Even for someone who's not a legal beagle, I know this doesn't happen often.
U.S. District Court Judge Roger W. Titus in Greenbelt, Md., tossed the government's case against a former GlaxoSmithKline lawyer before her defense team called a single witness.
The federal government alleged that Lauren Stevens, once an in-house lawyer for the drug giant, had obstructed a Food and Drug Administration investigation into Glaxo's marketing of the antidepressant Wellbutrin as a weight-loss aid.
Although the details are murky, it seems safe to say that a power struggle is under way in Iran. Among the key players are the president, the supreme leader, the current intelligence minister and the president's chief of staff.
It's a story that also includes the possible bugging of the president's office and charges of black magic and sorcery among some of his partisans.
And for the moment, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears to be the loser.
Delving anew into an explosive issue, President Barack Obama stood near the border with Mexico on Tuesday and declared it more secure than ever, trying to build pressure on Republicans to take on a comprehensive immigration overhaul and eagerly working to show vital Hispanic voters that he is not the one standing in the way.
Countering Republican calls to focus on border security before moving to a comprehensive overhaul, Obama said their demands have been more than met by his administration but "they'll never be satisfied."
The head of the FBI office in Puerto Rico, put a fine point on it: "After 25 years, eight months and eight days, the United States law and order agencies caught up with Norberto González Claudio."
The 65-year-old Claudio, reports Puerto Rico's El Nuevo Dia, has been on the run since the FBI says he took part in the 1983 armed robbery of a Wells Fargo truck in Connecticut. The robbery netted $7 million, which makes it one of the biggest in U.S. history.
The escalating crackdown that has meant an increasing number of deaths is not going to stop the Syrian people from continuing to protest against the regime of President Bashar Assad, a prominent Syrian writer and dissident tells All Things Considered host Robert Siegel.