Six death row inmates have filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent the Food and Drug Administration from importing a drug used in executions that's no longer available in the United States.
Hospira, the only U.S. manufacturer of sodium thiopental, an anesthetic used as part of the lethal three-drug cocktail, announced last month that it would stop making the product, saying it never intended it to be used to kill people.
But the FDA continues to allow states to import "bulk amounts" of the drug for use in lethal injection without vetting it to ensure it meets regulatory standards, the lawsuit states.
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Read full coverage and examine a timeline of the unrest in Egypt updated continually by CNN reporters worldwide.Ā Send your photos and video to iReport and seeĀ CNN in Arabic here. See also this strong roundup of timely, insightful views on the wave of upheaval in the Arab world.
[Update 3:00 a.m. in Cairo, 8:00 p.m. ET] New glimpses emerged Saturday into the sensitive diplomatic strategy the Obama administration is using to help bring about a transition in which Mubarak himself helps to dismantle his own power structure.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking at the Munich Security Conference, urged support for the man Mubarak named to carry out that
transition, Vice President Omar Suleiman.
"There are forces in at work in any society," Clinton said, "in particular in one that is facing these kinds of challenges, who will try to derail or overtake the process to pursue their own specific agenda, which is why I think it's important to support the transition process announced by the Egyptian government actually headed by now-Vice President Omar Suleiman."
[Update 1:15 a.m. in Cairo, 6:15 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama emphasized the importance of an "orderly, peaceful transition" to a government that is "responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people." In phone calls with foreign leaders Saturday, Obama also urged "credible, inclusive negotiations between the government and the opposition," according to the White House.
[Update 12:30 a.m. in Cairo, 5:30 p.m. ET] U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Suleiman by phone Saturday and asked about negotiations Suleiman had with several opposition leaders and intellectuals about Egypt's future, the White House said.
"He stressed the need for a concrete reform agenda, a clear timeline, and immediate steps that demonstrate to the public and the opposition that the Egyptian government is committed to reform," according to the White House.
Biden also called for the immediate release of journalists and activists
who have been detained without cause, the White House said.
[Update 11:45 p.m. in Cairo, 4:45 p.m. ET] It's just after midnight in Cairo and anti-Mubarak protesters are still standing their ground in Tahrir Square in defiance of a government curfew for the 12th night in a row, CNN's Ivan Watson reports.
[Update 11:45 p.m. in Cairo, 4:45 p.m. ET] Israeli President Shimon Peres defended the Egyptian president, saying, "In spite of all the attacks against President Mubarak, I know him for many years, throughout his presidency and I accredit him as one of the persons who saved many lives by preventing war in the Middle East, who saved lives of Egyptians, of Arabs, of Israelis, by not allowing to renew a war."
[Update 10:45 p.m. in Cairo, 3:45 p.m. ET] Anti-government rallies outside of Egypt continued Saturday in major cities worldwide, including New York, Washington, Atlanta, Paris, France, and the West Bank. In Washington, iReporter Inga Lukaviciute captured video of a group of loud but peaceful protesters carrying signs and Egyptians flags as they marched from the Egyptian embassy to the White House chanting anti-Mubarak slogans.
In Paris, France, iReporter Lawrence Langner took pictures of the thousands gathered at Place de la Republique amid a strong police presence. Their message also focused Mubarak's removal.
Check out a complete timeline of the unrest in Egypt.
It's been almost two weeks since 20,000 protesters spilled into the streets of Cairo in an unprecedented display of anti-government rage, inspired in part by revolts in Tunisia that forced the collapse of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's 23-year rule.
Organizers of the January 25 protestsĀ that triggered the unrest chose that day - Police Day - to highlight the role of police corruption in addition to frustrations over the rising cost of living and failed economic policies. But all those concerns were distilled into one overriding demand: the resignation of President HosniĀ Mubarak, who has survived would-be assassins and illness, crushed a rising Islamist radical movement and maintained the peace with neighboring Israel that got his predecessor killed to rule Egypt for three decades. (More on Mubarak's reign)
Initially, it appeared that Mubarak had no intention of abandoning his post. Over time, he has taken steps that appear to some as gradual steps toward relinquishing power, and to others, mere gestures. Below we chart the major events in the apparent tide of transition:
Mother Nature smiled Saturday on ice-weary metro Dallas residents and Super Bowl visitors, providing sunny skies and snow-melting temperatures in the lower 50s.
After four days of often-miserable driving conditions and closed schools and offices, millions were out and about, shaking off cabin fever and stocking up for the nation's annual ode to football, food and fun advertising.
"We are so thankful," said Tiara Ellis Richard, media relations coordinator for the Arlington Police Department and a member of a joint public safety task force established for the Super Bowl.
Sunday will be cloudy and chillier, with a chance of a rain and snow mix by Sunday evening's kickoff, but it shouldn't be that big a deal, CNN forecasters said. Very light accumulations of snow are possible on grass and elevated surfaces.FULL STORY
The lawyer representing two U.S. hikers jailed in Iran has been denied a request to visit his clients on the eve of their trial for allegedly trespassing into the country, he told CNN on Saturday.
"I asked to see them before the trial, but the judge told me I couldn't," said Masoud Shafii.
The judge has granted Shafii permission to visit Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal for a few hours on Sunday prior to the start of the trial, Shafii said.
Bauer, 28, Fattal, 28, and Sarah Shourd, 32, were detained July 31, 2009, after they allegedly strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while hiking in Iraq's Kurdistan region. Prosecutors in Iran have charged them with spying and trespassing.
Last September, Iranian authorities released Shourd, on bail because of a medical condition. Shourd has not responded to a court summons this week to return and stand trial on Sunday, Shafii said. Iranian authorities said she will be tried in absentia if she doesn't appear in court.
Human rights groups have condemned their arrests and their lengthy wait for a trial in Iran's notorious Evin prison.FULL STORY
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck Chile at 1:11 p.m. (11:11 a.m. ET) Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake, centered about 90 kilometers (55 miles) south-southwest of Concepcion, was 13.7 kilometers (8.5 miles) below the surface, the USGS said.
A magnitude 7.1 quake struck 100 miles south of Concepcion on January 2, and a magnitude 8.8 quake struck near the city a year ago, killing hundreds.