report faults officials in fast, furious
An inspector general's report on Operation Fast and Furious has concluded that dozens of senior-level U.S. government officials turned a blind eye to public safety as they pursued an ill-conceived and poorly managed investigation into gun trafficking in Mexico, Fox News Channel reported Tuesday. Fox said it had obtained portions of the Justice Department inspector general's report. The report and accompanying accounts cite a failure in leadership and a lack of accountability and oversight up and down the chain of command at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Justice Department, according to Fox.
Moody's warns of downgrade of debt
Moody's Investor Service on Tuesday said it would likely cut its AAA rating on U.S. government debt, probably by one notch, if budget negotiations fail to deal. If Congress and the White House don't reach a budget deal, $1.2 trillion in spending cuts and tax increases will automatically kick in starting Jan. 2, a scenario dubbed the "fiscal cliff," because it is likely to send the economy back into recession and drive up unemployment. In August, rival agency Standard & Poor's took the drastic step of stripping the government of its AAA rating on its bonds after the protracted stalemate over raising the nation's statutory borrowing limit.
Statue of Liberty interior to reopen
Visitors to the Statue of Liberty will once again be able to go inside the monument, starting Oct. 28, the superintendent of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island announced Tuesday. The interior has been closed off to visitors since October 2011 as part of a renovation project.
Gitmo detainee had sought release
The detainee who died Saturday at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was a Yemeni man who had been ordered freed in 2010 by a federal district court judge but remained in captivity after the ruling was overturned by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last year. The military Tuesday identified the detainee, whose death was announced a day earlier, as Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif. He was captured at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in December 2001. He had a history of depression and erratic behavior. He was the ninth detainee to die at the prison.
Price, tax cuts aim to halt protests
Scrambling to head off protests against the high cost of living in the West Bank, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad announced price and tax cuts Tuesday, and said his government was doing its best to alleviate rising costs for fuel and food. The protests turned violent Monday when rioters attacked police stations and government buildings in Hebron and Nablus.
Man who fled rape trial is captured
A man who fled his trial a day before being convicted and sentenced in the repeated group sexual assault of an 11-year-old southeast Texas girl was captured Tuesday after being a fugitive for nearly two weeks, authorities said. Eric McGowen, 20, was arrested after being found in an apartment in Houston, the Marshals Service said.