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OxyContin Maker Fined for Pushing Misinformation

OxyContin, also known as “hillbilly heroin,” is an effective drug for pain sufferers but also a highly coveted addictive opiate. Just ask Rush Limbaugh. Now the company that makes “Oxy” will have to pay $634.5 million in Justice Department fines for claiming that the painkiller, which has been linked to hundreds of overdose deaths, is less addictive and subject to abuse than the competition.

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VA Exaggerates Quality of Care, Study Finds

An exhaustive study of the VA health system and its administrators has found a pattern of overstating the quality of care, arguably at the expense of veterans. If Congress is under the impression that VA medical care is top notch, it is less motivated to appropriate resources for much-needed improvements.

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Moore Slams Bush & Co. for Cuba Investigation

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore ripped into the Bush administration Friday, demanding that it “immediately end” its investigation into his recent trip to Cuba with 9/11 responders to have them medically treated.  The trip is part of his latest film, “Sicko.” 

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Pope Benedict XVI on Saints and Sinners

Brazilian Catholics thronged to see Pope Benedict XVI in Sao Paulo on Friday as he officially added native-born 18th-century Friar Antonio Galvao to the canon of saints.  While he was at it, the pope emphasized the importance of just saying no to drugs and premarital sex.

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U.S. Investigates Michael Moore

The Treasury Department is investigating documentarian Michael Moore over a recent trip to Cuba that the government says may have violated the trade embargo. Moore brought a group of ailing 9/11 rescue workers to the island nation in making his latest film, “Sicko,” an exploration of the healthcare system.

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Rice, Putin Trade Sharp Words

Russian President Vladimir Putin, awaiting a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, compared U.S. foreign policy to that of the Nazis in the 1930s. Meanwhile, Rice criticized Putin’s administration for centralizing too much power at the Kremlin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bush Gives an Inch on Iraq

President Bush says he is now willing to talk about setting up benchmarks to gauge progress in Iraq, perhaps responding to pressure from both sides of the political aisle.  However, he also made it clear Thursday that he’s going to reject another bill expected to pass soon in the House that would stop funding for the Iraq war this July.

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Marine Says Squad Leader Killed Civilians

Taking the stand in the murder case of three enlisted Marines, Sgt. Sanick P. Dela Cruz testified Wednesday that he witnessed his squad leader shoot and kill five civilians in Haditha, Iraq, on Nov. 19, 2005—the day 24 Iraqi civilians were killed by U.S. troops.

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Blair’s Exit Date Set

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced that he’ll be moving out of 10 Downing Street to make way for his successor on June 27.  Blair revealed when he would step down and looked back on the highs and lows of his time in office in a speech to a group of Labour Party supporters in Sedgefield on Thursday.

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U.S. and Iran Vie for Gulf Allies

The Gulf nations of the Mideast have long been allies of the U.S. and Vice President Dick Cheney has been dispatched to make sure that doesn’t change, but Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is also visiting the region in an attempt to win over disgruntled governments. Mustafa Alani, a regional analyst, sums up how the Gulf is handling all the attention: “We have a deep mistrust of both sides.”

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