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Linda Morris looks over her Medicare statements, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Parker City, Ind. Federal law enforcement officials say they’ve taken down a nearly-$2 billion Medicare fraud scheme that exploited curiosity about genetic medicine by having seniors get their cheeks swabbed for unneeded DNA tests. A Medicare enrollee, Morris said she was roped in at a conference on aging well. The retired high school math and journalism teacher got her cheek swabbed by one of the many health vendors at the event. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
September 27, 2019 - 1:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents took down an alleged Medicare scam Friday that exploited seniors' curiosity about genetic medicine by enticing them to get their cheeks swabbed for unneeded DNA tests. Medicare was billed $2.1 billion. Dubbed "Operation Double Helix," the crackdown targeted...
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President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he arrives for a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. The president was given a plaque of appreciation from America's Sheriffs and Angel Families. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
September 26, 2019 - 10:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday at the person who gave information to a whistleblower who has accused the president of abusing the nation's highest office for political gain, saying that individual is "close to a spy" who could have committed treason — an act punishable...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden walks outside of Pasadena City College during a campaign stop Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
September 26, 2019 - 10:08 pm
Democratic presidential candidates are united in condemning President Donald Trump for seeking a foreign country's help to trash a domestic political rival. But when it comes to defending the president's target, former Vice President Joe Biden, it's more complicated. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth...
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September 26, 2019 - 9:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants Pete Gaynor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's acting administrator, to have the job permanently. Trump says in a statement Thursday that he intends to nominate Gaynor to be the permanent head of the government's disaster response agency...
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FILE - In this June 20, 2017 file photo, Refugees and community activists gather in front of the White House in Washington. The Trump administration wants to cap the number of refugees admitted into the United States to the lowest number since the resettlement program was created in 1980. A State Department proposal released Thursday would put a cap on the number of refugees at 18,000 for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
September 26, 2019 - 6:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration wants to cap the number of refugees admitted into the United States to the lowest number since the resettlement program was created in 1980. A State Department proposal released Thursday would put a cap on the number of refugees at 18,000 for the fiscal year...
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President Donald Trump gestures towards members on the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, after returning from United Nations General Assembly. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
September 26, 2019 - 3:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's repeated trashing of a Democratic impeachment inquiry has helped prompt a $13 million flood of campaign cash to bolster his reelection effort. House Speaker "Nancy (Pelosi) just called for Impeachment. WITCH HUNT!" his campaign said in one fundraising text...
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Ron Smith poses Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 at his home in Eagan, Minn. House Democrats are charging toward impeachment, bringing millions of wary voters for the ride at considerable political risk. The Associated Press interviewed more than 50 voters across nine states, largely in congressional districts held by freshman Democrats on the frontline of the fight. The responses _ ranging from frustration, sadness, anxiety and relief _ illustrate the challenges Democrats face (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
September 26, 2019 - 1:56 pm
EXTON, Pa. (AP) — Evie Burt has long thought Donald Trump deserved to be impeached, even before the allegations that the president tried to squeeze a foreign leader for damaging information about a political opponent. But that doesn't mean Burt, a 23-year-old independent in this wealthy...
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FILE - In this April 8, 2019, file photo a Boeing 737 MAX 7 jet is parked near single engine planes at the airport adjacent to a Boeing Co. production facility in Renton, Wash. Federal safety officials say Boeing should consider how cockpit confusion can slow the response of pilots who are dealing with the kind of problem that likely caused two airliners to crash in the past year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
September 26, 2019 - 11:21 am
Federal safety officials say Boeing should consider how cockpit confusion can slow the response of pilots who are dealing with the kind of problem that likely caused two airliners to crash in the past year. They suggest that Boeing underestimated the time it takes — measured in precious seconds —...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, just as Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is set to speak publicly for the first time about a secret whistleblower complaint involving President Donald Trump. Pelosi committed Tuesday to launching a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 26, 2019 - 11:21 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on testimony by the acting director of national intelligence and a whistleblower complaint (all times local): 11:15 a.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says an intelligence community whistleblower's complaint shows President Donald Trump has undermined national security and...
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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Attorney General William Barr, right, as he takes the podium to present the Medal of Valor to six police officers for stopping a mass shooter in Dayton, Ohio, and Heroic Commendations to five civilians for their heroism during the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. In offering Ukraine’s president the help of Attorney General William Barr in investigating rival Joe Biden, President Donald Trump is once again immersing the nation’s top law enforcement officer in the political fray. It’s a role Barr has seemed to embrace since taking command of the Justice Department in February. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
September 26, 2019 - 7:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In offering Ukraine's president the help of Attorney General William Barr in investigating rival Joe Biden, President Donald Trump is once again inserting the nation's top law enforcement officer in a political fray. It's a role Barr has embraced since taking command of the...
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