WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior official at the Department of Veterans Affairs says the agency is improperly spending at least $5 billion a year for medical care and supplies that are being purchased outside of required practices for competitive bidding and written contracts.
U.S. stocks climbed in early trading Thursday, snapping a three-day losing streak. Investors sized up the latest batch of corporate earnings and applauded a government report indicating that applications for unemployment benefits fell to a 15-year low last week. Technology companies rose the most.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The engineer at the controls of the speeding Amtrak train that lurched off the tracks in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, has no recollection of the crash, his attorney said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Defending the use of American military power, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Wednesday called for an increase in military spending and for the U.S. to aggressively confront Russia, China and others that he says threaten the nation's economic interests.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House neared approval of legislation Wednesday to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records but still allow the agency to search the data on a case by case basis. Passage would set the stage for a Senate showdown just weeks before the law authorizing the program is to expire.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects.
ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan couple who already had 12 sons have kept the all-male streak alive with the birth of boy No. 13 on Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are ending mostly lower as traders considered some corporate earnings and deal news.
ATLANTA (AP) - Regulators say there's a "high probability" a nuclear plant under construction in Georgia will be delayed even longer than the three years already announced by its owners, according to an analysis obtained by The Associated Press.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday evening in Philadelphia was travelling about 107 miles per hour as it approached a curve where the speed limit less than half that, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carrie Underwood is the top contender for the 2015 CMT Music Awards with five nominations.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are opening slightly higher as the market comes off two days of losses.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are closing slightly lower after recouping much of an early slump.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Paula Deen has put her Savannah mansion on the market with an asking price of $12.5 million.
Young people aspiring to buy their first home are already facing disappointment this year.
OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The excavation of a field in suburban Detroit has failed to turn up the remains of former Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa, the FBI announced Wednesday, adding another unsuccessful chapter to a nearly 40-year-old mystery.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that it will maintain the pace of its program to keep long-term interest rates at record lows, but offered a slightly more optimistic outlook for the U.S. economy and job market.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A well-traveled cat named "Mata Hairi" will soon be reunited with her owner after spending nearly 10 months traveling thousands of miles with a hitchhiker who rescued her from the rain.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks edged lower in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday as investors waited for word from the Federal Reserve.
ATLANTA (AP) - State education officials have announced they've developed courses for a new education model geared toward helping students find potential career paths.
WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) - A Woodstock police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after a police dog was left in his car and died of a heat stroke.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - The chief executive officer of one of Georgia's largest counties, who is facing several corruption charges made public Tuesday, says that he's done nothing wrong.
ATLANTA (AP) - Just four teacher-training programs at Georgia's college and universities have earned high marks on a national survey that examined more than 1,000 programs.
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - State health officials and executives of a metro Atlanta hospital say more than 100 patients may have been exposed to tuberculosis.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Medicare begins a major change next month that could save older diabetics money and time when they buy crucial supplies to test their blood sugar - but it also may cause some confusion as patients figure out the new system.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi woman has pleaded not guilty to killing an Alabama woman by giving silicone injections as a buttocks enhancement.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks were up at midday Tuesday, boosted by government reports of gains in home construction and low inflation. Expectations that the Federal Reserve will keep in place programs meant to prop up the economy also drove the market higher.
ATLANTA (AP) - A station official says the cast of an Atlanta sports radio show has been fired after mocking a former NFL player who has Lou Gehrig's disease.
ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. Attorney's officials say a metro Atlanta man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on sex trafficking charges.
ATLANTA (AP) - Fewer U.S. adults are smoking, a new government report says.