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UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 8:40 p.m.

Confusion and uncertainty at the border after Trump acts

About 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from their families at the border have been reunited since May, a senior Trump administration official said Thursday, as confusion mounted …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

More than 2,300 people arrested for child porn, sexual abuse in nationwide ‘Operation Broken Heart’

A three-month, nationwide law enforcement effort dubbed “Operation Broken Heart” led to the arrests of more than 2,300 people suspected of sexually abusing children and dealing in child pornography, authorities …


Settlement reached in lawsuit over Hanford contracts

A former Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice in a lawsuit involving millions of dollars in contracts intended for small businesses.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 4:16 p.m.

Rosenstein: Justice Department won’t be extorted by Congress

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is defending himself following a report that some House Republicans have drafted articles of impeachment against him.


Settlement of Hanford subcontracting lawsuit in limbo. Feds may fight more delays

No settlement agreement between a former Hanford contractor and the U.S. Department of Justice was filed in federal court by a Friday deadline.


UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018, 7:34 p.m.

Justice Department refuses to release report on its examination of Spokane Police Department

The U.S. Department of Justice has refused to release its report on the Spokane Police Department’s reforms after a public records request and appeal by The Spokesman-Review.


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 8:51 p.m.

Settlement could lead to Bunker Hill reopening, new mining jobs in the Silver Valley

In a move that could allow the storied Bunker Hill Mine in Kellogg to reopen, the federal government has settled a longstanding Superfund lawsuit against its owner.


Senator to stop blocking some DOJ jobs over pot

Colorado’s Republican U.S. senator will stop blocking nominees for some Justice Department jobs over concerns about the marijuana industry, saying Thursday that federal officials have shown good faith in recent …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Trump says Russia-probe memo proves bias; Dems say no

House Republicans on Friday released a bitterly disputed, formerly highly classified memo that they say shows surveillance abuses in the early stages of the FBI’s investigation into the Trump election …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 12:13 p.m.

Pot industry frets, then shrugs off Sessions’ new policy

This week’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice would lift its hands-off approach to states that legalized marijuana shocked many in the industry who have been trying to go …


Trump accuses DOJ of being part of ‘deep state’

President Donald Trump accused the Justice Department Tuesday of being part of the “deep state” and urged prosecution against a top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and …


DOJ: Seattle in compliance with police reforms

Seattle’s police department no longer regularly violates the constitutional rights of the city’s residents and should be found in initial compliance with its 2012 agreement to change its ways, the …


Shawn Vestal: Feds retreat from police reforms leaves Spokane without confirmation of major progress

Trump administration’s retreat from police reform efforts leaves Spokane without a final grade on its yearslong changes regarding transparency, oversight and community relations.


DOJ won’t bring charges against officers in Gray case

The U.S. Department of Justice won’t bring federal charges against six police officers involved in the arrest and in-custody death of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose death touched …


Feds and Walmart allege canned tuna prices fixed

Executives of the most popular tuna brands in the U.S. – Chicken of the Sea, Bumble Bee and StarKist – conspired regularly to keep prices high for consumers with a …


Shawn Vestal: Department of Justice review of Spokane Police Department has prompted changes the community can embrace

In big, broad ways, there is reason to feel proud of Spokane on this front: We have evolved from the city that sued and blamed the family of Otto Zehm …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 10:31 p.m.

Amid fears of federal marijuana crackdown, state attorney general vows to ‘defend the will of Washington voters’

Washington officials say they’re prepared to wage a legal battle if the Trump administration tries to shut down the state’s booming recreational marijuana industry.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

Justice Department settles gender discrimination suit with former Spokane prosecutor for $225,000

The U.S. Department of Justice agreed Wednesday to pay $225,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a female former prosecutor in what her attorney said was one of the largest …


Jack Wagstaff: Politics impedes best police practices

Elected officials need to know that shaping police policy for an electoral advantage undermines police expertise and is an overreach that can have devastating consequences


Feds say health mergers would increase costs, threaten care

Federal regulators are suing to stop two major health insurance mergers because they say the deals will increase health care costs for Americans and lower the quality of care they …


Regulators fine BancorpSouth $10.6 million for redlining

The Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined Mississippi-based BancorpSouth $10.6 million, alleging the bank deliberately discriminated against minorities in its lending practices.


Spokane police to receive federal assistance for extra six months

The Spokane Police Department will have an extra six months to work with the Department of Justice on proposed changes to use of force policies and procedures.


Justice Department says indigent defendants have right to sue Idaho

The U.S. Justice Department is supporting the right of criminal defendants to sue Idaho over inadequate public defense in a case that involves two North Idaho prosecutions. Attorney General Loretta …


Apple asks judge to delay iPhone data case, citing FBI quest

Apple wants a judge to delay government demands for data from a locked iPhone in a Brooklyn drug case while the FBI sees if it can get contents from a …


Doug Clark: Zehm didn’t die in obscurity, thanks to unsung heroes

With the 10th anniversary of the beating of Otto Zehm upon us, it’s time to thank some of the unsung heroes who kept him from dying in obscurity.


Forum brings out critics of Spokane police leader Jim McDevitt

About 100 people showed up to a community forum hosted by the city of Spokane Wednesday to talk about race relations and the Spokane Police Department.


Shawn Vestal: Spokane statistics on crime, use of force are heartening

When police Chief Frank Straub steps before the Spokane Use of Force Commission for the final time today, he will have a lot to report. But if he had to …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 19, 2014, 1:02 p.m.

Justice Department wants Spokane to improve how it investigates police force

On Friday, the Justice Department will release its audit of the Spokane Police Department that began in February 2013. Follow our live coverage of the report’s release, which is expected …


Extendicare Health Services to pay $38 million in settlement

WASHINGTON – A nursing home chain has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care at nearly three dozen facilities around …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 25, 2014, 1:06 p.m.

White House official: Eric Holder to resign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning after heading the Justice Department for six years.