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Oct 14 (Reuters)U.S. poultry company Pilgrim’s Pride Corp PPC.O said on Wednesday it has agreed to pay a fine of more than $110 million following a Justice Department probe into alleged price-fixing in the sale of broiler chicken products in the United States.

The antitrust division of the department fined the company for restraining competition, which affected three contracts for the sale of chicken products to a customer in the United States, Pilgrim’s said.

“We are encouraged that today’s agreement concludes the Antitrust Division’s investigation into Pilgrim’s,” Chief Executive Officer Fabio Sandri said in a statement.

The plea agreement is subject to the approval of the United States District Court of Colorado.

It comes after Pilgrim’s then CEO Jayson Penn was indicted in June along with three other current and former industry executives on charges of seeking to fix the price of chickens.

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The Justice Department filed a response to TikTok’s request for an injunction to delay President Donald Trump’s partial ban on the app that is scheduled for September 27, to be followed by a total ban on November 12. 

According to the DOJ’s claims filed Friday night, the Justice Department lawyers accused TikTok parent company Byte Dance’s CEO Zhang Yiming of acting as a “mouthpiece” for the Chinese Communist Party and publicly making statements that demonstrate he is  “committed to promoting the CCP’s agenda and messaging,” The Verge and NPR reported. 

The DOJ claimed that “US user data being stored outside of the United States presents significant risks in this case,” but the section relevant to how this is the case is redacted, according to The Verge and NPR.

ByteDance’s head of security previously stated that it’s impossible for the Chinese government to access user data from TikTok because the app’s

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  • The Justice Department designated New York City, Seattle and Portland as “jurisdictions permitting violence and destruction of property” on Monday.
  • President Donald Trump released a memo earlier this month instructing the department to find ways to slash federal funding after determining which US cities are “anarchist jurisdictions.”
  • “We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance,” Attorney General William Barr said.
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday: “You can’t bully New Yorkers.”
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The Department of Justice escalated its threats to cut federal funding to major US cities by designating New York City, Seattle, and Portland as jurisdictions that permit anarchy and violence on Monday.

The department said the cities have “permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities,” according to

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Prop. 16 story left outkey UC enrollment data

Your recent article “Affirmative action back on the ballot” (Sept. 9) didn’t mention that historically underrepresented groups have already achieved — under Prop. 209 strictures, without racial or national origin preferences — admission into the University of California overall nearly proportional to their shares of the state population (Latinos, 36%, Black, 5%).

Instead, you focused on declining “admission rates” to Berkeley and UCLA. Everyone can’t get into those two schools to start. But California has many more great UCs and great state college and community college systems. What sense is there choosing students for the most demanding environments based not on academic skills but on race and national origin?

And how do we improve American attitudes toward immigration by giving Latino young people — who already approach

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New details on potentially fraudulent applications for the loan program, which is credited with saving millions of jobs, show how the rush of aid during the early pandemic emergency has led to what prosecutors, Democratic lawmakers and taxpayer advocates fear could be widespread abuse.

FBI Deputy Assistant Director John Jimenez said officials were looking at “individuals we believe that fraudulently requested or received hundreds of millions of dollars” in funds that were meant for business owners to weather the economic blow of the pandemic during the wave of shutdowns.

The alleged fraud represents only a tiny fraction of the $525 billion in PPP loans that were given out to 5.2 million applicants in the program.

Still, it has stirred outrage because some of the money was used to pay for personal extravagances such as Rolex watches, luxury cars, Vegas gambling trips and nights on the town at strip clubs.

“I

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  • The Justice Department made an effort to curtail the 2017 investigation into Russian election interference, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
  • Former Justice Department and FBI officials told The Times that former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein secretly narrowed the investigation by ordering special counsel Robert Mueller to conduct the investigation as criminal, not counterintelligence.
  • Citing journalist Jeffrey Toobin’s book that first reported their conversation, Rosenstein told Mueller: “I love Ken Starr. But his investigation was a fishing expedition. Don’t do that. This is a criminal investigation. Do your job, and then shut it down.”
  • The Times report comes after a bipartisan report by the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee found that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was a “grave counterintelligence threat” due to his extensive ties to pro-Russian individuals and entities.
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Former law enforcement officials told The New York Times that the

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