Charges Dropped: U.S. prosecutors dropped charges on Tuesday against a Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a state judge, Reuters reports.
Corporate Disclosure: A loose coalition of Democratic elected officials, shareholder activists and pension funds has flooded the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with calls to require publicly traded corporations to disclose to shareholders all of their political donations, The New York Times reports.
Public Defender Furloughs: As the federal public defender in Boston prepares to defend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the office is facing furloughs that could force lawyers to take up to 15 days of unpaid leave before the end of the fiscal year, The National Law Journal reports.
New Bank Rules: Banking regulators are set to hand down tough new rules to govern short-term, high-interest loans that have been blamed for trapping some Americans in a cycle of debt, according to the Washington Post.
Fake Tweet: Stocks tumbled about 1 percent yesterday after the Associated Press said a hacking attack caused it to send out an erroneous Twitter post about explosions at the White House, according to Bloomberg.
Clean Air: The American Lung Association's annual "State of the Air" report -- based on EPA findings for 2009 through 2011 -- found that the three types of air pollution they track have all declined. By 2020, the EPA estimates that the savings from cleaner air will total $2 trillion annually and cost just $65 billion to make the necessary improvements, according to CNN.