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ALASKA: Court rejects Miller's election claims

The Alaska Supreme Court delivered another stinging setback to Republican Joe Miller on Wednesday, refusing to overturn election results that favored his rival, Lisa Murkowski, in the state's U.S. Senate race. The court upheld a lower court's ruling dismissing Miller's claims of impropriety in the handling of the election and ballots for Murkowski, who waged a long-shot write-in campaign after losing her primary to Miller. A federal judge said he would give Miller until Monday to plead any outstanding issues to him.


WASHINGTON: Challenging China on energy trade

The Obama administration filed a case against China before the World Trade Organization on Wednesday, accusing Beijing of providing unfair government subsidies to Chinese energy companies. The case is in response to a petition from the United Steelworkers union in September. The union alleged that Chinese businesses are able to sell wind and solar equipment on the international market at a cheaper price than their competitors because they receive subsidies. The administration's WTO case alleges that the subsidies were in violation of global trade rules. While the case adds tension to already strained U.S.-China relations, the White House announced Wednesday that President Hu Jintao's official state visit will take place Jan. 19. President Barack Obama visited China in November 2009.

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Test strips for diabetics recalled

Abbott Laboratories is recalling up to 359 million testing strips used by diabetics because they can give falsely low blood sugar readings, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The strips are used to help diabetes patients check their blood sugar levels. The FDA says the products being recalled can give inaccurately low measurements. As a result, patients may try to raise their blood sugar levels unnecessarily or fail to detect dangerously high levels. The FDA blamed a defect that limits the amount of blood absorbed by each strip. North Chicago-based Abbott is recalling 359 lots marketed under a half-dozen brand names, including Precision Xceed Pro, Precision Xtra, Medisense Optium, Optium, OptiumEZ and ReliOn Ultima.


OHIO: High rate of drug-addicted babies

Nearly one in 10 babies were born addicted to drugs last year in southern Ohio's Scioto County. Admissions for prescription painkiller overdoses were five times the national average. In a rare step, the state health commissioner declared a public health emergency. The culprits are not only people abusing the painkillers, officials say. They blame at least eight area "pill mills," clinics or doctors that dole out prescription meds like OxyContin with little discretion. At least two health care providers face criminal charges.

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