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Supreme Court strikes down state drug data mining law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court struck down on Thursday a state law that prohibits the use of prescription drug records for marketing, in a case pitting free-speech rights against medical privacy concerns. The high court handed a victory to data mining companies IMS Health, Verispan and Source Healthcare Analytics,…

Supreme Court rejects generic drug labeling suits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that generic drug companies cannot be sued under state law over allegations that they failed to provide adequate label warnings about potential side effects. The justices handed a victory to Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Mylan Inc’s UDL Laboratories and Iceland-based…

Poll: Tea party poses ‘real danger’ to GOP in Florida

Aligning yourself too closely to the tea party could be a great way to lose an election in Florida, apparently. So says a recent poll by Gainesville, Florida based polling firm War Room Logistics. In the poll, registered Florida voters said 2:1 that the tea party did not represent their…

WATCH LIVE: FBI and Justice officials discuss the capture of Whitey Bulger

Watch below as officials from the United States Attorney’s Office and the Bulger Fugitive Task Force in Boston address reporters about the capture of former mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger and Catherine Greig, courtesy of MSNBC. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

G20 ministers agree to tame food commodity speculation

PARIS (AFP) – Farm ministers from the world’s top economies agreed on action on Thursday to tame market speculation blamed for the food price spikes that have hit consumers’ pockets and sparked unrest. “The consensus… marks an historic union of resolve in combating the pressing challenges of hunger and food…

Sen. Sanders: Koch bros. ‘want to destroy Social Security’

Seeing what he called “an enormous amount of disinformation about Social Security” in the media, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joined with activist filmmaker Robert Greenwald to produce a video that attempts to explains why. Sanders claims that campaign contributions and hundreds of millions in think tank funding from billionaire industrialist…

Self-help author guilty over sweat lodge deaths

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A US self-help guru was convicted of negligent homicide Wednesday over the deaths of three people at an Arizona “sweat lodge” ceremony in 2009, a court official said. James Ray was found not guilty of the more serious charges of manslaughter over the deaths, which occurred…

Accused Boston crime boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger arrested

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On the run for 17 years, the accused Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger and his longtime girlfriend were finally caught in California by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday. They were arrested without incident at a residence in Santa Monica, the FBI said in a…

Palin says jury duty cut bus tour short

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said on Wednesday she was pausing her “One Nation” bus tour to answer the call of jury duty and denied media reports her much-hyped multi-state jaunt had been cut short. “The next leg of the tour continues when the time comes,” she said…

Maddow: Afghan drawdown is ‘no change in plans’

Last night, President Barack Obama announced that over 33,000 U.S. soldiers would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of next summer, and at least 10,000 by the end of this year. Though hyped as a significant drawdown, MSNBC’s liberal host Rachel Maddow gave it a bit of perspective, showing…

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