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What do federal officials allege about a large scheme to steal pandemic aid?
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    Feds: 47 exploited pandemic to steal $250M from food program.
    Associated Press (Center) • Factual Grade 74% • 4 min read

    Prosecutors say the defendants created companies that claimed to be offering food to thousands of Minnesota children, then sought reimbursement through the Agriculture Department's federal child nutrition programs. Many of the companies that claimed to be serving food were sponsored by a nonprofit called Feeding Our Future, which submitted the claims for reimbursement.
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    In Minnesota, meals have historically been provided to kids through educational programs. The sites that serve the food are sponsored by public or nonprofit groups, such as Feeding Our Future. The sponsoring agency keeps 10% to 15% of the reimbursement as an administrative fee. But during the pandemic, some of the standard requirements for sites to participate in the federal food nutrition programs were waived.
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    The Justice Department has made prosecuting pandemic-related fraud a priority. The department has taken enforcement actions related to more than $8 billion in suspected fraud. [This case is] the largest scheme yet.
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    DOJ accuses 47 of stealing millions in largest Covid-19 fraud scheme yet.
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    The most wasteful pandemic relief program was the one the rich loved.
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How does California's newly-passed human composting law work?


    AB 351, signed by Gov. Newsom, allows residents to choose human composting, or natural organic reduction, after death starting in 2027. The process, legal in Washington, Colorad...

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How will Norway's sovereign wealth fund try to curb greenhouse gas emissions?


    [Norway's $1.2 trillion wealth fund, one of the world's largest investors] invests the revenue from Western Europe's biggest oil and gas producer for future generations in stocks...

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Why does an expert panel recommend all US adults get screened for anxiety?


    For the first time, a US government-backed expert panel has recommended that adults under 65 should be screened for anxiety disorders. The influential US Preventive Services...

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