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Woman accused of stealing $556,000 from town, charity

Nov. 14, 2019 4:58 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri woman is accused of stealing $400,000 from the small town where she formerly worked, and $156,000 from a charity. Federal prosecutors in St. Louis announced the indictments Thursday for 32-year-old Venita Sedodo of St. Charles. It wasn’t immediately clear if Sedodo had an...

Doctor accused of unnecessary surgeries held without bail

Nov. 14, 2019 2:51 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The website of a Virginia gynecologist describes his surgical skills as “unparalleled.” But federal prosecutors say many of the procedures Dr. Javaid Perwaiz performed on unsuspecting patients were unnecessary and unwanted, including hysterectomies and tubal ligations....

Grocery store owner gets prison term for food stamp scheme

Nov. 14, 2019 2:43 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The owner of a grocery store in New Jersey's largest city is headed to prison for running a food stamp benefit fraud scheme while trying to hide his involvement in the business. Jamil Bader received a 37-month sentence Thursday. The 60-year-old Teaneck man pleaded guilty in July to a...

The Latest: UN sends envoy to help with Bolivia crisis

Nov. 14, 2019 1:15 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The Latest on Bolivia’s political confrontation (all times local): 2:10 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is sending a personal envoy to Bolivia to support efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Andean nation’s political crisis. U.N. spokesman Stephane...

Former hospital worker to pay $1.5 million in restitution

Nov. 14, 2019 11:37 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former employee of a major Boise hospital has agreed to pay nearly $1.5 million in restitution for wire fraud. Boise television station KBOI reports 60-year-old Lois Soito worked for Saint Alphonsus Hospital Systems for 22 years before she was indicted by a federal grand jury in...

The Latest: Doctor accused of performing unneeded surgeries

Nov. 14, 2019 10:54 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a Virginia doctor accused of performing unnecessary surgeries on his ob/gyn patients (all times local): 10:45 a.m. A Virginia doctor accused of performing unnecessary surgical procedures on his patients has been ordered held without bail while he awaits trial. Dr. Javaid...

Clashes rock Bolivia as new interim leader challenged

Nov. 13, 2019 11:01 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Renewed clashes rocked Bolivia’s capital Wednesday as the woman who claimed the presidency, a second-tier lawmaker thrust into the post because of a power vacuum, faced challenges to her leadership from supporters of the ousted Evo Morales. A day after Jeanine Añez...

Conspiracy charges dropped in Michael Avenatti Nike case

Nov. 13, 2019 7:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An indictment charging California attorney Michael Avenatti with conspiring to extort Nike has been rewritten to drop two conspiracy counts. In a tweet, Avenatti said he was “extremely pleased” and expects eventually to be “fully exonerated.” The refreshed...

Petersen gets Dec. 11 hearing to contest suspension

Nov. 13, 2019 6:44 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a Dec. 11 hearing for Assessor Paul Petersen to appeal his suspension amid human smuggling and other charges Lawyers for Petersen say the suspension last month was illegal. They say they don’t expect the county supervisors will...

Ex-insurance exec gets 6 months in college admissions scam

Nov. 13, 2019 5:53 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A former California insurance executive was sentenced to six months in prison for paying $450,000 to get his son and daughter admitted to the University of Southern California as fake athletic recruits. Toby MacFarlane, 56, of Del Mar, California, was sentenced in Boston’s federal...