Teaming Up: Ten months ago, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would team with state attorneys general to share resources and plot strategy in potential legal action against banks involved in the mortgage crisis. Now, the special mortgage fraud unit has fired its first shot, with a lawsuit targeting JPMorgan unit Bear Stearns and EMC Mortgage, Mike Scarcella of the National Law Journal reports.
Scathing Report: A nationwide network of offices known as "fusion centers" created after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks intended to improve intelligence sharing have become pools of ineptitude, waste and civil liberties intrusions, the Washington Post reports.
Fighting Piracy: Coca-Cola and Samsung have pulled their advertising from a popular Vietnamese website notorious for providing unlicensed downloads of Western and local songs, in a rare victory against online piracy in a country where it has grown unchecked, the Associated Press reports.
Seeking Evidence: New York City is facing a lawsuit by five men who were convicted and exonerated in the 1989 rape of a Central Park jogger, and city lawyers have subpoenaed notes and outtakes from a new Ken Burns documentary, "The Central Park Five," according to The New York Times.
The Pope's Papers: Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict's former butler who is on trial for stealing sensitive documents, was in possession of some which the pope had marked "to be destroyed," police testified at his trial on Wednesday, Reuters reports.