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$1 Billion Health Care Fraud Took Advantage Of Medicare In Florida, Agents Say

The Justice Department calls it the largest criminal health care fraud case ever brought against individual suspects: Three people are accused of orchestrating a massive fraud involving a number of Miami-based health care providers.

The three facing charges are all from Florida's Miami-Dade County; they include Philip Esformes, 47, owner of more than 30 Miami-area nursing and assisted living facilities; hospital administrator Odette Barcha, 49; and physician assistant Arnaldo Carmouze, 56, the Justice Department says.

Gabriel Pendas (left) protests outside the North Miami Police Department on Thursday. The department held a news conference about the police shooting of a black behavioral therapist helping a man with autism.

North Miami Officer Was Aiming At Man With Autism, Union Chief Says

Days after Charles Kinsey was shot by North Miami police as the behavioral health care worker tried to help a patient, we now know more about the officer who fired the shot — and according to the head of the local police union, the officer was trying to shoot Kinsey's patient, a man with autism, not Kinsey.

"Fearing for Mr. Kinsey's life, the officer discharged his firearm, trying to save Mr. Kinsey's life," says John Rivera, president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association. "And he missed, and accidentally struck Mr. Kinsey."

French flags are seen lowered at half-mast in Nice on July 16. The truck attack on July 14 killed 84 people. "I felt coming to celebrate on holiday and people are in mourning didn't seem right," one vacationer says. "But I'm glad I came."

In Nice, Residents And Tourists Struggle To Adjust After Attack

Who hasn't dreamed of visiting France? The two most popular tourist destinations in the country are Paris and Nice, on the French Riviera. But now they've both been hit by deadly attacks — three large-scale attacks in a year and a half.

Last Thursday's truck rampage in Nice killed 84 people on a seaside promenade watching fireworks. It's taken a serious toll on the French spirit – and has made some tourists reconsider a visit.

A woman dries clothes in a failed maize field in the north of Malawi.

The Race To Stop A Looming Food Disaster In Southern Africa

Etharin Cousin heads the United Nation's World Food Programme — but lately she sounds more like the captain of a ship facing some very ugly weather.

"We are seeing all the indicators of a perfect storm coming toward us in Southern Africa," Cousin said in a recent press call this week. "And we are saying that we have the opportunity to move this boat in a different direction and to avoid the storm."

New analysis of stored samples taken from athletes at the Beijing and London Summer Olympics has turned up 45 cases of banned substances. Here, urine samples are recorded upon arriving at the China Anti-Doping Agency in Beijing in 2008.

45 Olympic Athletes From 2012, 2008 Implicated In New Doping Tests

More than 20 athletes who won Olympic medals in Beijing are among 45 athletes from the 2008 and 2012 Summer Games whose anti-doping samples contained banned substances, a reanalysis has found. The International Olympic Committee says the findings nearly double the number of implicated athletes from those games.

That number of has now risen to 98. And while the IOC isn't identifying the 45 athletes or their countries who have what it calls an "Adverse Analytical Finding" at this point, here's what the organization is saying:

In a recent interview, Hillary Clinton said she would "call for white people, like myself, to put ourselves in the shoes of those African-American families" — unusually direct language about white people from a major political figure.

Quick Thoughts On The Ups And Downs Of Google Searches For 'White People'

We've spent a lot of time recently thinking about the idea of whiteness — as a political identity, as a foundational dynamic in our politics, and the ways we talk (or don't talk...

Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famous astrophysicist, is also a great oenophile and lover of food.

Astrophysicist, Wine Lover, Foodie: The Neil deGrasse Tyson You Didn't Know

You probably know Neil deGrasse Tyson as an astrophysicist with a seemingly endless stream of science fun facts at his command. You might not be aware that he is also a great oenophile and lover of food.

Some 16 years ago, before I was a journalist and illustrator, I worked with Neil at the American Museum of Natural History. He would sometimes carry around a small canvas tote bag. As I recall, the bag would contain one of two things: either a weighty, mango-sized meteorite to show to guests of the museum, or a bottle of wine to gift to a colleague.

A class for beginning flutists, crammed into an office building boardroom, labor over "Hot Cross Buns." It's part of Harmony Project, a nonprofit program offering music lessons in a wide range of instruments — flute, trombone, trumpet, oboe, violin, cello, drums — to kids from some of Los Angeles' poorest neighborhoods. The instruments are provided, and the lessons are free.

From Mozart To Mr. Rogers: Literacy, Music And The Brain

Welcome to our sand box.

For months now, the NPR Ed Team has been playing with what we like to call "long listen" ideas — worthy stories that we can't tell in three or four minutes.

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes in his New York City studios in 2006. Ailes served as CEO from Fox News' first day in 1996.

Roger Ailes' Unparalleled Impact On The Public Sphere

The news that sexual harassment allegations have cost Roger Ailes his job threatens to obscure Ailes' singular career and his almost unrivaled influence in the public sphere.

But no contemporary figure has done more to shape the intersection of American media and politics than Ailes, who, until Thursday, had been the Fox News chief since its very first day on the air in 1996.

In his long career, Ailes advised a succession of Republican presidents on how to gain power and maintain it — both on their payrolls and off the books.

Relatives of passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 hold placards following a joint press conference on the search for the missing airliner Friday. The search will be suspended if nothing turns up in the current area, officials say.

Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Jetliner Will Be Suspended

Three countries leading the effort to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people aboard, say they plan to suspend their search for the missing airliner. While the search has turned up tantalizing clues, officials say hope of finding the jet is fading.

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