Judge Tosses Stevens Evidence, Voter Rolls Scrutinized, Inside U.S. Eavesdropping
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More Missteps in Stevens Trial » A federal judge in the corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens ruled that jurors should ignore two pieces of evidence that he said were tainted by the prosecution, the third time he has chastised Justice Department lawyers for their handling of witnesses or evidence. — Washington Post
Voter Roll Cuts Appear Illegal » Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law, according to an analysis by The New York Times. — New York Times
Inside U.S. Eavesdropping » Despite pledges by President George W. Bush and intelligence officials to the contrary, calls from hundreds of U.S. citizens overseas have been intercepted as they talked to friends and family back home, according to two former military intercept operators. — ABC News
'Troopergate' Report Due Friday » Alaska's legislative investigator is gathering final interviews from key witnesses, including Todd Palin, to submit by tomorrow a draft report regarding Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. — Anchorage Daily News
Bill Targets Rogue Druggists » President Bush is set to sign legislation that will help the federal government crack down on hundreds of rogue Internet pharmacies that peddle controlled substances like the painkiller Vicodin or the stimulant Ritalin. — Wall Street Journal
Report Cites H1-B Visa Fraud » A new U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services report reveals that 13 percent of petitions filed for H-1B visas on behalf of employers are fraudulent, with another 8 percent containing technical violations. — Business Week
China Sets Limits on Melamine » The Chinese government says it has established limits for allowable trace amounts of the toxic industrial chemical melamine in dairy products, but declined to offer new figures on the number of infants affected by the contamination ... meanwhile, media reports indicate the number of victims may have doubled to over 90,000. — New York Times, Reuters
Detainee Release Blocked » A federal appeals court last night temporarily blocked a judge's order that the government must release 17 Chinese Muslims held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into the United States. — Washington Post
IOC Retests Blood Samples » The International Olympic Committee will restest blood samples collected from athletes at the Beijing Games to check for CERA, a new stamina-boosting drug, after several riders from the Tour de France failed tests for the drug. — New York Times
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