Ill., Wis. Start Program

To Buy Non-U.S. Drugs

CHICAGO -- Illinois and Wisconsin on Monday launched the nation's first state-sponsored program to help residents buy cheaper prescription drugs from both Europe and Canada, despite federal laws banning the practice.

The program, called I-SaveRx, works through a Canadian-based clearinghouse and contends it can save residents 25 percent to 50 percent off U.S. retail prices on about 100 prescription medications.

* TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will ask the Florida Supreme Court to reconsider its unanimous ruling against a law designed to keep brain-damaged Terri Schiavo alive, a spokesman said. The court ruled two weeks ago that Bush and state lawmakers overstepped their authority with the year-old law ordering that Schiavo's feeding tube be reinserted six days after her husband had it removed so she could die.

* MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge to block security searches of vehicles and luggage on ferries crossing Lake Champlain between Vermont and New York. The ACLU calls the searches unconstitutional.

* PORTLAND, Ore. -- The lawyer who was mistakenly arrested by the FBI in the Madrid train bombings sued the U.S. government, claiming his rights were trampled because of his Muslim faith. Brandon Mayfield, 38, is seeking unspecified damages as well as a ruling that key provisions of the Patriot Act are unconstitutional.

* DETROIT -- Assault and second-degree murder charges were dropped against Daron T. Caldwell, who had been accused of shooting into a crowd watching a downtown fireworks display in June. Prosecutors said DNA test results did not linkCaldwell with the evidence.

* GARDEN CITY, Mich. -- Janitor Todd Darow, 40, whose body was found in Merriman Road Baptist Church where he worked part time, had hundreds of illegal videotapes in his home, some depicting him molesting children in the church restroom, police said.

-- From News Services