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Rise and shine, everyone, the middle of the week is here. We can tell because our shortest person was struggling to leave for the local summer job, but we offered what we hope is a useful reminder: You made it this far, so why not forge ahead? Of course, we are helped along by a few cups of stimulation. Our flavor today is pumpkin spice, for those tracking such things. Meanwhile, as always, here are a few items of interest that may provide stimulation of their own. Hope your day is smashing and, of course, do keep in touch …

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating claims that AstraZeneca (AZN) knew that free medicines and supplies given to the Iraqi government to win business would be used to underwrite terrorist attacks on American troops. In a regulatory filing, the company disclosed it “received an inquiry (from federal prosecutors) in connection with an anti-corruption investigation relating to activities in Iraq.” The probe relates to some of the same matters raised in a civil lawsuit filed last year by U.S. Army veterans and relatives of soldiers who were killed or wounded in Iraq, and accused four large drug makers and a medical equipment supplier of bribing Iraqi health ministry officials to win contracts.

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