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1. Mob Effect -

For much of the week after the Saturday, Sept. 6, mob attack at the Poplar Plaza shopping center, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong has resolutely kept his focus on the incident.

But the larger issues of violence in Memphis and specifically youth violence – and the criminal justice system response to both – have never been far away.

2. IRS Says It Has Lost Emails From 5 More Employees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Internal Revenue Service has lost emails from five more employees who are part of congressional probes into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, the tax service disclosed Friday.

3. US Won't Reveal Records on Health Website Security -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's health care website because doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in.

4. Polls Open Under Eye of Federal Monitors -

Memphis Democrats declared victory two days before the Thursday, Aug. 7, election day in Shelby County.

It wasn’t anything they saw in the early voting turnout numbers. The turnout there was less than it was four years ago in the set of county general election and state and federal primary races.

5. Ex-IRS Official Called Conservatives Crazies -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois Lerner was biased against conservative groups and targeted them for extra scrutiny.

6. Citigroup to Pay $7 Billion in Subprime Mortgages Probe -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Citigroup agreed Monday to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said "shattered lives" and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades.

7. Justices Reject Reporter's Bid to Protect Source -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A reporter who has been ordered to divulge the identity of the source of classified information lost his bid Monday to get the Supreme Court to clarify whether journalists have a right to protect their confidential sources.

8. Holder: Justice Investigating High-Speed Trading -

The Department of Justice is investigating high-frequency stock trading to see if any of the practices violate insider trading laws, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday.

9. Primaries Offer First Major Test of Voter ID Laws -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots – the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.

10. Holder Urges Congressional Action on Data Breaches -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Attorney General Eric Holder is urging Congress to require businesses to quickly alert consumers and law enforcement agencies in the wake of significant data breaches like the ones at discount retailer Target and at Neiman Marcus.

11. Hood: Google Still Not Effectively Fighting Crime -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is again asking Google to do more to prevent people from using the search engine to find illegal drugs and pirated videos, music and games.

12. Lawmakers Urge Bidding for Gates in Airline Merger -

Four key members of Congress say that all airlines – not just low-fare carriers – should be able to bid on gates and landing rights that American Airlines and US Airways will give up after their merger.

13. Lawmakers Urge Bidding for Gates in Airline Merger -

Four key members of Congress say that all airlines – not just low-fare carriers – should be able to bid on gates and landing rights that American Airlines and US Airways will give up after their merger.

14. JPMorgan $13 Billion Deal May Not End Bank's Legal Woes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The $13 billion settlement that JPMorgan Chase agreed to Tuesday is the largest ever between the Justice Department and a corporation. Yet it isn't likely the end of the bank's legal troubles over the risky mortgage securities it sold before the financial crisis.

15. JPMorgan, Government Finalizes Deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – JPMorgan Chase & Co. has reached a record $13 billion settlement with federal and state authorities, resolving claims over the bank's sales of low-quality, high-risk mortgage-backed securities that collapsed in value during the U.S. housing crisis.

16. Justice Department Official Admonishes Nation's Bankers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Admonishing the nation's bankers, the Justice Department's No. 2 official says too many financial institutions have failed in their duty to ensure that their businesses are run cleanly.

17. Airline Merger Could Bring Changes to Memphis Airport -

Delta Air Lines considers itself a “low-cost carrier” that should be able to apply for the slots and gates US Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines are giving up as part of their merger settlement agreement with the U.S. Justice Department.

18. Government Reaches Agreement to Allow Airline Merger -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department says it has reached an agreement to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge, creating the world's biggest airline.

The agreement requires the airlines to scale back the size of the merger at Washington's Reagan National Airport and in other big cities.

19. Holder: Airlines Must Make Concessions to Merge -

Attorney General Eric Holder says American Airlines and US Airways must make broad concessions at airports around the country if they want to settle a lawsuit blocking their proposed merger.

20. Questions Raised About Criminal Justice System -

Shelby County’s public defender and the head of the Shelby County Corrections division say courts and prisons are changing and evolving as views about crime and punishment begin to change.

