Feds say 18 ex-NBA players defrauded league health care to tune of $4 million
With three players still at large, New York's top federal prosecutor announced the indictment Thursday of 18 former professional basketball players and one spouse who are accused of submitting fraudulent reimbursement claims for fictitious medical and dental expenses.
Like the ‘doobie’ guy before him, Capitol weed smoker pleads guilty
A New Yorker who made his way into Senator Jeff Merkley’s office to smoke a joint after storming the Capitol building on Jan. 6 accepted a misdemeanor plea deal — all but escaping the 20-year prison sentence he faced from a felony count in the original indictment.
Bankruptcy shields are no match for tribal reach, Chippewa tell 1st Circuit
An Indian tribe accused of abusive debt-collection practices that led to an attempted suicide told the First Circuit Thursday that they do not have to honor bankruptcy protection.
Federal judge blocks Texas’ 6-week abortion ban
The Texas law considered the nation’s most successful attack on abortion rights was blocked by a federal judge Wednesday evening. Since taking effect in September, the law effectively prevented most abortions, with many border states seeing an influx of Texas residents seeking the procedure.
Crisis erupts as Warsaw court declares Polish constitution trumps EU law
Poland's constitutional court set off a legal crisis within the European Union on Thursday by declaring that Poland's constitution and not EU laws are the primary law of the land.
WHO urges vaccine sharing to bring pandemic under control
With the coronavirus pandemic's global death toll nearing 5 million, the World Health Organization on Thursday urged rich nations to share more vaccines with the poorest parts of the world to tame the pandemic by the end of the year.
New images from Mars point to ancient river delta that formed billions of years ago
A fresh batch of pictures taken by the Perseverance rover on Mars points to the existence of a river delta in one of the planet’s craters that scientists believe was formed by water flow into a massive lake eons ago.
The calculator’s tale
The night before the hearing, we scrounged through the law firm for a hand calculator. When it was handed to a state witness the next morning, the result was what lawyers rarely see, the drama of a witness admitting her testimony was false.
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