Both NBC's Tom Costello and ABC's David Kerley (embargoed link) followed Roger Clemens, the star pitcher, as he worked the hallways on Capitol Hill ahead of public hearings on baseball's steroids abuse. His trainer Brian McNamee offered investigators what he claimed was DNA evidence of doping, including "a bag of syringes, bloody gauze pads," Kerley reported. If Clemens, who denies cheating, is caught in a lie under oath, he faces a prison term of as long as five years, Costello told us…Merck, the pharmaceutical company, has been fined $671m for price gouging, anti-competitive practices and kickbacks for prescribing physicians "disguised as fees for training and consultation," ABC's Pierre Thomas reported. The firm is paying the fine but "admitted no wrongdoing." Zocor and the now-pulled Vioxx were the brands in question…CBS sent Sheila MacVicar to Copenhagen, where geneticists are interested in the melanin deficiency that turns eyes blue. The Danes claim that every blue-eyed person in the world is descended from a single 10,000-year-old Black Sea ancestor with that genetic mutation. Astonishingly, at that time, the entire human population of the planet was just 50,000.
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