Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Ala., is concerned that the Obama administration is pursuing an oil spill settlement with BP that will direct more money to Florida in an effort to help the president's reelection bid, The Hill reports.
The Justice Department fined pharmaceutical company Abbott Laboratories, Inc. $500 million for promoting non-FDA approved uses for one of its drugs. The money is in addition to almost $200 million the company is forfeiting in profits from the drug.
The company admitted that it marketed Depakote as a treatment for behavioral disturbances and schizophrenia, uses that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The company also agreed to pay $800 million to the federal and state governments in a civil suit surrounding false claims the company made about the drug.
A two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that a North Carolina sheriff and his deputies routinely discriminated against Latinos by making unwarranted arrests with the intent of maximizing deportations, The Associated Press reports.
An Arlington, Va. man was convicted on charges he plotted to conduct a suicide bomb attack at the U.S. Capitol Building, according to the Justice Department.
Amine Mohamed El-Khalifi, 29, was sentenced to 30 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. He pled guilty to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction when he planned to carry out the bombing in February, prosecutors said.
Two North Carolina men have been convicted of plotting acts of terrorism, according to the Justice and Defense Departments. Daniel Boyd, 42, and Anes Subasic, 36, were found guilty of "conspiracies to murder persons abroad and provide material support to terrorism," said Lisa Monaco, assistant attorney general for national security, in a statement.