Embattled FDA Commissioner Crawford resigns
WASHINGTON - Embattled Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Lester Crawford resigned Friday, telling his staff that at age 67 it was time to step aside.
His resignation came just two months after the Senate, in a long-delayed move, elevated the longtime agency deputy and acting commissioner to the top job.
Crawford's three-year tenure at FDA was marked by increasing criticism, as the painkiller Vioxx was pulled off the market for safety problems, recalls of malfunctioning heart devices mounted and controversy grew over wider access to emergency contraception.
Man intentionally crashed car into Vegas crowd, authorities say
LAS VEGAS - The man accused of deliberately crashing into a crowd on the Las Vegas Strip, killing two people, had been wanted by police just days earlier for questioning in a near-fatal assault on his mother.
Stephen M. Ressa, 27, of Rialto, Calif., faces charges of murder and attempted murder in Wednesday's crash. He was arrested at the scene and was being held without bail.
Elvis' home before Graceland nominated for historical register
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There are no jungle rooms at 1034 Audubon Drive, no gold records and no pink Cadillacs.
But this modest ranch-style house in the Audubon Park Subdivision of southeast Memphis shares a history with Graceland, the famous white-columned mansion more than 10 miles away.
The house Elvis Presley purchased at age 21, a home that his fame quickly outgrew, has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. The State Review Board approved the nomination Tuesday and now it moves on - just as Graceland did in 1991 - for approval at the national level.
Frist stock sale investigated
WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission are looking into Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's sale of stock in HCA Inc. at a time when insiders at the hospital operating company were also selling off shares.
HCA, based in Nashville and founded by the Frist family, said Friday that it had received a subpoena from prosecutors for the Southern District of New York, asking for documents the company believes are related to Frist's stock sale.
- From wire reports