Law and Order/Legislation
Cragislist corporate offices

Craigslist | Legal questions about sex ads, kids and crime

Craigslist — the central hub for free online classified advertisements, auto financing and personals ads — is once again finding itself at the center of multiple Craig’s List controversies. Connecticut’s attorney general has lambasted Craigslist for allowing sexually explicit advertising on the website and keeping the profits from that advertising. At the same time, a
A promotional photo of various POM beverage products.

FTC suing POM Wonderful for unsubstantiated health claims

Savvy individuals know that the concept of truth in advertising is largely a misnomer. However, a company can only go so far without proof to back up claims made about a product or service. According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has sued POM Wonderful LLC of Los Angeles, makers of
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Unemployment Extension Made Official November 5, 2009

Unemployment benefits extended 13 weeks The unemployment extension, passed November 5, 2009, was included in a bill with the homebuyer tax credit, and now millions of Americans can continue to collect benefits. The homebuyer tax credit was extended to 2010 in April. The unemployment extension means workers whose unemployment insurance was set to run out
Ernst & Young building in New York's Time Square.

State of New York sues Ernst & Young for civil fraud

The questionable practices of U.S. investment and accounting houses continue to be exposed, thanks to the vigilance of officials like New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. According to the Wall Street Journal, Cuomo has filed a lawsuit against Ernst & Young for alleged civil fraud. Ernst & Young is being accused of helping Lehman Brothers
Hydroponics

Walmart of Weed | weGrow warehouse expanding as a franchise

In California, the “Walmart of weed,” weGrow, is opening a second location. The warehouse-sized hydroponic store does not sell marijuana. The so-called “Walmart of weed” offers hydroponic supplies, growing classes and other gardening support. The Walmart of Weed store WeGrow stores, which started as iGrow in Sacramento, are warehouse stores dedicated to hydroponic growing. The
Front view of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

Ohio public workers protest collective bargaining reform

According to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, reform of the state’s collective bargaining agreement is necessary. Yet this opinion has proven unpopular with the state’s public workers, reports Cleveland.com. At the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, 1,800 workers were out in force Thursday to protest Senate Bill 5, which would take away state workers’ collective bargaining rights
No more doctors note needed in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Breckenridge, Colorado, Legalizes Pot | Can They Do That?

Penalties for possession removed The federal government still states that possession of marijuana is illegal, as does the state of Colorado. However, in the city of Breckenridge, Colorado, people who possess less than an ounce of pot will not face any criminal or civil charges. Yes, on election day 2009, Breckenridge, Colorado, voters made marijuana
Anthrax

Scientists unable to find source of anthrax used in 2001 attacks

Scientists and investigators have been unable to determine the source of the anthrax used in the 2001 anthrax attacks. The anthrax spores used in the attacks are similar to a strain grown in the laboratory of Bruce Ivins but not completely identical. Ivins committed suicide before he could be prosecuted. National Academy of Sciences contradicts

Parents are Using Small Loans to Fund Childcare, But There is Help

The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit It may take a small loan to fund child care these days, but there are ways to manage. The Child and Dependent Care tax credit is a new credit the government has initiated to help consumers cut their tax liabilities. There are some eligibility requirements, but overall it
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French Court Finds Church of Scientology Guilty of Fraud

France fines for fraud The French government has never recognized the Church of Scientology as a religion. It has always viewed it as a “sect” or simply a commercial operation. Now, after two women filed complaints against the Church of Scientology, the French court has said the Church of Scientology is guilty of fraud. Now,
Silvio Berlusconi

Rome and Moscow plagued by protests and riots

Over the past few weeks, Rome and Moscow became the latest world capitals to experience protests leading to riots. Protests and riots broke out in Rome as Silvio Berlusconi survived a vote of no confidence. Riots broke out in Moscow as soccer fans and nationalists clashed with minority ethnic groups. Rome erupts in violence as
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Kinsman, IL | Scene of FBI raid

Minuscule town raided by FBI Kinsman, Illinois is a sleepy little town with a population just over 100.  It’s about 50 miles southwest of Chicago, and there isn’t much there, not even a gas station or a single cash advance store.  All that’s in the town is a church, a Post Office, and a bar. 
A mock Uncle Sam sign that reads, “I'm counting on you! Don't ask, Don't tell.”

DADT military gay ban upheld by Supreme Court

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) has been upheld without dissent by the Supreme Court of the United States, according to the SCOTUS blog. Justice Elena Kagan, a noted anti-DADT activist during her previous tenure at Harvard University, was recused from the decision. The 1993 law that bars homosexuals from serving openly in the armed forces
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House rejects bill for $250 payment to Social Security recipients

A House bill that would have authorized a one-time $250 check to seniors, veterans and the disabled who collect Social Security was defeated in the House Wednesday. The bill was proposed to give citizens on the dole a boost because no cost-of-living increase, or Social Security COLA, was enacted for 2011. Republicans argued that the
Outdoor photo of one of JPMorgan Chase & Co's offices, taken in the late afternoon/early evening.

Trustee Irving Picard sues JPMorgan Chase for Madoff fraud

The latest chapter in the Bernie Madoff financial scandal involves one of the United State’s largest banking and investment companies, reports PR Newswire. It has been announced via press release that Irving Picard, the trustee for liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS), is filing a complaint in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the
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Kansas Payday Loan Store Employee Foils Robbers

Payday loan store not robbed Kansas seems to be a pretty popular place for payday loan store robberies. However, the workers at payday loan stores are getting wise. Check out this story from The Wichita Eagle: WICHITA — Two men attempted to rob a payday loan business Monday, but were foiled when an employee was
Rickey Chekevdia has been found by Illinois State Police after two years of being hiding in the walls of his maternal grandparents' home. (Photo: missingkids.com)

Boy Found in Wall | Mother Hid Him From the Sun

Parents must stop running, settle differences like adults Michael Chekevdia and Shannon Wilfong of Illinois appear to have had a difficult marriage. But the moment they had their son Ricky Chekevdia in 2003, the responsibility landed upon both their shoulders to ensure that Ricky had a safe, nurturing home. If Michael and Shannon had difficulties