DOJ changes policy on investigations, journalists

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WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors will no longer be able to obtain search warrants for information obtained by journalists unless reporters are the subject of a criminal investigation, a Justice Department official said Friday.

It is one change in guidelines stemming from controversial Justice Department national security investigations involving Associated Press and Fox News reports.

Attorney General Eric Holder conducted a review of Justice Department policy and briefed President Barack Obama on his plans earlier in the day.

The changes will be implemented quickly.