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Mar 20, 2013

U.S. charges Saudi in al Qaeda plots against Americans abroad

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A grand jury has indicted a Saudi-born man accused of being an al Qaeda operative who from 2002 to 2005 conspired to attack American soldiers in Afghanistan and U.S. diplomats in Nigeria.

The indictment against Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun, also known as “Spin Ghul,” was unsealed on Wednesday in District Court in Brooklyn, New York.

Mar 20, 2013

Government changes course on graphic cigarette warnings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The government has dropped its push for cigarette labels to carry images of diseased lungs and other graphic health warnings, and will craft new anti-smoking ads that do not run afoul of free speech rights.

In a letter to Republican House Speaker John Boehner last Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Food and Drug Administration would go back to the drawing board to develop the ads, as required by legislation passed by Congress in 2009.

Mar 20, 2013

U.S. government changes course on graphic cigarette warnings

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. government has
dropped its push for cigarette labels to carry images of
diseased lungs and other graphic health warnings, and will craft
new anti-smoking ads that do not run afoul of free speech
rights.

In a letter to Republican House Speaker John Boehner last
Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Food and Drug
Administration would go back to the drawing board to develop the
ads, as required by legislation passed by Congress in 2009.

Mar 15, 2013

Appeals court revives suit over CIA drone records

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a rebuke of government secrecy, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the CIA must give a fuller response to a lawsuit seeking the spy agency’s records on drone attacks.

The CIA’s claim that it could neither confirm nor deny whether it has any drone records was inadequate because the government, including President Barack Obama himself, has clearly acknowledged a drone program, the court said.

Feb 28, 2013

Obama to urge high court to allow gay marriage in California

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In President Barack Obama’s latest act in support of gay rights, his administration will urge the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages to resume in California, an administration official said on Thursday.

Thursday is the deadline for the administration to file a friend-of-the-court brief in a case that is due to be argued on March 26 on whether California’s 2008 law, known as Proposition 8, is constitutional.

Feb 27, 2013

Amgen loses as top U.S. court backs class actions

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Feb 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme
Court made it easier on Wednesday for shareholders to bring
class-action lawsuits, breaking a recent line of decisions that
had made it harder to sue corporate defendants collectively and
perhaps obtain greater recoveries.

By a 6-3 vote, the court allowed shareholders of Amgen Inc
to sue the biotechnology company as a group without
first having to show that misinformation had materially and
fraudulently inflated its stock price.

Feb 22, 2013

U.S. sues disgraced cyclist Armstrong for sponsor money

WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) – The United States accused cyclist Lance Armstrong on Friday of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service by taking its sponsorship money at the same time he was doping and using performance-enhancing drugs in violation of cycling rules.

The government joined a civil suit against Armstrong, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from cycling in 2012 after accusations he had cheated for years. In January, he said the accusations were true in an interview with television host Oprah Winfrey.

Feb 22, 2013

Lance Armstrong fails to avert U.S. government suit – lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has failed to talk the U.S. government out of suing him to recover sponsorship money that the U.S. Postal Service paid his teams to compete in international events, Armstrong’s lawyer said on Friday.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life after accusations that he took performance-enhancing drugs. In January he said the accusations were true in an interview with television host Oprah Winfrey.

Feb 22, 2013

Lance Armstrong fails to avert government suit: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has failed to talk the U.S. government out of suing him to recover sponsorship money that the U.S. Postal Service paid his teams to compete in international events, Armstrong’s lawyer said on Friday.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life after accusations that he took performance-enhancing drugs. In January he said the accusations were true in an interview with television host Oprah Winfrey.

Feb 21, 2013

U.S. indicts peanut processors in 2009 salmonella outbreak

WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors said on
Thursday they brought criminal fraud and conspiracy charges
against peanut company employees tied to a 2009 salmonella
outbreak blamed for nine U.S. deaths.

The charges filed in U.S. District Court in Georgia on
Wednesday included fraud, conspiracy and the introduction of
adulterated and misbranded food into interstate commerce,
according to court papers.