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  • Wealthy US. doctor linked to senator back in news

  • FILE - This Jan. 31, 2010, file image released by Miami Dade College shows Dr. Salomon Melgen, posing for a photo at the book signing of "Growing American Roots", a book by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., at the college in Miami. Topping Medicare's list of highest paid physicians from it's claims database was Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, whose relationship with Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., made headlines last year after news broke that the lawmaker used the doctor's personal jet for trips to the Dominican Republic. Medicare paid Melgen $20.8 million. (AP Photo/Miami Dade College, Phil Roche, File)WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — A wealthy Florida doctor from the Dominican Republic whose offices were raided by the FBI and who allowed a U.S. senator to use his private jet is again under scrutiny for receiving more money from the taxpayer-funded Medicare program than any other doctor.



  • Report: Education limited for Dominican-Haitians

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A report has found that children born in the Dominican Republic of Haitian descent are being increasingly barred from attending school following a court ruling that could lead to tens of thousands of people stripped of their citizenship.
  • Mosquito-borne virus arrives in Dominican Republic

  • SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Health authorities in the Dominican Republic have reported the first outbreak of a mosquito-borne virus that has spread quickly in the Caribbean in the weeks since it was first detected in the region.
  • Dominican who alleged VP corruption held for bail

  • SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A television commentator in the Dominican Republic accused of falsifying documents to portray the vice president as corrupt has been detained after refusing to post bail.
  • Low-cost Dominican surgeries spark warnings by US

  • This undated photo, courtesy of the Brignoni family and posted to the instagram account belonging to Beverly Brignoni, shows a selfie she took at an unknown location. Brignoni was a young New Yorker seeking a less expensive way to enhance her appearance and she did what many other people are now doing: travel to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic surgery. It went horribly wrong. The 28-year-old died Feb. 20, 2014 from what the doctor told her family was a massive pulmonary embolism while getting a tummy tuck and liposuction at a clinic in the Dominican capital recommended by friends. Family members have serious questions about her death and want local authorities to investigate. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Brignoni Family)SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Beverly Brignoni was a young New Yorker seeking a less expensive way to enhance her appearance and she did what many other people are now doing: travel to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic surgery.



  • At least 27 dead in north Thailand bus accident

  • A Thai bus driver walks in front of parked buses in in Bangkok, on June 29, 2005At least 27 people died and more than 20 others were injured late Monday when a bus careered off a hillside road and into a ravine in northern Thailand, police told AFP. "The toll is now at 27 dead and 24 injured -- they are severely injured from what I can see," police captain Sittichai Panyasong of Mae Tho district in Tak province said, revising up an earlier toll. Thailand's roads are among the world's deadliest and accidents are common, especially on buses travelling late at night. A recent report by the World Health Organization said Thailand saw some 38.1 road deaths per 100,000 people in 2010 -- behind only the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean and the South Pacific island of Niue.



  • Activist barred from Dominican flight to US

  • SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Dominican immigration officers have barred a woman of Haitian descent who's fighting for Dominican citizenship from flying to the U.S. to meet with a human rights body.
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