26 charged in $40-million Southern California medical kickback scheme

Prosecutors charged 26 doctors and other medical professionals Thursday in an alleged kickback scheme that may have defrauded up to 13,000 patients in California and netted the defendants roughly $40 million as they overcharged for medication or prescribed balms that had no known medical value.

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A rabid bat was found at an Irvine park, and health officials are warning the public

Orange County health officials are looking for people who may have come into contact with a bat at a park in Irvine that tested positive for rabies over the weekend.

The bat was found Saturday on a picnic bench near a restroom at William Mason Regional Park, according to Orange County Health Care…

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Sheriff wants Kern County declared a ‘law and order’ county, not a ‘sanctuary’ one

More than three years ago, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood made headlines when he defied the California Trust Act, a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that restricts cooperation between local law enforcement officials and federal immigration agents. His stance riled the governor and California’s…

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Petco found not liable in death of San Diego 10-year-old from ‘rat bite fever’

A San Diego jury has found that Petco was not negligent when it sold a pet rat to a 10-year-old boy who later became sick and died after handling the animal.

Aidan Pankey died of an ailment known as rat bite fever, the result of a bacterial infection he contracted from a rat that was bred for sale…

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Pot smokers celebrate 4/20 across California

Today, April 20, is the most exalted day of the year for marijuana enthusiasts, but now that pot is legal in California aficionados predict that this 4/20 will likely be bigger and smokier than ever.

Although users still need a medical marijuana card to purchase cannabis (the sale of recreational…

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Tennessee teacher accused of kidnapping student is arrested in Northern California; girl found safe

A former Tennessee teacher accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student has been arrested in Northern California, and the girl was found safe, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Thursday.

Authorities have been searching for weeks for Tad Cummins, 50, who was wanted on allegations of sexual…

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Garcetti’s State of the City speech focuses on homelessness, new revenue

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti focuses on jobs, homelessness and affordable housing in his fourth State of the City address, according to excerpts of the speech released by his office.

In the prepared remarks, Garcetti nods to the broader political landscape, portraying Los Angeles as a “vision…

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Whittier Law School is closing, due in part to low student achievement

Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa has stopped accepting new students and will close entirely once all current students have graduated, trustees announced Wednesday.

Citing such challenges as low student outcomes, the Board of Trustees voted not to accept new students this fall.

“We believe we…

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