliath with hands in every pocket of the music business.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
The merger to create the world's largest airline will have to get the green light from a U.S. District Court. The question now is when will the trial start. The U.S. Department of Justice asked a district court judge Tuesday to set a March 3 trial date to hear its challenge of the mega-merger of American Airlines and US Airways. Quiz: What can't you take onboard a jetliner? The Justice Department has filed suit to stop the merger, saying it would result in fewer services, lessĀ  competition and higher airfares.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2011 | From Reuters
The Obama administration Wednesday filed to block AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of wireless rival T-Mobile USA because of anti-competitive concerns. The Justice Department said the acquisition would "remove a significant competitive force" with AT&T and T-Mobile competing in at least 97 of the top 100 U.S. wireless markets, according to court papers obtained by Reuters. Blocking the acquisition on antitrust grounds would deal a blow to the telecommunication giant's expansion plans.
NATIONAL
July 26, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Eight senior Justice Department administrative employees should be disciplined for seeking jobs there for their children and other relatives, and officials need to tighten their employment guidelines after three nepotism incidents in recent years, the inspector general said Thursday. In the latest cases, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz's report said that within certain departments a culture of "nepotism, ethical lapses and misleading statements was the result of bad behavior by individuals insufficiently impressed with the principles of fair and open" hiring competition.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before insert funny line here . Oops, did I really do that? The Skinny: I caught some of the British version of "House of Cards " last night and liked it. It felt more gritty and less glamorous than the Netflix version. Also finally watched "Zodiac," which was really great. I know, you come here for news not my viewing habits. Well, we have some big news today. Dish and Disney struck a huge distribution deal and the Department of Justice is on the side of broadcasters in their fight against Aereo.
NEWS
March 17, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
The New Orleans Police Department has engaged in a wide-ranging pattern of misconduct including the excessive use of force and unconstitutional arrests, the Department of Justice announced on Thursday. In a lacerating report that followed an investigation requested by local officials, the Justice Department found the department had failed to adequately protect the city. There have been complaints about the department for years, but the difficulties reached a crescendo when unarmed people were shot in the wake of the tumult of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
WORLD
April 25, 2013 | By Wes Venteicher, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Almost 30 years ago, two young women allegedly obtained fake passports in Europe for a clandestine trip to Cuba. Today, one is in prison serving a 25-year sentence for espionage; the other has taken shelter in Sweden. On Thursday, the U.S. government stepped up its efforts to get that second woman, Marta Rita Velazquez, from Sweden to an American courtroom. Velazquez, 55, a U.S. citizen born in Puerto Rico, was charged in 2004 with conspiracy to commit espionage for her role in recruiting Ana Belen Montes to give American secrets to Cuba, according to a previously sealed indictment that the Justice Department released Thursday.
NATIONAL
December 4, 2009 | By Josh Meyer
Deputy Atty. Gen. David Ogden, the No. 2 official at the Justice Department, announced Thursday that he is stepping down after 10 months on the job to return to his private law practice. Sources at the Justice Department and on Capitol Hill said they had not been given any indication that his departure was imminent, although Ogden had told some that he had always intended to spend only a year or two in the job. "It was a surprise to me," said one official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
NATIONAL
July 19, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
The Justice Department is trying to protect its political appointees from the Fast and Furious scandal by concealing an internal "smoking gun" report and other documents that acknowledge the role top officials played in the program that allowed firearms to flow illegally into Mexico, according to the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Kenneth E. Melson, the ATF's acting director, also told congressional investigators this month that the affidavits prepared to obtain wiretaps used in the ill-fated operation were inconsistent with Justice Department officials' public statements about the program.
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