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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office meddled with a commission he created to root out corruption in state politics, pushing back whenever it focused on groups tied to Cuomo, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Now the commission's scrapped probes, which included hundreds of emails, subpoenas and internal documents from politicians and state agencies, are being investigated by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the Times said.
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of a government bioterror lab behind the potential exposure of workers to live anthrax has resigned, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. Michael Farrell, head of the CDC's Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory (BRRAT) in Atlanta, had been reassigned from his position last month after the agency disclosed the safety breaches. He submitted his resignation on Tuesday, the CDC said. ?I can confirm that he was the team lead for the BRRAT lab since 2009 and that he?s resigned from that position,? said CDC spokesman Thomas Skinner.
New York (Reuters) - Six people were indicted in New York for involvement in a global cybercrime ring that took over more than 1,000 accounts of eBay Inc's StubHub online ticket reselling service, according to a statement released by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. Cybercriminals are believed to have defrauded StubHub of $1 million, the statement said, citing City of London Police Commissioner Adrian Leppard. (Reporting by Karen Freifeld in New York. Writing by Jim Finkle in Boston; Editing by Chris Reese)
By Edward McAllister and Joshua Schneyer NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed new safety rules for hauling crude oil by rail after a string of explosive accidents, in a move that could impact railroads, drillers, refiners and railcar makers amid an energy boom. Among the proposed rules released by the DOT are new speed limits for trains carrying oil, enhanced safety features for new railcars to carry oil and ethanol, and a quick phasing-out of older cars deemed unsafe. The regulator's move has been widely anticipated by safety advocates and industries involved in energy shipments, including drillers and refiners who are wary that restrictions could hamper their shipments, and tank car manufacturers, who may benefit from big new tank car orders. Over the last 18 months, at least a dozen trains carrying crude oil have derailed, six of which led to oil spills and major fires and one of which caused the death of 47 people in Quebec, Canada.
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed an overhaul of safety standards for carrying crude oil and ethanol by rail after a series of accidents in the past year. The following statements are in reaction to the proposed rules: AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE JACK GERARD: ?The government can and should take steps to ensure greater safety without stalling the energy renaissance that is creating good jobs, growing our economy and improving America?s energy security. As the regulatory process moves forward, we will continue to work collaboratively with the rail industry, regulators and local first responders toward our goal of zero incidents.? ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE EDWARD HAMBERGER: "This long-anticipated rulemaking from DOT provides a much-needed pathway for enhancing the safe movement of flammable liquids in the U.S." REPUBLICAN SENATOR JOHN HOEVEN OF NORTH DAKOTA, WHO HAS PRESSED REGULATORS TO MAKE TANK CARS SAFER: ?We appreciate that DOT has issued its proposal for rail tank cars today that appears to be comprehensive and deals with prevention, mitigation and response.
By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police have arrested seven people on charges they were tied to an international ring that defrauded eBay Inc's StubHub online ticketing service of some $1.6 million, the latest in a string of high-profile cybercrime busts in recent months. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr announced the arrests on Wednesday. They were charged with involvement in a cybercrime ring that used stolen credit card numbers to purchase thousands of tickets to events, including concerts of Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z as well as games for sports teams including the Boston Red Sox and New York Giants, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. StubHub's head of global communications, Glenn Lehrman, told Reuters his firm has been working with law enforcement around the world for the last year on the case.
NEW YORK (AP) ? It isn't a household name, but the company at the center of a food scandal in China helps make some of the world's most popular foods, including the Big Macs and Quarter Pounders served at McDonald's locations.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Regulators have voted by a narrow margin to end a longtime staple of the investment industry ? the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds ? at least for some money funds used by big investors.