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Senators reach deal on VA health care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior senators have reached agreement for a bipartisan bill expanding veterans' ability to get government-paid medical care outside Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics.

June 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


APNewsBreak: VA health care nominee withdraws

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's choice to be the top health official at the Veterans Affairs Department withdrew his nomination Thursday, saying he feared his confirmation could spark a prolonged political battle.

June 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama: US to boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.

June 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dempsey: Army may still pursue desertion charges

BRUSSELS (AP) - The Army may still pursue an investigation that could lead to desertion or other charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed from five years of Taliban captivity in a prisoner exchange last weekend, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


VA head resigns amid uproar

WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday in a personal meeting with President Barack Obama, shortly after publicly apologizing for deep problems plaguing the agency's health care system that Obama called "totally unacceptable."

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Officials: Measles tally doubled in the past month

NEW YORK (AP) - Measles cases are accelerating, and in the last five months have caused more U.S. illnesses than in any entire year since 1996.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'The Weed Fairy' visits Seattle, gives out pot

SEATTLE (AP) - A woman who calls herself the "Weed Fairy" distributed free nuggets of marijuana to people in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend, taping the free pot on fliers around a city neighborhood.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


41 charged in deer insurance scam

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Forty-one people in Philadelphia are facing charges in what prosecutors call an elaborate insurance fraud scheme that used dead deer to fake car accidents.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Google says workforce mostly white, male

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. About a third of the company's workforce is Asian.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Google says workforce mostly white, male

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. About a third of the company's workforce is Asian.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


SF ISO ambitious charmer; SM seeks amusing looker

WASHINGTON (AP) - Who said the dating game was logical?

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Abortion doctors restrictions take root in South

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - From Texas to Alabama, laws are being enacted that would greatly restrict access to abortion, forcing many women to travel hundreds of miles to find a clinic. The laws, requiring abortion doctors to have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals, could have a profound impact on women in poor and rural sections of the Bible Belt.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

NEW YORK (AP) - Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


High court rules for death-row inmates with low IQ

WASHINGTON (AP) - Twelve years after barring execution of the mentally disabled, the Supreme Court on Tuesday prohibited states in borderline cases from relying only on intelligence test scores to determine whether a death row inmate is eligible to be executed.

May 27, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


First lady responds to school meal critics

WASHINGTON (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama is striking back at House Republicans who are trying to weaken healthier school meal standards, saying any effort to roll back the guidelines is "unacceptable."

May 27, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Government has history of secrecy, spying, leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - It isn't the first time that the federal government has been caught spying on Americans or that classified government information has been leaked to the news media or otherwise widely distributed. The Vietnam War and civil-rights protest movements of the 1960s and 1970s generated plenty of surveillance and secrecy. And leaks.

June 14, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Plane from Nashville to Atlanta strikes pole

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Passengers on Delta flight 1066 from Nashville to Atlanta were removed from the plane after it struck a light pole while taxiing on the ramp.

June 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Prosecutors push for anti-phone theft measures

NEW YORK (AP) - Law enforcement officials nationwide are demanding the creation of a "kill switch" that would render smartphones inoperable after they are stolen, New York's top prosecutor said Thursday in a clear warning to the world's smartphone manufacturers.

June 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Girl who took on transplant rules gets new lungs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A 10-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis was recovering from a transplant of adult lungs after a judge's ruling expanded her options for lifesaving surgery.

June 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Southern Baptists address prisoners, trafficking

HOUSTON (AP) - The Southern Baptist Convention tackled topics at its annual meeting this week that seemed to show a concern for a broadening array of social issues, including human trafficking and the country's high rate of incarceration.

June 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Severe storms could bring hail, high winds to Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are predicting severe storms for much of Georgia.

June 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock market wavers in early trading

NEW YORK (AP) - A pair of better economic reports helped nudge the U.S. stock market up in early trading Thursday, even as global markets headed lower.

June 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Southern Baptists consider resolution on scouting

HOUSTON (AP) - Southern Baptist Convention leaders have proposed a resolution expressing their opposition to the Boy Scouts of America's new policy allowing gay Scouts.

June 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Unusually massive line of storms aim at Midwest

WASHINGTON (AP) - A gigantic line of powerful thunderstorms could affect one in five Americans on Wednesday as it rumbles from Iowa to Maryland packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds.

June 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Girl, 16, dies while 'car surfing' on vehicle hood

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a Dawson County teenager has been killed while riding on the hood of a moving vehicle in a stunt known as "car surfing."

June 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hands-free texting still distracting for drivers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Using voice commands to send text messages and emails from behind the wheel, which is marketed as a safer alternative for drivers, actually is more distracting and dangerous than simply talking on a cellphone, a new AAA study found.

June 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Southern Baptists re-elect first black president

HOUSTON (AP) - The Southern Baptist Convention has re-elected its first black president, the Rev. Fred Luter Jr.

June 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Death of south Ga. sheriff ruled accidental

COLQUITT, Ga. (AP) - State investigators have ruled the death of a south Georgia sheriff who was found in a pond behind his house was accidental.

June 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deal: Georgia needs to examine forfeiture laws

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia needs to examine changes to the state's civil forfeiture laws and called for more financial transparency.

June 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Petition drive begins over funding of Ga. stadium

ATLANTA (AP) - A watchdog group says it's officially launched a petition drive to place a measure before Atlanta voters calling for the end of public financing for a new Falcons stadium.

June 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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