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ACLU: DEA’s politics are keeping cannabis-based medicines off shelves

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) does not commonly take an active role in matters pertaining to the drug war, but in the case of Dr. Lyle E. Craker, a professor at the University of Massachusetts, outspoken is certainly one way to describe their position. Craker’s name might sound familiar…

Airlines hike fares, surcharges for costly fuel

ATLANTA (Reuters) – U.S. airlines are raising fares and rolling out surcharges as runaway fuel prices threaten to eat into profits. Fuel surcharges are being added on international routes. JetBlue Airways Corp said on Monday it recently implemented a $45 one-way surcharge in select Caribbean markets. Delta Air Lines Inc…

Google purges tainted apps from Android phones

SAN FRANCISCO — Google has remotely purged Android smartphones of applications tainted with a malicious code that could take control of the handsets and steal information. Mobile phone security firm LookOut said the purpose of the “DroidDream” code was to “download additional applications and install them silently as system applications…

Bill Gates’s philanthropy costs him richest-man title

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bill Gates didn’t lose his title as the world’s richest man last year; he gave it away by plowing billions into his charitable foundation, experts say. Forbes will release its 2011 billionaires list on Wednesday and Gates, investor Warren Buffett and last year’s richest man, Mexican…

Supreme Court won’t review drug patent deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court let stand a ruling that drug companies can pay rivals to delay production of generic drugs without violating federal antitrust laws. The justices refused to review a U.S. appeals court ruling that upheld the dismissal of a legal challenge to a deal between Bayer…

YouTube buys US web television company

SAN FRANCISCO – YouTube announced that it bought Internet television company Next New Networks to improve content for the Google-owned video-sharing website. The New York City-based startup was launched four years ago and is home to popular networks, such as “Barely Political” and “Indy Mogul,” which it billed as the…

Oil shoots higher on Libya turmoil

NEW YORK – Crude oil prices surged again Monday as traders fretted about escalating clashes in Libya between forces loyal to leader Moamer Kadhafi and rebels seeking to end his four-decade rule. New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in April, settled at $105.44 a barrel, a gain…

Spill no reason to halt deep sea drilling: BP

MALMOE, Sweden – Last year’s massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill sparked by an explosion on a BP-leased platform is no reason to stop deep sea drilling, the group’s chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg said Monday. “If we truly learn from this accident, I see no reason to close off the deep…

Gadgets ruining people’s sleep: study

SAN FRANCISCO – A study released on Monday indicated that people in the United States are losing sleep over their gadgets. All but five percent of people surveyed as part of a National Sleep Foundation poll said they played videogames, watched television, or used smartphones or laptop computers in the…

Toyota Recalls 200,000 SUVs over tire monitoring issue

DETROIT (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp on Saturday recalled about 22,000 sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks because of tire-deflation monitoring systems that may fail, regulators said. Toyota Sequoia, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, Tacoma and Tundra vehicles from model years 2008-2011 may have tire deflation monitoring systems that fail to…

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