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Claims of VA hospitals misconduct led to deaths

PHOENIX (AP) - It started with a series of complaints from a recently retired doctor about delays in care that may have led to deaths at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital. The VA started investigating, similar allegations surfaced in other states, and now the issue has the attention of President Barack Obama.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Lawyer says VA hospital delay killed Washington state man

SEATTLE (AP) - Donald Douglass had a small spot on his forehead when he went to the Seattle Veterans Affairs hospital in 2011.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


New national monument in NM sparks border concerns

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared almost a half-million acres of rugged desert terrain along the U.S.-Mexico border as a national monument, marking the largest swath of land to be set aside for that purpose since he took office.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Dozens charged in child porn case

NEW YORK (AP) - Seemingly respectable members of the mainstream - a police officer, a paramedic, a rabbi, an airline pilot, an architect, a Boy Scout leader - were caught using the Internet to collect and trade child pornography, federal officials said Wednesday.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


School board members met privately on Bible class curriculum for students

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A school board that approved a Bible-based curriculum for pupils next fall broke into small groups and met privately with the program's chief backer, the president of the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts store chain, to get around an Oklahoma law that requires government bodies to be open to the public, according to emails obtained by The Associated Press.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Catholic principal regrets using DeGeneres dance photo on invite

NEWTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The principal of a Catholic elementary school in suburban Philadelphia is apologizing to parents for having used a photo of celebrity Ellen DeGeneres on an invitation to an Oscars-themed graduation dance.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


More crews h ead to Arizona fire

OAK CREEK CANYON, Ariz. (AP) - A wind-whipped wildfire in a canyon near Flagstaff dramatically increased in size Wednesday as it sent up choking plumes of smoke, threatened homes and scuttled Memorial Day weekend plans in the popular hiking and camping area.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Nest recalling 440K smoke alarms for safety

NEW YORK (AP) - Government regulators on Wednesday said that they have approved Nest Labs' plans to fix a feature in its smoke alarms that could prevent them from sounding immediately.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


BNSF: Future of crude by rail depends on safety

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The future of crude oil shipments by train depends on proving to the public that it can be done safely, the head of BNSF Railway Co. said Wednesday.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Wyoming mulls firing squad for executions

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Prompted by the shortages of available drugs for lethal injections, Wyoming lawmakers are considering changing state law to permit execution of condemned inmates by firing squad.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


EBay asks users to change password after breach

SAN JOSE (AP) - E-commerce site eBay is asking users to change their passwords after a cyberattack compromised a company database containing customers' names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Target 1Q profit falls 16 percent

NEW YORK (AP) - Target cut its annual profit outlook Wednesday and said its first-quarter earnings fell 16 percent as it took another hit from a massive customer data breach and a troubled expansion in Canada.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Committee OK s end to door-slot mail for millions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of Americans would no longer get mail delivered to their door but would have to go to communal or curbside boxes instead under a proposal advancing through Congress.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Medal of honor for blocking grenade

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cpl. Kyle Carpenter remembers lying on his back on a rooftop in Marjah, Afghanistan, crammed up against sandbags alongside his friend and fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Feds don’t want irrigation water from Bureau used to grow pot

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. Interior Department said Tuesday it doesn't want federal irrigation water being used to grow marijuana in Washington, Colorado or anywhere else.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


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New York supermarket combines gym with groceries

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - When Ann Lawson strolls into her neighborhood grocery store, she really gets a workout.

May 26, 2014 | | Nation


Sharp rise in West Coast oil trains

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Residents along the scenic Columbia River are hoping to persuade regulators to reject plans for what would be the Pacific Northwest's largest crude oil train terminal - the proposed destination for at least four trains a day, each more than a mile long.

May 26, 2014 | | Nation


Force races to 100th female NHRA win

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Courtney Force raced to the 100th victory by a female driver in NHRA history Sunday in the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

May 25, 2014 | | Nation


Can US eliminate invasive species by just eating them?

Lakes, rivers and offshore waters are filling up with destructive fish and crustaceans originally from other parts of the world, many of them potential sources of food.

May 25, 2014 | | Nation


Younger members split with GOP

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - At a recent meeting, the Tampa Bay Young Republicans recited the Pledge of Allegiance, prayed and then tackled the night's topic: marijuana.

May 25, 2014 | | Nation


Lawmakers call for tighter grip on VA hospitals

WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairmen of House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees on Sunday decried long waits and backlogs at the nations VA hospitals but stopped short of calling for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

May 25, 2014 | | Nation


Motorists under siege in ‘Carjack City’

DETROIT (AP) - When they pull up to a gas station these days, Detroit drivers are looking beyond the price per gallon at a far more threatening concern: carjackers.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Diner plans fundraiser after ‘show more skin’ post

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - After a customer suggested that servers at a West Virginia restaurant needed to "show more skin," the owner became offended and decided to do something about it.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Teachers sued over cult allegations

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut couple alleges in a federal lawsuit that their three daughters were "indoctrinated" into a cult by public high school staff and suffered severe personality changes, including becoming "flat and distant."

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona wildfire expected to nearly triple

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A wildfire burning in a scenic Arizona canyon is expected to nearly triple in size as crews scramble to get the upper hand in less rugged terrain.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Son stopped mom from drowning 2 children

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas woman who tried to drown her two young daughters after the girls pleaded for snacks was stopped by her 18-year-old son, who grabbed his drenched sisters and carried them from the apartment, police say.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Woman among world’s oldest turning 115 years

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area woman, a member of a select group of the living to have been born in the 19th century, is celebrating a birthday on Friday.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Superintendent accused of destroying evidence

CLEVELAND (AP) - The superintendent of the eastern Ohio district where two high school football players were found guilty of rape in a high-profile case last year wiped computer hard drives, erased emails and lied to investigators about his knowledge of the allegations against the boys, newly released court documents say.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Visa, MasterCard push for chip cards

NEW YORK (AP) - Visa and MasterCard are renewing a push to speed the adoption of microchips into U.S. credit and debit cards in the wake of recent high-profile data breaches, including this week's revelation that hackers stole consumer data from eBay's computer systems.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


FDA approves new antibiotic for skin infections

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new antibiotic from Durata Therapeutics Inc. to treat adults with common skin infections often acquired in U.S. hospitals.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


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