October 31, 2012 |
Allergan Inc. is considering selling its Lap-Band weight-loss unit amid rapidly declining sales and a swarm of negative publicity about patient deaths and a criminal investigation of one of its former customers. Word of the potential sale came the same day Allergan disclosed that Lap-Band revenue fell for the fifth consecutive quarter. Sales from weight-loss products fell to $37.4 million during the third quarter, down 25% from last year and 53% from its peak four years ago. It marks a major turnaround for a product that delivered annual sales of $296 million in 2008 for the Irvine company.
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October 30, 2012 |
A prominent Wisconsin pediatrician who admitted molesting two boys while serving as a Boy Scout camp doctor in the 1980s voluntarily gave up his medical license Tuesday after additional complaints of abuse surfaced. Thomas Kowalski, 75, became the target of an investigation by the state's Medical Examining Board after The Times reported in September that he had been expelled from the Boy Scouts in 1987 after admitting to molesting two scouts. The parents declined to press charges, and Scouting officials used their connections with the publisher of a Milwaukee paper to keep the story out of the press, confidential Scouting records show.
October 23, 2012 |
The brothers behind the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign are the subjects of a criminal investigation involving several federal and state law enforcement agencies, according to a court filing. The investigation is focused on numerous "potential violations of federal law, including conspiracy, healthcare fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, tax violations, identity theft [and] money laundering," Samanta Kelley, a special agent for the Food and Drug Administration's criminal division, said in an affidavit filed at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles.
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October 16, 2012 |
Tim Loranger is a Los Angeles aviation attorney who was deeply moved by Lance Armstrong's story of beating cancer. The former Marine wears the Armstrong yellow wristband, races in an Armstrong hat and has raised thousands of dollars for Armstrong's cancer charity. He's not convinced that Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs. "I don't think they have proven a case against him," Loranger said. All due respect to Loranger, a dedicated philanthropist who has watched family and friends endure cancer, but the evidence is in: Armstrong used blood transfusions, the blood booster EPO, and testosterone "from start to finish" in winning an unprecedented seven Tour de France championships, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said last week.
October 11, 2012 |
Michele Ferrari, the doctor who is a central figure in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, is the target of a criminal investigation in Italy. “It's not finished yet, but it's coming to a close,” Padua prosecutor Benedetto Roberti told the Associated Press on Thursday. A person with knowledge of the inquiry told the Associated Press that it is “already officially closed. They're just going over it again.” The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk publicly about the case.
October 2, 2012 |
It's Day 20 for the Benghazi CSI-team hostage crisis. That's how long an FBI forensic team has been trying to gain access in Libya to what the State Department still calls a crime scene - the Obama administration's preferred term for the location of the first assassination of a U.S. ambassador since 1979 and the first successful Al Qaeda-backed attack on U.S. soil since the 9/11 strikes (our embassies and consulates are sovereign U.S. territory)....
October 1, 2012
The mysterious man at the center of a sprawling, multimillion-dollar fraud case against a Navy veterans charity has been identified as a Harvard Law School graduate who had been missing and wanted since the 1980s. At a Monday news conference in Cleveland, U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott identified the real name of “Bobby Charles Thompson,” who ran the U.S. Navy Veterans Assn. and who went on the lam after the authorities opened an investigation into the charity in 2010. The man's real name, he said, is John Donald Cody, 65. Cody -- under his identity as Thompson -- has been in custody since April as authorities tried to figure out his true identity and as the case against him moved forward.
August 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department will not file criminal charges for the alleged CIA mistreatment of detainees during the George W. Bush administration, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Thursday, closing the last two investigations and ending a legal chapter that sparked criticism across the political spectrum. The final investigations had focused on the deaths of two men during CIA interrogations overseas. The first was Gul Rahman, a suspected member of Al Qaeda who died in November 2002 after he was shackled in a freezing room in a then-secret CIA prison, known as the Salt Pit, near Bagram air base in Afghanistan.
August 24, 2012 |
Lance Armstrong has given up his legal battle against doping charges, even though he still maintains his innocence. "Over the past three years, I have been subjected to a two-year federal criminal investigation followed by [ U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Chief Executive] Travis Tygart's unconstitutional witch hunt," Armstrong wrote in a statement released Thursday night. "The toll this has taken on my family, and my work for our [cancer] foundation and on me leads me to where I am today - finished with this nonsense.