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New York Times Editorial: Far Too Many Americans Miss Job Chance Because of Incomplete or Wrong FBI Background Check Info

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By The New York Times
Editorial

These days it is hard enough to find a job. Far too many Americans miss a chance to get hired because the F.B.I. background checks employers commonly use to screen applicants have incomplete or inaccurate information.

A bill introduced by Representative Bobby Scott, a Democrat of Virginia, would fix this problem by requiring the F.B.I. to verify and correct criminal data before issuing the background check for employment purposes.

That would improve the employment prospects, and the lives, of the nearly 50 million people with arrest or conviction records.

The problem of flawed reports became clear when Congress required new F.B.I. background checks for about 1.5 million people who work on the nation’s ports after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The goal was a sensible one: to screen out people who presented security risks. A 2009 report from the National Employment Law Project, a workers’ advocacy group, found that the government had mistakenly denied credentials to tens of thousands of workers, partly because of flawed reports.

The most common problem is that the records fail to include the final disposition of a case. For example, they may show that the person was arrested but not that the charges were dismissed or that there was no prosecution or conviction.

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Justice Dept. Exploring Possibility of Criminal Charges Against BP

BPBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department appears to be sharpening it chops as it considers taking a pound of flesh out of oil giant BP, which has failed to put a cap on the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a team of federal prosecutors and investigators have taken the initial steps into looking into the possibility of criminal charges to see whether the company “skirted federal safety regulations and misled the U.S. government by saying it could quickly clean up an environmental accident.”

The paper reports that federal and state authorities have told BP not to destroy documents and internal documents.

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Head of ATF Fires Back at Critical Website

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Weekend Series on History: J. Edgar Hoover Briefs LBJ On Details of JFK Assassination; Says Oswald’s Wife “Very Hostile”

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwmwSEZmgPg

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Senate Confirms U.S. Attorneys in Calif. and Louisiana

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed Stephanie Finley for the U.S. Attorney post for the Western District of Louisiana and Laura Duffy for the top federal prosecutor post in the Southern District of California.

Duffy had been recommended by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), the San Diego Union reported.  The website Main Justice, which closely tracks the U.S. Attorney appointments,  reported that the Senate has now confirmed 51 of President Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees.

Man Whose Wife Fatally Shot Pitts. FBI Agent Pleads Guilty

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Robert Korbe, the man whose wife shot Pittsburgh FBI agent Sam Hicks in 2008 while Hicks was serving an arrest warrant, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking charges, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

U.S. District Judge Terrence F. McVerry will sentence  Korbe in September, the paper reported.

Korbe’s wife Christina Korbe, faces homicide charges in the fatal shooting. She claimed she was acting in self defense and that Hicks was an intruder.

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President Obama Nominates U.S. Attys. for W. Va. and Wisconsin

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WASHINGTON — President Obama continued to press forward Thursday in his effort to put his appointees in key jobs by nominating U.S. Attorneys for West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The President nominated William J. Ihlenfeld, II, for the U.S. Attorney post in the Northern District of West Virginia and John William Vaudreuil for the Western District of Wisconsin U.S. Attorney job, according to a White House press release.

Ihlenfeld, a private attorney, has served as Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Ohio County, W. Va., solicitor for the Village of Clearview, and as a Ohio County Juvenile Referee, according to the bio on his website.

Vaudreuil has been an assistant U.S. Attorney in the office since 1980.