No bombs are
found at Harvard
A Harvard University official said Monday no suspicious devices were found on campus after police received an email claiming that explosive devices may have been hidden inside four buildings.
The buildings were evacuated and access to Harvard Yard was restricted after the email was received Monday morning. The message came shortly before students were set to begin final exams.
Investigators from several agencies searched the buildings for hours and cleared students to return to all four by midafternoon.
In a statement to the Harvard community, Harvard Executive Vice President Katie Lapp said no suspicious devices were found and activities are returning to normal.
FDA raps use of
After more than 40 years of study, the U.S. government says it has found no evidence that common anti-bacterial soaps prevent the spread of germs, and regulators want the makers of Dawn, Dial and other household staples to prove that their products do not pose health risks to consumers.
Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration announced Monday they are revisiting the safety of triclosan, the sanitizing agent found in soap in countless kitchens and bathrooms. Recent studies suggest triclosan and similar substances can interfere with hormone levels in lab animals and spur the growth of drug-resistant bacteria.
The government’s preliminary ruling lends new support to outside researchers who have long argued that the chemicals are, at best, ineffective and at worst, a threat to public health.
help in dispute
France is pushing its European partners this week to create a fund to pay for overseas military interventions, like the operation France is leading in the Central African Republic. Other European governments aren’t too excited about the idea.
The dispute exposes a divide between France, which has several military bases abroad and argues that Europe has a responsibility to former colonies in Africa, and countries like Germany that are wary in today’s economic times of intervening and spending taxpayer money abroad.
If European countries were to pitch in to such a fund, they would likely want to decide how that money is used. And they might not want France sending its troops to foreign theaters so often, and using the money to fund its own geopolitical ambitions.
Abortion doc gets
30 years for pills
A Philadelphia doctor already serving life in prison for performing rogue abortions has been sentenced to a concurrent 30 years for illegally distributing painkillers, including many later sold on the street by addicts and drug dealers.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is serving life without parole for killing three babies born alive during illegal abortions. That investigation grew out of complaints he ran a lucrative “pill mill” at his West Philadelphia clinic.
Gosnell pleaded guilty in July, after the murder trial, to charges that he illegally distributed what prosecutors called a “staggering” amount of OxyContin and other painkillers, amounting to hundreds of thousands of pills.