The Wall Street Journal – Authorities are using a criminal law more commonly used against drug dealers in probe of at least six major pharmaceutical firms.
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STAT – The Drug Enforcement Administration fell dramatically short in regulating the prescription opioid supply over the past two decades — even as the country’s addiction and overdose crisis escalated, according to a new report from the Justice Department’s inspector general.
Nature – A US government plan to routinely collect DNA data from immigrants in federal custody is sparking concerns among scientists about privacy and discrimination.
Bloomberg – In what US law-enforcement officials are calling one of the biggest health-care frauds in history, the Justice Department said that Medicare was fraudulently billed $2.1 billion after seniors were enticed to take unnecessary genetic tests for cancer.
Law360 – The Trump administration sued California over its cap-and-trade agreement with Québec, saying the state has no right to pursue "an independent foreign policy" about the control of greenhouse gas emissions.
MIT Technology Review – Two senior Homeland Security officials have revealed that the Department of Justice is drafting plans to increase DNA collection from migrants who cross the US-Mexico border.
The Associated Press – The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by law enforcement hunting for criminals.
The Washington Post – Even as deaths from opioid overdoses grew dramatically, the Drug Enforcement Administration allowed manufacturers to substantially increase the number of painkilling pills they produced each year.
MIT Technology Review – California agreed to let four companies keep selling their vehicles in the state if they boosted their average fuel efficiency to 50 mpg by 2026. The Justice Department wants to know whether this deal may "artificially limit the types of cars and trucks the auto companies offer to consumers."
NPR – After months of threats, federal prosecutors in Philadelphia launched a legal challenge on Wednesday against the nonprofit Safehouse, which is hoping to open what could be the nation's first site where people with opioid addiction can use drugs under medical supervision.