Aug 172014
 

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — State Bar officials have filed disciplinary charges against a Central California prosecutor accused of changing a transcript to make it sound like a suspected child molester had acknowledged he was guilty. State Bar officials say Kern County Deputy District Attorney Robert Murray made up two lines in the transcript and emailed it to the suspect’s defense attorney. The suspect was charged with committing lewd acts on a child. The prosecutor’s alleged misconduct led a judge to dismiss all five counts against the suspect, which state prosecutors have appealed. According to The Bakersfield Californian, Murray has said

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Aug 162014
 

TOM VERDIN, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Health insurance plans offered to state employees in California and elsewhere are relatively generous, with government picking up a large share of deductibles and co-pays, according to a report released Tuesday. The report by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation was a first-of-its kind survey of state government health insurance plans nationwide. It found that state plans paid on average 92 percent of a typical enrollee’s health care costs, which is equivalent to the best offerings — “platinum” plans — that the public can purchase

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Aug 152014
 

KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer VAISHALI, India (AP) — The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at a conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world’s poorest people. Their product? Asbestos. Outlawed in much of the developed world, it is still going strong in the developing one. In India alone, the world’s biggest asbestos importer, it’s a $2 billion industry providing 300,000 jobs. The International Labor Organization, World Health Organization, medical researchers and more than 50 countries say the mineral

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