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Johnson & Johnson receives federal subpoenas related to baby powder litigation

Johnson & Johnson receives federal subpoenas related to baby powder litigationThe disclosure in Johnson & Johnson's annual report on Wednesday is the first time that the company disclosed it had received subpoenas from federal agencies regarding its talc powder products. The Justice Department declined to comment and the SEC did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A Reuters report on Dec. 14 revealed that Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that small amounts of asbestos, a known carcinogen, had been occasionally found in its talc and powder products, according to tests from the 1970s to the early 2000s - information it did not disclose to regulators or the public.


FBI investigating deadly police raid in Houston

FBI investigating deadly police raid in HoustonOfficers raided a Houston home on Jan. 28 to serve a search warrant looking for narcotics, and in an ensuing shootout the home's occupants, Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58, were killed and four officers were wounded by gunfire. In an affidavit for the search warrant, veteran officer Gerald Goines wrote before the raid that a confidential informant had reported buying heroin at the home, according to the Houston Chronicle.


West Virginia teachers to return to work after two-day strike

West Virginia teachers to return to work after two-day strikeThe state's educators, among the lowest-paid in the nation, sparked a wave of U.S. teachers' strikes last year when they walked off the job to demand higher pay. In their latest job action, teachers went on strike on Tuesday to protest a bill in the West Virginia legislature that would have allowed the state's first seven charter schools to open. Although the bill was defeated on Tuesday in the House of Delegates, the strike continued on Wednesday, keeping most of the state's 700 schools closed as teachers rallied to stop lawmakers from reviving the bill.


Woman who joined Islamic State cannot return to U.S., Pompeo says

Woman who joined Islamic State cannot return to U.S., Pompeo saysHoda Muthana, 24, traveled to Syria over four years ago to join Islamic State, also known as ISIS. In media interviews this week from a detention camp in Syria, Muthana said she was sorry for her actions and wanted to return to her family in Alabama with her toddler son. Pompeo said Muthana was not a U.S. citizen and would not be admitted into the United States.


New York City settles U.S. claims over Superstorm Sandy

New York City settles U.S. claims over Superstorm SandyNew York City reached a $5.3 million settlement on Wednesday to resolve charges it improperly billed the U.S. government for damage to city vehicles caused by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The accord resolves claims that the city falsely certified to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in May 2014 that the storm had damaged Department of Transportation (DOT) vehicles beyond repair, entitling it to funds for replacements. According to the federal government, many of the 132 passenger, commercial and heavy equipment vehicles covered by the certification had been damaged or left inoperable long before Sandy and were therefore ineligible for indemnification.


U.S. arrests Coast Guard officer who planned mass attack: prosecutors

U.S. arrests Coast Guard officer who planned mass attack: prosecutorsU.S. authorities have arrested a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant who described himself as a white nationalist and amassed a cache of weapons to "murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country," according to court documents. Christopher Paul Hasson, who is assigned to the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington and lives in a Maryland suburb, had drawn up a list of possible targets, including House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and MSNBC television host Joe Scarborough, prosecutors said in court documents. Calling Hasson a "domestic terrorist," the prosecutors said he was arrested on Friday on weapons and drugs charges.


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