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FDA cuts back on pain compound in popular prescription drugs

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FDA orders lower doses in painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration will limit the amount of pain reliever acetaminophen allowed in commonly used prescription drugs such as Percocet and Vicodin to reduce the danger of harm to the liver. But Thursday's announcement, setting a maximum of 325 milligrams per prescription pill, will not affect over-the-counter products containing acetaminophen, best known by the brand name Tylenol. The FDA also will require boxed warnings, its strongest labeling requirement, about possible liver damage on acetaminophen prescription products.

west virginia

EPA revokes coal mine permit

The Environmental Protection Agency revoked a crucial water permit for one of the nation's largest mountaintop-removal coal mining projects because it would irreparably damage the environment and threaten the health of nearby communities. Peter S. Silva, assistant administrator for water, said the agency was employing a rarely used veto power because Arch Coal's Spruce No. 1 mine in Logan County would use "destructive and unsustainable" mining practices.

miami

GOP told to reach out to Hispanics

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told a GOP gathering the time is now to connect better with Hispanic voters, not two months before the general election. Bush is co-chairing a conference of the new Hispanic Action Network, part of the GOP's latest efforts to forge ties with the growing number of Hispanic voters. The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, selects a new leader today, but Michael Steele has most likely not gained enough support to win a second term.

afghanistan

Two civilians die in separate attacks

Two insurgent attacks killed two civilians, including a child. The child was killed by a bomb outside a music cassette shop in a marketplace in Jalalabad, 80 miles east of Kabul, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for Nangarhar province. NATO said three other civilians were wounded. In the south, NATO said, insurgents opened fire on civilians in the Washer district of Helmand province, killing one and wounding three.

boston

Five on parole board resign

Five of the seven members of the Massachusetts Parole Board resigned amid growing public outrage over the fatal shooting of a police officer last month by a parolee with a long criminal record. Gov. Deval Patrick said he accepted the resignations after a review found the board did not follow proper protocols in deciding to free the parolee. Domenic Cinelli, who died in a shootout with Officer John Maguire, was serving three concurrent sentences of 15 to life when he was released in 2009 based on good behavior over the previous decade.

Elsewhere

Alabama: Leroy White, 52, was executed for the 1988 shooting death of his estranged wife.

Louisiana: Ex-Gov. Edwin Edwards, 83, was released from federal prison after serving eight years on a corruption conviction and will complete his 10-year sentence in home detention.

Texas: Kay Bailey Hutchison, 67, a Republican who was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Texas and has held the seat since 1993, will not seek re-election in 2012.

Compiled from Times wires.

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