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Federal judge to mediate lawsuits about Ohio State doctor

“OSU had recommended a former federal judge or a federal appeals court mediator” reports foxsports.com. Barrett has been federal judge in the Southern District of Ohio since 2006.COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A senior federal judge from Cincinnati will handle the mediation of two lawsuits filed against Ohio State by scores of men alleging the university ignored or failed to stop decades of sexual misconduct by a now-deceased team doctor. Source: foxsports.com

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US intelligence turncoat gets 15 years for selling secrets to China

“A former U.S. intelligence officer has pleaded guilty to spying on behalf of China and agreed to a 15-year prison sentence, federal officials announced Friday” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Like the similarly-named Robert Philip Hanssen before him — the infamous former FBI agent who spied for the Russians from 1979 to 2001 — the Utah native was paid handsomely for the information.Chinese agents recruited Ron Rockwell Hansen in early 2014 and paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars.A new federal law bans the use of Chinese telecommunications systems by the U.S. government,…

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PwC to pay $335 million over failed audits of Alabama’s Colonial Bank: U.S. regulator

“The settlement is significantly lower than the $625.3 million a federal judge ordered the firm to pay the regulator in July” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top U.S. banking regulator said on Friday that PricewaterhouseCoopers will pay $335 million to settle claims of “professional negligence,” after saying the auditor should have identified problems leading to the 2009 collapse of Alabama-based Colonial Bank. Source: 95kqds.com

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Court rules gun maker can be sued over Newtown shooting

“Several lawsuits over mass shootings in other states have been rejected because of the federal law” reports thebusinessjournal.com. In a 4-3 decision, justices reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit against Remington and overturned the ruling of a lower court judge, who said the entire lawsuit was prohibited by the 2005 federal law.Remington, based in Madison, North Carolina, has denied wrongdoing and previously insisted it can’t be sued because of the 2005 law, called the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.The 2005 federal law has been cited by other courts that…

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Federal court weighs Trump administration’s authority to set Medicaid work requirements

“The Trump administration defended Medicaid work rules in federal court Thursday in a dispute that ultimately centered on defining what the purpose of the program should be” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The work requirements the Trump administration approved are in reaction to Obamacare’s changes to Medicaid. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Sen. Birch Bayh, champion of Title IX federal law, dies

“Bayh reveled in the impact of the Title IX law in the years after his time as a Democratic senator from Indiana ended” reports foxsports.com. But it was his work to pass the landmark Title IX law that helped solidify his legacy before his death Thursday at age 91.Bayh was the lead sponsor of the law prohibiting gender discrimination in education — known as Title IX for its section in the Higher Education Act.After leaving the Senate, Bayh worked as a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington.He earned a law degree…

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Mnuchin says GOP overhaul raised his taxes

“Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Congress Thursday that his taxes increased as a result of the 2017 Republican-passed tax law” reports washingtonexaminer.com. But Mnuchin would not answer a follow-up question as to whether he saw an increase in his federal tax rate, rather than his combined federal, state tax rate. “I’d have to look at that,” said Mnuchin.The 2017 tax reform law capped the federal deduction for state and local taxes paid, or SALT, at $10,000 per year.Under an over 90-year-old law, the heads of Congress’ tax-writing committees can request…

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The parents of more than 40 unvaccinated kids want them back in school, now. A judge said no.

“Months later, the parents of more than 40 banned children at Green Meadow Waldorf School sued the Rockland County health department, asking a federal judge to allow the students to return to class” writes National Breaking News for washingtonpost.com. The school is complying with the county health department’s order, its spokeswoman said, and will welcome its students back when it is legally allowed. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Wells Fargo CEO’s pay raise draws rare Fed response

“Wells Fargo gave Chief Executive Tim Sloan a 5 percent pay raise for 2018, prompting the Federal Reserve to release a statement saying that it does not sign off on executive pay” reports nypost.com. We expect boards of directors to hold management accountable,” said a Fed spokesperson in an emailed statement when asked about the bank’s new executive compensation numbers. Source: nypost.com

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