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VA review finds 'significant and chronic' failures

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a scathing appraisal, a review ordered by President Barack Obama of the troubled Veterans Affairs health care system concludes that medical care for veterans is beset by "significant and chronic system failures," substantially verifying problems raised by whistleblowers and internal and congressional investigators.

June 27, 2014 | | Nation


Fear of voting grips Senate Democratic chiefs

WASHINGTON (AP) - A fear of voting has gripped Democratic leaders in the Senate, slowing the chamber's modest productivity this election season to a near halt.

June 27, 2014 | | Nation


FAA, developers clash over tall buildings

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government wants to dramatically reduce the allowable height of potentially thousands buildings near airports around the country - a proposal that is drawing fire from real estate developers, local officials and members of Congress who say it will hurt property values.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Ban on big sodas canned in NY

NEW YORK (AP) - Big sodas can stay on the menu in the Big Apple after New York state's highest court refused Thursday to reinstate the city's first-of-its-kind size limit on sugary drinks. But city officials suggested they might be willing to revisit the supersize-soda ban.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


MEDAL OF HONOR

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Ryan Pitts will wear the nation's highest award for combat valor, but the humble and soft-spoken Medal of Honor recipient who continued to fight after being wounded in one of Afghanistan's bloodiest battles insisted Thursday that the medal belongs to all of his comrades who fought and died that day.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Ruling tees up gay marriage for top court

DENVER (AP) - When the U.S Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act exactly one year ago, it stopped short of saying states cannot ban gay marriage. But in a string of 17 straight rulings, judges have argued the high court's decision in U.S. vs Windsor means just that: States cannot get in the way of gay couples who want to marry.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Oil train dangers extend past Bakken

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The dangers posed by a spike in oil shipments by rail extend beyond crude from the booming Bakken region of the Northern Plains and include oil produced elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. safety officials and lawmakers said.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Pot advocates deliver petitions for ballot

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Sponsors of an initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana traveled to Salem on Thursday to turn in boxes stuffed with enough signed petitions to bring their total signatures to 145,000 - far more than are needed for the measure to qualify for the November ballot.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Shiites pushing for al-Maliki’s removal

BAGHDAD (AP) - Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work next week on putting together a new government, under intense U.S. pressure to rapidly form a united front against an unrelenting Sunni insurgent onslaught.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Sudanese Christian woman freed again

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) - A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for apostasy was overturned was freed again on Thursday after being detained on accusations of forging travel documents.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Thousands flee Ukraine for Russia

IZVARYNE, Ukraine (AP) - As a shaky cease-fire in the east entered its final hours Thursday, thousands of Ukrainians in cars stuffed with belongings lined up at the border to cross into Russia, some vowing never to return.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Cameron isolated in EU leader search

BRUSSELS (AP) - Many political battles are ugly - but toss in 28 nations, high unemployment, angry voters and a skeptical Britain and the fight over who will be the European Union's next chief executive may have profound consequences.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Jordanian Radical cleric acquited in 1 case

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - A military court on Thursday acquitted a radical Jordanian preacher known for his fiery pro-al-Qaida rhetoric of involvement in a foiled 1999 plot to attack an American school in Amman but postponed a ruling on other terrorism charges.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


EU leaders mark WWI centennial

BRUSSELS (AP) - At a site where their countrymen once slaughtered each other with machine guns, artillery and poison gas, the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and other European nations commemorated the 100th anniversary of World War I and vowed Thursday to preserve peace on the continent.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


N.Korea fires short-range projectiles

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea fired three short-range projectiles Thursday into the waters off its east coast in a possible move to stoke tensions with Seoul, a South Korean defense official said. Pyongyang's military later criticized alleged South Korean shelling in disputed waters.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


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EPA spending bill faces veto threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided House is about to pass a $32 billion spending bill for the Interior Department and environmental regulations as Congress prepares to ...

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


Still no explanation for Dallas gunman’s honorable discharge

DALLAS (AP) - Almost a week after the Dallas sniper attacks, it's still unclear how the gunman obtained an honorable discharge from the military even ...

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


Young Vermont GOP delegate bucks Trump, draws fire and ire

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont teenager who is a delegate to the Republican National Convention is getting a taste of the rough-and-tumble of politics.

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


Open carry law will be upheld during Republican convention

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland's police chief said Wednesday that while he'd prefer that people not openly carry firearms during next week's Republican National ...

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


Dr. Phil sues National Enquirer over spousal abuse articles

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - "Dr. Phil" McGraw and The National Enquirer are lining up for a courtroom brawl after the television talk show host and ...

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


Civil rights complaint filed over homeless roundup

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The Fort Peck Tribe and Wolf Point-area law enforcement agencies conspired to illegally round up homeless people in July 2013 to ...

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


Video game spectating is the new advertising

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rise of online audiences watching video gamers stream themselves playing isn't simply a new form of entertainment seen by millions ...

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


SHOOTING 360 VIDEOS

VATICAN CITY (AP) - As cameras that shoot 360-degree photos and videos become affordable, curious users will face a new challenge: Figuring out how to take ...

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


Nude models become artists’ canvases in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - About 100 naked people gathered on Saturday to paint the town red - and blue, green, orange, magenta and neon yellow.

July 10, 2016 | | Nation


Black Lives Matter dispute precedes killing

LAKESHIRE, Mo. (AP) - The uncle of a man fatally shot by an off-duty St. Louis County police officer said his nephew had been arguing with ...

July 10, 2016 | | Nation


Obama urges calm after shootings

MADRID (AP) - President Barack Obama on Sunday urged respect and restraint from Americans angered by the killing of black men by police, saying anything less ...

July 10, 2016 | | Nation


Militant groups part of police attacks?

DALLAS (AP) - Police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota were followed by calls from black militant groups and others to seek vengeance against ...

July 10, 2016 | | Nation


Shooter taunted police for 2 hours

DALLAS (AP) - The suspect in the deadly attack on Dallas police taunted authorities during two hours of negotiations, laughing at them, singing and at one ...

July 10, 2016 | | Nation


Women more likely than men to face poverty in retirement

CHICAGO (AP) - During their working years, women tend to earn less than men, and when they retire, they're more likely to live in poverty.

July 10, 2016 | | Nation


Woman sheds tears of joy as cherished US flag found

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Cathy Scoppo's heart sank the moment she noticed the U.S. flag that had draped the casket of her World ...

July 04, 2016 | | Nation


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