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suffered seizures as an infant afterher third dose of a vaccine in1992. Pfizer and other vaccinemakers had argued that a SupremeCourt ruling for the plaintiffscould open the door to a flood of lawsuits many by families whobelieve vaccines cause autism and threaten the supply of childhood vaccines.For more of this story by JamesVicini, readhere.FDA cites Sanofi over drug sideeffect reportingHealth regulators have warnedSanofi-Aventis for failing tosubmit reports of possible seriousdrug side effects in a timelymanner. In a January 28 lettermade public on Tuesday, the FDAsaid an early response from thedrugmaker and its “promisedcorrective actions are inadequateto address the deficiencies.” “Weremain concerned that your ….adverse drug experience reportingsystem has not been fullyvalidated, and may have resultedin inaccurate assessment anduntimely submission of 15-dayalerts,” FDA said.For more of this story by SusanHeavey, readhere.Credit cards still in US watchdogWarren’s sightsConsumer regulator ElizabethWarren warned the credit cardindustry of further reforms evenwhile praising it for going beyondthe requirements of last year’scrackdown on fees and interestrate increases. “The data we haveassembled indicate that much of the industry has gone further thanthe law requires in curbing re-pricing and overlimit fees,”Warren said, citing a governmentsurvey of the impact of the CARDAct.For more of this story by DaveClarke and Maria Aspan, readhere.Ex-U.S. mortgage exec to pleadto criminal chargesThe former treasurer of the now-defunct Taylor, Bean & WhitakerMortgage, Desiree Brown, is setto enter a plea agreement tofederal criminal charges onThursday. No details of thecharges were available but ahearing is set for 9:15 a.m. in theU.S. District Court for the EasternDistrict of Virginia. Such hearingsare typically held when adefendant is expected to pleadguilty. Taylor, Bean & Whitakerfiled for bankruptcy in August2009 and federal prosecutors haveaccused the former chairman of the mortgage firm, Lee Farkas, of orchestrating a scheme that led tobillions of dollars in losses thatare still being tallied.For more of this story by JeremyPelofsky, readhere.Existing home sales overcounting“minor” -NARThe National Association of Realtors said any overcounting of existing home sales in its data was“relatively minor”, dismissingclaims it could have overstatedsales by as much as 20 percent.The group said it was consultingwith a range of experts todetermine whether there was adrift in its monthly existing homesales data. “At this point, webelieve any drift in our data to berelatively minor,” the NAR said.For more of this story, readhere.Dallas, KC Feds sought discountrate hike -minutesDirectors at the Federal ReserveBanks of Kansas City, Dallas andChicago sought quarterpercentage-point hikes in thediscount rate before an August 5policy meeting to keep inflation atbay, Fed documents show.Directors at the other nineregional Fed banks all voted tohold the discount rate steady at2.25 percent in the same periodleading up to the Fed’s mostrecent interest rate-settingmeeting, according to minutes of discount rate meetings released bythe Federal Reserve Board inWashington.For more of this story, readhere.Thune decides against WhiteHouse bidRepublican Senator John Thune,long seen as a rising political starand possible White Housecontender, said he will not run forpresident next year. “At this time,I feel that I am best positioned tofight for America’s future here inthe trenches of the United StatesSenate,” he said in a statement.For more of this story, readhere.What we are blogging…Budget-cutters take aim atnuclear modernization fundsIn hardball negotiations over theSTART nuclear arms treaty lastyear, Senate Republicans wresteda commitment from the WhiteHouse to redouble work tooverhaul the nation’s nuclearinfrastructure. Somebody shouldhave told House Republicans.For David Alexander’s full post,click here.From elsewhere…No royal wedding invite? Get ajob at the palaceIf you were not lucky enough tobe one of the 1,900 people invitedto Prince William’s upcomingwedding, then fear not: you couldalways get a job making coffeefor the guests or washing upafterwards. Queen Elizabeth hasplaced two job adverts on herwebsite, for a General Assistant(Coffee Room) and a GeneralAssistant (Wash-up). Both payabout $22,700 a year and theposts are based at the monarch’sBuckingham Palace residence inLondon, although both will haveto travel to other royal homesaround Britain.For more of this story, readherePhoto credit: Reuters/KevinLamarque (Libyan protestersdemonstrate in front of WhiteHouse)This entry passed through theFull-Text RSSservice if this isyour content and you're reading iton someone else's site, please readour FAQ page atfivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filtersfeatured article:Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks InThe Crosshairs.
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