A 58-year-old Bucks County man was indicted for falsely claiming he was a Navy SEAL and prisoner of war — he never served a day in the military — in order to steal more than $300,000 in government benefits, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced Monday.

Richard Meleski of Chalfont was arrested and charged in federal court with health-care fraud, mail fraud, stolen valor, and related offenses in connection with his alleged scheme to obtain health-care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

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A new U.S. Department of Defense policy appears to disregard safety recommendations drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency for how to handle firefighting chemical contamination in groundwater, drawing criticism from lawmakers and activists who are calling for strict regulation.

Specifically, a DOD memo distributed across military leadership in October sets a "screening level" for the chemicals that is 10 times higher than what the EPA recommended last spring. Such screening levels are used as thresholds to determine whether the military must further investigate and potentially clean a chemical contamination, or whether it can simply disregard it and take no further action.

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Frank Sullivan. (Pa. Attorney General's Office)

A retired brigadier general living in the Mechanicsburg area was charged with 15 felony counts of possession of child pornography, according to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office.

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A Wilkes-Barre man threatened to cause "bloodshed" and punish two employees for perceived wrongs at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, according to Veterans Affairs police.

Donnie Ray Edwards, 59, of 61 E. Northampton St., is accused of threatening the employees during a counseling session Friday morning. According to the complaint, a social worker contacted police Friday morning to report Edwards had been threatening staff members.

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US Army

Eleven US states have cancelled agreements to send members of the National Guard to the US-Mexico border as part of a growing backlash over the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families trying to enter the US.

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Associated Press photo by Fred Vuich

A National Guard soldier has been arrested after reportedly making death threats against Vice President Mike Pence, according to the Associated Press.

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