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U.S. accuses Russian diplomats of cheating Medicaid

Washington

U.S. charges Russians with Medicaid fraud

Dozens of Russian diplomats and their spouses enjoyed luxury vacations and spent tens of thousands of dollars on concerts, fine clothing and helicopter rides as they lied about their incomes to get the government to pay their health care bills with money meant for the poor, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The diplomats were among 49 individuals charged in a complaint unsealed in federal court, though no arrests were made and only 11 of the diplomats and their spouses remain in the United States. The complaint said Medicaid lost about $1.5 million in the scheme since 2004.

Washington

Obama focuses on renewable energy

President Barack Obama has ordered federal agencies to more than double their renewable energy use in seven years, part of his efforts to find ways to cut carbon emissions without cooperation from Congress. In a presidential memorandum Thursday, Obama challenged agencies to get 20 percent of their energy from wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable sources by fiscal year 2020.

Elsewhere

New York: The engineer of a Manhattan-bound commuter train that derailed and killed four passengers has been suspended without pay, officials said Thursday.

Washington: The United States involuntarily repatriated two Guantanamo prisoners to Algeria on Thursday, despite safety fears.

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