Feb 16th

Coke Denies Secret Formula Discovery Claim

By dallaseste
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Coke Denies Secret Formula Discovery Claim

The world's largest soft drink maker, Coca-Cola, said that the recipe for its flagship beverage is still a secret after 125 years, disputing a claim by a public radio show that it uncovered the formula.  “This American Life,” a weekly public radio program based in Chicago, said it found the recipe in an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Coke's hometown newspaper.  The article was published in February 1979, according to the story.
Jan 27th

Rabbis Push for Sanctions Against Fox News' Glenn Beck

By Dave Simmons
Rabbis Push for Sanctions Against Fox News' Glenn Beck

A group of at least 400 rabbis published a letter on Thursday calling for sanctions of Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck by that network's executives.  At issue is Beck's repeated use of holocaust and Nazi imagery on his show and for airing attacks on World War II survivor George Soros.
Jan 19th

FBI Calls MLK Parade Bomb “Act of Domestic Terrorism”

By Mike Goldman
FBI Calls MLK Parade Bomb “Act of Domestic Terrorism”

The US Federal Bureau of Investigations said Wednesday it is investigating the bomb found in a backpack along a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade route as “ an act of domestic terrorism.”  The bomb was discovered by workers along a parade route before the parade had begun in Spokane, Washington on Monday.  The device was neutralized by local bomb disposal authorities, and will be examined in Quantico, Virginia at the FBI”s explosives lab.
Jan 6th

IRS Agent Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

By Frank Galvano
IRS Agent Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

An agent for the internal Revenue Service, whose job was to find tax evaders, has himself pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns in a federal court in  Los Angeles.
Jan 5th

Court Awards Class Action Status to Suicide lawsuits Against Pfizer

By Frank Galvano
Court Awards Class Action Status to Suicide lawsuits Against Pfizer

A federal court in Alabama has decided to centralize at least 1,200 lawsuits filed against Pfizer Inc. over its stop smoking drug Chantix, which plaintiffs say can lead to suicide.  US Judge Inge Johnson of Alabama's Northern District will preside over the civil trials unless there is an out-of-court settlement in the case.
Jan 5th

FEMA Charged with Recovery of $643 Million in Improper Katrina Payments

By Frank Galvano
FEMA Charged with Recovery of $643 Million in Improper Katrina Payments

A new report shows that the oft-criticized US disaster management agency FEMA improperly paid out $643 million in compensation to approximately 160,000 applicants following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and a number of other disasters.  The improper payouts, the report said, were due to insufficient internal controls, fraud, and human error.
Jan 3rd

Bank of America Prepping for WikiLeaks Attack

By Dave Simmons
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Bank of America Prepping for WikiLeaks Attack

According to a report in the New York Times, Bank of America officials are preparing for a release of embarrassing and potentially damaging information about its practices from WikiLeaks.  The online whiste-blower's chief, Julian Assange, warned in November that he would unleash documents that would reveal an “ecosystem of corruption” at a prominent US financial institution. 
Dec 30th

Bellagio To Discontinue $25,000 Chip

By Kelly Curtis
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Bellagio To Discontinue $25,000 Chip

Bellagio owner MGM Resorts is serving notice to a robber who made off with $1.5 million in chips from the casino that he has until April 22nd or they will become worthless.  The casino operator is notifying the public that after that date, its standard $25,000 chip will be discontinued, meaning any gamblers holding any of the red chips with gray inlays have until then to cash them in before they will be worth nothing more than the plastic they're made from.
Dec 28th

Apple Sued Over iPhone Apps

By Mike Goldman
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Apple Sued Over iPhone Apps

A lawsuit has been filed in a federal court in San Jose, California accusing Apple Inc. of allowing apps for its iPhone and iPad to transmit users' personal information to advertising networks without customers' consent.
Dec 22nd

Federal Judge Says Feds Tapped Phone Lines Without Warrants

By Dave Simmons
Federal Judge Says Feds Tapped Phone Lines Without Warrants

US District Court Judge Vaughn Walker on Tuesday ordered the US government to pay $2.5 million in damages and attorney fees to the now-defunct Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation after concluding that investigators wiretapped the organization's phone lines without a warrant.  The decision brings an end to the suspected terrorist organization's five-year legal challenge to the Bush administration's Terrorist Surveillance Program.

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