DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-area cancer specialist has pleaded guilty to 16 federal charges and admits he gave patients unneeded treatments before billing Medicare and other insurers. Dr. Farid Fata pleaded guilty to 13 counts of health care fraud, one count of conspiracy and two counts of money laundering. He told Judge Paul Borman that he ordered treatments for patients knowing that they were unnecessary and then submitted insurance claims.
DETROIT (AP) - The city's Downtown Development Authority has approved the bond financing plan for an entertainment district that will include a new 20,000-seat hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings. The authority says the Michigan Strategic Fund will issue $450 million in bonds for the project just north of downtown. Olympia Development is committed to investing another $200 million in new residential, retail and office space in the 45-block district. Olympia Development owner Mike Ilitch has said the arena will open in 2017.
LAPEER, Mich. (AP) - The Lapeer County Sheriff's Department has received a specialized 18-ton military vehicle from the Saginaw County sheriff. The department recently acquired the heavily armored machine known as an MRAP, which stands for mine-resistant ambush proof. The 250-horsepower military-grade vehicle is designed to transport troops working to find explosive devices. It can deflect mines, grenades and gun fire.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Two senators are calling on the White House to hire a permanent chief of the agency that keeps the nation's roadways safe. Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Republican Dean Heller of Nevada made the request at the start of a hearing on how the agency handles safety issues. Heller says it would be difficult for an interim chief to make the changes necessary to improve the agency in the wake of the GM ignition switch recalls.
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