Deputy CIA chief to retire
CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell, a Cuyahoga Falls native who defended harsh interrogation techniques and was involved with the fallout after the attack on the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, announced his retirement Wednesday. When President Barack Obama named a successor to former CIA Director David Petraeus in January, Morell, 54, was passed over in favor of the White House counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan. Morell had been acting director since Petraeus’ resignation. “While I have given everything I have to the Central Intelligence Agency and its vital mission for a third of a century, it is now time for me to give everything I have to my family,” Morell said in a statement released Wednesday by the agency. He said he will leave his CIA post Aug. 9. Morell retired after 33 years at the CIA, including two stints as acting director.
Judge OKs new pill plan
President Barack Obama’s administration can go forward with its new plan to make the morning-after pill available to buyers of any age without prescriptions, but it needs to do it promptly or face potential sanctions in the long-running dispute over access to the emergency contraceptives, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The finding by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman came in response to a Department of Justice decision this week to ditch rules barring over-the-counter sales to girls younger than 15 and comply with his April order to make the pills available to buyers of any age. For the morning-after pill to be sold without age and other restrictions, manufacturer Teva Women’s Health must submit an application to the FDA, which has said it “intends to approve it promptly.” Teva hasn’t said how quickly that might happen.
2 saved in scaffold scare
Two maintenance workers were left dangling from a collapsed scaffold near the top of a skyscraper for more than an hour on Wednesday before rescuers cut open windows to pull them inside to safety. The men were stuck in wind gusts outside the 45th floor of the 600-foot-tall Hearst building in midtown Manhattan, just steps from Central Park.
Compiled from wire reports.