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Trump administration returns $3.4 million taken from ailing 9/11 FDNY program in error

WASHINGTON — The New York City Fire Department's World Trade Center Treatment Program just got its pilfered millions back from the federal government — $3,363,931.72, to be exact.

That news comes from a letter sent to Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Wednesday night, finally ending a saga that began years ago with the federal government mysteriously docking payments meant to fund health care for firefighters and EMTs who got sick from serving at ground zero.

Earlier this month, Mnuchin had sent a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio saying the city should pay the money back, and that if it didn't the Treasury Department would redirect future federal payments from other city health programs to make it up.

The solution Mnuchin revealed lies somewhere in the middle. The Fire Department is getting the money upfront, but the city will still be on the hook for the debts.

_New York Daily News

 

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Miami mom accused of drowning autistic son in canal faces death penalty after indictment

MIAMI — Patricia Ripley, the Florida mother accused of murdering her 9-year-old autistic son by pushing him into a canal, now faces the death penalty.

A Miami-Dade grand jury — meeting again after months in hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic — this week indicted Ripley for first-degree murder. Prosecutors, during a court hearing Thursday, announced the indictment and that it will have execution as a possible punishment.

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