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Snowden seeks extra Russian protection after U.S. threats

Snowden seeks extra Russian protection after U.S. threats

MOSCOW, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. secrets leaker Edward Snowden will ask Moscow for extra protection after a report U.S. civilian and military spies want him dead, his Russian lawyer said.
Michelle Obama celebrates 50th with 500 guests including Beyonce, Blue Ivy

Michelle Obama celebrates 50th with 500 guests including Beyonce, Blue Ivy

Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Michelle Obama celebrated her 50th birthday Saturday dancing to catching tunes from Queen Bey.
Veronica Linares

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
By United Press International

New rules said to limit profiling by U.S. agents

NEW YORK, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Washington will expand racial profiling's meaning to ban U.S. agents from including religion, national origin, gender or sexual orientation, an official said.
Federal govt. to recognize Utah same-sex marriages

Federal govt. to recognize Utah same-sex marriages

Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The federal government will recognize the same-sex marriages performed in Utah over the past month, despite the state announcing it would not view them as valid, pending appeal.
Gabrielle Levy

Holder: Utah gay marriages are legal despite state's position

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Friday said the United States recognizes same-sex marriages performed in Utah even though the state no longer does.

New U.S. guidelines go against zero-tolerance school policies

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The Obama administration issued guidelines Wednesday that recommend public school officials use law enforcement only as a last resort for discipline.
White House appeals ruling on constitutionality of NSA program

White House appeals ruling on constitutionality of NSA program

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The Justice Department asked a U.S. appeals court Friday to toss out a judge's ruling the National Security Agency surveillance is likely unconstitutional.
Administration proposes 'clarification' on gun bans for mentally ill

Administration proposes 'clarification' on gun bans for mentally ill

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder proposed a federal regulation Friday to clarify who is covered by statutory bans on owning guns for "mental health reasons."

Prosecutors: Defense in marathon bombing should not get delay

BOSTON, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Prosecutors say lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev do not need more time to decide on a change of venue motion.
At year's end: Washington Navy Yard massacre tops 2013 shootings

At year's end: Washington Navy Yard massacre tops 2013 shootings

The year began with Americans still stunned and angered by the late 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary and ended with them marking the one-year anniversary of the killing of 26 children and staff by a 20-year-old gunman.
CHUCK DEBEVEC, United Press International

Ally Financial to pay $98 million for auto loan discrimination

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Ally Financial Inc. Friday agreed to pay $98 million to settle claims of discriminatory auto loans to African-American, Hispanic and Asian/Pacific borrowers.

9/11 suspect ejected from war court for outbursts

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A U.S. military judge booted one of the suspected planners of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States from the war court for his outbursts.
George W. Bush shows off paintings while traveling on Air Force One

George W. Bush shows off paintings while traveling on Air Force One

Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The flight on Air Force One to South Africa was a crowded affair, with a former president, two former first ladies, and a slew of advisors hitching a ride with the Obamas headed to the Nelson Mandela memorial service.
Gabrielle Levy
Prosecutors agree to loosen access restrictions on Tsarnaev

Prosecutors agree to loosen access restrictions on Tsarnaev

BOSTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Prosecutors said they have agreed to loosen restrictions on alleged Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev so he can have more access to his defense team.

Holder promises help for violence-plagued Chicago

CHICAGO, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Department of Justice will provide financial help fight a wave of gun violence in Chicago.

Russia calls on U.S. to investigate alleged adoption abuses

MOSCOW, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Russian officials have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate alleged abuse of Russian children adopted by Americans.

U.S. diplomacy beats spying, EU leader says

BRUSSELS, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said it was a good confidence building measure for U.S. lawmakers to discuss surveillance concerns in Brussels.
The Issue: Should marijuana be regulated like alcohol?

The Issue: Should marijuana be regulated like alcohol?

A domino effect driven by more available information is expanding acceptance of and support for reform the U.S. marijuana policy, whether for medical or adult recreational use.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
U.S. Justice Department report on Trayvon Martin case due soon

U.S. Justice Department report on Trayvon Martin case due soon

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said a report on a civil rights investigation against acquitted Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman will be released soon.
Justice Department announces $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan

Justice Department announces $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan

NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The largest U.S. bank, JPMorgan, has agreed to a $13 billion settlement for misrepresenting bonds prior to the recession, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

U.S. spy allegations cause 'regrettable tensions'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Cybersecurity issues unveiled by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden have led to "regrettable tensions" between the EU and United States, both governments said.

White House urges early appellate input in Fast and Furious

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A motion filed by the Obama administration in the Fast and Furious case asks for a higher court to rule on the question of executive privilege.
Articles of impeachment against AG Eric Holder to be filed

Articles of impeachment against AG Eric Holder to be filed

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Eleven U.S. House Republicans have drafted articles of impeachment against Attorney General Eric Holder, an action one lawmaker said wasn't done lightly.
President Obama says he will visit Indian Country

President Obama says he will visit Indian Country

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- President Obama, addressing the Tribal Nations Conference, said Wednesday American Indians have been hit hard by this year's budget disputes.
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