November 15, 2012 High ranking official, David Rainey, the former head of Gulf of Mexico exploration, will be charged with downplaying the spill to lawmakers. Two others will be charged with manslaughter.
November 15, 2012 Eleven people were killed and one of the largest environmental disasters in history happened after an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded in 2010.
November 13, 2012 The FBI review of sensitive email messages between former CIA Director David Petraeus and his biographer-mistress Paula Broadwell has been raising big questions about Big Brother. One of them: When can federal law enforcement review a person's private communications?
November 13, 2012 Members of Congress say they'll investigate why the FBI and Justice Department didn't tell them earlier about an investigation involving former CIA Director David Petraeus. But the legal authority for reporting such sensitive information to lawmakers is murky.
November 6, 2012 Republicans need a net gain of just three or four seats to take over the Senate and — assuming they keep the House — consolidate influence on Capitol Hill. Despite the favorable election arithmetic, Republicans are foundering in several key Senate races and face an uphill battle.
November 6, 2012 Republicans easily maintained their hold on the House, while missteps from Tea Party favorites helped Democrats retain a majority in the Senate.That means the two chambers of Congress remain deeply divided, with prospects for agreement on such big-ticket items as deficits, tax rates and climate change unclear.
October 24, 2012 A new report says that while girls still lag far behind boys in the juvenile courts, the justice system is failing to take into account their physical and emotional needs. Most girls are locked up for crimes such as running away, school absences or even violating curfew — things that aren't even offenses for adults.
October 22, 2012 Republicans Charles Grassley of Iowa and Darrell Issa of California want to know if a whistleblower is being punished while one of the ATF managers involved is being allowed to "double-dip."
October 22, 2012 John Kiriakou was accused of leaking the identity of a covert operative involved in the high value terrorist detention program and of lying to the FBI. In a plea deal, most charges were dropped. He will serve a 2 1/2 year prison sentence.
October 22, 2012 A judge threw out Santae Tribble's murder conviction earlier this year, after Tribble had spent decades in prison. Now, Tribble is fighting for a finding of actual legal innocence that would help him get compensation for the years he spent behind bars. Two jurors who convicted him have written to the court on his behalf.