Eighteen current and former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies were indicted as part of an FBI investigation into alleged civil rights abuses and corruption, federal prosecutors said Monday. Sixteen of them made initial appearances in federal court in Los Angeles Monday afternoon, with two others schedule to go before a judge later in the day. The two-year FBI probe focused on allegations that sheriff's officials had fostered a culture in which deputies were permitted to beat and humiliate inmates and cover up misconduct at the nation's largest county jail. read more
With Congress facing a major shortfall in transportation funding next year, a House bill introduced Wednesday would raise the federal gasoline tax by 15 cents per gallon to close the gap. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) announced the proposal at a news conference, flanked by an array of labor, construction and business leaders. It would raise the federal tax on gas to 33.4 cents per gallon and on diesel to 42.8 cents. "Every credible independent report indicates that we are not meeting the demands of our stressed and decaying infrastructure system -- roads, bridges and transit," Blumenauer said. The tax has not been increased since 1993, and the Highway Trust Fund, into which the revenue flows, has suffered because the tax has not kept pace with inflation. Plus, improvements in vehicle fuel economy have reduced consumption. read more
By Amrutha Gayathri
on November 22 2013 6:23 AM
The Treasury Department said on Thursday that it expects to sell its remaining shares of General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) by the end of the year. The announcement underscores the recovery of the U.S. auto industry after the government funded a $50 billion rescue of the Detroit automaker.
by MICHAEL TENNANT
Seen any walnuts in your medicine cabinet lately? According to the Food and Drug Administration, that is precisely where you should find them. Because Diamond Foods made truthful claims about the health benefits of consuming walnuts that the FDA didn't approve, it sent the company a letter declaring, "Your walnut products are drugs" -- and "new drugs" at that -- and, therefore, "they may not legally be marketed in the United States without an approved new drug application." The agency even threatened Diamond with "seizure" if it failed to comply. read more
Democrat Terry McAuliffe narrowly beat Republican Ken Cuccinelli in an expensive and hard-fought race Tuesday night that ended with the Virginia governorship back in the hands of a Democrat, according to NBC News. McAuliffe's win was closer than expected against the deeply conservative Cuccinelli, the current attorney general. But his win in the once GOP-stronghold of Virginia is still further evidence of the difficulty conservative candidates have in swing states and was likely to add fuel to an ongoing struggle within the Republican Party over its future political identity.