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Nobel winner retracts study on smells

By Times Wires
Published March 7, 2008



A Nobel laureate and her co-authors on a 2001 paper on the sense of smell have retracted the study, saying they had discovered problems in the data and were unable to duplicate their findings. Linda Buck shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in medicine for her work on smell. It was not immediately clear how important the retracted research, done in mice, was to the body of work that led to her Nobel. Buck, who did the work at Harvard Medical School, told the journal Nature that data inconsistencies appeared in figures contributed to the paper by another author, Zhihua Zou. Harvard Medical School said it is reviewing the retraction.


Campus leader, 22, found shot to death

The University of North Carolina student body president was found shot to death on a city street in what police said appeared to be a random crime, stunning the campus community. Thousands of students gathered on campus to mourn Eve Marie Carson, 22, of Athens, Ga., whose body was discovered about a mile away early Wednesday.


FBI crime referrals dip amid terror focus

The FBI is a shadow of its former crime-busting self, submitting nearly 40 percent fewer criminal investigations to the Justice Department for possible prosecution last year than it did two decades ago. The decline is mostly the result of the bureau's focus on terrorism investigations in recent years. A top FBI official said the new emphasis on stopping terrorists was necessary - and effective. The flip side to the declines is the soaring number of immigration investigations, which now account for more than a quarter of all criminal referrals to the Justice Department, according to the study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a private group at Syracuse University.


Fraud trial opens for Obama fundraiser

A federal prosecutor accused a businessman who bankrolled campaigns for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Sen. Barack Obama of being the behind-the-scenes mastermind of a $7-million fraud scheme in her opening statement Thursday.

Antoin "Tony" Rezko, 52, is accused of scheming to shake down companies wanting to do business with two big-money state boards. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Hamilton said he "was the man behind the curtain, pulling the strings" and referred often to Blagojevich. She made no references to Obama, who has faced questions about Rezko's donations.

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