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  • FILE - This Jan. 31, 2010, file image released by Miami Dade College shows Dr. Salomon Melgen, posing for a photo at the book signing of "Growing American Roots", a book by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., at the college in Miami. Topping Medicare's list of highest paid physicians from it's claims database was Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, whose relationship with Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., made headlines last year after news broke that the lawmaker used the doctor's personal jet for trips to the Dominican Republic. Medicare paid Melgen $20.8 million. (AP Photo/Miami Dade College, Phil Roche, File)

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    A wealthy Florida doctor whose offices were raided by the FBI and who allowed a U.S. senator to use his private jet is again under scrutiny for receiving more money from the taxpayer-funded Medicare program than any other doctor.

  • ** FILE ** This Jan. 31, 2010, file image released by Miami Dade College shows Dr. Salomon Melgen, posing for a photo at the book signing of "Growing American Roots," a book by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., at the college in Miami. (AP Photo/Miami Dade College, Phil Roche, File)

    Database: Some docs getting millions from Medicare

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  • ** FILE ** This Jan. 31, 2010, file image released by Miami Dade College shows Dr. Salomon Melgen, posing for a photo at the book signing of "Growing American Roots," a book by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., at the college in Miami. (AP Photo/Miami Dade College, Phil Roche, File)

    Sen. Menendez pal Salomon Melgen collected $20 million from Medicare

    A Florida eye doctor whose office was raided by federal authorities last year, prompting scrutiny of his close ties to New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, billed Medicare more than $20 million in 2012 alone, newly released records show.

  • Cesar Chavez gestures as he speaks during a Los Angeles news conference March 8, 1989. Chavez, the United Farm workers president who staged a life-threatening fast against pesticide use in 1988, said the union's boycott of California table grapes is a success that has forced growers to lower prices and dump fruit they couldn't sell. (AP Photo/Alan Greth)

    Cesar Chavez resolution blocked by GOP

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  • Senator: NJ Sandy rebuilding aid must be speeded

    Government officials must speed the way home rebuilding aid is getting to thousands of New Jersey victims of Superstorm Sandy, which can be done in part by revamping a burdensome application process, a senator from the storm-battered state said Wednesday.

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    Confusing bureaucracy, a lack of clear guidelines, contradictory information and scant money for rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy were just some of the issues that New Jersey homeowners raised during a meeting with Sen. Robert Menendez on Monday.

  • USVI defends handling of New Jersey man's killing

    Police in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday defended their handling of an unsolved slaying of a New Jersey native who was fatally stabbed more than three weeks ago during an apparent burglary.

  • FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., asks questions at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Menendez paid a law firm $250,000 in December 2013 for legal costs related to Justice Department and Senate Ethics Committee investigations into his ties with a major campaign donor. The Democrat also has set up a legal trust to raise money as the investigations continue. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    Menendez sets up fund for ethics, Justice probes

    New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez's political campaign paid a law firm $250,000 in December for legal costs related to Justice Department and Senate Ethics Committee investigations into his ties to a major donor, according to disclosure forms filed Friday. The Democrat has also set up a legal trust to raise money as the investigations continue.

  • In this photo made Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, Reed Hoelscher (10) lines up on defense during a 6th grade youth football game in Richardson, Texas.  Hoelscher and some teammates play with a new type of football helmet designed to reduce the risk of concussions. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    NFL backs push for youth concussion protocols

    Legislation for federal funding to help protect student athletes from concussions got the National Football League's backing Monday in the shadow of the stadium where the Super Bowl will be played this weekend.

  • **FILE** Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks during a committee hearing on Embassy Security on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 16, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Senate debate: Is Santa Claus an American citizen?

    Is Santa Claus an American citizen? That question came up during a hearing Wednesday at the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, as Sen. Robert Menendez quizzed Bruce Heyman on his nomination to serve as U.S. ambassador to Canada.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly Cabinet meeting in Sde Boker, Israel, on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Mr. Netanyahu said that Israel would do all it could to keep world powers from striking a "bad and dangerous" deal with Iran over its nuclear program. (AP Photo/David Buimovitch, Pool)

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Iran: 'No deal is better than a bad deal'

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday criticized the outlines of a U.S.-led international plan to halt Iran's uranium enrichment and nuclear weapons program, saying it sounded as if Iran would be trading a nominal drawdown in enriched uranium in exchange for significant concessions on sanctions.

  • ** FILE ** Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Senators threaten cuts in Iraq aid over attacks on Iranian exiles

    Two senators warned Iraq on Thursday that it could face a sharp cut in aid if it continues to fail to protect unarmed Iranian dissidents after a deadly attack on a refugee camp north of Baghdad last month.

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  • Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, prior to the start of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria where they testified. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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