FDA opens criminal probe of vaping deaths as health officials search for cause

The Food and Drug Administration has opened a criminal probe into the cause of a mysterious vaping-related lung disease that has sickened 530 people and killed seven, an agency official said Thursday. The agency’s Office of Criminal Investigations opened a probe “shortly after” people started falling ill, Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, told reporters on a call Thursday.   “OCI has special investigative skills and the focus of their work is to identify what is making people sick, as well as a focus on the supply chain,”…

Read More

Two bodies recovered after search for speedboat

Image captionIt is thought the men were driving a speedboat from Port Logan in Dumfries and Galloway The bodies of two men have been found following a rescue operation launched off the Dumfries and Galloway coast. The bodies, recovered from the Irish Sea, have yet to be formally identified, but are believed to be those of two men – aged 35 and 46 – who went missing on Saturday. They had been driving a speedboat from Port Logan, possibly to Stranraer. Police Scotland said officers were trying to determine the…

Read More

Trump’s Search For Education Secretary Narrows To Two Candidates

President-elect Donald Trump’s search for a secretary of education has narrowed to two candidates, the school reformer Michelle Rhee and Republican megadonor Betsy DeVos, according to two people familiar with the search process. DeVos is in most ways a conventional choice for the position: a longtime advocate of alternatives to the public school system, with close ties to many on Capitol Hill, she is closely aligned to Republican education officials like Sen. Lamar Alexander and serves on the board of Jeb Bush’s education foundation. She has also proclaimed herself an…

Read More