Close Ties: Prominent supporters of President Barack Obama who are raising millions of dollars for his campaign have close ties to the lobbying industry, The New York Times reports. The so-called "bundlers" are not registered as lobbyists with the Senate, allowing Obama to avoid breaking his pledge to not take money from lobbyists.
Second Thoughts: The Wall Street Journal reports some big banks are choosing not to impose new fees on consumers for use of debit cards. Consumers and politicians chided Bank of America in recent weeks for its imposition of a monthly fee on card use for purchases.
Extra Juice: POM Wonderful LLC is bolstering its trial team with the addition of litigator Bertram Fields as the juice maker prepares to take on rival Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. The National Law Journal reports Fields, a senior partner in entertainment litigation at Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman & Machtinger, is also representing POM in a case before the Federal Trade Commission.
Conviction Upheld: A Brooklyn appellate court has upheld the murder conviction of a doctor who arranged to have her husband killed, The New York Law Journal reports. Dr. Mazoltuv Borukhova was convicted in 2009 for the death of her husband. Borukhova, sentenced to life in prison without parole, hired a gunman to kill her husband.
Paper Tiger Attack: The legal dispute over the troubled EpiCentre complex in uptown Charlotte, N.C., continues. The Charlotte Observer reports a federal bankruptcy judge has appointed a trustee to oversee the companies that own the entertainment, retail and office complex. The project's developer said he was frustrated with the legal wrangling. "This is what it feels like for a deer to be attacked by a tiger," he said.
On Ethics And Colbert: Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, in an interview with USA Today, dismissed as meritless calls for changes to the high court's practices on potential conflicts of interest. Stevens also said he is entertaining a possible appearance on Comedy Central's "Colbert Report," saying of the host: "I like him. I think he is a clever guy."
Safe Haven: The New York Times reports Turkey is providing safe haven for fighters opposed to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. The shelter allows anti-Assad commanders to plot attacks inside a camp the Turkish military is guarding. Meanwhile, international aid continues to arrive in eastern Turkey following last weekend's earthquake that toppled buildings and killed hundreds of residents.
Drug Take Back Day: Saturday marks the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's third annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day, allowing residents to dispose of medication in cities across the country. No questions asked. Scientists are urging participation in the program, noting the problems caused when medication seeps into waterway.
Let It Snow: The first snow of the season fell in parts of Boston yesterday, bringing three inches to some areas, The Boston Globe reports. The city could see one to three inches tomorrow.