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Former Arkansas VA doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter in deaths of 3 veterans
A former doctor at an Arkansas Veteran Affairs hospital was charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of three veterans to whom he allegedly provided false diagnoses.
Robert Morris Levy, the former Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medical Service at the VA medical center in Fayetteville, devised a scheme to cover up his drug use on the job, prosecutors said.
Levy, 53, who was suspended in 2016 after flunking an alcohol test, faces three charges of involuntary manslaughter, four charges of making false statements, 12 counts of mail fraud and 12 counts of wire fraud, according to prosecutors.
"These charges send a clear signal that anyone entrusted with the care of veterans will be held accountable for placing them at risk by working while impaired or through other misconduct," said Michael Missal, Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affair, in a statement. "Our thoughts are with the veterans and their families affected by Dr. Levy's actions."
The charges followed a yearlong investigation. When Levy had to submit drug tests after his suspension, he purchased 2-methyl-2-butanol (2M-2B), a substance used to sneak past drug tests, prosecutors said.
"This indictment should remind us all that this country has a responsibility to care for those who have served us honorably," said Duane Kees, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, in a statement.
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NTSB releases preliminary report on cause of fatal B-17 plane crash at Bradley International Airport
The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report into the fatal crash of a B-17 bomber crash in Connecticut earlier this month.
Shortly after takeoff at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, the pilot of the vintage WWII-era plane signaled to air traffic control at Bradley International Airport that he sought to land.
While America's forever wars continue to rage abroad, the streaming wars are starting to heat up at home.
On Monday, the Walt Disney Company announced that its brand new online streaming service, aptly titled Disney+, will launch an all-out assault on eyeballs around the world with an arsenal of your favorite content starting on November 12th. Marvel Cinematic Universe content! Star Wars content! Pixar content! Classic Disney animation content!
While the initial Disney+ content lineup looks like the most overpowered alliance since NATO, there's one addition of particular interest hidden in Disney's massive Twitter announcement, an elite strike force with a unique mission that stands ready to eliminate streaming enemies like Netflix and Hulu no matter where they may hide.
That's right, I'm talking about Operation Dumbo Drop — and no, I am not fucking around.
US officials reportedly considered pulling nuclear weapons out of Turkey, effectively ending the US-Turkey alliance
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
On Monday, The New York Times reported that U.S. officials were considering plans to move the U.S. nuclear arsenal from Inçirlik Air Base in Turkey.
This move would be likely to further deteriorate the tense relationship between the U.S. and Turkey, which has rapidly devolved as Turkey invaded northeastern Syria in assault on the Kurdish forces that fought ISIS alongside the U.S.
Soldiers are smoking a whole lot more weed if they happen to be stationed in or near a state where it's legal, and the Army has definitely noticed.
At nine Army bases in or near marijuana-friendly states, there has been a roughly 18% increase between 2017 and 2018 in positive drug tests for THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the principal psychoactive component in cannabis. For comparison, there has been a 5% increase in soldiers testing positive for THC across the entire Army.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has confirmed that a nightmare scenario has come to pass: Captured ISIS fighters are escaping as a result of Turkey's invasion of Kurdish-held northeast Syria.
Turkey's incursion has led to "the release of many dangerous ISIS detainees," Esper said in a statement on Monday.