Here are some stories you may not have seen that caught our eye on Friday:
The Food and Drug Administration will set new limits on arsenic in apple juice. A year of public pressure from consumer advocates and concerned parents led the Food and Drug Administration to announce that it will set new limits on the level of arsenic allowed in apple juice, matching those currently permitted in drinking water.Our colleague Brady Dennis has the story.
An ex-Army Corps of Engineers official is sentenced in a contracting scheme of “historic proportions,” a federal judge says. Kerry F. Khan, sentenced Thursday to two decades behind bars, was a career federal bureaucrat caught inflating contracts by millions of dollars, then shaking down contractors for the proceeds. His schemes paid for a lavish lifestyle that included a real estate empire in Northern Virginia, Neiman Marcus shopping sprees and mistresses around the globe. Our colleague Ann E. Marimow has a report on the case in Friday’s Washington Post.
Summer interns at the White House often have connections that got them there. Some of the 147 college and graduate students in Washington with the Obama administration this year are a Who’s Who of well-connected young people. Our colleague Amy Argetsinger of the Reliable Source has the story.