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Federal court shields overzealous TSA agents from abuse lawsuits

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers are immune from abuse lawsuits because they are not investigators or law enforcement officers, a federal court of appeals has ruled, dismissing a Florida woman’s lawsuit. The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) shields most US government employees from intentional tort claims, with the exception of law enforcement or investigators. However, TSA personnel do not fall ...

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Fair Russia drafts bill to bring federal lawmakers’ salaries in line with national average

MPs from the center-left party Fair Russia have drafted a bill ordering that all members of the federal parliament should receive salaries in line with the country’s average, which is now roughly $ 565 per month. The draft was prepared by the leader of the Fair Russia party Sergey Mironov and MP Oleg Nilov. Read more In an explanatory note ...

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Russian special services thwarted 6 terrorist attacks in 2018, says Federal Security Service chief

Russian special services prevented six terrorist attacks in the first three months of 2018, FSB Director Aleksandr Bortnikov said at Tuesday’s session of Russia’s National Counter-Terrorism Committee. “Three terrorist crimes were committed [in Russia] in the first quarter of 2018 – in the republic of Dagestan, in Khabarovsk Territory and in Sakhalin Region. Six terrorist attacks were stopped at the ...

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Sessions names federal prosecutor for FBI & DOJ probe, but no special counsel

A federal prosecutor is backing the internal probe of the FBI and the Department of Justice and there is no need for special counsel, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a response to Congress and President Donald Trump. In a letter to leaders of the House and Senate judiciary and oversight committees on Thursday, Sessions named US attorney John Huber ...

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New federal rules blamed in disappearance of Kindle erotica titles

The upcoming Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, in addition to making Microsoft move to reduce obscenity on its platform, has hit erotica authors on Amazon. After many authors saw their rankings stripped on the Kindle store, essentially reducing their availability and visibility, while forcing others in the romance category to recategorize or get dinged as well. The Digital Reader followed ...

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New federal rules blamed in disappearance of Kindle erotica titles

The upcoming Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, in addition to making Microsoft move to reduce obscenity on its platform, has hit erotica authors on Amazon. After many authors saw their rankings stripped on the Kindle store, essentially reducing their availability and visibility, while forcing others in the romance category to recategorize or get dinged as well. The Digital Reader followed ...

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US Federal Trade Commission to probe Facebook for use of personal data – Bloomberg citing source

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to probe Facebook for its use of personal data, Bloomberg reports, citing a source. The FTC is investigating whether Facebook violated the terms of a consent decree over its use of personal data, the source said. The probe is set to determine whether the social media giant allowed Cambridge Analytica to receive ...

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Secret Service responding to suspicious vehicle near White House, federal office building evacuated

Published time: 21 Feb, 2018 14:10 Edited time: 21 Feb, 2018 14:31 US Secret Service agents are responding to a suspicious vehicle near the White House, the agency has announced. The New Executive Office Building has been evacuated. Part of 17th Street, where the vehicle was parked, has been closed to traffic, the Secret Service tweeted. ALERT: Secret Service Agents ...

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Federal judge rules that embedded tweets can represent copyright infringement

A recent ruling by a New York federal judge could have significant implications for how copyright laws are enforced. The ruling was made in a case where Justin Goldman accused publications including Breitbart, Time, Yahoo, Vox Media and the Boston Globe of violating his copyright by embedding into their stories tweets with his photo of New England Patriots quarterback Tom ...

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Federal money for clean coal spent on alcohol, limousines & spas

Millions of dollars intended for a clean power initiative were spent on alcohol, spas, jets and lobbying, an audit shows. The perks clearly did not help much, as the project’s company has since filed for bankruptcy. Under former President Barack Obama’s administration, the Department of Energy awarded a $ 1.7 cooperation agreement to Summit Texas Clean Energy, which was supposed ...

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