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  • Hospital pharmacist charged in theft of 200K pills

    NEW YORK (AP) — A pharmacist who oversaw a major hospital's vault of drugs stole nearly 200,000 powerful painkillers he was supposed to safeguard and dispense, narcotics prosecutors said Tuesday as they unveiled a case that makes unusual use of a state drug-kingpin law. For more than five...

  • Millions of tax dollars in 'sordid' bonuses paid to top Veterans Affairs administrators despite phony wait lists, patient deaths

    Hefty performance bonuses were paid last year to 64 VA medical directors who oversaw hospitals, including some where patient wait lists were falsified and preventable patient deaths occurred.

  • Arizona utility to pay $3.25M for 2011 blackout

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal regulators said Monday that they've approved a $3.25 million settlement with an Arizona utility over a 2011 blackout that left millions of people without power in California, Arizona and Mexico. The settlement between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and...

  • Illinois treasurer fires 3 staffers

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford fired three top administrators last week after an investigation found they allegedly faked records and, in one case, engaged in "workplace harassment," according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The move is the...

  • Report: Backlog in drill requests hurts industry

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The federal agency tasked with approving oil and gas projects on public lands is handicapping development in Utah and across the U.S. because it takes too long to review oil and gas proposals, a federal report finds. In Utah, the Bureau of Land Management's Vernal office...

  • How GM's ignition switch redesign went wrong

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' deadly ignition switch flaws emerged from an effort to improve its cars. As the company began developing new small cars in the late 1990s, it listened to customers who complained about "cheap-feeling" switches that required too much effort to turn. GM set about...

  • Animal rights groups that paid circus $15.7 million file suit against insurers who cancelled them in 2010

    When leaders of the animal rights movement agreed May 15 to pay $15.7 million to America's most famous circus, it seemed to be the end of the 14-year-old case.

  • Judicial Watch asks federal judge to lift 'temporary' stay on lawsuit seeking Operation Fast and Furious documents

    A federal judge will decide Tuesday whether to lift a 16-month-old "temporary" stay on a non-profit government watchdog's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for Operation Fast and Furious scandal documents.

  • State office building racks up millions in repairs

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — During her final years working for the state tax board, Peggy Robinson went to work afraid of the building mold that she says left her with constant coughing, headaches and skin rashes. She also recalls water problems culminating in burst pipes flooding floors and...

  • Fla man charged in Medicare scam among most wanted

    MIAMI (AP) — A Miami man has been added to federal health officials' list of most wanted fugitives. Sandy De La Fe was indicted last year on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and health care fraud. Investigators say De La Fe owned a Miami pharmacy and participated in a...

  • Subaru recalls 660K vehicles for brake line rust

    DETROIT (AP) — Subaru is recalling more than 660,000 cars and SUVs because the brake lines can rust and leak fluid, and that can mean it will take longer to stop the vehicles. For about half the vehicles, it's the second recall for the same problem. Affected are 2005 through 2009 Legacy and...

  • New York construction firms accused of safety scam

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two construction safety companies dispatched cooks, hairdressers, bellhops and musicians to sign off as licensed safety experts — one of them dead — on inspections at dozens of high-rise sites, authorities said Wednesday. Flouting a city law that requires a private-sector...

  • Groups want to see Montana judge's racist emails

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A group of American Indians wants a court to preserve and eventually release an investigative file containing inappropriate emails sent by a federal judge, including a racist message involving President Barack Obama. Two Indian advocacy groups from Montana and South...

  • Lawsuit: Inmate tried to buy influence in prison

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former driver and personal assistant to imprisoned hedge-fund founder Raj Rajaratnam says he was asked to help funnel money from his boss to other inmates at a federal prison in Massachusetts. The allegations are contained in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed June...

  • CFPB's renovation costs skyrocket to $216 million; IG sees 'no sound basis' for it

    Renovation costs for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Washington headquarters have gone up another $65 million in the past six months, and there's no "sound basis" for the renovations, an internal government watchdog says.  



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