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7 hospitals in NY accused of $50M Medicaid fraud

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Four hospitals in New York state paid kickbacks to get more patients into their drug treatment programs, which billed Medicaid for services that weren't standard or necessary and lacked state certification, lawsuits allege.

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US Auto Sales Plunge Whopping 36 Percent in December

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Huge rebates and zero-percent loans couldn't overcome economic uncertainty as U.S. auto sales plunged 36 percent in December, capping a dismal year that saw sales free-fall by 2.9 million vehicles from 2007.

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Congressmen sound off against SEC in Madoff affair

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Republican and Democratic House members said Monday that the alleged $50 billion fraud involving Wall Street figure Bernard Madoff reflects deep, systemic problems at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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MySpace is Research Place for Busybody 'Dr. Meg'

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Many teenagers cleaned up their MySpace profiles, deleting mentions of sex and booze and boosting privacy settings, if they got a single cautionary e-mail from a busybody named "Dr. Meg."

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Wanted: Border monitors to oversee Gaza truce

Updated: 01/05/2009 - The contours of a cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas are emerging, with diplomacy focusing on international guarantees, including foreign border monitors to oversee any agreement.

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US inaugurates $700 million embassy in Iraq

Updated: 01/05/2009 - The United States inaugurated its largest embassy ever on Monday, a fortress-like compound in the heart of the Green Zone — and the most visible sign of what U.S. officials call a new chapter in relations between America and a more sovereign Iraq.

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Father-son duo accused of gravestone robbing

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Police are puzzling over what would motivate a father and son to haul off six tombstones from a monument company in suburban Albany. Town of Colonie Detective Lt. John Van Alstyne said he's not sure what kind of aftermarket there might be for the hefty granite grave-markers.

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Airlines Sue FAA Over Crew Rest Rules

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Several of the nation's largest airlines have joined in a lawsuit to block stronger federal rules on crew rest during the longest international flights.

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Police Investigate Pool Hall Burglary

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Authorities say it happened around 4:15 a.m. in the 3900 block of Southwest 21st. They say the burglars had already taken off by the time they arrived on scene.

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Bush to Establish 3 Marine Monuments in Pacific

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Parts of three remote and uninhabited Pacific island chains are being set aside by President George W. Bush as national monuments to protect them from oil and gas extraction and commercial fishing in what will be the largest marine conservation effort in history.

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Timber Company Drops Road Deal with Forest Service

Updated: 01/05/2009 - The nation's largest owner of timberland disclosed Monday that it will no longer pursue changes in agreements governing its use of U.S. Forest Service roads — changes that critics complained could transform forests into housing subdivisions.

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Man Shot by His Stepdad Ends Up in Jail With Him

Updated: 01/05/2009 - A man who police said was shot by his stepfather ended up in the same jail with him after officers discovered outstanding arrest warrants against the victim. Police told The Daily News of Jacksonville that 37-year-old Richard Hayes shot his stepson Thursday night.

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Danny's heart: College swimmer faces mortality

Updated: 01/05/2009 - This time, when the lanky young man stepped into the pool, his chest was tight. His muscles ached. He pushed off to take his first strokes, and grimaced at the pain.

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Kaine says he'll limit time spent as party leader

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Gov. Tim Kaine said Monday he will manage a Virginia budget crisis $3 billion and growing and head the Democratic National Committee in his spare time, largely as "an electronic gig."

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Timber company drops road deal with Forest Service

Updated: 01/05/2009 - The nation's largest owner of timberland disclosed Monday that it will no longer pursue changes in agreements governing its use of U.S. Forest Service roads — changes that critics complained could transform forests into housing subdivisions.

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Obama Plunges Into Econ Talks, Predicts Approval

Updated: 01/05/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama plunged into rare pre-inaugural crisis talks with congressional leaders Monday, declaring the national economy was "bad and getting worse" and embracing tax cuts now expected to reach $300 billion. He predicted lawmakers would approve a mammoth revitalization package within two weeks of his taking office.

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Burris Says He's Senator — But Dems Won't Seat Him

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Senate Democrats struggled to avert a showdown steeped in race and corruption Monday as a defiant Roland Burris declared, "I'm a United States senator" and flew to the capital to claim President-elect Barack Obama's old seat in Congress.

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Investors Collect Profits After Last Week's Rally

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Caution returned to Wall Street Monday as investors gave back some gains from last week's rally even as they found encouragement from President-elect Barack Obama's calls for an economic stimulus package.

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Franken on Top in Minn. Recount; Coleman to Sue

Updated: 01/05/2009 - A Minnesota board on Monday certified results showing Democrat Al Franken winning the state's U.S. Senate recount over Republican Norm Coleman, whose lawyer promised a legal challenge that probably will keep the race in limbo for months.

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QVC Will Sell Memorabilia at Obama Inauguration

Updated: 01/05/2009 - QVC is traveling to Washington to mark President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration this month — and is bringing along plenty of coins, stamps, jewelry and even a small handbag to sell.

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FBI Tapes Might Elude Illinois Impeachment Panel

Updated: 01/05/2009 - State legislators weighing evidence against Gov. Rod Blagojevich may finish their work before getting any tapes of the governor's conversations that were made secretly by the FBI, attorneys indicated Monday.

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