Vermont plans to sue FDA for OK to import drugs



Vermont plans to sue FDAfor OK to import drugs
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont says it will become the first state to sue the Food and Drug Administration for denying its request to import prescription drugs from Canada.
"Vermont presented a legal and responsible plan to import prescription drugs," Gov. James Douglas said in a statement Tuesday. He said the FDA's reasons for rejecting the state's request for permission "are unsubstantiated and we have no choice but to pursue any and all legal remedies available."
Douglas had long rejected suggestions that the state set up a drug importation program without FDA approval.
But in a letter responding to the FDA's rejection, Michael Smith, administration secretary for Douglas, wrote that the administration found itself "forced to consider development of a reimportation program that conforms to our interpretation of the current laws, independent of your agency."
Wallace issued summonsfor disorderly conduct
NEW YORK -- "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace, arrested in a dispute with city parking enforcement inspectors, says he wonders why anyone thought that he, at 86, was a threat.
Wallace was handcuffed and taken to police precinct headquarters after the incident Tuesday evening outside. He was released after being issued a summons citing him with disorderly conduct.
The dispute began as Wallace was leaving an Upper East Side restaurant, WCBS-TV reported. Wallace saw two Taxi and Limousine Commission inspectors interviewing his driver, who they said was double-parked outside the restaurant.
The TLC said Wallace approached the inspectors and became "overly assertive and disrespectful," interfering with their ability to perform their duties, according to WCBS.
The inspectors then asked him to step away from the car and Wallace refused, lunging at one of the inspectors, according to the TLC. Spokesman Allan Fromberg told the New York Post that "the other inspector feared for his partner's safety."
Death penalty sought
FRESNO, Calif. -- Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against a man charged with shooting nine of his children in his Fresno home.
The announcement was made Tuesday after "a careful review of the facts and applicable law," according to a news release from the office of Fresno County District Attorney Elizabeth Egan.
Marcus Wesson's public defender, Peter Jones, told The Fresno Bee that he was not surprised.
"From our standpoint, we have been preparing on the assumption that they would seek the death penalty," Jones said. "Obviously, our hope was that they would elect not to."
A hearing was scheduled today to discuss delaying the trial from Sept. 14 until mid-December.
Wesson is charged with shooting nine of his children, ages 1 to 25, on March 12. Officers were called to his home by two women who were trying to retrieve their children from inside the Wesson household.
Wesson, 57, is also accused of 13 sex crimes, including rape, with each of the victims believed to be family members. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Quake in China kills 3
BEIJING -- Villagers camped outdoors and hospitals were jammed today after a strong earthquake shook China's southwest, killing up to three people and injuring as many as 600, officials and state media said.
Some 92 aftershocks have been felt since the magnitude-5.6 quake struck Ludian County in earthquake-prone Yunnan province Tuesday evening, a county official, Shi Zaiqing, said by telephone.
State television had reported that five people were killed, but gave the figure as three in a later broadcast. It did not explain the change.
Shi put the death toll at two and said 422 people were injured when the quake rolled.
4 Navy aviators missing
TOKYO -- U.S. military planes searched today for four missing Navy aviators whose surveillance plane crashed on an uninhabited island near Iwo Jima, military officials said.
The S-3 Viking plane from the USS Stennis crashed into Kita Iwo Jima island in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday evening during a training exercise, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a statement.
Aircraft from the Stennis and the USS Kitty Hawk were searching the island for the four missing aviators, whose identities were not being released pending a waiting period following notification of kin.
The crew was part of the "Blue Wolves" squadron based at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, Calif.
Associated Press

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