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Medicare Lawsuit Against Baltimore Hospital Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed an $8.1 million suit against a Baltimore hospital accused of improperly billing Medicare, Medicaid and a military health benefit program, according to the Associated Press.

The lawsuit accused Kernan Hospital of manipulating a computer billing system so that it appeared patients had a severe form of malnutrition. 

The government failed to show that fraudulent diagnoses were submitted for payment, U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett said in his ruling. Prosecutors are still considering whether to appeal or file an amended complaint, Vickie LeDuc, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, told AP.

The University of Maryland Medical System, which owns the hospital, had previously said it did not agree with the government's findings and had been in discussions with prosecutors regarding how it coded patients with malnutrition.

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Texas Bookseller Picks 3 Summer Reads

Julia Green of Front Street Books recommends Moonlight on Linoleum by Terry Helwig, City of Women by David R. Gillham and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly.
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He Used To Live On The Streets Of Mumbai. Now, His Cafe Welcomes Everyone

Amin Sheikh's new cafe is a rarity in class-stratified India: It's open to people from all walks of life. Sheikh is a former street child, and so are many of his employees.
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For Many Black Voters, Trump's 'What Do You Have To Lose?' Plea Isn't Enough

Donald Trump promises to help bring jobs and security to black neighborhoods. But his poll numbers with African-Americans are in the low single digits, and many say his message is insulting.
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WATCH: Squishy 'Octobot' Moves Autonomously

The robot designed by a team from Harvard University moves without the help of any rigid parts. Researchers say it is the first proof-of-concept design for an entirely soft, autonomous machine.

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