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Six Guantanamo detainees to move to island of Palau

Six Guantanamo detainees to move to island of Palau

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says at least six Chinese Muslims held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will soon leave their island prison for freedom in another island nation, Palau.

Word of the upcoming transfer to the tiny Pacific country, planned for some time after Oct. 1, came in a letter released Thursday from Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

GOP staff says ACORN using charity for illegal lobbying

WASHINGTON — The community activist group ACORN appears to be collecting charitable contributions through affiliate organizations that it then uses for impermissible lobbying and political activity, says the Republican staff of the Senate Finance Committee.

The assessment is included in a memo on ACORN, formally known as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. The GOP staff memo says ACORN-

affiliated charities are being used to raise money that is then funneled to other charities or other organizations for purposes other than what a donor may have intended.

FDA panel likes OxyContin formulated to curb abuse

WASHINGTON — Federal health advisers on Thursday recommended approval for a new version of the painkiller OxyContin that is designed to be harder to abuse. A Food and Drug Administration panel of experts voted 14-4 in favor of the reformulated OxyContin from Purdue Pharma.

The new pill uses a plastic-like coating to make it harder to crush and snort or inject.

— Wire Reports

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