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2008-07-02 21:00:15

U.S. officials said Southwest Airlines passengers were put at risk by an overly collaborative relationship between the airline and federal regulators. The Inspector General's Office of the Department of Transportation issued a report Wednesday concluding that the Federal Aviation Administration's relationship with Southwest jeopardized the safety of thousands of Southwest customers, The Washington Post reported. The FAA acknowledged this year its inspectors improperly allowed the airlines...

2008-06-19 15:00:18

BILOXI, Miss. _ A Pentagon investigative report alleges the firm KBR Inc. held an illegal contract, overcharged millions to the Navy and produced shoddy workmanship on its South Mississippi jobs after Katrina. A report released by the Department of Defense's Office of the Inspector General says KBR worked on Navy facilities in Gulfport, Miss.; Pascagoula, Miss.; at Stennis Space Center; and in Pensacola, Fla., among other Gulf Coast sites after hurricanes Ivan and Katrina. The group holds a...

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2008-04-03 03:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Regulators overseeing Southwest Airlines repeatedly allowed the airline to escape punishment for safety violations because of a close relationship between the airline and federal officials, according to a federal watchdog investigation. The inspector general's report found that Southwest violated more federally required safety regulations than previously known. It also discovered that FAA managers in North Texas didn't act on questions -- raised as early as September 2005 --...

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2008-03-10 00:00:00

Dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using "unmonitored and potentially unsafe" water supplied by the military and a contractor once owned by Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, the Pentagon's internal watchdog says. A report obtained by The Associated Press said soldiers experienced skin abscesses, cellulitis, skin infections, diarrhea and other illnesses after using discolored, smelly water for personal hygiene and laundry at five U.S. military sites in Iraq. The...

2007-06-27 06:01:15

By Noelle Phillips, The State, Columbia, S.C. Jun. 27--Dorn VA Medical Center was performing heart procedures it was not authorized to do, a recent U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs inspection found. A report by the VA's Inspector General Office said Dorn did not have permission to open blocked arteries through cardiac catheterizations because it does not have an on-site cardiac surgery program. Dorn should have requested an exemption from the VA before performing the surgeries, the...

2006-08-15 17:45:23

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Last week's highly publicized case of a U.S. government laptop stolen in Florida was actually the second government computer stolen there in recent months, investigators said on Tuesday. A laptop computer containing fraud case files was stolen from a U.S. transportation agent in Florida three months before the theft of the government laptop containing personal data on thousands of motorists and pilots. Last week, the U.S. government offered a $10,000...

2006-08-01 23:20:45

By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States should create a reserve force of civilian contractors to be deployed for relief and rebuilding operations as needed, the government's independent inspector for Iraq reconstruction recommended on Wednesday. In a report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen also said contractors with expertise in special reconstruction areas should be prequalified, to make the contracting process more...

2006-07-13 17:01:40

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No data has been taken from a stolen laptop computer containing sensitive information on more than 26 million U.S. military veterans and service members, the FBI said on Thursday. The FBI and the Veterans Affairs Department Office of Inspector General, or VA OIG, have conducted a forensic examination of the laptop, stolen along with an external hard drive from a VA employee's residence in May. "Based on all of the facts gathered thus far during the...

2006-02-03 07:41:47

WASHINGTON (AP) - NASA Inspector General Robert W. Cobb is under investigation for complaints that he failed to investigate safety violations and retaliated against whistle-blowers, according to The Washington Post. Current and former employees of Cobb's office alleged that he suppressed investigations within NASA and penalized his own investigators when they pursued cases, the Post reported on its Web site Thursday night. At least 16 people provided documents and written complaints about...

2006-02-03 01:46:05

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal watchdog agency is investigating multiple complaints against NASA Inspector General Robert Cobb, including accusations he failed to investigate safety violations and retaliated against whistle-blowers, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. Most of the complaints were filed by current and former employees of his own office, the newspaper reported. Written complaints and supporting documents from at least 16 people allege Cobb suppressed...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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