Friday, August 22, 2003

Judge denies attempt to block book

NEW YORK — A federal judge yesterday denied Fox News Channel’s request for an injunction to block humorist Al Franken’s new book, whose title mocks the Fox slogan “fair and balanced.”

U.S. District Judge Denny Chin said Fox’s claim was “wholly without merit, both factually and legally.”

The network had argued that the subtitle to Franken’s book, “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them,” could trick some consumers into believing the book is associated with Fox. The book’s subtitle is “A fair and balanced look at the Right.” Fox trademarked “fair and balanced” in 1998.

Bush nominee would return to Navy

President Bush said yesterday that he intends to nominate Gordon England, the deputy secretary of homeland security, to return to his former position as secretary of the Navy.

The move would be the second unusual switch involving service secretaries this year. John Roche, the secretary of the Air Force, has been nominated to become secretary of the Army, although his Senate confirmation hearing has been delayed by quiet opposition from some on Capitol Hill.

Mr. England moved from the top civilian post in the Navy to the No. 2 position at the Homeland Security Department in January.

Mother sentenced for putting baby in oven

WETUMPKA, Ala. — A woman who put her infant daughter in a hot oven set on broil pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The child survived after her father heard her screams and rushed into the kitchen, but she sustained third-degree burns over 70 percent of her body and faces years of reconstructive surgery, District Attorney Randall Houston said.

Her mother, Melissa Wright, at first told investigators the 18-month-old girl fell from her arms as she was cooking and rolled in before the oven door closed behind her.

EPA influenced by rosy air-quality statements

The Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog says White House officials pressured the agency to prematurely assure the public that the air was safe to breathe a week after the World Trade Center collapse.

The agency’s initial statements in the days after the September 11 attacks were not supported by proper air-quality monitoring data and analysis, the EPA’s inspector general, Nikki L. Tinsley, said in a 155-page report released late Thursday.

FEC says campaignsoutpacing last year’s

Candidates in next year’s Senate races raised more than $75.6 million from January through June, far outpacing fund raising by the 2002 Senate hopefuls, a report shows.

Candidates in November’s election raised $43 million in the first half of 2001, according to the Federal Election Commission report. There were 56 candidates running for 33 seats at that time.

There are at least 63 candidates for the 34 seats up next year. They began July with $114.6 million in the bank.

From wire reports

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