Daily Archives: August 26, 2011

Google Will Pay $500 Million for Illegal Pharmacy Ads

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Google Inc. has agreed to pay $500 million to settle a government investigation into Google’s distribution of online ads from Canadian pharmacies illegally selling prescription drugs to Americans.

The settlement means Google will not face criminal prosecution for improperly profiting from the ads.

Five hundred million dollars represents the gross revenues Google collected in ad buys from Canadian pharmacies plus the earnings generated from the illegal drug sales to American consumers from 2003 to 2009.

Google is no longer letting Canadian pharmacies advertise to U.S. consumers.

A portion of the proceeds from the forfeiture will go to law enforcement agencies who worked on the investigation.

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Irene Postpones MLK Memorial Dedication

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Sunday’s dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., has been postponed because of Hurricane Irene.

Six governors have declared states of emergency as the storm tracks north toward the United States’ Eastern Seaboard.

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Croatian Woman Faces Deportation for Torture and Murder

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An extradition hearing has been set for a Croatian woman, Azra Basic, who has been living in the United States but is charged with murder and torture in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Basic is a naturalized citizen of the United States. Her attorney, Patrick Nash, is seeking to dismiss the case.

It is up to the executive branch of the federal government to determine if a treaty with Yugoslavia is still in effect, even though the country has changed names and forms of government.

Basic is accused of torturing and killing ethnic Serbs at prison camps from April to June 1992.

Basic had been living in Kentucky for years. She worked in a nursing home before her arrest in March.

If convicted, Basic could spend the rest of her life in prison.

The United Nations estimates that 104,000 people died in the ethnic strife in the former Yugoslavia.

Via Impunity Watch.

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Warren Buffett Puts $5 Billion into Bank of America

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Warren Buffett is sinking $5 billion into Bank of America in a show of faith in the country’s biggest financial institution.

The investment comes amid worries about the long-term health of the company, which has set aside $20 billion to atone for mortgage misdeeds during the housing bubble.

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International Criminal Court Concludes First Trial

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The International Criminal Court has concluded its first trial this week against Thomas Lubanga, a Congolese warlord.

Lubanga, 50, an ethnic Hema, was charged with conscripting children as young as nine to his Union of Congolese Patriots movement to kill members of the rival Lendu tribe during the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Lubanga’s trial was the first international case to focus exclusively on child soldiers.

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Arizona Sues Over Civil Rights Act of 1965

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On Thursday, officials in Phoenix filed a lawsuit saying that the Civil Rights Act of 1965 is unconstitutional. The law requires that states get advance approval from the federal government when it wants to change how voting is conducted. It was passed in response to Southern local governments that prohibited African-Americans from voting.

Two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that states and communities have power to appeal part of the law.

At issue is whether Congress properly extended the law in 2006, or whether the country has made enough progress on racial equality to make federal oversight necessary. The Supreme Court concluded that sufficient progress has been made but upheld the federal government’s enforcement power.

Attorney General Eric Holder vowed to defend the law.

The civil rights case is State of Arizona v. Holder.


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On This Day…

19th Amendment

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In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution became law, and women were granted the right to vote. Just one sentence long, the amendment represented decades of struggle:

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

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