Judge guilty in kids for cash scheme

Judge guilty in kids for cash scheme

A federal jury on Friday found a former Pennsylvania judge guilty in a so-called kids-for-cash scheme, in which he took money in exchange for sending juvenile offenders to for-profit detention centers. Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was accused of taking $2.8 million in bribes and kickbacks for putting juveniles into detention centers owned […]

Docs order too many tests because of lawsuit fears

Docs order too many tests because of lawsuit fears

CT scans, MRIs and other pricey imaging tests are often more for the doctor’s benefit than the patient’s, new research confirms. Roughly one-fifth of tests that bone and joint specialists order are because a doctor fears being sued, not because the patient needs them, a first-of-its-kind study in Pennsylvania suggests. The study comes a day […]

House overturns proposed Internet privacy changes

House overturns proposed Internet privacy changes

The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to overturn proposed rules that bar Internet service providers from blocking legal content but give some discretion to ration access for bandwidth hogs. The vote — which was spearheaded by Republican lawmakers determined to undo a range of Obama administration initiatives — would block funds to implement rules […]

Romney’s warning: Don’t trust a ‘changed’ Obama

Romney’s warning: Don’t trust a ‘changed’ Obama

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says conservatives shouldn’t buy President Barack Obama’s change in tone. Romney told a large meeting of conservatives Friday that Obama’s White House has tried to project an appearance of change and cooperation with Republicans. But he says Obama’s underlying liberalism remains and he’s still reliant on Chicago insiders and academics. […]

The 2012 Presidential circus is here

The 2012 Presidential circus is here

Let’s face it. The Twilight Zone has definitely taken over the 2012 Presidential circus. And circus is a good way to describe the hilarious scramble by hapless Republicans who send out the usual suspects — along with a surprise or two — before the gaggle of right-wing dreamers at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference […]

Ron Paul wins CPAC conservative straw poll (again)

Ron Paul wins CPAC conservative straw poll (again)

Texas congressman Ron Paul won the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference for the second straight year Saturday and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished second. Paul got 30 percent, while Romney got 23 percent of the votes of those attending the conference in Washington. Others were grouped far behind. Former New Mexico […]

Mubarak steps down; Military takes control of Egypt

Mubarak steps down; Military takes control of Egypt

“The people ousted the regime,” rang out chants from crowds of hundreds of thousands massed in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square and outside Mubarak’s main palace several miles away in a northern district of the capital. The crowds in Cairo, the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and other cities around the country danced, chanted “goodbye, goodbye,” and […]

Obama pushes wi-fi

Obama pushes wi-fi

President Barack Obama wants nearly all Americans to have access to speedy wireless services. He’s promoting that plan in a small city in Michigan that’s becoming a model for how the Internet can bring prosperity to far-flung places. Obama on Thursday heads to Marquette, Mich., a university and tourism town of 20,000 overlooking Lake Superior […]