By Kevin Gray MIAMI (Reuters) - An internal affairs officer with the Miami-Dade Police Department has been charged with helping drug smugglers and orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot to have assassins dressed as cops kill their rivals, officials said. Ralph Mata, 45, appeared in a federal court in Miami on Wednesday, a day after he was arrested in connection with a scheme to smuggle cocaine from the Dominican Republic to New Jersey and elsewhere, according to federal prosecutors. Mata, a 22-year law-enforcement veteran known as "The Milk Man," discussed a plot with the drug dealers to arrange for two people to wear police uniforms and badges and to kill two of their rivals, according to a criminal complaint.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Six days after a family of four found themselves helpless and adrift in a sailboat far into the Pacific with a vomiting, feverish 1-year-old, a Navy warship delivered them safely Wednesday to San Diego, where they began their attempted around-the world voyage before the child was born.
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says there were a number of "heroes" who helped prevent further injury or loss of life during the high school hallway stabbing and slashing rampage and "many of them are students."
WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A car smashed into an Orlando-area day care Wednesday, injuring 15 people, at least 11 of them children, and authorities were looking for the SUV that started the chain-reaction crash, officials said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's tough enough landing a job these days.
NEW YORK (AP) — A group of convicts who say they were framed by a corrupt New York City detective urged a New York City prosecutor Wednesday to speed up an ongoing review of potentially tainted murder investigations, some decades old.
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - Three lesbian couples facing urgent health issues sued on Wednesday to force North Carolina to acknowledge their same-sex marriages and allow access to insurance, tax and inheritance benefits. If the ailing spouse dies before North Carolina recognizes the marriages, the surviving spouse will be denied benefits given to married couples, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which helped file the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Greensboro. "Without the legal security that only marriage affords, these families are left vulnerable," said Jennifer Rudinger, executive director of the ACLU of North Carolina. The ACLU has sought to expand gay-marriage rights in North Carolina, which in 2012 became the last state in the South to add a voter-approved ban on gay marriage to its constitution.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York transit officials say they will reconsider their advertising standards after a top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo objected to a cleavage-baring subway ad for breast enhancement surgery.
BOSTON (AP) — A Somali-born advocate for Muslim women who has made comments critical of Islam says Brandeis University is turning an intended honor for her into a "moment of shaming" by revoking an honorary degree.
WASHINGTON (AP) — About the only thing former President Ronald Reagan doesn't have named after him is a mountain, not one recognized by the federal government anyway.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — FBI agents have left the home of a rural central Indiana man with a collection of thousands of artifacts from around the world.
By Sharon Begley and M.B. Pell NEW YORK (Reuters) - Medicare billing data released by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) gives the public an unprecedented look at how the program pays medical providers. In practice, some medical practices and labs file Medicare claims under a single NPI assigned to one of their members, said Karthik Balakrishnan, senior vice president of fraud solutions and analytics of Verisk Health, which specializes in healthcare data: doctors can bill under a group NPI, a hospital NPI, or a clinic NPI, he said. That was the case with a pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who is listed as receiving $11 million from Medicare for 23 million lab tests in 2012, the fourth-highest amount in the country. Dr Franklin Cockerill, he said, "is a salaried employee of Mayo Clinic and is not making big money off Medicare." "More than one person can file under one NPI, including nurses, physician assistants, and other team members," AMA president Dr Ardis Dee Hoven said in an interview.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans blocked a Senate bill Wednesday aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women, an election-year ritual that Democrats hope will help spur women to back them in this fall's congressional elections.
WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol says a vehicle crashed into a day care center in an Orlando, Fla., suburb and injured 12 people, including children.
EXPORT, Pa. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing and slashing 19 students and a police officer at a suburban Pittsburgh high school is appearing before a judge.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — A popular Iowa State University celebration was suspended Wednesday after a student was seriously injured in a rowdy, late-night crowd that overturned cars and toppled light poles near the campus, the school's president announced Wednesday.
(Corrects first name of attorney for Al-Sanea, to Robert instead of Richard, in eighth paragraph.) By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY, New York (Reuters) - New York's highest state court has ruled that a lawsuit by the Algosaibi family conglomerate, claiming that a Saudi billionaire who married into the family committed a $150 million fraud, should be heard in Saudi Arabia. In the lawsuit, Ahmed Hamad al Gosaibi & Brothers Co claimed that Maan al-Sanea, the billionaire head of the Saad Group, used its accounts with Dubai-based Mashreqbank PSC to commit fraudulent foreign exchange trades executed in New York. Reversing a lower court, the New York Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed the Mashreqbank claims, saying the fact that the allegedly fraudulent trades were executed in New York did not give the state's courts jurisdiction over the case.
WASHINGTON (AP) — How is it that a few doctors take in millions of dollars from Medicare?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling to figure out your federal tax return? You're not alone, but you're in the minority.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida Highway Patrol: 10 to 12 injured when car crashes into Orlando-area day care center.