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Military Hospital Chief Charged In Bribery Scandal

Walter Reed prosthetics chief allegedly took sports tickets GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted the former chief of prosthetics and orthotics at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Court records show David Laufer pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to five counts of making a false statement. The office of the U.S. Attorney in Maryland said Wednesday that the 63-year-old Pittsburgh resident failed to report financial benefits, including travel and tickets to sporting events,...

“Oral Copulation By Anesthesia” Case Dropped

Feb 4, 2020 Los Angeles Magazine – Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer announced today that his office plans to drop all charges in a high-profile case in which a Newport Beach doctor and his girlfriend were accused of drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women. Spitzer said at a press conference that a review of the case by his office found “There’s insufficient evidence to prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt.” Dr. Grant Robicheaux, 39, and...

US-Funded $130M HIV Program In Africa Deemed A Failure

"The will enroll 5,400 HIV-uninfected men and women ages 18-35 at risk for HIV infection at 15 clinical research sites. NIAID and BMGF are funding the US$130 million trial." – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), 2016 NIH discontinues vaccinations in Africa after 252 participants get HIV during trial |  Feb 3, 2020 The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has stopped administration of vaccinations in its...

Super-Drunk Rep. Tries “Don’t You Know Who I Am” Defense …

... it does not go well. | "I just don't want this on camera for my future. It will ruin my career." – Rep. Rebekah Warren Feb 1, 2020 | Fox News – A Michigan state lawmaker was clearly upset her December drunk driving arrest was being recorded by police video cameras, according to a report. The video obtained by WXYZ-TV on Friday shows Democratic state Rep. Rebekah Warren in the back seat of a patrol car after being taken...

Trump Admin. Orders 14-Day China Virus Quarantine

Jan 31, 2020 ARS TECHNICA – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued the first federal quarantine order in more than 50 years for 195 Americans who were evacuated out of Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak (2019-nCoV) The US citizens will be held under quarantine at the March Air Reserve Base in California, where they arrived from Wuhan on Wednesday, January 29 on an aircraft chartered by the...

Hong Kong Shuts Border; Should Trump Do The Same?

Hong Kong union calls strike to demand China border closure HONG KONG (AP) — A union for Hong Kong hospital workers said its members will go on strike Monday to press a demand for the semi-autonomous Chinese territory to reject all travelers from the mainland in an effort to stem the spread of a new viral disease. The Hospital Authority Employees Alliance, one of several groups that represent hospital employees, said Saturday more than 9,000 of...

Trump’s Next Battle: NY Woman Sues For His DNA

Insists Donald Trump raped her, but not sure when  Washington (CNN) – E. Jean Carroll, an advice columnist, alleged in a lawsuit filed in November that President Donald Trump attacked her at Bergdorf Goodman, a luxury department store in Manhattan, in the 1990s. Trump has repeatedly denied the allegation, saying last June that he had "never met this person in my life." Her lawyers served an attorney for Trump with papers on Thursday requesting the President's DNA be...

State Considers Sex Ed For Kindergarteners

Bill would require "comprehensive sex education" for all public school students "WHEREAS, it is a critical responsibility of this Commonwealth to promote the well-being of Kentucky students; NOW, THEREFORE, Be it enacted ... : each school district shall provide comprehensive sex education to all public school students in kindergarten through grade twelve." Jan 30, 2020 WJW – Lawmakers will consider legislation this session that would bring sex education to Kentucky kindergarteners. House Bill 296 does include an opt...

Subway Topping Now Subject Of Federal Investigation

Headline Health warned two years ago that even the managers of some Subways won't eat this topping ... they'll serve it to you, though.  Some state officials admit outbreak investigation is ongoing; others fail to respond | By Coral Beach on Jan 28, 2020 | Food Safety News – Officials in two states have confirmed they are working with federal officials on an investigation into E. coli illnesses linked to lettuce served by a national restaurant chain....

Migrants Abandon Their Own Children, Send Hundreds Across Border Alone

Jan 24, 2020 CNN – More than 300 migrant children who were previously waiting in Mexico with family as part of a Trump administration policy have crossed the US-Mexico border alone, marking a jump from the approximately 135 children who crossed last fall, the US Department of Health and Human Services told CNN. Health and Human Services said that 352 children who "indicated that their family is in Mexico" had been referred to the Office of...

Trump First POTUS To Attend March For Life

UPDATED ... “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House,” Trump said, in the first appearance by a sitting president at the annual anti-abortion event. NBC NEWS, WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president to attend the annual anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington, presenting himself as an unwavering advocate for limiting abortion access. “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House,” Trump...

Joe Biden: Drunk-Driving Illegals Should Not Be Deported

Jan 22, 2020 Joe Biden said Monday he would instruct Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) not to deport illegal immigrants caught drunk driving. Biden said if he won the presidency he would issue an executive order instructing ICE to only carry out deportations of illegal immigrants convicted of felony charges, “and I don’t consider drunk driving a felony.” ≠Biden said there is still a culture within ICE that causes the children of illegal immigrants to fear for...

Feds Finally Rethinking ‘Emotional Support Pigs’

US seeks to tighten rules covering service animals on planes AP – Airlines might soon be able to turn away cats, rabbits and all animals other than dogs that passengers try to bring with them in the cabin. The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday announced plans to tighten rules around service animals. The biggest change would be that only dogs could qualify. Airlines say the number of support animals has been growing dramatically in recent years, and...

Supreme Court Okay’s Flint Residents Suing City Officials

The Hill – The Supreme Court will allow a lawsuit to move forward against Flint, Mich., officials over their role in the city's public health crisis. After the city's 2014 decision to change water sources from Lake Huron to the Flint River, which had been widely considered to be contaminated, Flint residents reported widespread cases of hair loss, skin rashes, Legionnaire's disease and lead poisoning. Twelve people died from Legionnaire's disease in the aftermath. The case was...

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