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  • Nebraskan sentenced for not paying withholding

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 65-year-old Omaha businessman has been given six months behind bars and must pay restitution for failing to forward taxes he'd withheld from his employees' paychecks. Federal prosecutors say Randall Thompson must serve three years of supervised release after he leaves...

  • Korean War veteran dies after Veterans Affairs hospital ignored his medical history, daughter says

    A fatal chain of events unfolds after California man seeks treatment for a sore on his toe. The third in a five-part series.

  • US safety agency offers online recall check

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the service started Wednesday on its website, www.safercar.gov. Drivers can key in their...

  • Prison company pays $8 million in back wages

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's largest private prison company, Corrections Corp. of America, has paid more than $8 million in back wages and benefits to current and former employees guarding federal inmates at a prison in California City, officials with the U.S. Department of Labor said...

  • Lawmakers target immigrant driver's license scams

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Legislation sent to the governor's desk Tuesday intends to crack down on people who try to make immigrants pay unnecessary fees for driver's licenses. Under a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year, California will start issuing licenses to immigrants in the U.S....

  • $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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...



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