- - Friday, January 15, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Top cop sues e-cigarette maker

SACRAMENTO — California’s attorney general is seeking to halt the sale of one company’s electronic cigarettes in the state, saying they contain dangerous chemicals and are being marketed to children.

State Attorney General Jerry Brown filed suit Wednesday in Alameda County Superior Court against Florida-based Smoking Everywhere Inc., a leading manufacturer of e-cigarettes.

Mr. Brown said the company has no evidence to back up claims their product is safe.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Metro chief to retire in April

Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. on Thursday announced that he is stepping down.

The transit agency said Mr. Catoe informed Metro’s board of directors of his decision Thursday. His last day will be April 2.

Mr. Catoe said his retirement after three years at the helm would let Metro “move beyond the current distractions.”

D.C. Council Member Jim Graham, who chairs the Metro board, said the board regrets Mr. Catoe’s decision and he continues to have the board’s “full confidence.”

Mr. Catoe’s announcement comes after a series of accidents, including the most deadly in Metro’s history. The June 22 Red Line crash killed nine people.

ILLINOIS

2 men indicted on terror charge

CHICAGO — Two Chicago men were indicted Thursday on charges they planned a violent attack on a Danish newspaper and helped lay the groundwork for the November 2008 terrorist rampage that killed 166 people in the Indian city of Mumbai.

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