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  • $20 million California scheme billed Medicare over and over for the same prescription drugs

    From September 2009 through October 2011, Medicare and Medi-Cal, the Golden State's Medicaid program, were falsely billed for more than $20 million worth of prescriptions for the costly medicines.

  • Did the federal government misplace almost $70 million in Africa?

    Uncle Sam gave $34.8 million in contracts and another $32.2 million in grants through the Bureau of African Affairs but failed to watch where the money went after that, according to the State Department's inspector general.

  • Ex-West Texas sheriff gets 30 days for oppression

    CANYON, Texas (AP) — A former West Texas sheriff accused of making improper advances to a female county worker must serve 30 days in jail for misdemeanor official oppression. Ex-Swisher County Sheriff Emmett Benavidez of Tulia pleaded guilty Monday in Canyon, about 25 miles south of Amarillo....

  • Veterans Affairs still using old tricks to hide deaths and delays, new reports show

    New Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has hardly had time to get comfortable in his office before being put on the defensive by fresh revelations of longstanding agency efforts to hide or downplay patient deaths and treatment delays.

  • CEO of bankrupt oil company sentenced to 33 months

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The CEO of a bankrupt southern Kentucky oil company has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for scamming investors into giving him money for three oil partnerships in Kentucky and Tennessee. Young Oil Corp. executive Anthony L. Young of Knob Lick pleaded guilty in March...

  • Ex-governor's sister takes stand in his defense

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The sister of former Gov. Bob McDonnell is testifying on her brother's behalf at his public corruption trial. McDonnell and sister Maureen McDonnell were involved in a struggling real estate business that has been at issue in the trial. The business involved renting...

  • A fatal level of trust in Veterans Affairs care

    'A good man' dies after Veterans Affairs doctors dismissed his pain and rectal bleeding as constipation and hemorrhoids. The second in a five-part series.

  • Marilyn Tavenner's deleted emails pose question: Is the FOIA the law federal officials break most often?

    Marilyn Tavenner, the federal government's top Medicare and Medicaid official, told a subordinate to delete a sensitive email to the Obama White House.

  • EXography: Hope and change? Congressional re-election rates bolster status quo

    Fifty-two Democrats and 26 Republicans have served more than 10 terms in Congress, a Washington Examiner analysis of legislative data shows. The rate with which politicians from both parties are turning Congress into a career has risen dramatically over time.

  • 4 at slaughterhouse behind beef recall indicted

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall processed cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks and later distributed the diseased cattle, according to federal charges announced Monday. Prosecutors alleged that the owners...

  • Audit: Illinois overdrew federal Medicaid dollars

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois used faulty methods for withdrawing federal Medicaid money, resulting in "a perpetual 'treadmill effect'" of regular overdraws of dollars that the state later had trouble repaying, federal auditors said in a report released Monday. The state's withdrawals exceeded its...

  • Cianci sauce made no money for charity in 4 years

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Mayor Buddy Cianci's face beams from the label of his Mayor's Own Marinara Sauce, which also promises that sales are "Benefiting Providence School Children" and have helped hundreds of students attend college. But in recent years, no money from the sauce's sales...

  • PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood. Steve Bauer, an attorney for the company, entered...

  • New Veterans Affairs secretary apologizes for 'stunning lack of clarity' over preventable deaths

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald acknowledged Congress and the public were misled in a report released in April, which tied the deaths of 23 patients due to gastrointestinal cancers to unacceptable delays in getting colonoscopies and other procedures at VA hospitals nationwide.

  • House ethics panel continues probe of WI lawmaker

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Monday it will continue investigating a Wisconsin congressman's stock dealings following a media report that that raised questions about his portfolio. Republican Congressman Tom Petri requested the investigation in February. Petri has since...

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