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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


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Armstrong banned for life, loses wins

Update, 1 p.m.: The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency erased 14 years of Lance Armstrong's career Friday - including his record seven Tour de France titles - and banned him for life from the sport that made him a hero to millions of cancer survivors after concluding he used banned substances.

August 24, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gunman kills 1 at Empire State Building

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City officials say a laid-off women's accessories designer fatally shot a former co-worker outside the Empire State Building, then was killed by police in a shootout that wounded nine bystanders.

August 24, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Romney uses secretive data-mining

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney's success in raising hundreds of millions of dollars in the costliest presidential race ever can be traced in part to a secretive data-mining project that sifts through Americans' personal information - including their purchasing history and church attendance - to identify new and likely, wealthy donors, The Associated Press has learned.

August 24, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


West Nile outbreak 'one of the worst'

ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. health officials reported Wednesday three times the usual number of West Nile cases for this time of year and one expert called it "one of the worst" outbreaks since the virus appeared in this country in 1999.

August 22, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GOP fighting fires on abortion, Medicare

Heading into next week's GOP convention, Republicans are finding themselves confronting controversies over Medicare and abortion - far from the issues they've been trying to highlight for months: jobs and the slack economy.

August 22, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deadline puts pressure on congressman

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rep. Todd Akin vowed to fight on in his embattled Senate campaign, but a significant deadline loomed Tuesday that was bound to intensify pressure on the Missouri congressman to abandon the race over his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape."

August 21, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Study: Less religious states less charitable

BOSTON (AP) - A new study on the generosity of Americans suggests that states with the least religious residents are also the stingiest about giving money to charity.

August 20, 2012 | JAY LINDSAY, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


10 Things to Know for Monday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times EDT):

August 20, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Romney, Obama battle turns to Medicare

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - The jobs-and-economy election suddenly seems all about Medicare - for now, at least.

August 17, 2012 | BEN FELLER, Associated Press and CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Band guilty for stunt against Putin

MOSCOW (AP) - A judge found three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot guilty of hooliganism on Friday, in a case that has drawn widespread international condemnation as an emblem of Russia's intolerance of dissent.

August 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


2 sheriff's deputies dead in La. shootout

LAPLACE, La. (AP) - Two sheriff's deputies in Louisiana were shot to death and two others were injured in an early morning shootout west of New Orleans, authorities said Thursday.

August 16, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


7 American troops die in Afghan helicopter crash

Seven American troops and four Afghans died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash on Thursday in southern Afghanistan, the NATO military coalition said. The Taliban claimed their fighters shot down the aircraft.

August 16, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deeping drought hurting U.S. harvests

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A deepening drought in the nation's farm states has cut further into this fall's harvest, with farmers now expected to pull from their fields the lowest corn yield in more than a decade.

August 15, 2012 | JIM SUHR, AP Business Writer | NATION/WORLD


'F-bomb,' others added to dictionary

NEW YORK (AP) - It's about freakin' time.

August 15, 2012 | LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Guard for conservative group shot in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - An armed man walked into the Washington headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group Wednesday morning and was confronted by a security guard, whom he shot in the arm before the guard and others wrestled him to the ground, authorities said.

August 15, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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