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US charging 412 in health fraud schemes worth $1.3 billion

WASHINGTON — More than 400 people have been charged with taking part in health care fraud and opioid scams that totaled $1.3 billion in false billing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday.<p>Sessions called the collective action the “largest health care fraud takedown operation in …

Health Care

​Fugitive Los Angeles hospital worker caught after 11 years

Los Angeles police say a hospital worker charged with sexually abusing patients has been captured in his native Guatemala after more than a decade on …

How a Malaysian Money Scandal Ensnared Leonardo DiCaprio, Miranda Kerr, and Martin Scorsese

The 1MDB financial scandal has forced Oscar-winners and models to return millions in gifts from a notorious Hollywood party boy. And more stars may soon be linked to the case.<p><i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i>, itself a risky investment, almost wasn’t made. That’s right: Every banker bro’s favorite cinematic …

Wolf of Wall Street

What we know about the leaked NSA report on Russia

Reality Winner, a government contractor accused of leaking top secret National Security Agency intelligence on Russia’s alleged interference in last …

Granddaughter who alleged rape cover-up is awarded $2 million in Trinity Broadcasting Network lawsuit

An Orange County jury Monday, June 5 awarded $2 million in damages to the granddaughter of late televangelist Jan Crouch, finding that the minister …

Epic Cover-Up. The Men Who Killed Bin Laden Were Setup To Die

HBO invests in its own cinematic take on Bernie Madoff, but it still doesn’t pay off

Something about the Bernard Madoff investment scandal, which occurred almost nine years ago alongside the near-unraveling of the American economy, is still too big to fathom or, at least, remains too raw to produce a satisfying TV movie.<p>Now we have two attempts to compare and contrast: Barry …

Robert DeNiro

A Rich Coverup ▶ Social Current See

Yes, it is a year later, but why is this alleged "botched robbery" case resulting in the death of a former <b>DNC staffer</b> still unsolved? There appears …

Wells Fargo may have created 1.4 million more unauthorized accounts than we thought, attorneys say

Wells Fargo & Co. may have opened as many as 3.5 million unauthorized checking, savings and credit card accounts over the last 15 years — far more than originally reported by the bank and federal regulators, according to a new estimate from attorneys representing bank customers.<p>For months, the …

Fraud

Where worship was prohibited until 1978

Union College is investigating racy, 'inappropriate' scavenger hunt

A women’s athletic team at Union College in N.Y. is being investigated for the proliferation of a “profane scavenger hunt” in which points were awarded for committing racy acts, according to the student newspaper, <i>The Concordiensis</i>.<p>Having sex on the campus ice rink, for example, earned a participant …

College & University

NASA audit: New spacesuit years from ready despite $200M investment

CAPE CANAVERAL — NASA is years from having a new spacesuit ready for deep space exploration missions despite spending nearly $200 million on the project over the past decade, space agency auditors reported Wednesday.<p>The total includes nearly $81 million of unclear value to future spacesuit designs, …

Hubble Space Telescope

A Chilling Threat of Political Violence in Portland

Activists threatened to drag local Republicans off a parade route if they weren’t excluded from a local celebration. Organizers cancelled the entire event in response.<p>On the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated, perhaps 3 million Americans took to the streets in peaceful protest to register their …

Venezuela goes through with threat to leave the OAS

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government announced Wednesday it will go ahead with its threatened withdrawal from the Organization of American States, the regional body whose leader has been one of the fiercest critics of embattled socialist President Nicolas Maduro.<p>The move came on the …

Venezuela

What North Korean Defectors Think Of North Korea (Part 1)| ASIAN BOSS

California politics updates: The rush to push back against Trump's offshore drilling directive

This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:<p>California has been building up regulations and legislation for decades that could dash Trump's offshore drilling hopes.<p>Here's where California's GOP members of Congress …

Higher Education

New York Towns, Cities Follow AG’s Order to Adopt Illegal Alien Sanctuary Laws

APRIL 18, 2017<p>Email Print Text Size<p>Weeks after the chief law enforcement official in New York State issued “legal guidance” to help municipalities …

U.S. bank regulator was suspicious about Wells Fargo's sales practices but did little about it

The nation’s top bank regulator knew about problems with Wells Fargo & Co.’s sales practices as far back as 2010, but did little to put an end to the bank’s abuses, an internal agency review has concluded.<p>The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said its oversight of the San Francisco bank was …

Fraud

Man dragged off United flight has concussion, will file suit, lawyer says

<b>(CNN) —</b> The passenger forcefully removed from a United Airlines flight this week has a concussion and broken nose, his attorney told reporters Thursday, adding that the 69-year-old physician will file a lawsuit.<p>Already, attorneys have filed a chancery motion asking that all evidence in the case be …

Policing

Here's how Wells Fargo workers created fake accounts

ISIS claims responsibility for Palm Sunday church bombings in Egypt

<b>(CNN) —</b> Egypt's President says he will declare a state of emergency after two deadly bombings targeted Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday.<p>ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were aimed at a vulnerable religious minority on one of the most important days on the Christian …

Terrorism

Beaten to death for being a dairy farmer

<b>An Indian Muslim died of his injuries after a group of men transporting cattle were attacked by members of a suspected cow protection vigilante group. BBC Hindi's Nitin Srivastava travelled to the victim's village in the northern Indian state of Haryana.</b><p>Villagers jostle to get a glimpse of the …

Chattanooga bus driver to be arraigned in crash that killed 6 children

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Tennessee school bus driver involved in a bus crash that killed six children last year will be arraigned Friday.<p>Six children between ages 6 to 10 died while more than a dozen others were injured in the crash in Chattanooga in November.<p>Driver Johnthony Walker faces various charges, …

Crime

Five bodies found and hundreds feared dead as migrant boats sink off Libya

Five migrants were found dead in the sea off Libya on Thursday after the boats they were travelling in sank, likely carrying hundreds more to their deaths, a Spanish aid organisation said on Thursday.<p>Proactiva Open Arms, one of several groups operating in the area, said it was notified that an …

Refugees

Russian Agent Killed Lawmaker in Kiev, Ukraine Officials Say

The assassin who gunned down a prominent Russian opposition figure on a sidewalk in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev was identified by Ukrainian officials on Friday as a 28-year-old Russian agent.<p>Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the country’s interior minister, identified the agent as Pavel Parshov, …

Harvard-educated lawyer gets 40 years for bizarre kidnapping

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Matthew Muller was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for a kidnapping so elaborate and outlandish that investigators first thought his victims were carrying out a bizarre hoax.<p>The Harvard University-trained lawyer and former Marine who meticulously planned his attack …

Crime

Federal insider trading trial begins for ex-Angel player Doug DeCinces

BY SEAN EMERY / STAFF WRITER<p>SANTA ANA – An ex-Angel star who made more than a $1 million in investments related to a friend’s medical-device company …

Compassion: Why We’re Leaving India, But Still Have Hope

In two weeks, Compassion International will be out of India.<p>The child development ministry confirmed today that after 48 years, its final day of …

India

Venezuela is down to its last $10 billion

Caracas is running out of cash.<p>Venezuela only has $10.5 billion in foreign reserves left, according to its most recent central bank data.<p>For rest of the year, Venezuela owes roughly $7.2 billion in outstanding debt payments.<p>In 2011, Venezuela had roughly $30 billion in reserves. In 2015, it had $20 …

Venezuela