In the largest environmental settlement in Justice Department history, American Electric Power has agreed to install $4.6 billion in equipment to sharply reduce emissions at coal-fired power plants in five states, sources said.
The seven-year, $70 million Whitewater investigation that toppled an Arkansas governor and dogged Bill Clinton for most of his presidency officially drew to a close Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the last remaining appeal.
In a 2-to-1 ruling, a U.S. federal appeals court panel in Washington Friday rejected the federal government's lawsuit seeking as much as $280 billion in past earnings from tobacco companies that allegedly engaged in a criminal enterprise to cover up smoking dangers.
President Bush holds a prime-time news conference Tuesday night, his first this year and his third since moving into the White House. His East Room appearance, scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET, comes after testimony earlier by John Ashcroft and Janet Reno, two of the most polarizing figures in American politics, before the 9/11 commission.
As the commission looking into the intelligence failures preceding 9/11 resumes its hearings this week, there will be a new exhibit A under public scrutiny: the supersecret CIA report on al-Qaeda that was given to George W. Bush as part of the President's Daily Brief (PDB) on Aug. 6, 2001, just weeks before the attacks on the U.S.