But Public Defender Stephen Bush and County Corrections Division director James Coleman said the intervention needs to start before citizens come into contact with the criminal justice system.

21. Prosecutors: Federal Shift Underway in County -

The historic shift in criminal justice philosophy by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama’s administration reflects the direction in which state and federal prosecutors in Shelby County already have been heading for several years.

22. Biggers to Coordinate ‘Smart on Crime’ Plan -

Assistant U.S. Attorney C. David Biggers Jr. will coordinate prevention and re-entry programs within the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

23. Biggers to Coordinate ‘Smart on Crime’ Plan -

Assistant U.S. Attorney C. David Biggers Jr. will coordinate prevention and re-entry programs within the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

24. Stanton: Memphis Policies in Step With Holder Plan -

When U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder talked this week about “a fundamentally new approach” in which crimes federal prosecutors pursue and the sentences they seek, he outlined an approach that has been taking shape in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee for several years.

25. Striking Back Against Court's Voting Rights Ruling -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration opened an aggressive new front in the battle over voter protection Thursday, singling out Texas for legal action and promising broader efforts to come after last month's Supreme Court ruling that wiped out a major provision of the Voting Rights Act.

26. Bipartisan Senate Group Pushes Reporter Shield Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday pressed forward with a reporter shield bill that includes new Justice Department guidelines for investigations that involve the media.

27. AP Source: Government Tightening Up Reporter Guidelines -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Justice Department official says the law enforcement agency is toughening up its guidelines for subpoenaing reporters' phone records by increasing the likelihood that news organizations will receive advance notice so that they can challenge the government's planned action.

28. Supreme Court Halts Use of Key Part of Voting Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.

29. Google Asks to Publish More US Government Information -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is asking the Obama administration for permission to disclose more details about the U.S. government's demands for emails and other information that people transmit online.

30. US Government Collecting Huge Number of Phone Records -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency's need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach.

31. Ousted IRS Chief Regrets Treatment of Tea Party -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The ousted head of the Internal Revenue Service apologized to Congress on Friday for his agency's tougher treatment of tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. He said they resulted from a misguided effort to handle a flood of applications, not political bias.

32. Obama: No Special Prosecutor to Investigate IRS -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama dismissed the idea of a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service Thursday, saying probes by Congress and the Justice Department should be able to figure out who was responsible for improperly targeting tea party groups when they applied for tax-exempt status.

33. Holder: Potential Civil Rights Violations at IRS -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI's criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service could include potential civil rights violations, false statements and potential violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in some partisan political activities, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday.

34. Justice Department to Investigate IRS Targeting of Tea Party -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of tea party groups for extra scrutiny over whether they qualified for tax exempt status, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday.

35. US Sues Standard & Poor's Over Pre-Crisis Mortgage Ratings -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government says Standard & Poor's knowingly inflated its ratings on risky mortgage investments that helped trigger the 2008 financial crisis.

The credit rating agency gave high marks to mortgage-backed securities because it wanted to earn more business from the banks that issued the investments, the Justice Department alleges in charges filed in federal court in Los Angeles .

36. BP Suspended From New US Government Contracts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration put a temporary stop to new federal contracts with British oil company BP on Wednesday, citing the company's "lack of business integrity" and criminal proceedings stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.

37. Holder Marks Meredith Anniversary in Oxford -

Civil rights cases pursued by the U.S. Justice Department are defined differently than they were 50 years ago when department attorneys were literally by James Meredith’s side during the integration of the University of Mississippi.

38. Holder Evokes Memories of 1962 At Ole Miss -

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder marked the 50th anniversary of James Meredith’s admission to the University of Mississippi Thursday, Sept. 27, during a visit to the Oxford campus.

39. Gov't Stepping Up Fight Against Health Care Fraud -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is upping the ante in the fight against health care fraud, joining forces with private insurers and state investigators on a scale not previously seen in an attempt to stanch tens of billions of dollars in losses.

