Lance Armstrong IS under active criminal investigation by Federal authorities for lying and concealing his doping

Lance Armstrong IS under active criminal investigation by Federal authorities for lying and concealing his doping Shocking revelation comes as Armstrong tops list of America's most disliked athletesHe has also said that he will not be paying back the $12million he earned in bonuses during three of his seven Tour de France victories Armstrong admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he had doped By Daily Mail Reporter, Associated Press and Reuters Reporter PUBLISHED: 20:58 GMT, 5 February 2013 | UPDATED: 05:52 GMT, 6 February 2013 It has been revealed today that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is the subject of an active criminal investigation by Federal investigators. Off the hook: A lawyer overseeing the federal investigation into Lance Armstrong says there are no plans to charge him over the doping scandal The ex-Tour de France champion is potentially facing charges of obstruction, witness tampering and intimidation relating to the systematic cover-up of his drug-taking when he was competing. The revelation runs contrary to statements made today by the U.S.

Margaret Thatcher: Baroness "to spend Christmas in hospital" as she continues to recover from minor operation

Baroness Thatcher 'in good spirits' and set to spend Christmas in hospital as she recovers from minor operationFormer PM was moved to a London hospital last week after suffering abdominal pains87-year-old had growth removed from her bladder | UPDATED: 16:21 GMT, 24 December 2012 Baroness Thatcher remained in hospital today as she recovered from minor surgery. The 87-year-old former prime minister is expected to spend Christmas there after being operated on three days ago to remove a growth from her bladder after suffering pain earlier in the week. Following the operation, she was said to be 'in good spirits', and a spokeswoman this afternoon said there had been no change in her condition

Putin defends ban on Americans adopting Russian children seen as tit-for-tat move over US Magnitsky Act

Putin defends ban on Americans adopting Russian children seen as tit-for-tat move over US Magnitsky Act Vladimir Putin said he supports the ban which he said was 'appropriate' Putin said Magnitsky Act 'poisons relations' between two countries Assets of Russians accused of human rights abuse will be frozenLaw also planned to ban US citizens accused of abusing Russians' rightsAmnesty International criticises 'childish' response | UPDATED: 17:16 GMT, 20 December 2012 Support: Putin, speaking today at Moscow's World Trade Centre, said he backs the adoption ban President Vladimir Putin said he supports a ban on Americans adopting Russian children. Speaking today, the Russian president said the law, which is part of a new feud between the two countries, was 'appropriate'. It has been seen as a response to the US Magnitsky Act, which was signed by President Barack Obama last week, which will punish Russians accused of violating human rights by refusing them visas and freezing their assets in the United States.