National briefs (4/22/13)

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Pharmacy recalls drugs

LAKE MARY, Fla. -- A Florida-based compounding pharmacy is voluntarily recalling all lots of its sterile non-expired drug products sold nationwide over concerns the products are not sterile and may contain bacteria, Food and Drug Administration officials said Sunday.

The FDA encouraged health care facilities and providers who have received sterile products, including all injectables, from Balanced Solutions Compounding Pharmacy to immediately check their medical supplies, quarantine the products, and follow the company's recall instructions.

Big drop in gasoline prices

DALLAS -- The average price for regular gasoline at U.S. pumps fell 11.04 cents a gallon in the past two weeks to $3.5363 a gallon, according to Lundberg Survey.

The survey covers the period ended April 19 and is based on information obtained at about 2,500 filling stations. The average price has fallen 25.87 cents from the peak on Feb. 22, and 37.64 cents from the price on April 20, 2012, said Trilby Lundberg, president of Lundberg Survey.

The highest price in the lower 48 U.S. states among the markets surveyed was in Chicago, where the average was $3.97 a gallon. The lowest price was in Tulsa, Okla., where customers paid an average of $3.21 a gallon.

Tapestry returned to Spain

WASHINGTON -- A 600-year-old tapestry stolen from a Spanish cathedral was returned to Spain last week in a ceremony at the Washington residence of Spain's ambassador.

The tapestry was turned over Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency of the Homeland Security Department. Officials said ICE had seized the tapestry in Houston last year after it was sold at an auction.

The wool and silk tapestry depicts the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus, along with three saints. Once an altarpiece in a cathedral in Roda de Isabena, the item was stolen in 1979, ICE said.

Search for 4 called off

HOUSTON -- The Coast Guard has called off its search for four fishermen who went missing off the Texas Gulf Coast after their boat sank.

The effort was suspended Sunday afternoon after rescue crews searched a 5,400-square-mile area. The 50-foot vessel sank early Friday morning about 115 miles southeast of Galveston.

There were five men onboard the boat, called the Nite Owl. One of them was rescued Friday.

Pipeline funding stopped

BOX ELDER, Mont. -- Federal officials temporarily stopped funding a $361 million water pipeline for a Native American Rocky Boy's reservation in Montana after learning that millions of project dollars were missing and a Chippewa Cree leader in charge of the project steered federal dollars to a company he owns.

The tribe has since replaced the missing money, but federal funding for the pipeline won't resume until tribal leaders show they have permanently fixed the problems, the bureau of reclamation said.

-- Compiled from news services



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