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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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More scare tactics from Obama administration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1 he may have to shorten the workweek for the "vast majority" of the Defense Department's 800,000 civilian workers.

February 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


It's Congress fault

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry says the greatest challenge to U.S. foreign policy is not emerging China or Middle East instability. It's Congress.

February 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


State asks U.S. Court to halt execution

ATLANTA (AP) - The state of Georgia is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate a federal appeals court order temporarily halting the execution of a death row inmate.

February 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Greek yogurt popular with adults, will kids bite?

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Greek yogurt is taking over the dairy aisle, but will kids bite?

February 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Administration developing penalties for cybertheft

WASHINGTON (AP) - Evidence of an unrelenting campaign of cyberstealing linked to the Chinese government is prompting the Obama administration to develop more aggressive responses to the theft of U.S. government data and corporate trade secrets.

February 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Delta jet slides off runway at Savannah airport

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Delta Air Lines apologized to passengers arriving in Savannah after a jet veered off a runway and ended up in a grassy area.

February 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gingrich: GOP failing to grasp new demographics

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says President Barack Obama and Democrats are "eight to 10 years ahead" of the Republican Party in understanding the rapidly changing face of the American electorate.

February 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Not much urgency to avoid automatic spending cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ten days before a new deadline for broad, automatic government spending cuts, the sense of urgency that surrounded other recent fiscal crises is absent. Government agencies are preparing to absorb an $85 billion hit to their budgets, and politicians, at least for now, seem willing to accept the consequences.

February 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Juvenile justice overhaul moving at Ga. capitol

ATLANTA (AP) - An overhaul of Georgia's juvenile justice system has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

February 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. execution going forward

ATLANTA (AP) - In a split decision, the Supreme Court of Georgia has denied a stay of execution for a Georgia death row inmate.

February 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


CDC app lets you solve disease outbreaks at home

ATLANTA (AP) - You may not be a disease detective, but now you can play one at home.

February 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pistorius' girlfriend cremated in private ceremony

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Reeva Steenkamp's coffin was draped in a white cloth and carried by six pallbearers at a private funeral Tuesday, just a few hours before Oscar Pistorius said in a court affidavit that he mistakenly killed his girlfriend by shooting her through a bathroom door.

February 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Braves to retire No. 10 in honor of Chipper Jones

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves will retire Chipper Jones' number and induct him into the team's hall of fame on June 28.

February 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Court says police don't have to prove dog training

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says police don't have to extensively document a drug-sniffing dog's reliability in the field to uphold its work in court.

February 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Talk of more corporate deals sends stocks higher

NEW YORK (AP) - Talk of more mergers and acquisitions is sending stock prices higher in early trading, setting the market up to continue a seven-week rally.

February 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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