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Doctor indicted for Medicaid fraud

Doctor indicted for Medicaid fraud

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A DeKalb County Grand Jury has indicted a doctor and his former office manager on two counts of Medicaid fraud.

Officials said that Dr. Tyrone Malloy and CathyAnn Edwards Warner accepted Medicaid payments for ultrasounds and elective abortions, even when the services were never performed. Federal funds may only be used to pay for abortions in extreme cases, such as rape, incest and a pregnancy that would endanger the mother's life.

Malloy owns and operates Old National Gynecology in College Park, which provides "non-surgical abortions," according to its website.

A statement released Thursday by Thelma Wyatt Moore, Malloy's attorney, says that a judge ruled in August of 2010 that "Malloy has never billed Medicaid improperly or illegally" and that "Dr. Malloy expects to be fully vindicated" of the charges.

Medicaid fraud is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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Jubilant jackpots: Mega Millions $173M, Powerball $125M

Jubilant jackpots: Mega Millions $173M, Powerball $125M

 

ATLANTA – As the holidays near and sugar plum fairies jig, massive jackpots from Mega Millions and Powerball will add to this weekend’s magical moments.

Friday’s $173 million Mega Millions jackpot is especially green, while Saturday’s $125 million Powerball jackpot is merry and bright.

Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing produced four $10,000 winners with tickets purchased in Midland, Columbus, Marietta and Warner Robins. One player, Eddie Hall of Leesburg, won $250,000 in Tuesday’s drawing with his ticket purchased at Lee Pub, 1561 U.S. Highway 195, Leesburg.

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since Nov. 4, rolling 14 times. Powerball has rolled nine times since Nov. 23.

It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions and Powerball for a chance to unwrap an enchanted jubilee. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier and Power Play options for an additional $1 per play.

Walmart pulls baby formula off shelves after newborn dies

LEBANON, Mo. -- Walmart has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from more than 3,000 of its stores nationwide after a newborn who was fed the formula died. Preliminary tests indicate the Missouri boy got a rare bacterial infection, the retailer said.

The government has not ordered a recall of the 12.5-ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn powder with the lot number ZP1K7G. Manufacturer Mead Johnson Nutrition said its records showed the lot tested negative for the bacterium before it was shipped.

Walmart spokeswoman Dianna Gee said Wednesday that the company decided to pull the lot "out of an abundance of caution" while health officials investigate Sunday's death of 10-day-old Avery Cornett.

The product could go back on shelves depending on the outcome of the investigation, but customers who bought the cans have the option of returning them for a refund or exchange, Gee said.

DeKalb unemployment exceeds metro rate in Nov.

DeKalb unemployment exceeds metro rate in Nov.

ATLANTA -- A new report shows that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen to 9.2 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the new jobless rate fell from 10.2 percent in October, which is the largest one-month decline since 1977.

Georgia's 9.2 percent rate compares to 10.4 percent in November 2010.

Officials said the state's unemployment rate declined because of an increase in jobs. In additional to retail, the state also saw growth in financial and business services, and education and health care.

Among the state's cities, metro Dalton had the highest rate at 11.8 percent. Metro Athens had the lowest at 6.9 percent.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 9.5 percent in November 2011.

Salvation Army donations dramatically down

Salvation Army donations dramatically down

ATLANTA --  This is the time of year we're used to seeing Salvation Army volunteers ringing their bells and accepting donations. This holiday season, however, their red kettles are turning up low.

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EMORY | Oy vey! Yiddish making a comeback at colleges

EMORY | Oy vey! Yiddish making a comeback at colleges

ATLANTA -- A handful of programs at North American colleges aim to keep the Yiddish language alive.

The language came close to dying after the Holocaust as millions of Yiddish speakers were either killed or fled to countries where their native tongue was not welcome.

But Emory University in Atlanta, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and McGill University in Canada, among other schools, are working to bring the language back.

They also hope to foster appreciation for the rich history of European Jewish culture and art.

Experts estimate there are between one million and two million native speakers in the world, but only about 500,000 speak it in the home -- mostly orthodox Jews.