Insecure: Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis had received secret-level security clearance for his work for the military - one of roughly 2 million individuals whose backgrounds are scrutinized annually by the Office of Personnel Management. In June, the agency's inspector general warned, "There is an alarmingly insufficient level of oversight of the Federal Investigative Services program," The Washington Post reports.
Pay Disclosure: U.S. corporations will need to disclose how their chief executive's paycheck compares to that of their average worker under a proposal set to be unveiled on Wednesday by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Reuters reports.
Convictions Tossed: Citing "grotesque prosecutorial misconduct" on the part of federal lawyers in New Orleans and in Washington, a judge on Tuesday threw out the 2011 convictions of five former police officers who had been found guilty of killing two citizens after Hurricane Katrina, The New York Times reports.
Coal Fight: Southern Co.’s $4.7 billion project in Kemper County may be coal’s best hope to survive President Barack Obama’s limits on greenhouse-gas emissions, but the project has been plagued by a $1 billion cost overrun, a stew of legal battles, a revolt by ratepayers and a credit downgrade for the local utility, Bloomberg reports.
No Guns Please: Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms. The announcement comes as a result of the growing frequency of "Starbucks Appreciation Days,” in which gun rights advocates turn up at Starbucks cafes with firearms, the Associated Press reports.