Wikinews Shorts: March 5, 2009

A compilation of brief news reports for Thursday, March 5, 2009.

ICC Champions Trophy for cricket may be relocated

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The eighth ICC Champions Trophy for cricket in 2009 involving the top eight test playing countries could be moved away from Sri Lanka due to weather concerns during the month of October. The tournament is scheduled for October 2009, which is the peak rainy season and one of the wettest months in Sri Lanka. The tournament was supposed to be played in Pakistan in September 2008 but was postponed over security issues.

The main options currently being considered are Perth, Australia, Johannesburg-Pretoria, South Africa and Dubai-Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This was confirmed by ICC's general manager, Dave Richardson. He said that the cricket tournament could be played within a 12 day window in two or more grounds that are located within a short distance to reduce travel time for the teams. He said the decision would be made during the ICC board meeting in Dubai in April.


US Supreme Court rules against limits on medical tort claims

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The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case of Wyeth v. Levine which tested whether plaintiffs can sue pharmaceutical companies for damages caused by FDA approved medication.

The court upheld a judgment against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals for US$6.7 million that had been awarded to Diana Levine. Levine, a musician, received the drug Phenergan for migrane headaches. It was improperly administered and punctured an artery. Gangrene set in and her right arm was amputated within several weeks.

The court voted 6-3 in favor of Levine.


SPL: Rangers 0 - 1 Inverness CT

The last-place team in the Scottish Premier League, Inverness CT, went to Ibrox Stadium on Wednesday hoping to avoid another loss at the hands of Rangers FC. Inverness had already been beaten by a total of 0 - 8 in their last two meetings with the Rangers, comprised of a 0 - 3 defeat at home and a 5 - 0 thumping on their last trip to Ibrox. It seemed Rangers would be in control again as they had a bevy of chances early on, including a shot from Saša Papac that was cleared by Grant Munro just before it crossed the goal-line. After thirty minutes, Kenny Miller appeared to score for Rangers, but he was adjudged to be offside and his goal was disallowed. Inverness continued to stymie the Rangers' offence into the second half. Their efforts were finally rewarded when David Weir was sent off in injury time for a hard tackle on David Proctor. Ian Black converted the penalty kick. Inverness escape the drop zone with the win and Rangers give up the lead of the SPL to Celtic FC, who defeated Kilmarnock FC by 2 - 1.