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  • Court Reprimands Ohio Governor Over Gifts

    Court Reprimands Ohio Governor Over Gifts

    Headline News 12/28/2006

    Governor Bob Taft (R-OH) Wednesday received a public reprimand from the Ohio Supreme Court for ethics violations stemming from charges that he received over 50 gifts worth up to $6,000 during four years in office. The reprimand will be a permanent ma...

  • Samsung Korean Executive Agrees to Plead Guilty

    Samsung Korean Executive Agrees to Plead Guilty

    Headline News 12/22/2006

    WASHINGTON — An executive from Samsung Electronics Company Ltd..– the world’s largest manufacturer of a common computer component called dynamic random access memory (DRAM) – has agreed to plead guilty, serve jail time in the United States, a...

  • 17 Guantanamo detainees sent home

    17 Guantanamo detainees sent home

    Headline News 12/17/2006

    The U.S. military repatriated 18 detainees from Guantanamo Bay over the weekend to Afghanistan, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Libya and Bangladesh, a Pentagon spokesman said Sunday.The men, flown out of the U.S. naval base in southeastern Cuba on Friday, were a...

  • Nebraska's Ban On Corporate Farming Shot Down

    Nebraska's Ban On Corporate Farming Shot Down

    Headline News 12/14/2006

    [##_1L|1014458418.jpg|width="180" height="126" alt=""|_##]The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Wednesday that a 1982 ban on corporate farming in Nebraska is unconstitutional because it violates the dormant commerce clause. The federal...

  • "Girls Gone Wild" Sentenced to Pay $1.6 Million

    "Girls Gone Wild" Sentenced to Pay $1.6 Million

    Headline News 12/13/2006

    Mantra Films, Inc., a Santa Monica, Calif. company operating as Girls Gone Wild, was sentenced today to pay $1.6 million in criminal fines for failing to create and maintain age and identity records for films it produced, Assistant Attorney General A...

  • Maryland high court considers same-sex marriage ban

    Maryland high court considers same-sex marriage ban

    Headline News 12/05/2006

    The Maryland Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on Monday in a case challenging a 1973 state law banning same-sex marriage. Plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), argued that marriage is a fundamental right which sho...

  • US House to vote on Mexico offshore drilling bill

    US House to vote on Mexico offshore drilling bill

    Headline News 12/02/2006

    [##_1L|1072780264.jpg|width="200" height="170" alt=""|_##]Republicans in the US House of Representatives agreed Friday to vote on a compromise offshore drilling bill on Tuesday under special rules that limit amendments and generally speed up proceedi...

  • U.S. Prison and Jail Population Increases in 2005

    U.S. Prison and Jail Population Increases in 2005

    Headline News 11/30/2006

    [##_1L|1040026648.jpg|width="104" height="104" alt=""|_##]The population of individuals in US prisons rose by 2.7 percent in 2005, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics. The repo...

  • Spitzer cautions against easing corporate reforms

    Spitzer cautions against easing corporate reforms

    Headline News 11/26/2006

    Many of the efforts to soften the corporate accountability reforms of the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act are being pushed by the same corporations that employed questionable accounting and business practices before the Sarbanes-Oxley reforms, New York state...

  • President of Hyundai's Insurance Arrested

    President of Hyundai's Insurance Arrested

    Headline News 11/15/2006

    Ha Jong Sun, former attorney and president of Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance Co. became the second suspect arrested in a week as a result of a probe into the 2003 sale of Korea Exchange Bank to Lone Star Funds. Lee Kang Won, former Korea Exchang...

  • Shipping Company Sentenced for Vessel Pollution

    Shipping Company Sentenced for Vessel Pollution

    Headline News 11/14/2006

    WASHINGTON – USDOJ) The Sun Ace Shipping Company, based in Seoul, South Korea, was sentenced today to pay a $400,000 penalty, a $100,000 community service payment to the National Fish and Wildlife Program, Delaware Estuary Grants Program, which wil...