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Doctor gets 45 years

Calling the scheme "horrific," a judge sentenced a Detroit-area cancer doctor to 45 years in prison yesterday for collecting millions from insurance companies while poisoning more than 500 patients through needless treatments that wrecked their health. U.S. District Judge Paul Borman this week heard stories of brittle bones and fried organs as patients chillingly described the effects of excessive chemotherapy at the hands of Dr. Farid Fata, 50. The government identified 553 victims, along with insurance companies. Medicare and insurers paid at least $17 million.


CCR legal dispute continues

John Fogerty is suing two of his former Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates, claiming they haven't paid him in years for performing the band's hits with their new group. Fogerty's lawsuit filed yesterday in Los Angeles is against Stuart Cook and Douglas Clifford, two founding Creedence members who now perform -- without Fogerty -- under the name Creedence Clearwater Revisited.


Disney delivers for Sikh

A Sikh American deliveryman who claimed his routes at Walt Disney World were restricted so visitors wouldn't see his turban and unshaved beard has won the right to have the same routes as other delivery workers. Walt Disney World Resort issued a letter last month saying that Gurdit Singh would be granted a religious accommodation from Disney's strict grooming guidelines, known as "The Disney Look." The Disney Look requires workers to have neatly cut hair, no unnatural hair colors and no visible tattoos.

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