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Florida doctor linked to U.S. senator pleads not guilty to Medicare fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:54

Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen arrives at Federal court in Newark, New JerseyBy Zachary Fagenson WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida ophthalmologist accused of giving lavish gifts to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez in a corruption scandal that led to criminal charges against the New Jersey Democrat pleaded not guilty on Thursday in federal court to Medicare fraud charges. Salomon Melgen faces 76 counts of Medicare fraud and falsifying medical records, for which he has been jailed in southern Florida since his indictment on Tuesday.

Ex-JPMorgan banker charged with stealing $20M from clients

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:50
NEW YORK (AP) — A former JPMorgan Chase & Co. banker has been arrested on charges he stole $20 million from clients over a four-year period.

Babysitter tells police he's watching abducted child

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:48
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — A couple in Washington state were surprised to discover the child they were babysitting had been abducted and an Amber Alert issued seeking the toddler's return.

Some San Francisco Catholics call for ouster of archbishop

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:45
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 100 Bay Area Catholics went public with their complaints about the San Francisco archbishop on Thursday, asking Pope Francis in a full page newspaper ad to replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone with someone more inclusive and less divisive.

Stock of online marketplace Etsy surges in trading debut

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:44

Kristina Salen, center left, Etsy’s Chief Financial Officer, stands with Chad Dickerson, center right, Chairman and CEO, to celebrate the company's IPO with employees and guests at the Nasdaq MarketSite, Thursday, April 16, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — The place where you can buy handmade dresses and crocheted dog costumes has a new hot seller: its own stock.

Grand jury indicts Kansas man in Fort Riley bomb plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:43
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal grand jury has handed down a three-count indictment charging a 20-year-old Kansas man with trying to carry out a suicide attack at Fort Riley.

Secrecy shrouds decade-old oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:42

This March 31, 2015 photo shows an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. An Associated Press investigation has revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than what the Taylor Energy Company _ or the government _ has publicly reported. Presented with AP's findings, the Coast Guard provided a new leak estimate that is about 20 times greater than one recently touted by the company. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — A blanket of fog lifts, exposing a band of rainbow sheen that stretches for miles off the coast of Louisiana. From the vantage point of an airplane, it's easy to see gas bubbles in the slick that mark the spot where an oil platform toppled during a 2004 hurricane, triggering what might be the longest-running commercial oil spill ever to pollute the Gulf of Mexico.

Obama administration to remove hurdle to 'wellness' penalties

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:41
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - In what would be a significant and hard-fought victory for U.S. businesses, the Obama administration said on Thursday it will propose new rules for workplace wellness programs that would treat as voluntary even plans that penalize workers thousands of dollars for not participating. That decision, which will be published in the Federal Register on Monday, opening 60 days for public comment, would likely remove the government's legal challenge to the wellness program at Honeywell International Inc. ...

Dog survives for 2 days in van wreckage after deadly crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:41
RATHDRUM, Idaho (AP) — A pet Chihuahua survived for two days in the wreckage of a van after a crash with a semi-truck in Idaho killed its owner.

Florida doctor in NJ political corruption scandal to fight new Medicare fraud charges: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:37

Dominguez, a lawyer for Dr. Melgen, speaks to the media following a court hearing in West Palm Beach(Story officially corrects Melgen age by U.S. prosecutors in Miami from 61 to 60 in fifth paragraph) By Zachary Fagenson WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida ophthalmologist accused of showering New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez with gifts in exchange for help on Medicare disputes plans to fight new federal charges of fraud related to millions in Medicare payments, his attorney said on Wednesday. An arraignment hearing in the Medicare fraud case was continued to Thursday after Salomon Melgen appeared briefly in Florida federal court on Wednesday morning wearing handcuffs and disheveled in a blue jumpsuit. Melgen, who has pleaded not guilty in the Menendez case, now also faces 76 counts of Medicare fraud and falsifying medical records. Melgen was arrested and indicted on Tuesday for Medicare fraud by the U.S. Attorney's office in Miami.

