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From 2012 through 2016, federal health inspectors cited 87% of U.S. hospices for deficiencies. And 20% had lapses serious enough to endanger patients, according to two new reports from the HHS Inspector General's Office. sturti/Getty Images hide caption

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HHS Inspector General Finds Serious Flaws In 20% Of U.S. Hospice Programs

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Two reports from the federal government have determined that many cases of abuse or neglect of elderly patients that are severe enough to require medical attention are not being reported to enforcement agencies by nursing homes or health workers — even though such reporting is required by law. Mary Smyth/Getty Images hide caption

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Health Workers Still Aren't Alerting Police About Likely Elder Abuse, Reports Find

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8-Year-Old Migrant Boy Dies In U.S. Custody

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Wildfire Cut Their Grieving Short, Now Residents Of Thousand Oaks Remember Victims

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National Park Service Assesses Loss On Federal Lands Burned By Woolsey Fire

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Thousand Oaks Remembers Shooting Victims

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Rep. Denham's Immigration Stance May Charm Latino Voters

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Ammar Campa-Najjar, who is running against Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, speaks to reporters outside the San Diego Federal Courthouse during Hunter's arraignment hearing in August. Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images hide caption

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GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, Under Indictment, Launches False Attacks On Opponent

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Jimmy Lockett thought he was born in Louisiana but discovered he was born in Memphis when he applied for his state photo ID. Johnathon Kelso hide caption

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For Older Voters, Getting The Right ID Can Be Especially Tough

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Building 209 is the only building so far renovated to house chronically homeless veterans at the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center campus. The nearly 400 acres of the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center were donated in the 19th century to be a home for old and disabled soldiers. The land hasn't been used that way in decades. Ina Jaffe/NPR hide caption

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Overcoming A Shameful Past, VA Plans Haven For Homeless Vets In West Los Angeles

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About a decade ago, the FDA started requiring drugmakers to add black box warnings to labels and prescribing information for Seroquel and other antipsychotic drugs. The agency made the change after the medications were linked to an increased risk of death among elderly dementia patients. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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'Dear Doctor' Letters Use Peer Pressure, Government Warning To Stop Overprescribing

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Good hospice care at the end of life can be a godsend to patients and their families, all agree, whether the care comes at home, or at an inpatient facility like this AIDS hospice. Still, oversight of the industry is important, federal investigators say. Bromberger Hoover Photography/Getty Images hide caption

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HHS Inspector General's Report Finds Flaws And Fraud In U.S. Hospice Care

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Marsha Hunt played a maid who penned a tell-all memoir opposite Richard Carlson in the 1942 romantic comedy The Affairs Of Martha. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images hide caption

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Actress Marsha Hunt, 100, Has Matters Of Principle

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Former President Barack Obama, who spoke to Obama Foundation fellows in May, urged Democrats at a California fundraiser this week to get younger people involved in the process. Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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