40. Hart Discusses Congressional Bid With The Memphis News -

Countywide school board member Tomeka Hart talked with The Memphis News editorial board this month about her candidacy in the Aug. 2 Democratic Congressional primary – a challenge of incumbent Congressman Steve Cohen in the 9th District.

41. Hart Seeks Debate With Rep. Cohen -

Democratic candidate for the 9th Congressional District Tomeka Hart wants a debate with incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen. But Cohen’s campaign is not responding to the debate call a month before early voting begins in the Democratic congressional primary contest between the two.

42. Conspiracy Theory -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee joined 14 other states along with the U.S. Justice Department in suing Apple Inc. and major book publishers Wednesday, alleging a conspiracy to raise the price of electronic books they said cost consumers more than $100 million in the past two years by adding $2 to $5 to the price of each e-book.

43. Justices Take Up Heart of Health Care Overhaul Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is taking up the key question in the challenge to President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul: Can the government force people to carry insurance or pay a penalty?

44. Justices Ready to Move to Heart of Health Case -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court plunged into debate Monday on the fate of the Obama administration's overhaul of the nation's health care system, and the justices gave every indication they will not allow an obscure tax law to derail the case.

45. U.S. Justice Unit to Probe Mortgage-Backed Securities -

Federal and state law enforcement officials announced Friday, Jan. 27, that they have launched a fraud-fighting initiative to root out wrongdoing in the market for residential mortgage-backed securities.

46. Tenn. Photo ID Law Could Face Challenge -

A requirement that Tennessee voters show photographic identification could be challenged in a lawsuit.

Unless or until there is legislative or court action to change the statute that took effect Sunday, Jan. 1, it remains the law. Tennessee Election Coordinator Mark Goins said his office anticipates voters will be required to show a photo ID when they go to the polls for the March primary elections, according to The Tennessean.

47. BofA in $335M Settlement Over Countrywide Loans -

Bank of America agreed to pay $335 million to resolve allegations that its Countrywide unit engaged in a widespread pattern of discrimination against qualified African-American and Hispanic borrowers on home loans.

48. Obama Nominates Fowlkes for Vacancy -

The White House nomination of Criminal Court Judge John Fowlkes to be a U.S. District Court judge would return Fowlkes to the building where he once worked as a federal prosecutor.

49. Lawmakers Seek Probe on Banks' New Debit Card Fees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic lawmakers are asking the Justice Department to investigate whether Bank of America and other major banks improperly worked together to charge customers new monthly fees for using their debit cards.

50. White House Sets New Cybersecurity Safeguards -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is taking new steps to safeguard classified information and protect government computer networks against unauthorized disclosures such as last year's release of thousands of pages of secret documents by the website WikiLeaks.

51. Still a Newspaperman -

Faith, family, philanthropy, a love of basketball and a passion for the newspaper business are the foundations of Memphian John Paul Jones’ life.

52. FBI: Violent Crime Down by 6 Percent Last Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Violent crime dropped 6 percent in 2010, marking the fourth straight year-to-year decline, while property crime was down for the eighth straight year, falling 2.7 percent, the FBI said Monday, referring to crimes reported to authorities.

53. Artists, Politicians Weigh in on Gibson Raids -

British singer-songwriter James Blunt has filmed a brief video of himself praising Gibson Guitar Corp., the embattled guitar maker whose Memphis and Nashville facilities were raided last month by federal agents.

54. US Malaise, Debt Stalemate Shake Allies Globally -

BEIJING (AP) — America's debt crisis and economic malaise are shaking confidence in its global leadership.

Many governments see Washington's paralysis as political theater ahead of a presidential election and wonder how American hardliners can be allowed to hold up a deal and bring a globalized economy to the brink.

55. On the Bandwagon – A Look at Google+ -

What do Snoop Dogg, Lance Armstrong and Newt Gingrich all have in common? Each has a Google+ account. As of early this month, the “latest and greatest” social networking site has entered the limelight.

