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WASHINGTON: FDA accused in meningitis outbreak

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee investigating the deadly meningitis outbreak accused the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday of failing to prevent the crisis by moving too slowly against New England Compounding Center of Framinghaam, Mass. Committee members repeatedly accused FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg of a lack of action against NECC. Hamburg insisted the FDA lacks clear authority to regulate compounding pharmacies because of conflicting court rulings and regulatory ambiguities. She said new laws must be passed to give the FDA clear authority to regulate compounding pharmacies as it does large drug manufacturers.


ARIZONA: Woman runs over nonvoting spouse

Police say a Mesa woman ran over her husband with an SUV, injuring him, because he didn't vote in the presidential election. Holly Solomon, who opposed President Barack Obama, told police she was just trying to scare him, and accidentally stepped on the accelerator. She was booked for aggravated assault.


MISSISSIPPI: Plane crash killed 3 passengers

Roger Latham was on a short flight Tuesday in his single-engine Piper PA-32 with his flying instructor and two other experienced pilots to attend a Federal Aviation Administration conference on flight safety. Shortly after taking off, the plane crashed into a home in a west Jackson neighborhood, killing the three passengers, John Edward Tilton Jr., 65, William C. Young, 69, and David Williams, 78.

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