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TAMPA — A former Florida appeals court judge who resigned amid controversy over his financial and personal relationship with a stripper has pleaded guilty to bank fraud.

Thomas E. Stringer appeared in Tampa federal court Thursday morning. He is expected to be sentenced in two to three months. It’s unlikely he will receive jail time.

Prosecutors say Stringer falsified his mortgage application for a home in Hawaii.

Stringer resigned from the 2nd District Court of Appeal in February, months after a stripper came forward claiming he helped her hide from creditors by letting her put money into his bank accounts.


Rapid tests often wrong about flu

ATLANTA — The government’s first study of how well rapid tests diagnose swine flu finds they’re wrong at least half the time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at rapid tests made by three companies. The tests correctly confirmed swine flu infections only 10 percent to 51 percent of the time. The tests were better at diagnosing seasonal flu.

What should doctors do if a test comes back negative for a patient they think has the flu? The CDC says doctors should order a more precise lab test but in the meantime prescribe medicines like Tamiflu.

The results of the study were released Thursday.


4 former cemetery workers indicted

CHICAGO — A grand jury has handed down a seven-count indictment against four former workers at a historic black cemetery near Chicago that accuses them of theft and desecrating human remains.

Prosecutors in Cook County announced the indictment at a court appearance Thursday. The charges also include dismembering human remains, removal of a gravestone or marker, removal of multiple deceased human beings and conspiracy to dismember human bodies.

The three former gravediggers and a former administrator at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip were arrested last month. They’re accused of digging up and dumping remains as well as stacking burial vaults on top of each other in order to resell plots.

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