56. Picnic Kicks Off Political ‘Offseason’ -

There is no campaign literature in Pleasantville. The family spread in Arlington of former state Rep. Bubba Pleasant drew several hundred people – most politicians or the politically minded – over the weekend for the annual “Pleasantville” picnic hosted by Pleasant and state Rep. Ron Lollar.

57. Senators Concerned by Photo ID Requirement to Vote -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sixteen Democratic senators want the Justice Department to look into whether voting rights are being jeopardized in states that require photo identification in order for people to vote.

58. Feds Dismissed From Schools Consolidation Suit -

Federal Judge Hardy Mays has dismissed the federal government from the schools consolidation lawsuit.

Mays’ court order follows a motion for dismissal by the Shelby County Schools system, which had included the U.S. departments of education and justice as well as Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in its Feb. 11 lawsuit.

59. Feds Dismissed From Schools Consolidation Suit -

Federal Judge Hardy Mays has dismissed the federal government from the schools consolidation lawsuit.

Mays¹ court order follows a motion for dismissal by the Shelby County Schools system, which had included the U.S. departments of education and justice as well as Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in its Feb. 11 lawsuit.

60. Mays to Begin Schools Suit Decision in July -

Federal Judge Hardy Mays will begin deciding the schools consolidation lawsuit in July. And he will do it without further oral arguments or a trial.

The case had originally been scheduled for trial in September.

61. Mays To Decide Schools Consolidation Case Sometime After End Of June -

Federal Judge Hardy Mays has approved an expedited schedule for deciding the schools consolidation lawsuit.

And he will do it based on the written record in the case as well as affidavits instead of more oral arguments in court.

62. Obama Says New Task Force Will Examine Gas Prices -

RENO, Nevada (AP) – President Barack Obama says the Justice Department is assembling a team to investigate fraud or manipulation in the oil markets.

Obama discussed gas prices and mentioned Attorney General Eric Holder's new task force during a town hall in Reno, Nevada, on Thursday. He said he wants to make sure that U.S. consumers aren't being taken advantage of in the short term.

63. 2010 Court Filings Show Mixed Bag -

Court filings were a mixed bag in terms of their volume for 2010.

The three civil courts tracked by The Daily News Online (www.memphisdailynews.com) reported more filings in Circuit Court compared to 2009 and fewer filings in Chancery and Probate courts than in 2009.

64. Holder Confirms Criminal Probe on Wall Street -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Attorney General Eric Holder has confirmed that the U.S. attorney's office in the southern district of New York is conducting a criminal investigation of Wall Street.

65. Gov't Targets Web Sites Selling Counterfeit Goods -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government is zeroing in on Internet websites in the illegal sale of counterfeit goods and copyrighted works.

At a news conference Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder said law enforcement authorities have seized 82 domain names of commercial websites, disrupting the sale of thousands of counterfeit items such as sports equipment and illegal copies of music and software.

66. TSA: Some Gov't Officials to Skip Airport Security -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.

67. Tanglewood Foreclosed, to be Sold at Courthouse -

The 199-unit Tanglewood apartment complex at 2171 Sycamore View Road has been foreclosed and will be sold on the Shelby County Courthouse steps, according to a notice in today’s print edition of The Daily News and also at The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

68. White House Doubts Need to Halt All Foreclosures -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A top White House adviser questioned the need Sunday for a blanket stoppage of all home foreclosures, even as pressure grows on the Obama administration to do something about mounting evidence that banks have used inaccurate documents to evict homeowners.

69. DOJ Sues 3 Big Credit Card Cos, May Settle With 2 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department on Monday sued the three largest U.S. credit card companies for anticompetitive practices and reached a proposed settlement with two of them, MasterCard and Visa.

70. Shelby County Receives Grant for "Defending Childhood" -

Shelby County is one of eight demonstration sites for a new Justice Department initiative aimed at the exposure of children to violence, either as victims or witnesses.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the division of the $1.2 million in federal funding in Washington last week.

71. Dem Leaders Prepare for Legal Challenge -

Local Democratic Party leaders are collecting affidavits as a start toward formally challenging the Aug. 5 Shelby County election results.

