Setback for White House
The Obama administration failed to follow the president’s health care law in a $5 billion dispute over compensating insurers for high costs from seriously ill patients, Congress’ investigative arm said Thursday. The opinion from the Government Accountability Office is a setback for the White House and bolsters Republican complaints that administration officials bent the law as problems arose carrying out its complex provisions. The finding may complicate efforts to stabilize premiums in the law’s insurance marketplaces, where about 11 million people get coverage. The Obama administration said it “strongly disagrees” with the GAO’s conclusion.
Lyft driver faces charges
Orlando police have arrested a Lyft driver on charges of sexually assaulting a customer. The Orlando Police Department said on its Twitter feed that 49-year-old Peter Solomon faces a sexual battery charge. He also was charged Wednesday with kidnapping and false imprisonment charges. Detectives warn that there could be more victims. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the woman had been drinking with friends at a bar and used the Lyft app to order a ride home. Police said instead of going to her home, Solomon took her to another house, forced her inside and sexually assaulted her in a bedroom.
Apology on cake falls short
A Florida woman’s lawsuit says a deputy shot her with a stun gun, then apologized with a cake that said, “Sorry I Tased You” in blue frosting. The cake didn’t cut it for Stephanie Byron. She sued former Escambia County sheriff’s Deputy Michael Wohlers in May. On Monday, the county’s Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission announced it had reviewed the case and placed Wohlers on a one-year probationary period from serving at any law enforcement agency in Florida.
‘Baby fight club’ sentencing
A former day care worker convicted of child cruelty in what prosecutors described as a “baby fight club” was sentenced to nearly three years in prison, the maximum term the judge could impose. A jury convicted Kierra Spriggs, 26, of Woodbridge earlier on charges of abusing numerous 2-year-olds by stepping on toes, dousing kids with water, feeding them Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and making them fight each other. The abuse occurred at a Minnieland Academy in 2013. The victims were a group of toddlers who were cared for in what Minnieland designated its “monkey room.” A second day care worker, Sarah Jordan, was convicted on similar charges and sentenced to nearly two years in prison.
Compiled from wire reports