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NEW ORLEANS | Four conservative activists accused of trying to tamper with the phones in Sen. Mary L. Landrieu’s office have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of entering federal property under false pretenses.

The most prominent activist, James O’Keefe, was sentenced to three years’ probation, 100 hours of community service and fined $1,500. The 25-year-old is known for wearing a pimp costume in a video that embarrassed the liberal activist group ACORN.

Magistrate Daniel Knowles III sentenced the three others to two years’ probation, 75 hours of community service and fined them $1,500.

The FBI has said Mr. O’Keefe used his cell phone to try to capture video of two men who posed as telephone repairmen and asked to see the phones. The fourth was said to have waited outside in a car with a listening device.


$6.2 billion made from Citigroup sales

The Treasury Department says it has raised $6.2 billion from the sale of 1.5 billion shares of Citigroup stock it received as part of the government’s rescue of the bank.

The sales took place over the past month and represented 19.5 percent of the government’s holdings of Citigroup common stock.

Treasury has said it hopes to sell all of its Citigroup stock in coming months. The sales are the government’s latest move to recoup the costs of the $700 billion financial bailout.


Liver damage warning placed on diet pills

Federal health officials are warning consumers that the weight-loss pills alli and Xenical may cause severe liver damage in rare cases.

The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it has added a warning about the risk to the label of the drug alli, which is sold over-the-counter by GlaxoSmith Kline. The prescription version, Xenical, is manufactured and marketed by Roche.

The FDA identified 13 instances of liver damage associated with the drugs. A causal effect between the drugs and the problem has not been established.

The FDA urged doctors and patients to watch for signs of liver injury, including itching, yellow eyes and skin, and loss of appetite.

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