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  • INSIDE WASHINGTON: Anti-fraud effort disappoints

    Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Launched last summer, a $77 million computer system to stop Medicare fraud before it happens had prevented just one suspicious payment by Christmas. That saved taxpayers exactly $7,591. Hoping for much better results, a disappointed Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., says, “I wondered, did they leave out some zeros?” Lawmakers had […]
  • Ex-Somali PM won’t contest war crime claims in US

    Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) – The former prime minister of Somalia on Thursday ended an eight-year legal battle by accepting legal liability for alleged war crimes and killings that occurred under the regime of dictator Siad Barre. But he denied wrongdoing and said he never approved any slayings. Mohamed Ali Samantar, 76, was a […]
  • St. Louis, suburbs clash over growing homelessness

    Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) – Sometimes the men emerge from out-of-town police cruisers that stop at homeless shelters and then quickly drive off. Others turn up still wearing gowns from suburban hospitals. Surrounding communities have long been accused of using downtown St. Louis as a dumping ground to dispose of homeless men with nowhere […]
  • Police ID suspect in case of missing GA kids

    TUCKER, Ga. (AP) – Police say they likely won’t charge a man they believe took two small children from an Atlanta-area gas station and later left them with friends. DeKalb County police say Charles Watson of Stone Mountain turned himself in around 8 p.m. Wednesday. Police say they don’t think he intended to kidnap the […]
  • Occupy Wall Street isn’t behind Philly conference

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Occupy Wall Street isn’t endorsing the Occupy conference being planned in Philadelphia because the idea wasn’t approved by its general assembly. An attorney who advised some Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge last year said this week that his 99% Declaration Working Group is planning a national Occupy conference […]
  • NJ senator seeks US investigation of NYPD spying

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez is asking federal authorities to investigate the New York Police Department’s surveillance of New Jersey’s Muslim communities. In a letter Thursday to the U.S. attorney general and CIA director, he expresses concern over Associated Press reports that the NYPD spied on Muslims in Newark and monitored Muslim […]
  • Mich. dad who let 9-year-old drive gets probation

    Associated Press DETROIT (AP) – A Detroit-area man caught on a gas station surveillance video boasting about his then-9-year-old daughter’s driving skills was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation for having the girl drive him around because he had been drinking. Shawn Weimer’s demeanor was much different Thursday than it had been in the […]
  • ‘Girls Gone Wild’ chief loses $7.5M ruling to Wynn

    Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) – The founder of the “Girls Gone Wild” video empire said Thursday he’ll ask a Nevada judge to rescind a $7.5 million award given to Las Vegas Strip casino mogul Steve Wynn in a civil defamation case. Joe Francis told The Associated Press that he wasn’t present and didn’t have […]
  • 2 in NJ sickened from raw milk from Pa. farm

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Health officials say two people in New Jersey have been sickened from drinking raw milk from a central Pennsylvania dairy connected to dozens of illnesses in four states. The New Jersey health department says a 27-year-old man from Burlington County and a 3-year-old boy from Gloucester County became ill after consuming […]
  • Court: California can force inmates to submit DNA

    Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A divided federal appeals court ruled Thursday that California law enforcement officials can keep collecting DNA samples from people arrested for felonies. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said law enforcement’s interest in solving cold cases, identifying crime suspects and even exonerating the wrongly accused outweigh any privacy […]
  • 1 dies in trench collapse at Tenn. sewage plant

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – A trench has collapsed at a sewage treatment plant in Tennessee, killing one person. The accident Thursday morning in Gatlinburg happened at the same site where two workers were killed last year. Gatlinburg officials said in a news release that the trench gave way as workers demolished a concrete basin that […]
  • Ex-Philly officer to get life for killing man, 21

    Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A former Philadelphia police officer who shot an unarmed neighbor during a drunken melee outside a baby shower will spend his life in prison after being convicted Thursday of first-degree murder. The November 2009 slaying of William Panas Jr., 21, by off-duty Officer Frank Tepper stoked tensions in the city’s […]
  • Maine 3-year-old walks mile in middle of night

    BAILEYVILLE, Maine (AP) – A 3-year-old Maine girl, possibly confused by a dream, walked a mile to a grocery store in the middle of the night through freshly fallen snow, thinking her mother was inside buying pizza. Hope Trott woke up in the middle of the night, put on little ruby red shoes, threw a […]
  • NJ house fire claims 5, including 4 children

    Associated Press SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) – A fast-burning fire swept through half of a large duplex home early Thursday before firefighters could get inside to attempt a rescue, killing five members of a family, including four children, authorities said. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Officials said it was the deadliest […]
  • Do French parents have a certain je ne sais quoi?

    AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) – So you’re visiting someone’s home with your child and hot chocolate is served. As the hostess’s kids sip the delicious concoction politely and silently, your own little dear takes a gulp and promptly spits it back into the mug. Admit it, parents: Something similar has happened to you. […]