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Jun 4, 2012

Actors Costner, Baldwin go to trial over business deal

By Lily Kuo

(Reuters) – Actors Kevin Costner and Stephen Baldwin opened a real-life legal drama on Monday as jury selection began in a trial over Baldwin’s claims that Costner cheated him out of his share of a multi-million dollar deal to sell oil extractors to British Petroleum in 2010.

Jury selection began in a New Orleans court for a federal lawsuit lodged against Costner by Baldwin and business partner, Spyridon C. Contogouris.

May 31, 2012

Nine contestants to vie for National Spelling Bee championship

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nine contestants for the Scripps National Spelling Bee survived preliminary rounds to make the final on Thursday, including a New York City 12-year-old who tied for third last year.

The day started with fifty young spellers, aged 10 to 14, and was winnowed down to nine after contestants were tripped up by words such as “tendenz,” a literary term and “polynee,” a type of pastry. They spelled words on stage at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, just south of Washington, D.C.

May 30, 2012

National Spelling Bee field dwindles to 50

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two finalists from last year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee and the sister of a past champion were among 50 contestants admitted to the semi-final round after a tense day of competition on Wednesday.

A field of 278 young spellers aged 6 to 15 was winnowed down to 50 after they spelled words on stage at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, just south of Washington, D.C.

May 30, 2012

Six-year-old girl competes in National Spelling Bee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A 6-year-old girl became the youngest participant ever to compete in the preliminary round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, getting off to a successful start by spelling “dirigible.”

Lori Anne Madison, 6, of Woodbridge, Virginia, is the youngest contestant to qualify for the spelling bee, according to the Scripps website. She is among 278 competitors, including three finalists from last year.

May 29, 2012

Witness in Clemens trial says was told Clemens used drug

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ex-trainer Brian McNamee, who says he injected performance-enhancing drugs into former pitching ace Roger Clemens, told a client that Clemens had used human growth hormone to recover more quickly from injuries and strains, the client testified on Monday.

Prosecution witness Anthony Corso’s testimony bolsters that of McNamee, a former strength and conditioning coach, whose allegations that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone have been the core of the government’s case.

May 26, 2012

DNA expert links needle, cotton swabs to Clemens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A DNA expert in the perjury trial of Roger Clemens testified he matched the former pitching ace’s genetic profile to articles of medical waste kept by the trainer who says he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs.

Prosecution witness Alan Keel, who works for Forensic Science Associates in California, said he found blood on a cotton ball and deposits he believed to be pus on another that matched the genetic profile of Clemens. He also said he found a handful of cells on a needle, which he attributed to Clemens.

May 25, 2012

Prosecutors to present DNA in Roger Clemens trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prosecutors were expected to present evidence on Friday of Roger Clemens’ DNA on a needle and other items allegedly used to inject the former baseball great with steroids and human growth hormone in a crucial and final phase of their argument.

Alan Keel, a DNA expert for Forensic Science Associates in California, was set to take the stand in U.S. District Court in Washington after testifying on Thursday that he was asked to analyze items related to the Clemens trial.

May 24, 2012

Ex-player Segui says McNamee talked about retaining needles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Major League Baseball player David Segui testified on Thursday in the perjury trial of Roger Clemens that the pitching ace’s personal trainer told him he had saved needles that he claims he used to inject Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs.

Segui told the court that trainer Brian McNamee said he had saved needles “as evidence” to placate his wife, who was concerned about McNamee’s relationship with the pitcher. McNamee, in separate testimony, has said he kept needles used to inject Clemens with anabolic steroids in 2001 to calm his wife by stashing evidence of the pitcher’s alleged drug use.

May 24, 2012

Ex-MLB player David Segui can testify in Clemens trial: judge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Major League Baseball player David Segui can be called to testify in the perjury trial of ex-pitching ace Roger Clemens, the judge in the case ruled on Thursday.

According to prosecutors he has been reluctant to travel to Washington for the trial without knowing he will definitely testify.

May 23, 2012

US charges Chinese man with illegal nuclear-related exports

WASHINGTON, May 23 (Reuters) – A Chinese national was
charged with illegally exporting to China U.S.-made sensors used
to produce weapons-grade uraniam, the U.S. Department of Justice
said on Wednesday.

Qiang Hu, 47, a sales manager for a Chinese subsidiary of
MKS Instruments, was arrested at his hotel in North
Andover, Massachusetts and charged with conspiracy to violate
U.S. export laws. He allegedly allowed thousands of pressure
measuring sensors, known as pressure transducers, to be exported
from the United States to unauthorized users in China, the
department said.