Questioning: Members of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday grilled John Brennan, the Obama administration's pick to lead the CIA, for hours about targeted killing, secrecy and enhanced interrogation. Brennan said the administration should be open about the times when drone strikes accidentally kill civilians. “We need to acknowledge it publicly,” he said. “In the interests of transparency, I believe the United States government should acknowledge it.” Committee members were also concerned the administration was limiting their access to certain Justice Department legal memos. The National Law Journal today reports on the dispute over the memos.
Searching: The law enforcement search in California for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected in the killing of three people continued overnight, The Los Angeles Times reports. The New York Times has this report on the manhunt.
Compounding: The Washington Post big story today: "Shoddy practices and unsanitary conditions at three large-scale specialty pharmacies have been tied to deaths and illnesses over the past decade, revealing that the serious safety lapses at a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to last fall’s deadly meningitis outbreak were not an isolated occurrence, records and interviews show."
Green lighting: From The National Law Journal today: "A federal judge has signed off on a large portion of a class action brought on behalf of certain investors in BP PLC shares who sued the company and its senior executives for alleged securities fraud related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill."
Resigning: The Chicago Tribune reports: "The chairman of the Australian company behind Chicago's red-light program resigned this week and trading in the company's stock was suspended amid an intensifying investigation into allegations of corruption in its Chicago contract."
Bracing: The Northeast corridor is preparing for what forecasters are calling a potential historic snowfall this weekend, with some areas set to receive more than two feet of snow. The Boston Globe front-page headline today: "Bracing for a big one." Here's a report in the Associated Press.