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As Bloomberg Fought Sodas, School Chancellor Nominee Sat on Coke Board

NYC Ed. Chancellor sat on Coke boardBy her own account, Cathleen P. Black, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s choice to be the next New York City schools chancellor, has had almost no experience with the public education system.But for nearly 20 years, she played an influential role in a company that did: Coca-Cola.

As America awoke to a national obesity epidemic and schools tried to rid their hallways of sugary drinks, Coca-Cola emerged as the biggest and most aggressive opponent of the scientists, lawmakers and educators who tried to sound the alarm.

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New York jury trying Al Qaeda suspect is at risk of deadlock

Ghailani jury may deadlockThe first civilian trial of a Guantanamo Bay terrorism suspect appeared deadlocked Monday when a juror asked to be dismissed because she felt "attacked" for being a lone holdout in reaching a verdict.

The potential for a hung jury and mistrial in the case of alleged Al Qaeda accomplice Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani threatened to further undermine the Obama administration's objective of trying "high-value" terror suspects in U.S. federal courts, including Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.

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Secret Papers Detail U.S. Aid for Ex-Nazis

US aided Nazis after WWIIA secret history of the United States government’s Nazi-hunting operation concludes that American intelligence officials created a “safe haven” in the United States for Nazis and their collaborators after World War II, and it details decades of clashes, often hidden, with other nations over war criminals here and abroad.

The 600-page report, which the Justice Department has tried to keep secret for four years, provides new evidence about more than two dozen of the most notorious Nazi cases of the last three decades.

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HP to pay $16.25M to settle DOJ, FCC investigation

Hewlett PackardHewlett-Packard has agreed to pay $16.25 million in a settlement with the Justice Department after an extensive investigation into allegations the company defrauded a federal program that brings Internet connections and computers to schools and libraries.

Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, which oversees the federal E-Rate program, had conducted the investigation into the computer and print giant in response to tips from whistelblowers, the FCC said in a statement.

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No charges in CIA tape destruction, Justice Departrment says

Jose Rodriguez, CIA former clandestine officerThe CIA's former top clandestine officer and others won't be charged in the destruction of CIA videotapes of interrogations of suspected terrorists, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Another part of the criminal investigation is continuing into whether CIA interrogators went beyond the legal guidance given them on treatment of the suspects during questioning, a Justice Department official said. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because that part of the probe is still under way.

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CIA releases report into 2001 Peru plane shootdown

CIA brought down Peruvian planeABC News has obtained some incredibly dramatic footage [scroll down for video] of an incident from nine years ago in which the CIA watched as a Peruvian air force fighter jets shot down a plane carrying American missionaries even as the pilot screamed for help.

The tape was shot from a CIA plane which was on assignment in Peru as part of anti-smuggling operations undertaken in coordination with the Peruvian air force. As ABC's Brian Ross notes, it has taken this long for the CIA to acknowledge its responsibility in the matter.

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Measure would outlaw Islamic law in Oklahoma -- where it doesn't exist

IslamAs the country grapples with its worst economic downturn in decades and persistent unemployment, voters in Oklahoma next week will take up another issue — whether they should pass a constitutional amendment outlawing Sharia, or Islamic law.

Supporters of the initiative acknowledge that they do not know of a single case of Sharia being used in Oklahoma, which has only 15,000 Muslims.

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