Nation Digest

NATION DIGEST

September 11, 2007

Clinton will return $850,000, aides say

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign said yesterday that it will return $850,000 in donations gathered by Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, who is accused of violating election laws and is under federal investigation. The New York senator previously had planned to give to charity $23,000 she received from Hsu for her presidential and senatorial campaigns and her political action committee, HillPac. About 260 donors will receive refunds this week totaling about $850,000 from the campaign, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said.

Drug side effects, deaths have tripled

The number of serious adverse events and deaths attributed to prescription medications has nearly tripled since the Food and Drug Administration initiated a system in 1998 to make it easier to report significant side effects, researchers said yesterday. Twenty percent of drugs accounted for 87.1 percent of adverse effects, according to the report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. One-quarter of the increase could be attributed to a boost in prescriptions and 15 percent to the introduction of new biotechnology drugs, but the rest could not be explained, said drug safety expert Thomas J. Moore. "The clear finding is that we are losing ground in terms of drug safety," said Moore, who led the study.

Craig says motive was fear of article

MINNEAPOLIS --Sen. Larry Craig sought to undo his guilty plea in an airport sex sting yesterday, saying that he admitted to the charge in a panic to avoid triggering an article about his sexuality in his hometown newspaper. Craig had denied to editors at the Idaho Statesman that he was gay just weeks before his June 11 arrest in the bathroom of the Minneapolis airport. The paper didn't run an article, but Craig thought his arrest would change that. Craig's affidavit said he decided on the day of his arrest to plead guilty to whatever charge was eventually filed against him.

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