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Dentist who ran Medicaid billing scam, exposed patients to viruses gets 6-month home arrest

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A former Oklahoma dentist was sentenced on Thursday to six months’ home confinement for a federal money-laundering charge stemming from complaints his unsanitary practice exposed at least one of his patients to hepatitis and could have exposed thousands to HIV.

W. Scott Harrington, who pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing the Medicaid federal healthcare program, also received two years’ probation. Prosecutors had been seeking up to 18 months in prison for Harrington improperly billing for services.

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He was fined $20,000 and ordered to pay about $30,000 in restitution, according to a courtroom deputy for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Health officials shut down his two Tulsa-area dental clinics in 2013 and he surrendered his license in 2014 after the Oklahoma Dental Board cited Harrington for health and safety violations that put his patients at risk.

As many as 7,000 of his patients could have been exposed to viruses because of improper sterilization and rusty surgical tools, state and Tulsa health officials have said.

Of the more than 4,000 of Harrington’s patients whose blood was tested, several dozens of them had hepatitis C and as many as three had HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS, officials said.

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One person contracted hepatitis C at one of Harrington’s clinics, they said.

(Reporting by Michael Hirtzer in Chicago; Editing by Peter Cooney)


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Ken Cuccinelli defends denying entry to hurricane-struck Bahamians who should be ‘taking care of their own’

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Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Ken Cuccinelli insisted on Sunday that Bahamians should help themselves instead of fleeing to the United States after thousands were left homeless by Hurricane Dorian.

During an interview with CBS host Margaret Brennan, Cuccinelli was asked why the Trump administration is making it "harder to flee to this country" for Bahamians who were left homeless by the hurricane.

Cuccinelli, however, argued that the Trump administration is "making it easier" for Bahamians to travel to the U.S.

"The Bahamas is a perfectly legitimate country capable of taking care of their own," the USCIS chief said. "We rushed resources in, whether it was from USAID or the Coast Guard, who were downright heroic."

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Kamala Harris blisters Kavanaugh for lying to her during his hearings and calls for him to be impeached

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In a blunt tweet issued on Sunday morning, Democratic Presidential contender, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of lying to the U.S. Senate during his confirmation hearings and said he must be impeached.

Following a New York Times report outlining credible allegations against Kavanaugh accusing him of assaulting a fellow college student, Harris said the evidence presented should disqualify him from being on the bench.

"I sat through those hearings. Brett Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people. He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. He must be impeached," she tweeted.

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Republicans accused of stifling sexual misconduct claim against Brett Kavanaugh during confirmation

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A new report reveals that Deborah Ramirez, a woman who claims Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while she was a student at Yale University, may have had evidence to corroborate her story — but that Republicans created a process which would stifle her account so that Kavanaugh could be confirmed.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Deborah Ramirez, who alleged that she was assaulted by Kavanaugh at a Yale party when she was an underclassman, had her legal team provide the F.B.I. with a list of at least 25 people who could have had evidence to corroborate her story, but the bureau ultimately interviewed none of them, according to The New York Times. The publication also learned that many of the individuals who could have corroborated Ramirez's story attempted to reach the F.B.I. on their own but were unable to do so.

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