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Missing sting photos spur deputy's lawsuit

WATERTOWN (AP) -- Six years ago, a sheriff's deputy in Jefferson County agreed to pose for topless photos for use in an online sting designed to catch pedophiles.

Now, she is suing her department because it can't account for the whereabouts of the pictures, which were apparently never used.

The Watertown Daily Times reported that Deputy Krystal Rice is seeking $50 million in the case. Her lawyer is also calling for an independent investigation. Sheriff John Burns said the male detective who took the photographs is now out on an extended sick leave.

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State to get $61 million in drug case settlement

ALBANY (AP) -- State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said New York will get $61 million from a recent national settlement with drug maker Merck & Co. to resolve an investigation into the marketing of the painkiller Vioxx.

A federal court has accepted Merck's guilty plea to one misdemeanor count of violating marketing laws.

The Justice Department says the company, based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., marketed Vioxx as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis without federal approval for almost three years and made false settlements about its cardiovascular safety.

The drug was taken off the market in September 2004 after evidence showed it doubled the risk of heart attack and stroke.

The company says the government recognized Merck's cooperation, and it recorded a $950 million charge in October 2010 in anticipation of the settlement agreements.

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400 cadets compete in Sandhurst contest

WEST POINT (AP) -- More than 400 cadets from around the world competed Saturday at the U.S. Military Academy in the annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition.

The teams faced off in 11 events ranging from marksmanship to water crossings. Each team consisted of eight men and one woman.

The annual Sandhurst competition began in 1967 and is named for Britain's Royal Military Academy.