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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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Obama, Karzai meet to discuss ending Afghan war

WASHINGTON (AP) - Charting the course for a war's end, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai met Friday at the White House to discuss the future of the U.S. role in Afghanistan and the 66,000 American troops in harm's way.

January 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Texas blood alcohol reports shows Travis was drunk

SHERMAN, Texas (AP) - Blood alcohol results show country star Randy Travis was legally drunk when he was arrested naked following a traffic accident in Texas.

January 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lung cancer scans backed for older, heavy smokers

After decades of qualms about lung cancer screening, the American Cancer Society says there now is enough evidence to recommend it, but only for current and former heavy smokers ages 55 to 74 and after a frank talk about risks and benefits.

January 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Flu more widespread in US; eases off in some areas

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials say flu is more widespread across the nation, but the number of hard-hit states has declined.

January 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks dip, pushing S&P 500 from 5-year high

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks opened slightly lower on Wall Street Friday, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 back from a five-year high.

January 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


1 student shot at high school in Taft, Calif.

TAFT, Calif. (AP) - A student was shot and wounded at a rural California high school Thursday and a student suspect was taken into custody, officials said.

January 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Texas court asks: Is man's best friend priceless?

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - They say all dogs to heaven. But if they get there before their time, should someone pay up?

January 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Large pet reptile found guarding Calif. pot stash

ASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Zoo officials say a five-foot-long alligator-like reptile named "Mr. Teeth" that had apparently been protecting a stash of marijuana in a Northern California home has died.

January 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama nominates Lew to lead Treasury

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama nominated White House chief of staff Jack Lew to be secretary of the Treasury Thursday, declaring his complete trust in an aide with three decades of Washington experience in economic policy and a penchant for shunning the limelight.

January 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks edge higher on Wall Street

EW YORK (AP) - The stock market edged higher on Thursday as investors waited for more indications on the health of U.S. companies from earnings reports. Economic reports were mixed.

January 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How to tell a cold from the flu

The common cold and flu are caused by different viruses but can have some similar symptoms, making them tough to tell apart. In general, the flu is worse and symptoms are more intense.

January 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


General Motors to open tech center in Roswell

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says General Motors will open an information technology center in suburban Atlanta.

January 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wal-Mart bribery docs released

NEW YORK (AP) - Lawmakers are making public some documents that they say show that Wal-Mart CEO found out that the retailer's Mexican unit was giving bribes as early as 2005.

January 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Biden to meet with NRA

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market gave up an early gain Thursday as economic reports gave investors a mixed picture on the outlook for growth.

January 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Biden to meet with NRA to discuss gun safety

WASHINGTON (AP) - Inviting in the opposition, Vice President Joe Biden will meet Thursday with the National Rifle Association, the powerful pro-gun organization that could obstruct White House efforts to pass stricter arms legislation.

January 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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