Federal agencies

Lawsuit seeks data over searches of electronics at US border

March 28, 2017
 Associated Press
A group of First Amendment attorneys sued the Trump administration on Monday over access to data showing how often U.S. citizens and visitors had their electronic devices searched and the contents catalogued at American border crossings.
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SCOTUS takes securities-fraud clash involving Indiana pensions

March 27, 2017
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to use a case stemming from a New York City contract fraud to clarify investors’ ability to sue companies for omitting information from shareholder reports. Investors led by the Indiana Public Retirement System urged the Supreme Court not to take up the dispute.
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Disability claims approval getting tougher

March 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
New rules could set the evidence bar higher despite sharp court rebukes of claim denials.
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Dan Coats sworn in as national intelligence director

March 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats has been sworn in as the nation's top spy chief.
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CIB ordered to give deposition in IRS-Simon lawsuit over Pacers deal

March 15, 2017
Greg Andrews, IBJ Staff
Indianapolis' Capital Improvement Board has failed in its effort to avoid getting entangled in a legal dispute between the IRS and Mel Simon’s widow stemming from Mel’s sale of his half of the Indiana Pacers to his brother Herb in 2009.
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Obama’s final year: US spent $36 million in records lawsuits

March 14, 2017
 Associated Press
The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.
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Tight budgets could complicate Sessions’ vow to fight crime

March 14, 2017
 Associated Press
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is promising his Justice Department will lead the charge in helping cities fight violent crime, and police chiefs are ready with their wish lists. But the federal law-enforcement agencies could receive less funding in a budget plan to be introduced Thursday.
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7th Circuit rules for CSX in landowner suit

March 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against a Roachdale couple’s claims against CSX Transportation Company after finding that CSX has not lost its easement to a portion of its railroad track adjacent to the couple’s property.
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Justices reject appeal of tea party groups over IRS review

February 21, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a nonprofit group that wanted to sue individual IRS officials for targeting tea party groups that applied for tax-exempt status.
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Senate confirms Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator

February 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Friday won Senate confirmation to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a federal agency he repeatedly sued to rein in its reach during the Obama administration.
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Trump names law school dean as new choice to become labor secretary

February 16, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump on Thursday announced law school dean R. Alexander Acosta as his new labor secretary nominee, one day after his original pick abruptly withdrew from consideration.
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Donnelly to vote against Trump AG nominee Sessions

February 3, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly says he will vote against Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general.
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Indiana pain medicine doctor faces 55 felony charges

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana doctor faces 55 felony charges after federal investigators say he traded pills for work on his farm among other accusations.
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Watchdog probe to bring new scrutiny for FBI's Comey

January 13, 2017
 Associated Press
FBI Director James Comey, already under fierce public scrutiny for his handling of the election-year probe of Hillary Clinton, faces a new internal investigation into whether he and the Justice Department followed established protocol in the email server case.
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Trump selects former Sen. Coats for top intelligence post

January 6, 2017
 Associated Press
President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats to lead the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, a role that would thrust him into the center of the intelligence community that Trump has publicly challenged, a person with knowledge of the decision said Thursday.
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DOE details Charlotte School of Law’s troubles

December 22, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
In explaining its decision to boot Charlotte School of Law from the federal student financial aid program, the U.S. Department of Education provided a rare inside look at how the American Bar Association evaluated and ultimately placed the institution on probation.
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US Supreme Court weighs bond hearings for detained immigrants

November 30, 2016
 Associated Press
A seemingly divided U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday tried to figure out whether the government can detain immigrants indefinitely without providing hearings in which they could argue for their release.
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Conway: Trump uninterested in further Clinton probe

November 22, 2016
 Associated Press
President-elect Donald Trump “doesn’t wish to pursue” further investigations into Hillary Clinton’s email practices, a top adviser said Tuesday, a turnaround from campaign rallies when Trump roused supporters to chants of “lock her up.”
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Catholic bishops ask Trump for humane immigration policies

November 14, 2016
 Associated Press
The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops, meeting in Baltimore just days after Donald Trump was elected president, urged him Monday to adopt humane policies toward immigrants and refugees.
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FBI: Hate crimes against Muslims up 67 percent in 2015

November 14, 2016
 Associated Press
The FBI says the number of hate crimes reported to police increased by about 6.7 percent last year, led largely by a 67 percent surge in crimes against Muslims.
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Justices raise doubts about temporary presidential picks

November 7, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States is raising doubts about the temporary appointment of a former labor official in a case that could limit the president’s power to fill top government posts.
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Janet Reno, former US attorney general, dies at 78

November 7, 2016
 Associated Press
Shy and admittedly awkward, Janet Reno became a blunt-spoken prosecutor and the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general, yet she also was the epicenter of a relentless series of political storms, from the deadly raid on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas, to the seizure of 5-year-old Cuban immigrant Elian Gonzalez. She died early Monday at 78.
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Appeals court: Consumer watchdog structure unconstitutional

October 11, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court has ruled that the structure of a U.S. consumer watchdog agency is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to a single agency director.
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St. Vincent loses court battle over $15 million hospital loan

September 30, 2016
John Russell, IBJ Staff
St. Vincent Health has lost a two-year battle over whether it can be reimbursed by Medicare for interest expenses on a $15 million loan it took out to build a new hospital in eastern Indiana.
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More Hillary Clinton emails to be released by State Department

September 23, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The State Department told a federal judge Friday it found 5,600 work-related e-mails from a disk of deleted messages recovered from the private email server Hillary Clinton used while secretary of state, raising the possibility of further disclosures on a subject that has dogged the Democrat’s presidential bid.
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