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US Attorney General Eric Holder wants federal government to oversee Texas voting law changes

Charlie Savage US Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will ask a court to require Texas to get permission from the federal government before making voting changes in that state for the next...

Norway terrorism alert amid global concerns over Syrian fighters

High alert: Armed police stand guard at the Central Railway Station in Oslo.

Terry Atlas in Washington and Mikael Holter in Oslo A warning in Norway of an imminent terrorist attack has reinforced concern in the United States and Europe about the danger posed by jihadist fighters returning from the war in Syria.

US sends troops to Baghdad

Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant chant slogans against Iraq's Shiite-led Maliki government.

Nick O'Malley About 275 US military personnel are being deployed to Iraq to help American personnel and protect the embassy in Baghdad, President Barack Obama has said in a letter to Congressional leaders.

US executes three death-row inmate in 24 hours

Inmate John Winfield was put to death in the US state of Missouri.

Florida has put to death a convicted double killer, the third execution in 24 hours in the United States, amid a raging controversy over lethal injection methods.

US to reveal justification for drone strikes against its citizens

Karen DeYoung US Justice Department will publicly release a secret 2011 memo that provided the legal justification for the killing of American terrorist suspects overseas.

US-China cyber-espionage indictments a long time in the making

The five Chinese men have been indicted for allegedly stealing trade data from industrial companies.

Chris Zappone, Philip Wen While the US indictment of five Chinese military officers for commercial espionage has surprised many, it should not.

US to consider clemency requests from thousands of prisoners

US Attorney General Eric Holder has announced a plan to consider clemency from thousands of inmates serving time for drug offences.

Sari Horwitz The Obama administration is beginning an aggressive new effort to foster equity in criminal sentencing by considering clemency requests from as many as thousands of federal inmates serving time for...

US won’t prosecute banks doing business with licensed pot stores

Rob Hotakainen The Obama administration has advised US attorneys to show discretion if banks deal with stores selling pot in states that allow it.

Mexico captures number one drug kingpin Joaquin 'Shorty' Guzman


Mexico's most wanted man, drugs kingpin Joaquin Shorty Guzman, was captured early on Saturday with help from US agencies in a major victory for the government in a long, brutal drugs war.

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Malaysian police call FBI for help

Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang, right, listens during a press conference about the missing flight.

Lindsay Murdoch FBI forensic experts have been brought in to help Malaysian police analyse deleted data on the flight simulator belonging to the pilot of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, amid mounting frustration over...

US Senate leader Harry Reid orders probe of alleged CIA computer hacking

Forensic examination ordered: US Senate majority leader Harry Reid.

David Joachim United States Senate majority leader Harry Reid said he had ordered a forensic examination of the Senate Intelligence Committee's computer equipment to answer what he called the CIA's "absurd" claims...

Toyota reaches $1.3 billion settlement in criminal inquiry into car defect


David Joachim Toyota has reached a deal with the US Justice Department to settle a four-year criminal investigation into whether the company misled investigators and the public about a sudden-acceleration defect...

Law to legalise marijuana across the United States is inevitable: poll

Kristen Wyatt Denver: Nationwide marijuana legalisation in the United States seems inevitable to three-fourths of Americans, whether they support it or not, according to a new poll out on Wednesday.

Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to face death penalty

oston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

David Ingram Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be put to death if he is found guilty of planting bombs that killed three people and wounded 264 last year, the US government's chief...

A beautiful mind

Aaron Swartz poses in a Borderland Books in San Francisco on February 4, 2008. Internet activist and programmer Swartz, who helped create an early version of RSS and later played a key role in stopping a controversial online piracy bill in Congress, has died at age 26, an apparent suicide, New York authorities said January 13, 2013.  REUTERS/Noah Berger  (UNITED STATES - Tags: PORTRAIT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY OBITUARY)

Paul McGeough Computer genius and online activist Aaron Swartz wanted to change the world - one download at a time. Then the US government decided enough was enough, with tragic consequences. By Paul McGeough.

US weighs killing American in drone strike

A US Air Force drone. Washington has called a temporary halt to drone strikes in Pakistan while peace negotiations continue.

Kimberly Dozier An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaeda is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, US officials say, and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a...

Julian Assange unlikely to be charged in US

Julian Assange

The Justice Department has all but concluded it will not bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified documents because government lawyers said they could not do...

Snowden sees 'no chance' for US fair trial

Charlie Savage Fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden says he has no plans to return to the United States, because he would have "no chance" for a fair trial.

US said to charge man in Benghazi, Libya attack

Phil Mattingly US prosecutors filed a sealed criminal complaint against a Libyan man suspected of playing a leading role in the 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, according to two US officials briefed on...

White House rethinks War on Drugs sentencing rules

US Attorney General Eric Holder

Phil Mattingly Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered changes across the Justice Department to eliminate what he called "draconian" mandatory minimum sentences for certain non-violent drug offenders.