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Pfizer settles kickback case related to copay assistance for $24M

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Pfizer will pay the government nearly $24 million as part of a settlement to resolve allegations that it funneled money through a foundation resulting in illegal kickbacks.

The company is not admitting wrongdoing or liability as part of its settlement with the Department of Justice. According to the settlement agreement, from 2012 through 2016,...Read more

Fort Worth trustee to DeVos: 'We educate our kids, we don't report them'

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Educating undocumented students is part of an overarching theme in Fort Worth schools -- all children are welcome to learn.

That's why Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' recent comments, stating that local communities and schools should decide whether to call federal authorities on students lacking immigration status, were ...Read more

Canceling summit gives Trump an exit from an increasingly risky meeting, analysts say

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WASHINGTON -- As recently as Wednesday afternoon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that "all across the administration" preparations were steaming along for a historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Less than 24 hours later, Trump abruptly canceled the meeting, citing the "tremendous anger and ...Read more

Trump's breakup letter with Kim Jong Un leaves experts puzzled

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Dear Kim Jong Un: It's just not working out between us. Sorry. Hope we don't have to nuke you. Please call.

On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump canceled his upcoming peace summit in Singapore with North Korea's leader with an open letter that veered between sentimentality and threats of nuclear war, leaving experts to puzzle over what ...Read more

California's health insurance marketplace says 'time's up' for hospitals to meet safety and quality targets

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Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, has devised what could be a powerful new way to hold hospitals accountable for the quality of their care. Starting in less than two years, if the hospitals haven't met targets for safety and quality, they'll risk being excluded from the "in-network" ...Read more

World leaders confused, 'disappointed' after Trump cancels summit

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President Donald Trump's cancellation of a June 12 meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un has left many international leaders confused as they attempt to understand what comes next in discussions about nuclear disarmament.

In South Korea, President Moon Jae-in said Trump's "very regrettable" announcement was perplexing.

"We are trying to grasp...Read more

5 takeaways from Trump's decision to cancel talks with Kim Jong Un

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled his June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but he signaled that the two could still meet.

"If and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions," Trump said, "I am waiting."

Here are five key takeaways from Thursday's decision:

-- DECIDE IN ...Read more

Senate passes bill to address sexual harassment on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday passed a bill by voice vote that would crack down on sexual harassment on Capitol Hill and update the onerous process for employees to report harassment and discrimination.

The overhaul measure was quickly brought to the floor, after being released Wednesday with the backing of the Senate's Republican and ...Read more

5 takeaways from Trump's decision to cancel talks with Kim Jong Un

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled his June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but he signaled that the two could still meet.

"If and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions," Trump said, "I am waiting."

Here are five key takeaways from Thursday's decision:

-- DECIDE IN ...Read more

Stalls, stops and breakdowns: Problems plague push for electric buses

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LOS ANGELES -- When Chinese battery maker BYD Ltd. approached Southern California officials in 2008 touting ambitious plans to build electric cars, local politicians jumped at the promise of thousands of jobs and cleaner air.

In the nine years since, agencies have awarded BYD grants, subsidies and public contracts worth more than $330 million ...Read more

'I wasn't going to let him get away,' says Illinois cop who confronted suspect in high school shooting

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The police officer credited with preventing what could have become a major tragedy when he chased down and shot a gunman at Dixon High School in Dixon, Ill., last week said instinct and training were what sustained him through the ordeal.

"When you're put in that stress, I guess the training makes such a difference that you revert back to it ...Read more

House committee chairman says he spoke with FBI about Missouri governor

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The chairman of a Missouri House committee investigating Gov. Eric Greitens said Thursday that he had spoken with the FBI regarding Greitens' campaign activities.

Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said that when Michael Hafner, a former Greitens campaign staffer, testified to the committee earlier this year that the ...Read more

Five to nine hurricanes predicted in 'near-average' 2018 season

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- We can expect five to nine hurricanes this season, with up to four reaching major hurricane strength, according to a season outlook released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The forecast for hurricane season, which officially begins June 1, calls for a near-normal to above-normal season. ...Read more

Feds: Ex-Detroit airport manager took bribes, ate evidence to cover up crime

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DETROIT -- A former Wayne County Airport manager has been indicted in a $5-million bribery and kickback scheme that prosecutors say involved some unusual trickery: He ate some of the evidence to hide his crime.

Indicted is James Warner, 51, of Commerce Township, who is accused of pocketing more than $5 million in bribes and kickbacks for ...Read more

ACLU: Records show widespread abuse of immigrant children detained at border

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SAN DIEGO -- A trove of public records has exposed what civil rights advocates say is evidence of widespread abuse and mistreatment of unauthorized immigrant children detained by federal authorities along the Southwest border.

Examples of allegations of abuse include excessive physical force during apprehension, threats of sexual assault, ...Read more

Forecasters call for more normal, but still active, Atlantic hurricane season

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MIAMI -- The looming Atlantic hurricane season will likely be active but not nearly as punishing as last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

During a briefing for the annual preseason forecast, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Neil Jacobs said the agency expects to see 10 to 18 named storms, five to nine ...Read more

Head of investigative committee says he's talked with FBI about Missouri governor

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The chairman of the Missouri House committee investigating Gov. Eric Greitens said Thursday that he's spoken with the FBI about accusations that the governor's campaign sought contributions from foreign donors.

Republican Rep. Jay Barnes of Jefferson City said he spoke with the FBI earlier this year after the committee ...Read more

Schlitterbahn disputes audit, won't open rides until concerns are 'fully addressed'

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Schlitterbahn on Wednesday called for the Kansas Department of Labor to publicly retract claims that the water park operator violated state regulations while at the same time saying it won't open rides in question until concerns are fully addressed.

The Texas-based company, which has battled a flood of negative publicity in ...Read more

Dead Missouri tornado chaser wants his ashes launched into a twister

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Jim "Mad Dog" Sellars, by his own account, lived quite a life in Springfield, Mo., as an ice cream dipper, butcher, reserve policeman who once protected Elvis Presley, as a telephone lineman, a twice-divorced dad with "exes" he felt lucky to have loved and as a 6-foot-7 power-hitting softball player.

But perhaps most notably, for 30 years, ...Read more

Moderate Republicans pushing for immigration vote give leaders a deadline

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WASHINGTON -- Moderate Republicans are giving their colleagues until June 7 to find a legislative fix for the legal status of people brought to the country illegally as children, or they will try to use a special process to force a vote over the GOP leaders' objections, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., said Thursday.

Denham, frustrated by the ...Read more