Eight urns are found in single Arlington grave
The Army has launched the first criminal investigation into the misplacement of remains at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia after discovering eight cremated remains dumped in a single gravesite there. Unlike past burial problems that may have been caused by human error, the discovery of eight urns in a single gravesite marked "Unknown" is "not likely a mistake," said Christopher Grey, spokesman for the Army's Criminal Investigation Command. "It demanded an investigation to determine if there's any criminality involved in the burials." The urns were found in October, but the discovery was announced Thursday.
Columnist elected to Pulitzer board
Columnist Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post has been elected to join the Pulitzer Prize Board, which gives out the most well-known awards in journalism. Robinson is himself a Pulitzer winner, getting the prize last year for commentary on the 2008 presidential campaign. He started his column in February 2005. Columbia University, which administers the prizes, announced Robinson's election Thursday. Robinson has been at the Post for 30 years, working in a number of positions including reporter, foreign correspondent and associate editor. Pulitzer board members serve three-year terms.
195,000 uncounted votes are found
The New York City Board of Elections this week formally certified the results of a canvass of ballots cast on voting machines and counted about 1.3 million of them, 195,055 more — or about 17 percent more — than were counted on election night. That is far higher than the extra votes that were discovered in the official count after last year's election for mayor, about 37,000, which represented 3 percent of all the ballots cast. While the discrepancy was high, the additional votes did not change the outcome in any race.
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Invisalign maker warned by FDA
Align Technology Inc., which makes the popular Invisalign teeth straightener system, has been warned by the Food and Drug Administration about its failure to report patient side effects. The company, which the FDA inspected over the summer, disclosed this week that it received a Nov. 18 warning letter accusing it of failing to comply with federal requirements to report serious side effects associated with medical devices. The letter cited some patient complaints about allergic reactions to the Invisalign trays, such as swollen lips and mouth ulcers. Company general counsel Roger George said it replied to the FDA on Nov. 22 and is working to resolve the issues.