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 people gathered at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall in Midtown this week.

72. Nearly 500 Arrests Made In Mortgage Fraud Probe -

The Justice Department announced Thursday that investigators have made nearly 500 arrests since March in a major crackdown on mortgage fraud.

The nationwide initiative called Operation Stolen Dreams is the largest collective enforcement effort aimed at confronting the problem of mortgage fraud, Attorney General Eric Holder told a news conference. It involves 1,215 criminal defendants in cases that uncovered more than $2.3 billion in losses.

73. State AGs Ask Feds for Help on Oil Spill Damages -

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The attorneys general of five southern states threatened by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are asking President Obama for federal help in preparing damage assessments.

74. Bartlett Retail Center Sold After Foreclosure -

The 20,000-square-foot retail center at 6496 U.S. 70 (Summer Avenue) in Bartlett has sold for $739,000 to IBERIABANK following foreclosure.

The bank bought the center March 24 from Kelly E. McCarthy of Morton & Germany PLLC. She served as substitute trustee in the matter along with Jeffrey D. Germany, both of whom were appointed to that position in June 2009.

75. PROMISES, PROMISES: Records Not So Open with Obama -

WASHINGTON (AP) - One year into its promise of greater government transparency, the Obama administration is more often citing exceptions to the nation's open records law to withhold federal records even as the number of requests for information declines, according to a review by The Associated Press of agency audits about the Freedom of Information Act.

76. Administration May Abandon Civilian 9/11 Trial -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder is leaving open the possibility of trying professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed before a military commission instead of the civilian trial originally planned for New York City.

77. New Apartment Owner Files Loan on Property -

The new owner of the Hunter’s Ridge Apartments at 3108 New Allen Road in Raleigh has filed a $1.2 million deed of trust, assignment of leases and rents and security agreement through Texas Capital Bank. The loan closed Jan. 7 but wasn’t recorded with the Shelby County Register of Deeds until last week.

78. Holder Defends Pursuit of White-Collar Criminals -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday told a panel studying the U.S. financial crisis that combating white-collar crimes is "a real priority" for the government, even if it bumps up against another urgent mission, combatting terrorism.

79. Administration Widening Pursuit of Financial Fraud -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has formed a new task force to target financial fraud – replacing an earlier corporate fraud task force.

Attorney General Eric Holder says the new group will have a broader scope – and incorporate state investigators as well as federal agencies – to investigate and prosecute financial crimes that worsened the market collapse.

80. Top White House Lawyer Greg Craig Quitting -

TOKYO (AP) - The White House's top lawyer is returning to private practice and being replaced by a longtime adviser to Barack Obama.

White House counsel Greg Craig, who's leaving in early January, has been the subject of repeated questions about his future since late summer. Centered on talk that Obama's promise to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison by January had gone awry under Craig's leadership, the questions were settled Friday when the White House announced Craig's departure.

81. Hunter’s Ridge Sells For $1.2M After Foreclosure -

The Hunter’s Ridge Apartments at 3108 New Allen Road in Raleigh sold back to the lender following the property’s second foreclosure in three years. Hunters Ridge Property Holder LLC, an entity related to lender USAM I FUND LLC, bought the 141-unit complex for $1.2 million Oct. 30 on the Shelby County Courthouse steps.

82. Herenton Grand Jury Hears From Four -

A federal grand jury probe believed to be an investigation of the private business affairs of former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton heard from four witnesses Thursday.

The grand jury deliberations drew extra attention when it was revealed late Wednesday that former city attorney Elbert Jefferson – one of the witnesses who appeared before the panel – would be bringing with him a tape recording of Herenton. It was described in some media outlets as a “secret” recording of Herenton generated by an ethics investigation Jefferson conducted into the mayor.

83. UPDATE: Jefferson And Wade Testify At Herenton Grand Jury -

A federal grand jury probe believed to be an investigation of the private business affairs of former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton appeared to be building Thursday.

