Contracts And Orders

PHILADELPHIA - Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. will pay $422.5 million in penalties for marketing an epilepsy medicine for unapproved uses and for paying kickbacks to doctors to prescribe it and five other drugs, federal officials announced Thursday.

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised four years ago that Democrats would lead "the most honest, most open, most ethical Congress in history." But as her party defends its record with its majority in jeopardy, two prominent Democrats await ethics trials.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A former defense lobbyist who helped clients secure more than $100 million in contracts in recent years has pleaded guilty to funneling more than $300,000 in campaign contributions to House members controlling the Pentagon's budget.

WASHINGTON - Citing improvements in Colombia's human rights record, the Obama administration on Wednesday freed up more than $30 million in assistance to the country's military to help it fight leftist insurgents and other drug-funded illegal armed groups.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Rumeal Robinson, who led Michigan to the NCAA men's basketball championship in 1989 and later played in the NBA, was convicted in federal court Wednesday of borrowing more than $700,000 for a sham business deal and then spending the money on a condominium, expensive furniture and cars.
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