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News Briefs: Galesburg man attacks wife with sword

Galesburg man attacks wife with sword

GALESBURG – Bail has been set at $50,000 for a Galesburg man accused of attacking his wife with a sword. Galesburg police responded to a domestic disturbance call and found Robert Bush, 51, swinging a sword at his wife. He was arrested and is being charged with aggravated domestic battery, aggravated battery with a weapon and resisting arrest. Bush has a history of domestic violence against his wife, including a pending case from last month.  (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)

Nationwide arrests for health care fraud

WASHINGTON – 90 people were arrested in a nationwide sweep for defrauding Medicare of a collective $260 million. The investigation was undertaken by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, a branch of the Justice Department that has uncovered $6 billion in fraud since 2007. Those charged include physicians, pharmacists and elderly patients. A federal official said that the “fraud was rampant, it was brazen and it permeated every part of the Medicare system.” Officials are concerned about a possible rise in healthcare-related fraud following the passage of the Affordable Care Act and intended for the sweep to send a message. (Source: The Christian Science Monitor)

EU court rules in favor of internet privacy

BRUSSELS – In a surprise ruling, the European Court of Justice ruled that search engine operators such as Google can be forced to remove links to content about particular individuals on the internet. Citizens of the European Union can now request that search engine operators erase links to information that is deemed old, irrelevant or infringing on their right to privacy. The court’s decision is based on the legal principle of the “right to be forgotten” with its roots in 19th century French and German dueling culture. There is no American equivalent. The court’s decision will likely have no immediate effect, as it will probably take years to work out the exact circumstances under which an individual could make such a request. Privacy advocates hailed the ruling, while free speech proponents spoke of the threat of online censorship. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)


TKS Staff

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