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Serial bank robber sentenced in latest crime

WASHINGTON (AP) - A man who prosecutors say was on supervised release after being convicted in 19 bank robberies has been sentenced for trying to rob a bank.

Thirty-three-year-old Calvin Kinard Adams of Washington pleaded guilty in January to attempted bank robbery. He was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday in federal court in Washington.

According to court documents, on July 3, Adams handed a note to a teller at a Wells Fargo Bank, but fled when the teller tried to activate the silent alarm.

Prosecutors say Adams served time after his conviction in 2003 for a string of bank robberies he committed that year in Washington, Maryland and Virginia. Authorities say Adams had been on supervised release for less than six months when he tried to rob the Wells Fargo Bank.


Los Angeles judge refuses to release Chris Brown

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge in Los Angeles has denied a request to release R&B singer Chris Brown from custody while he awaits trial on an assault charge in Washington, D.C.

Superior Court Judge Victor Greenberg denied a request Wednesday by Brown's lawyer to release the Grammy-winner from custody either on bail or his own recognizance. The singer has been jailed since mid-March on a no-bail warrant after he was expelled from a court-ordered rehab program.

Brown's bodyguard has been convicted of assaulting a man in Washington, and Brown's trial has been delayed until at least June. He remains under court supervision in Los Angeles for his 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna.

The singer's attorney, Bob Kalunian, requested Brown's release, but Greenberg said there was no change in circumstances that warrants his release.


Feds: home health company paying $150M settlement

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says a Baton Rouge-based home health company will pay $150 million to resolve allegations that it inflated Medicare billings.

A news release says Amedisys (uh-MED-uh-sis) Inc. is one of the nation's largest home health providers, operating in 37 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The company did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday.

Prosecutors note that the settlement does not admit guilt. It resolves allegations that some Amedisys offices billed Medicare for unnecessary services and for patients who were not homebound.

It also resolves seven whistleblower lawsuits, six in Pennsylvania and one in Georgia. Authorities say the whistleblowers, mostly former Amedisys workers, will split more than $26 million.

Federal prosecutors in Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina and New York State also worked on the case.


Md. governor travels to Ireland, Netherlands

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is visiting Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands.

The governor is traveling first to Ireland and Northern Ireland as part of a congressional delegation led by the Faith and Politics Institute examining the historic divides on the island and peace and reconciliation efforts.

He will also attend the two-day Progresssive Governance Conference in Amsterdam meant to foster policy exchange and debate on the theme of "Making Progressive Politics Work." O'Malley will speak on Thursday at the conference organized by Policy Network, Center for American Progress and a Dutch think tank on "An economy with a human purpose."

A spokeswoman for the governor says the Faith and Politics Institute is paying O'Malley's expenses for the trip.


U.Va. visitors approve 4.3 in-state tuition hike

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia's Board of Visitors has approved a 4.3 tuition increase for in-state students.

The increase approved Wednesday is effective for the upcoming academic year. The increase includes all mandatory fees for first-year undergraduate students.

The total cost for a first-year undergraduate Virginia resident will be $27,417, including room and board and the estimated expense for books and travel. That's a $949 increase.

For out-of-state students, the tuition increase will be 5.9 percent.

The board said the increases will help improve faculty and staff pay, cover mandated increases in U.Va.'s contribution to the state's retirement system, and help finance the university's strategic plan.

The board met in Abingdon. Tuesday, members attended the inauguration of Donna Price Henry as the chancellor of University of Virginia's College at Wise.


WV judge orders Severance extradited to Va.

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - A man wanted for questioning in relation to three unsolved slayings in Alexandria, Va., over the last decade has been ordered extradited to Virginia on an unrelated weapons charge.

A West Virginia judge on Wednesday ordered 53-year-old Charles Severance extradited to Loudoun County, where a warrant has been issued on a firearms charge.

Severance's lawyer argued that the firearms warrant is a sham, and a pretext to hold him in relation to the unsolved Alexandria killings despite a lack of evidence.

Alexandria Police have not named Severance a suspect in any of the three fatal shootings, which occurred between 2003 and February of this year.

Severance's lawyer said at the conclusion of the hearing that he wants to discuss a possible appeal of the extradition order with his client.

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