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  • Rhode Island speaker to step down after FBI raids

    Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox is resigning from his leadership post and will not run for re-election, he said Saturday, a day after federal and state authorities raided his Statehouse office and home as part of a criminal investigation that they would not detail.

  • Federal employees using government aircraft for hundreds of non-official missions, GAO says

    Senior federal officials use government airplanes for many non-official purposes, but agencies don't track the trips, according to the Government Accountability Office. More than 1,700 aircraft are owned or leased by the federal government and are used to "accomplish a wide variety of...

  • New Mexico sued over public-school financing

    SANTA FE, N.M. — Parents of public school students have sued the state to increase funding for education and target more assistance to disadvantaged students who are living in poverty or learning English. The lawsuit was announced Thursday by the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, which...

  • Pittsburgh medical center settles False Claim Act allegations for $1.5M

    Hickton PITTSBURGH (Legal Newsline) – West Penn Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh has entered into a $1.5 million settlement agreement with the federal government over claims that it violated the False Claims Act, according to prosecutors in western Pennsylvania. The U.S....

  • Senator seeks Hawaii health exchange information

    HONOLULU — State Sen. Sam Slom is asking the state to provide information on more than $200 million in federal grants it received to set up Hawaii's health insurance marketplace. Slom sent a letter to the Department of Health seeking copies of grant applications and other documents. He...

  • Government seeks restitution of $7.7M from Mississippi attorney

    GULFPORT, Miss. — A Biloxi attorney has pleaded guilty covering up evidence connected to a scheme to defraud two banks and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The government says in a news release that it is seeking restitution on behalf of the victims in the amount of $7.7 million. Stephen Richard...

  • Mississippi man gets prison time for oil spill fraud

    GULFPORT, Miss. — A 46-year-old Gautier man has been sentenced to prison for five months and ordered to repay $26,000 for oil spill recovery money he received by fraud. The Sun Herald reports Vester Ray Bassham also was sentenced this week to five months of home confinement with...

  • Ex-Nebraska fire chief guilty of theft from department

    LINCOLN, Neb. — A former fire chief has been convicted of stealing from his fire department in southeast Nebraska. Forty-seven-year-old John Porter pleaded no contest on Thursday in Lancaster County District Court to theft and attempted possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. His...

  • Deputy accused of stealing money taken in raid

    HOUSTON — Harris County sheriff's officials say a deputy has been fired for stealing money he was supposed to have confiscated and held as evidence. Jason Henry Hayes was fired Thursday and is charged with theft by a public servant and tampering with evidence. The 33-year-old Hayes began...

  • Ethics panel examining Illinois lawmaker's actions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Actions by Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois are being scrutinized by the House Ethics Committee. Gutierrez, 60, is in his 11th term representing Chicago and surrounding areas and is a leading advocate of overhauling immigration laws. The ethics panel did not...

  • Baltimore officer charged with soliciting minor

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Howard County police have arrested a Baltimore police officer who, they say, solicited sex from a 14-year-old girl. Authorities say 44-year-old Charles William Hagee of Columbia was arrested Wednesday at Baltimore police headquarters. He is charged with third- and...

  • DC fire lieutenant faces disciplinary board

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A District of Columbia fire lieutenant who was in charge of a station when no one went to help a dying man across the street will go before a trial board. Medric Cecil Mills Jr. went into cardiac arrest in a parking lot across from a fire station on Jan. 25. According to an...



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