A powerful winter storm moved across the Southeast region on Tuesday, dumping heavy snow and rain on Georgia, Alabama and nearby states. Officials ordered schools to be closed in many parts of the region, while hundreds of flights were canceled in Atlanta as conditions worsened.
Two medical clinic owners in California pleaded no contest to lawsuits that accused them of filing fraudulent workers' compensation claims and gaining kickbacks worth $60 million from client referrals.
"Getting kickbacks for referring medical payments is illegal and drives up the costs in the system," said state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration unveiled a set of guidelines that states can use in creating laws aimed at curbing texting while driving. The sample law would allow the traffic enforcers to stop vehicles on roadways and ticket motorists caught texting while behind the wheel.
A winter storm that hit Maryland Wednesday dumped heavy snow on many areas, prompting schools to close. Highway officials deployed about 1,500 snow-removal and salting vehicles on state roads to ensure motorists' safety as conditions worsened.