National briefs: Feds reviving hunt for Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa

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OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Federal agents revived the hunt for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa on Monday, bringing excavation equipment to a field in suburban Detroit where a reputed Mafia captain, Tony Zerilli, says the Teamsters union boss's body was buried.

Robert Foley, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, said the agency and its partners had a search warrant allowing them to dig at the property in Oakland Township, about 25 miles north of Detroit.

Hoffa, Teamsters president from 1957-71, was an acquaintance of mobsters and an adversary of federal officials. The day in 1975 when he disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant, he was supposed to be meeting with a New Jersey Teamsters boss and a Detroit Mafia captain.

Generic drugs ruling

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that brand-name drugmakers can be sued for violating the antitrust laws if they make a deal that pays a potential competitor to put off selling a generic version.

The 5-3 decision is likely to benefit consumers with lower prices. The Federal Trade Commission, which has pursued suits against the drugmakers, estimated these so-called "pay for delay" deals cost consumers and health plans $3.5 billion a year.

Marathon bombing charity

BOSTON -- Two hundred people applied for compensation from the main charity for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing by Saturday's deadline, the fund's deputy administrator, Camille Biros, said Monday.

The One Fund Boston currently has collected $47.5 million in pledges, according to its website.

Ranting flight passenger

NEWARK, N.J. -- A man ranted about national security, the CIA and international spying aboard a Monday flight from Hong Kong to Newark, causing passengers to tackle him and bind his hands and feet for the duration of the flight.

The FBI met United Airlines Flight 116 as it landed at Newark Liberty International Airport Monday around 1:30 p.m., passengers said, and escorted the man, who was not identified, off the airliner.

9/11 plot's hearing

FORT MEADE, Md. -- A new round of pretrial hearings in the military commission case against five men accused of planning the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks opened Monday at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, two months after a military judge ordered a delay in proceedings because of defense concerns about the security of their communications.

Attorneys for the five detainees, including self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, will argue a series of motions before Army Col. James Pohl in a slow-moving prelude to a death-penalty trial that could be a year or more away. The five men attended Monday's proceeding but were largely silent as lawyers argued various legal questions.

Also in the nation ...

Nine owners and managers of 7-Eleven stores across Long Island and in Virginia were charged Monday with making tens of millions of dollars by exploiting immigrants from Pakistan and the Philippines, in part by paying them using the stolen Social Security numbers of a child and three dead people while stealing most of their wages. ... Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced Monday that Judith A. Salerno, a physician with a long career in health policy and research, will become the breast cancer charity's new president and CEO.

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