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JERUSALEM (AP) — With over 90% of the votes tallied in Israel's election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party is in a dead heat with rival Benny Gantz's Blue and White party. Each of the two parties holds just over 26% of the vote, with slightly more than 1 million ballots apiece. Nonetheless, Netanyahu is expected to be able to form a stable governing coalition as his party and its nationalist and ultra-Orthodox allies appear likely to win 65 of the Israeli parliament's 120 seats.
BOSTON (AP) — Actress Felicity Huffman is scheduled to appear in court next month to plead guilty in the college admissions cheating scam. The "Desperate Housewives" star's plea hearing is set for May 24. Huffman announced Monday that she would plead guilty to paying $15,000 to have a proctor rig her daughter's college entrance exam score. She is among 13 parents who have agreed to plead guilty.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents have broken up a billion dollar Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors. Two dozen people were charged, including doctors accused of writing bogus prescriptions. The Justice Department says the scheme relied on overseas call centers to pry Medicare numbers from beneficiaries. The investigation is continuing.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City health officials have ordered nearly everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish New York City neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles or face fines. Tuesday's order revives a public-health strategy that experts say hasn't been used in the U.S. in recent memory. The New York Civil Liberties Union calls it "an extreme measure which is not provided for in the law and raises civil liberties concerns about forced medical treatment."
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities have charged a Roman Catholic bishop with repeatedly raping a nun in her rural convent, a case that helped make the sexual abuse of nuns a public issue in the church. Hari Sankar, a district police chief in the southern state of Kerala, said Bishop Franco Mulakkal had been charged with rape, illegal confinement and intimidation.
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