Father of school shooter pleads not guilty to gun charge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:36

Raymond Lee Fryberg Jr., center, walks with supporters near the Federal Courthouse in Seattle, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Fryberg, the father of Jaylen Fryberg, the student who fatally shot four of his high school classmates and himself in October, 2014, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to illegally possessing the gun his son used in the slayings. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — The father of the Washington teenager who fatally shot four high school classmates and then himself in October pleaded not guilty in federal court to illegally possessing the gun used in the slayings.

Comment period extended for Arctic offshore drilling rules

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:35
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The public will have 30 more days to comment on federal regulations for exploratory drilling in the Arctic.

Georgia Gov. Deal signs medical marijuana bill into law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:35

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, center, signs a medical marijuana bill into law as the bill's sponsor, Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, left, watches on along with Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, right, during a ceremony at the Statehouse, Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Atlanta. The bill makes Georgia the 38th state to have one and legalizes possession of cannabis oil for treatment of certain medical conditions. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — An emotional Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation Thursday that immediately legalizes the use of medical marijuana in Georgia to treat eight serious medical conditions.

Correction: Starved Toddler-Texas story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:34

This undated photo provided by the Balch Springs, Texas, Police Department shows Araceli Meza. Meza, who operated a church at her suburban Dallas home, has been arrested for allegedly helping starve a 2-year-old boy to rid him of a “demon,” then holding a resurrection ceremony shortly after he died to try to revive him, investigators said Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Meza was charged Monday with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury by omission. (Balch Springs Police Department via AP)DALLAS (AP) — In a story April 14 about a church leader accused of helping starve a 2-year-old boy, The Associated Press, relying on court documents, erroneously spelled the suspect's first name. Her name is Aracely Meza, not Araceli Meza.

Training academy cooperating in probe of Chicago schools

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:34

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2012 file photo, newly appointed Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett speaks at a news conference in Chicago. SUPES Academy, a suburban Chicago training academy that was awarded a $20.5 million contract with Chicago Public Schools, says it is cooperating with a federal probe of the district and has handed over records and files to investigators. Byrd-Bennett worked as a consultant for SUPES before coming to the CPS in 2012. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS president David Vitale confirmed Wednesday, April 15, 2015, that the school district was being investigated but would not provide any details. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A former employer of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's hand-picked chief of Chicago schools — a company that was awarded a no-bid contract of up to $20.5 million with the nation's third-largest district — said it is cooperating with federal authorities investigating the district.

Study: High school smoking fell as e-cigarette use boomed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:32

This Wednesday, April 23, 2014 photo shows electronic cigarettes and accessories displayed at a store in Chicago. For the first time, a government survey released on Thursday, April 16, 2015 says U.S. teen cigarette smoking fell below 10 percent, but dramatic increases in teens puffing electronic cigarettes and hookahs offset the use of traditional nicotine products like cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and chewing tobacco. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)NEW YORK (AP) — Teen smoking hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed, a government report shows.

U.S. charges Florida man who landed helicopter near Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:24

People watch as a gyro copter that was flown onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol is towed from the west front lawn in WashingtonA Florida man who caused a major security scare after landing a small helicopter on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol was charged with two criminal offenses on Thursday and then released pending trial. Douglas Mark Hughes, 61, a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier, faces up to four years in prison on charges of unlawfully operating an unregistered aircraft and violating national defense airspace. Hughes was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after he flew his "gyro copter" over Washington and landed on the Capitol grounds. Aircraft are banned from flying in the area of the Capitol and the White House without permission.

New Jersey pastor charged with sexual assault

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:22

New Jersey pastor charged with sexual assaultGloucester County officials have arrested a Franklin Township pastor on sexual assault charges.

Temple student attacked in 7-Eleven near campus

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:20

Temple student attacked in 7-Eleven near campusPhiladelphia Central Detective Division is asking for the public's help finding the man responsible for a brutal assault inside a 7-Eleven store near Temple University's campus.

Teen accused in fatal Ohio mall shooting pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:18
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A 16-year-old boy accused of trying to steal Nike sneakers from an Ohio mall shopper who fatally shot another teen who was with him has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and robbery charges.