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Ben Carson profits from ties with convicted felon

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Republican presidential contender Ben Carson has maintained a business relationship with a close friend convicted of defrauding insurance companies and testified on his behalf, even as the candidate has called for such crimes to be punished harshly. Pittsburgh dentist Alfonso A. Costa pleaded guilty to a felony count of health care fraud after an FBI probe into his oral surgery practice found he had charged for procedures he never performed, according to court records. Though the crime carries a potential…

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Rick Scott orders flags at half-staff for Oregon victims

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has ordered the state flag at half-staff in honor of the nine people shot dead last week at an Oregon community college. Scott announced the move in a Sunday afternoon memo. “(P)ursuant to a Presidential Proclamation, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local, state, and federal buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida,” Scott said. The flags will remain at half-staff until…

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