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    UPS Agrees To Forfeit $40 Million In Payments From Illegal Online Pharmacies

    United Parcel Post has agreed to forfeit $40 million it made in payments from pharmacies that shipped controlled substances to Americans without valid prescriptions.

    Reuters reports:

    "The company also agreed to put a compliance program into place to prevent illegal online pharmacies from distributing drugs through its shipping services in the future, authorities said.

    "'Good corporate citizens like UPS play an important role in halting the flow of illegal drugs that degrade our nation's communities,' Northern California U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said in a statement.

    "UPS cooperated with the investigation, prosecutors said."

    The Wall Street Journal reports that the Drug Enforcement Administration has been investigating FedEX over the same kind of issues. The paper reports that the company called the probe "absurd and deeply disturbing." The spokesman said the government was essentially deputizing the shipping companies, making them responsible for enforcement.

    "According to court papers filed as part of the settlement, UPS employees had numerous exchanges showing they were aware of legal problems surrounding many Internet pharmacies," the Journal reports. Prosecutors say, for example, that UPS knew that customers using the service preferred packages to be delivered at "parking lots and roadsides."

    UPS spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg told Reuters that the company has "an obligation and responsibility to help curb the sale and shipment of drugs sold through illegal Internet pharmacies."

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    Aviator Beryl Markham Soars Again In 'Paris Wife' Author's New Book

    "It is my fate to illuminate the lives of these one-of-a-kind notable women that have been somehow forgotten by history," says Paula McClain. She shines her spotlight on Markham in Circling the Sun.
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    At The Purple Pie Place, Where The Crusts Are Just Sweet Enough

    Bobkat's Purple Pie Place is a fixture in Custer, S.D. From chicken pot pie to strawberry rhubarb, Trevor Yehlie and his family have been baking and serving pies at the local favorite since 2009.
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    SuperPACs Report Their Funds — And The Numbers Are Staggering

    SuperPACs released their latest funding numbers Friday, and already it's clear that the committees' roles in 2016 will be gargantuan.
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    Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

    The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

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