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Criminals are finding new prey through online job sites, experts warn. Recently, for example, credit card thieves reportedly found unwitting money launderers through Monster.com. When the fraud was discovered, the “employees” were left liable for thousands of dollars and possible criminal charges. Online job sites are especially vulnerable as they try to expand such services as custom database searches — one analyst estimated employers are expected to spend some $741 million on job postings this year alone … Judicial nominees who’ve been in limbo may soon wield new gavels. After a long impasse, Senate Democrats and the White House reached a deal allowing dozens of confirmations in exchange for President Bush’s promise to change his recent behavior and not make recess appointments while Congress is away. Marcia Cooke, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s former chief inspector general, was confirmed immediately as a federal judge in that state. By the time the 25th judge is confirmed, 198 presidential nominees will be seated on federal trial and appeals courts, senators said … A suit filed by The Sports Network accuses ESPN/Sports Ticker of illegally obtaining Minor League Baseball data. The complaint alleges ESPN got into The Sports Network’s password-protected server, where it “scraped” information. It also claims ESPN employees masqueraded as The Sports Network staff as part of their effort to snag updates, box scores and stats. The plaintiff says ESPN is in violation of the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and other federal laws, a charge the sports giant says is “without merit” … Australia’s law students need more people skills and less repetitive learning, according to a watchdog group. Australian Law Reform Commission president David Weisbrot said the way law is taught turns students into “time-servers” late in their degrees. Weisbrot blasted teaching methods as too much “ chalk and talk,” and urged lessons on ethics, dispute resolution and other bigger-context issues.

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