US District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema Friday denied a US Department of Justice request to release a report on FBI missteps leading up to 9/11. The report chronicles three episodes considered to be missed opportunities to detect the 9/11 plot, including the 2001 arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui . Officials said that the majority of the [...]

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An Alabama Circuit Court refused Friday to dismiss the first wrongful-death suit brought against Merck for their painkiller Vioxx. Merck pulled Vioxx from the market when a study found it to double the chances of heart attacks and strokes in patients who took the drug more than 18 months. The suit is brought by Cheryl [...]

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House Republicans on Friday said they planned to finish drafting social security reform legislation by June, a day after President Bush in a prime-time press conference challenged legislators to move forward on the issue. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas said Republicans would expand on simply social security and offer more comprehensive retirement [...]

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Taiwan opposition leader Lien Chan and Chinese President Hu Jintao agreed on Friday to end decades of hostility and to work to avoid dangerous tensions in the Taiwan Strait during a historic meeting in Beijing. The impact of the meeting remains in doubt, after Taiwan's government criticized the meeting and said it would do little [...]

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