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Ex-Valeant executive, ex-pharmacy CEO charged for fraud scheme

US attorney cahrges pharmacy CEo with fraudU.S. prosecutors on Thursday filed charges against a former Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX.TO) executive and a former CEO of mail order pharmacy Philidor Rx Services, alleging they engaged in a multimillion-dollar fraud and kickback scheme.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan accused Gary Tanner, a former senior Valeant director, of secretly agreeing with former Philidor CEO Andrew Davenport to pay $100 million for the right to buy the specialty pharmacy, which is now defunct.


James Clapper, the US intelligence chief, resigns

James ClapperUS Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has submitted his letter of resignation, he has told a congressional panel.

He told the House Intelligence Committee that "it felt pretty good".

The 75-year-old top American spy had been expected to step aside, as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to appoint his own officials.  Analysts believe that he is sending a signal to the Trump administration that they must now speed up the transition.


Police officer charged in fatal shooting of Philando Castile

Castille shootingIn a move some are calling historic, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi filed charges Wednesday against a St. Anthony police officer in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, whose death was broadcast live on Facebook.

Choi said he concluded that the "use of deadly force by Officer [Jeronimo] Yanez was not justified." Yanez was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm for shooting seven times into Castile's vehicle during a traffic stop.


‘White Women Shouldn’t Date Black Men’ Fliers Appear On SMU Campus

Interracial datingThe Southern Methodist University in Dallas is the latest college campus to be hit with racist propaganda, this time in the form of fliers warning white women not to date black men.

Two of the fliers were discovered in stairwells in a residence hall on Sunday, according to SMU’s newspaper “The Daily Campus.”


Obama Reveals His Final Medal of Freedom List

Medal of Freedom listThe White House on Wednesday announced the 20 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the prestigious prize given to civilians who’ve made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

On this year’s list are: basketball legends Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; television host and actress Ellen DeGeneres; actors Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, and Tom Hanks;


West Virginia Mayor, Official Lose Jobs Over Post Calling Michelle Obama ‘Ape In Heels’

Beverly WhalingThe director of a state and federal-funded nonprofit in West Virginia has been removed after writing a racist Facebook post referring to first lady Michelle Obama as an “ape in heels.”

Clay County Development Corp. director Pamela Ramsey Taylor wrote the offensive post after Donald Trump was elected president in an exchange that also embroiled the mayor of Clay, a small town near Charleston.


LAPD Takes A Stand Against Trump Immigration Enforcement

Charles BeckOne of the nation’s largest police forces isn’t supporting Donald Trump’s   deportation plans.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday that the force would not change its stance on immigration enforcement, the Los Angeles Times reported. The move is an apparent act of defiance against the president-elect’s promise to deport or imprison up to 3 million undocumented immigrants after his inauguration.


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