TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Former Sen. Frank Lautenberg and Republican Douglas Forrester immediately exchanged jabs after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the two candidates to run for the Senate seat being vacated by scandal-plagued Robert Torricelli.
The court refused to get involved in the New Jersey Senate fight Monday, a defeat for Republicans who were trying to keep Lautenberg off the ballot.
The GOP says Democrats missed the deadline to replace Torricelli after he abruptly quit the race last week and left his party scrambling for a candidate as they try to retain their slim majority in the Senate during this pivotal election year. The high court did not explain its reasons for rejecting Republicans' request that it intervene.
FAA orders new rudder system on aircraft
Los Angeles Times
Rudder systems on Boeing 737s, the world's most widely used airliners, must be replaced by U.S. carriers under a $364 million retrofitting program ordered Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The order came years after two disastrous 737 crashes that have been blamed on rudder failure. The first, near Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1991, killed all 25 aboard a United Airlines flight. The second, near Pittsburgh, Pa., three years later , killed 132 on a USAir jet. USAir since has been renamed US Airways.
U.S. carriers will have six years to comply with Monday's order, which affects all 2,000 of the twin-engine jets being flown in the United States. Foreign carriers, which fly another 2,500 Boeing 737s, are expected to follow suit voluntarily.
Diluted drug suits settled
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Eli Lilly & Co. and Bristol-Myers Squibb on Monday settled more than 300 lawsuits accusing them of failing to stop a pharmacist from watering down cancer drugs.
The two companies announced the agreement during jury selection in the first of the cases to go to trial. That trial, involving pharmacist Robert R. Courtney, will continue. A jury was seated Monday and opening arguments were planned Tuesday.
Courtney pleaded guilty in February to federal charges of adulterating, misbranding and tampering with chemotherapy medications. Federal authorities have suggested Courtney's scheme may have affected as many as 400 doctors, 4,200 patients and 98,000 prescriptions.
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