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 U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton

U.S. attorney to attack fraud in health care

U.S. Attorney David Hickton is ramping up a team — backed by the FBI — whose focus will be fighting crime in the medical industry.

about 6 hours ago


 Archbishop-Designate Blase Cupich, right, greets Cardinal Francis George during a news conference on Saturday in Chicago. Bishop Cupich, who served as bishop in Spokane, Wash., will succeed Cardinal George, who has been fighting a long battle with cancer, to become the ninth archbishop of Chicago. This is the first time in the history of the Chicago Archdiocese that a new leader has been appointed while the former is still alive.

Chicago archbishop selected

As the leader of two American dioceses, Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich has staked out a firm position in the middle of the road.

about 7 hours ago


Hidden costs in health care blindside patients

But in an increasingly common practice, assistants, consultants and other hospital employees are charging patients or their insurers hefty

about 7 hours ago


Congress tightens rules for hospices

Hospice agencies must subject themselves to government inspections at least once every three years under new legislation OK’d by Congress.

about 7 hours ago


Dems look to elders for impact on vote

Democrats are being spurred by polls showing the party has regained some support lost in the Obama years.

about 7 hours ago


National Briefs: GM recalls 130,000 cars due to defects

PLUS: White House breach; wildfires ravage forests; injured firefighter dies.

about 6 hours ago


Alibaba stock soars in debut

The mammoth IPO offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class.

1 day ago


 High-wire performer Nik Wallenda practices in Sarasota, Fla.

Wallenda to walk high in Windy City

Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire.

1 day ago


Astronauts getting 3-D printer at space station

The printer is among more than 5,000 pounds of cargo that is stuffed into a SpaceX Dragon capsule for a pre-dawn liftoff today.

1 day ago


FDA to revise food safety law at behest of farmers

The revisions are the latest change to a national food safety overhaul that was first signed into law in 2011.

1 day ago


White House seeks to end campus rape

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden launched the “It’s On Us” initiative.

1 day ago


Al-Qaida spokesman admits 1998 embassy plot

But U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan declined to accept Adel Abdel Bary’s plea.

1 day ago


White House focused on financial impact of climate change

Forget the national debt. The new budget threat is climate change.

about 7 hours ago


National Briefs: Congress heads home to face voters

PLUS: White House intruder; war on citrus scourge; ex-governor convicted; McDonnell wants new trial; autopsy reviewed.

1 day ago


Sheriff: Fla. man kills 6 grandchildren, daughter

Convicted felon shoots, kills his 6 grandchildren, daughter, himself in small Florida town

2 days ago


White House, military divided on use of troops against Islamic State

Discord is mounting between President Barack Obama and military leaders over a blanket presidential prohibition on ground combat.

2 days ago


Federal judge accused of assaulting wife is urged to resign

Alabama’s two U.S. senators urged federal judge in their state to step down after he was charged with battery.

2 days ago


Bill seeks fairer treatment for black lung victims

Sens. Bob Casey and Jay Rockefeller jointly offer bill to provide fair treatment to coal miners pursuing black lung benefit claims.

2 days ago


 Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, receives a flu shot from Sharon Bonadies at the conclusion of a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Thursday.

CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine

Flu vaccine season has arrived, and that means different shots for different folks.

2 days ago


National news briefs: 9/19/14

Agents use body-worn cameras; VA to boost salaries; New York terror alert; Man charged in wildfire; Internet boosts economy

2 days ago


House approves Obama’s plan to battle Islamic State

The House votes, 273-156, to authorize President Obama’s plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels in fight against the Islamic State.

3 days ago


Holder asks Congress for help in fighting Wall Street crime

Justice Department wants Congress’ help to improve prospects for successful criminal prosecutions of Wall Street executives.

3 days ago


House opens Benghazi probe

The State Department says it has reformed its protection strategies for high-risk diplomatic posts in the wake of the attacks in Benghazi.

3 days ago


With no consensus on the issue, surrogacy laws vary across the nation

There is no national consensus on how to handle the highly polarizing and controversial practice of surrogacy.

3 days ago


2nd U.S. space group seeks alternative to Russian engines

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is teaming with Boeing and Lockheed Martin in a bid to develop a U.S. alternative to Russian-made rocket engines.

3 days ago


Freshman lawmaker to host security forum

The forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger is part of efforts to hear European ongoing concerns about U.S. surveillance programs.

