- Groups seek changes to Cleveland police consent decree Updated: Jun-29-15 2:16 pm
CLEVELAND - The NAACP and other civil rights groups want a federal judge to modify a consent decree aimed at reforming the troubled Cleveland police department by requiring outside agencies to investigate deadly police-use-of-force cases and to make the job of police inspector general more independent, according to brief filed Monday.
- Lubbock police chief demoted days after federal hiring probe Updated: Jun-27-15 1:46 pm
LUBBOCK, Texas - The police chief in Lubbock, Texas, was demoted to captain just a day after an assistant police chief overseeing a murder investigation was reassigned, according to a newspaper report.
- Prosecutors: Feds interfere with Utah attorneys general case Updated: Jun-25-15 8:41 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Two state prosecutors said their federal counterparts are interfering in criminal cases against two former Utah attorneys general by pursuing an illegal campaign contribution case against a key witness.
- Ferguson police chief tries to create more diverse force Updated: Jun-25-15 4:22 pm
ST. LOUIS - Ferguson's mostly white police force, widely maligned after the fatal shooting of a black man by a white officer last summer, is trying to become more diverse despite the St. Louis suburb's battered image and regional competition from better-paying police agencies, the interim police chief said.
- New Mexico coal plant owners settle Clean Air Act violations Updated: Jun-24-15 6:03 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - The owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation reached a settlement Wednesday with federal agencies over complaints they flouted rules for permits and violated the Clean Air Act, leading to expanded pollution control upgrades that will cost millions of dollars.
- Grand jury to consider charges in Ohio police custody death Updated: Jun-24-15 5:25 pm
CLEVELAND - A grand jury will determine whether criminal charges should be filed against two Cleveland police officers in the death of a woman having a mental health crisis last November, a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office said Wednesday.
- Arkansas prison department wants details of federal probe Updated: Jun-23-15 6:44 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Arkansas Department of Correction has formally requested details of the allegations that initiated a federal investigation into possible sexual abuse and harassment at a women's prison.
- Ferguson mayor facing another recall push Updated: Jun-23-15 10:44 am
FERGUSON, Missouri - A group seeking the ouster of Ferguson's mayor has submitted a new batch of petitions seeking a recall election in the wake of last summer's police shooting death of Michael Brown.
- DOJ seeks panelists for selecting police commission members Updated: Jun-23-15 3:19 am
CLEVELAND - The U.S. Justice Department is seeking suggestions about who should serve on a selection panel that will pick a community police commission that is a key provision in Cleveland police department reforms.
- Feds, NYC reach deal to curb violence in Rikers Island jails Updated: Jun-22-15 6:25 pm
NEW YORK - Federal prosecutors and lawyers for injured inmates have reached an agreement with the city to curb widespread violence and other problems that have plagued the Rikers Island jail system for years, according to court papers filed Monday.
- Attorney feels driven to solve 1940 slaying of NAACP member Updated: Jun-22-15 6:32 am
BROWNSVILLE, Tennessee - The man in the black-and-white photograph on Jim Emison's desk seems to look right into him, all but demanding to not be forgotten. Emison is doing his best to oblige.
- Lawsuit seeks to memorialize a less heroic side of 9/11 Updated: Jun-21-15 2:46 pm
NEW YORK - It has been nearly 14 years since the Sept. 11 attacks, but a lawsuit on behalf of Muslims rounded up in the aftermath has barely moved forward as lawyers try to show how frightening it was for hundreds of men with no ties to terrorism to be treated like terrorists, locked up and abused for months at a time.
- Texas turns away from criminal truancy courts for students Updated: Jun-20-15 10:24 am
DALLAS - A Texas law that's sent about 100,000 students a year to criminal court for missing school - and even some to jail - is off the books, though a Justice Department investigation into one county's truancy courts continues.
- Suit asks insurance for disabled homeowners with pit bulls Updated: Jun-19-15 4:21 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - People with disabilities shouldn't be turned down for homeowners insurance just because they have pit bulls for service dogs, a federal court lawsuit filed in Oregon says.
- St. Louis unveils multimedia bid to boost pride, image Updated: Jun-18-15 6:14 pm
ST. LOUIS - A group launched a marketing campaign Thursday meant to stoke pride in the two-state St. Louis region, hoping to strengthen the area's image, which was stung nearly a year ago after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson fueled racial unrest and the national "Black Lives Matter" campaign.
- Judge deals losses to feds in suit against polygamous towns Updated: Jun-18-15 5:18 pm
PHOENIX - A judge has dealt losses to the U.S. Justice Department in its lawsuit that alleges polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah line systematically denied housing, water services and police protection to people who aren't part of the communities' dominant religious sect.
- W.Va. officials concerned about drop in victims fund claims Updated: Jun-18-15 12:19 pm
HUNTINGTON, West Virginia - State officials are concerned about a decline in claims submitted to West Virginia's Crime Victims Compensation Fund.
- Afghan war over? Then set us free, Guantanamo detainees say Updated: Jun-17-15 1:51 pm
WASHINGTON - Two Guantanamo Bay detainees are using President Barack Obama's own words to argue that the U.S. war in Afghanistan is over - and therefore they should be set free.
- Swiss bank named in FIFA indictment opens investigation Updated: Jun-17-15 8:48 am
ZURICH - Swiss private bank Julius Baer says it is investigating its involvement in a FIFA corruption case and is cooperating with authorities.
- Hispanics accuse border patrol agents of profiling in Ohio Updated: Jun-16-15 3:08 pm
TOLEDO, Ohio - U.S. Border Patrol agents who watch over northern Ohio not far from the Canadian border routinely engaged in racial profiling to roundup Hispanics and often used racially offensive terms to describe them, an attorney told a federal judge Tuesday.
- Medical center to pay $12.9 million to settle fraud suit Updated: Jun-16-15 9:20 am
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice department says children's National Medical Center has agreed to pay $12.9 million to settle a lawsuit claiming the hospital submitted false information to receive Medicaid and federal funding.
- Profiling ruling to serve as findings in separate case Updated: Jun-15-15 8:11 pm
PHOENIX - A 2-year-old court decision that concluded Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio had racially profiled Latinos will stand as the findings of fact on one of several claims in a separate case alleging a range of alleged civil rights violations by the lawman, a judge ruled Monday.
- Wyoming certifies prisons under federal anti-rape law Updated: Jun-15-15 7:40 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The Wyoming Department of Corrections is working to certify that its facilities around the state meet federal security requirements intended to eliminate sexual assaults against inmates.
- More states comply with federal rules to stop prison rape Updated: Jun-15-15 7:13 pm
BOISE, Idaho - All but four states have either met or are working toward meeting federal guidelines intended to prevent prison rape, the U.S. Department of Justice says.
- Friend who witnessed Michael Brown's death appears in court Updated: Jun-15-15 2:08 pm
ST. LOUIS - The friend who was with Michael Brown last summer when 18-year-old Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer made his first court appearance Monday on a misdemeanor charge linked to an unrelated incident involving police last month.