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Justice Department gets tough on lawbreaking Wall Street executives

DOJThe Justice Department vowed to prosecute Wall Street executives -- not just their companies -- involved in financial fraud and to step up pressure on corporations to turn over evidence against their employees.

The new rules, issued in a memo Wednesday to all 93 federal prosecutors nationwide, are the first major policy announcement by Attorney General Loretta Lynch since she took office in April. The memo all but acknowledges ongoing criticism that powerful executives have escaped criminal charges in favor of corporate monetary penalties.


States that fought gay marriage owe millions of dollars in legal fees

states fought gay marriageTwo months after the U.S. Supreme Court ended the legal debate over same-sex marriage by declaring it a constitutionally protected civil right, attorneys general and governors who fought it are receiving unpleasant souvenirs of failure: Invoices from the attorneys who beat them.

States that defended same-sex marriage bans — most did, to some extent — are now being asked to pay the legal fees for those litigants under a 40-year-old federal law that says the court “in its discretion, may allow the prevailing party … a reasonable attorney’s fee as part of the costs.”

Or as Michigan attorney Dana Nessel put it: “It’s the price governments pay for defending bigotry.”


Former US No1 James Blake 'slammed to ground' by police in mistaken detention

James BlakeThe former US No1 tennis player James Blake was wrestled to the ground and handcuffed in New York as he was preparing to attend the US Open on Wednesday.

Blake, who is African American, was detained by five white plainclothes police officers as he stood outside a Manhattan hotel. They had mistaken him for a suspect in an identity theft case.


New Orleans Pastor Outed In Ashley Madison Hack Commits Suicide

Pastor outed by Ashley Madison commits suicideJohn Gibson, a 56-year-old pastor who taught at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary was found dead by his wife, Christi, on August 24 in their on-campus home.

Gibson had committed suicide, his family said.

“It was a moment that life doesn't prepare you for,” Christi told CNN this week. “I had to call my kids. How do you tell your kids that their dad is gone and that he took his own life?”


Seattle teachers to strike on first day of school

Washington teachers strikeThousands of Seattle public school teachers will strike on the first day of school Wednesday, joining teachers in southeastern Washington state who have been striking since their school year began on Sept. 1, local media reported.

The Seattle Education Association (SEA), the union representing the teachers, announced the strike at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, as the Seattle School Board met to discuss potential legal action against strikers, The Seattle Times reported.


United CEO Jeff Smisek steps down amid federal investigation

United Air Lines CEO oustedUnited Airlines abruptly replaced its CEO as a federal investigation continued into whether the airline gave preferential treatment to the former chairman of the agency that operates the New York-area airports.

United Continental Holdings Inc. said Tuesday that Jeffery Smisek and two other senior executives had stepped down. Oscar Munoz, a railroad executive and head of United's audit committee, was named CEO and president.


British Airways plane catches fire on Las Vegas runway

Airliner catches fire in LAAn engine on a London-bound British Airways jet caught fire Tuesday while the plane was preparing to take off from Las Vegas, shooting flames from the side of the jumbo jet and forcing passengers to escape on emergency slides.

Billowing black smoke and orange flames could be seen pouring from under the plane's wings, sending passengers fleeing quickly from the aircraft and across the tarmac before about 50 firefighters doused the aircraft in minutes.


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