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Grand jury probes former FDA chief

NEW YORK -- A federal grand jury has begun an investigation of Lester Crawford, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, The New York times reported Friday. Before he resigned, Crawford sold more than $50,000 in shares in a company regulated by the agency, according to financial disclosures. (AP)

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FBI secretly sought records of citizens
The FBI secretly sought information last year on 3,501 US citizens and other legal residents from their banks and credit card, telephone, and Internet companies without a court's approval. The Justice Department last week disclosed how often it has used special administrative subpoenas that allow the executive branch to obtain records about people in terrorism and espionage investigations without a judge's approval or a grand jury subpoena. (AP)

Satellites launched to study warming
NASA has launched two long-awaited satellites designed to provide the first-ever three-dimensional views of Earth's clouds and to help predict how cloud cover contributes to global warming. (Washington Post)

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