4 days ago


U.S. poverty declines in 2013

The U.S. poverty rate dropped in 2013 for the first time in seven years, and child poverty rate fell for the first time in 13 years.

4 days ago


CDC finds Americans’ bellies are expanding fast

People whose fat has settled mostly around their waistlines are known to run a higher risk of obesity-related ailments.

4 days ago


Number of prisoners in U.S. grew in 2013

Combined state and federal prison inmate ranks rose slightly because of more state incarcerations after a three-year decline.

4 days ago


Federal auto regulators draw lawmakers’ wrath on ignition switch defect

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration had sufficient information to identify the flaw as early as 2007.

4 days ago


National Briefs: 2 firms win pacts to ferry astronauts

PLUS: Fourth casino goes belly up; immigrants lose insurance; nuclear waste action; 20 years for gun battle; rail service restored

4 days ago


GM expert says 19 deaths eligible for compensation

GM’s compensation chief confirms 19 wrongful death claims in faulty ignition switch cases are eligible for payments.

5 days ago


 President Barack Obama bestows the Medal of Honor on retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins on Monday in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

Medals of Honor given to two Vietnam-era soldiers, one posthumously. An act of Congress was needed to honor them both so belatedly.

5 days ago


No D.C. gridlock for gay marriage, legal marijuana

Two liberal causes that have moved forward during President Barack Obama’s tenure are gay marriage and legalization of marijuana.

5 days ago


National briefs: Bond firm agrees to Detroit deal

Plus: ’Net neutrality’ comments; 3 states pass on food aid; Georgia minority voting push; shooting range death

5 days ago


 Sen. Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont.

Liberal Bernie Sanders emerges as Democratic contender for presidency

The Vermont senator could pose a challenge from the left to Hillary Clinton, seen as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nod.

6 days ago


States collaborate to track students into workforce

Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Hawaii recently participated in a pilot project to share data on student outcomes.

6 days ago


Wealth gap putting the squeeze on state funds

As income for the affluent has accelerated, it’s barely kept pace with inflation for most other people. That trend can mean a double-whammy.

6 days ago


Health law has caveat on renewal of care coverage

Millions of consumers will soon receive notices from health insurance companies stating that their coverage is being automatically renewed.

6 days ago


Immigration isn't gaining any midterm traction

The hot-button issue Congress has debated for the last 18 months is increasingly becoming a hot potato.

6 days ago


National Briefs: Agencies curb Calif. wildfire

PLUS: Low angina rate for stent; Detroit cop faces trial; man dies making bomb; 6 injured in shooting.

6 days ago


Democrats tilt courts, building Obama’s legacy

Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives.

1 week ago


 Gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington.

Same-sex marriage heading for Supreme Court vote?

A decision to get involved could come as soon as the end of the month

1 week ago


 T.J. Lane during court proceedings in 2013. Lane, 19, was  convicted of killing three students at an Ohio high school cafeteria in 2012.

Escaped Ohio inmates transferred to higher-security prison

The three inmates, including school shooter T.J. Lane, escaped Thursday night from a prison in Lima and were caught on Friday.

1 week ago


Charges in dead babies case; neighbors soul-search

Mother charged with fetal death concealment after three infants’ bodies are found in Massachusetts home.

1 week ago


Man wins fight to get same-sex union recognized

Federal judge lets a man be listed as spouse on his late male partner’s death certificate in Arizona, despite state’s bar on same-sex

1 week ago


Hillary Clinton returns to Iowa, trailed by criticisms about 2008 loss

Hillary Rodham Clinton journeys to Iowa this weekend for first time since 2008 campaign to be part of Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry.

1 week ago


National briefs: Hillary Clinton among speakers at Maya Angelou memorial

Plus: 2 Navy fighter jets crash into Pacific; Yosemite wildfire crews also battling bears on fire lines; Wisconsin to enforce voter ID rule

1 week ago


 President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the White House on Wednesday.

Congress backs Obama on plan to attack Islamic State

It’s unclear how soon Congress will act on President Barack Obama’s request to authorize arming and training moderate Syrian rebels.

1 week ago


New terror fight casts shadow over 9/11 commemorations

Ongoing terror war casts shadow on 13th anniversary commemorations of Sept. 11 attacks.

1 week ago



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