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Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., pauses for reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Medicaid fraud exploded after Obamacare expansion: GOP report

- The Washington Times

Medicaid fraud has risen and bogus payments have more than doubled since Obamacare expanded the government’s chief health insurance program for the poor, topping $37 billion a year, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Senate’s chief watchdog committee.

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Editorials from around New York

- Associated Press

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers:

FILE - In this March 12, 2018, file photo, Skagit County Solid Waste Division manager Margo Gillaspy displays some of the recyclable plastic items that had been deposited at the Skagit County Transfer Station at Ovenell Road in Mt. Vernon, Wash. A scientific study published Wednesday, June 20, 2018, said China's 2017 decision to stop accepting plastic waste from other countries is causing plastic to stockpile around the globe. (Scott Terrell/Skagit Valley Herald via AP, File)

Study: Plastic will pile up in wake of China recycling ban

- Associated Press

China's decision to stop accepting plastic waste from other countries is causing plastic to pile up around the globe, and wealthy countries must find a way to slow the accumulation of one of the most ubiquitous materials on the planet, a group of scientists said.

UK panel finds lives shortened by hospital's opioid use

- Associated Press

As many as 650 people had their lives shortened by a British hospital's institutionalized practice of administering opioids without medical justification between 1989 and 2000, an independent panel concluded Wednesday after years of pressure from family members who demanded answers about the deaths of their loved ones.

Legal fight winding down in hospital hepatitis C case

- Associated Press

A New Hampshire hospital is closer to holding others financially accountable for a traveling medical technician who infected dozens of patients in multiple states with hepatitis C.