Former city attorney Elbert Jefferson appeared before the panel Thursday morning with his attorney Ted Hansom. Jefferson had no comment on his testimony as he left the federal building approximately two hours after he arrived.

84. Herenton Reveals Target Letter From Feds -

About a week before Memphians went to the polls in the mayoral special election, former Mayor Willie Herenton got a letter from the U.S. Justice Department.

The so-called target letter officially acknowledges a months-long federal investigation into some of Herenton’s personal business deals while mayor, including his one-time ownership stake in the Downtown Greyhound bus station property.

85. Herenton Reveals "Target Letter" In Federal Probe -

About a week before Memphians went to the polls in the mayoral special election, former Mayor Willie Herenton got a letter from the U.S. Justice Department.

The so-called target letter officially acknowledges a months-long federal investigation into some of Herenton’s personal business deals while mayor, including his one-time ownership stake in the Downtown Greyhound bus station property.

86. Pfizer to Pay Record $2.3B Penalty over Promotions -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal prosecutors hit Pfizer Inc. with a record-breaking $2.3 billion in fines Wednesday and called the world's largest drug maker a repeating corporate cheat for illegal drug promotions that plied doctors with free golf, massages, and resort junkets.

87. Dozens Arrested in Medicare Fraud Busts Across US -

MIAMI (AP) - Federal authorities arrested more than 30 suspects, including doctors, and were seeking others in a major Medicare fraud bust Wednesday in New York, Louisiana, Boston and Houston, targeting scams such as "arthritis kits" – expensive braces that many patients never used.

88. U.S. Attorney Touts Civil Rights -

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Memphis last week to speak at the 26th annual meeting of the National Black Prosecutors Association.

The nation’s first African-American attorney general, who was among the first cabinet members appointed by President Barack Obama this year, took on a variety of topics in a luncheon speech:

89. Timing Perfect For Holder’s Visit -

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s stop in Memphis this week came at a critical time for U.S. Department of Justice operations in West Tennessee.

The U.S. Attorney’s office is awaiting the appointment of a new chief prosecutor by President Barack Obama. Local U.S. Reps. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, and John Tanner, D-Union City, have been consulted by the administration, which took up residence seven months ago in the White House. Larry Laurenzi has been acting U.S. attorney since the resignation of David Kustoff took effect in May 2008.

90. Government Cracking Down on Mortgage Scams -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Top federal and state officials on Monday announced a broad crackdown on mortgage modification scams, accusing "criminal actors" of preying on desperate borrowers caught up in the nation's housing crisis.

91. AIG Bonuses Won't Stand, Dem Senators Declare -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Talking tougher by the hour, livid Democrats confronted beleaguered insurance giant AIG with an ultimatum Tuesday: Give back $165 million in post-bailout bonuses or watch Congress tax it away with emergency legislation.

92. Stanford Deployed Web of Lies, Documents Show -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Disgraced banker R. Allen Stanford’s pitch to investors was equal parts glamour and flattery.

93. Obama Adds Econ Advisers, Says 'Help on the Way' -

CHICAGO (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to have an economic plan ready for action on the nation's financial crisis on his first day in office. "Help is on the way," he declared.

94. Robertson Jumps Into Role Promoting Downtown Memphis -

When the Center City Commission decided recently to create a new position - chief administrative officer - the group ventured outside its own ranks in tapping the new hire. Eric Robertson, who stepped into the role Jan. 14, had spent almost the past decade in a similar job elsewhere in the city and was already an enthusiastic booster of Downtown Memphis.

95. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Nashville Attorney Appointed to 30th Judicial District

Attorney Appointed to 30th Judicial District

Nashville attorney Donna M. Fields was appointed to fill a position in the 30th Judicial District, Circuit Court Division 7, replacing recently...

96. Archived Article: Benchmark - Felons might soon regain

Felons might soon regain

voting rights in Florida

A group of former law enforcement and senior U.S. Department of Justice officials have filed an amicus brief urging a U.S. Circuit Court to restore voting rights to ...