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Senate confirms McDonald for VA

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary. He has the mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lawmakers try to seal $225M aid package for Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Va. gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

July 28, 2014 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deal on veterans' health care costs at least $15B

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Take off your clothes to make it in TV

NEW YORK (AP) - A male contestant on a new VH1 dating show didn't beckon a woman to walk in front of him out of politeness. He wanted to check her out from behind, and didn't need to use his imagination.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hamas rockets end 12-hour truce

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) - Hamas said it fired five rockets at Israel late Saturday after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire by four hours, casting new doubt on international efforts to broker an end to 19 days of fighting.

July 26, 2014 | KARIN LAUB, Associated Press IAN DEITCH, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Israel agrees to extend Gaza truce

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel agreed Saturday to extend a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by four hours, a Cabinet minister said. In Gaza, a health official said the Palestinian death toll in 19 days of fighting had surpassed 1,000.

July 26, 2014 | KARIN LAUB, Associated Press IAN DEITCH, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Woman shot, killed by police south of Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a Henry County police officer shot and killed a woman in Hampton, about 30 miles south of Atlanta.

July 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man run over by own truck during road rage

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window.

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


French minister: Missing plane 'probably crashed'

PARIS (AP) - France's foreign minister says the Air Algerie flight that has gone missing over Mali has "probably crashed."

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


SEC votes to end $1 a share for some money funds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Regulators have voted by a narrow margin to end a longtime staple of the investment industry - the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds - at least for some money funds used by big investors.

July 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House GOP: Send National Guard, speed removals

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans want to slash President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, speed young migrants back home to Central America, and send in the National Guard.

July 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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US to determine why jet down in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration scrambled Thursday to determine what brought down a passenger jet in Ukraine and whether any Americans were killed in an incident that could worsen the already tense conflict near the Ukraine-Russia border.

July 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Israel sends ground troops to Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli forces on Thursday launched a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, the military said.

July 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.

July 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


22 bodies counted at Ukraine crash site

GRABOVO, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine said passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.

July 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate GOP blocks bill on contraception coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections, a legislative setback for Democrats that they hope will be a political winner in November's elections.

July 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bill ensures emails, photos won't die with you

WASHINGTON (AP) - A group of influential lawyers says it has an answer to the question of what should happen to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts when you die.

July 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New guidelines could help many pregnant workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - New federal guidelines on job discrimination against pregnant workers could have a big impact on the workplace and in the courtroom.

July 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Arizona protesters hope to stop immigrant transfer

ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) - Protesters carrying "Return to Sender" and "Go home non-Yankees" signs faced off with immigrant rights activists Tuesday in a small Arizona town after a sheriff said a bus filled with Central American children was on its way.

July 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House votes to extend Internet taxes moratorium

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.

July 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Archie to be shot saving gay friend in comic book

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend.

July 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

CHICAGO (AP) - Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

July 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Suspect in family slaying dressed as delivery man

SPRING, Texas (AP) - A man charged with killing four children and their parents was dressed as a delivery man when he forced his way into the family's suburban Houston home and held the kids at gunpoint until their parents arrived, police said Thursday.

July 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ag industry seeks to create right to farm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion.

July 10, 2014 | DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ag industry seeks to create right to farm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion.

July 10, 2014 | DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Disabled often banned from voting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation's largest county.

July 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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