Noontime News is a snapshot of the news from the past 24 hours.

US government sues Bank of America

The US is suing the Bank of America for investor fraud over the sale of $850m worth of residential mortgage-backed securities.

US drug agency surveillance unit to be investigated by Department of Justice

The US Department of Justice has launched an investigation into revelations that the Drug Enforcement Agency uses surveillance tactics – including wiretapping and massive databases of telephone records – to arrest Americans, amid growing concerns from lawyers and civil rights groups over its lack of transparency.

US files charges against suspect in Benghazi consulate attack

The US has filed sealed criminal charges for the attack in Benghazi,Libya, last year in which the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed, media reports said on Tuesday.

Python that killed boys was house pet

The python that strangled two young brothers in Canada had been kept in the pet store owner’s apartment where the boys were sleeping and not with the other animals in the shop below, authorities have revealed.

Chinese bird flu may be spreading between people

A deadly strain of avian flu may have passed between people for the first time, experts believe.

Japan says Fukushima leak worse than thought, government joins clean-up

(Reuters) – Highly radioactive water from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is pouring out at a rate of 300 tonnes a day, officials said on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the government to step in and help in the clean-up.

Fire engulfs Kenya’s Nairobi airport

(Reuters) – A fire engulfed Kenya’s main airport on Wednesday forcing the closure of a vital travel and trade gateway to east Africa.

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