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.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are closing slightly lower after the Federal Reserve said it was shutting down a bond-buying program because the economy no longer needs as much help.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved a recommendation by military leaders that all U.S. troops returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa be kept in supervised isolation for 21 days.
ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) - A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even though they're sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they're having a boy or girl, they said they'd be shocked if their streak is broken.
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are reminding drivers to look out for deer on the roads this fall.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks rose Tuesday after a key index tracking consumer confidence jumped and several companies reported solid earnings. The energy sector and small-company stocks surged.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the United States can't be seen as shying away from battle against Ebola.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former President George W. Bush will be back in the public eye as he promotes "41," his upcoming book about his father, former President George H.W. Bush.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others - gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful - were asked a simple question: How many live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage?
ATLANTA (AP) - Registered Democrats have out-voted Republicans by double-digit margins among ballots cast early in two bitter southern Senate races. But the political climate favors Republicans nationally, and the GOP remains bullish on its overall momentum toward gaining the Senate majority.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks drifted sideways Monday afternoon as the price of oil edged lower and more gloomy news about the global economy emerged.
JEROME, Idaho (AP) - Idaho State Police say four Georgia residents have been arrested in southern Idaho on suspicion of human trafficking.
ATLANTA (AP) - To hear their rivals, Michelle Nunn is a liberal "hypocrite" who campaigns as a moderate but would be little more than a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama, while David Perdue is a wealthy corporate executive who would do nothing but continue the partisan bickering in Washington.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mormon church founder Joseph Smith had a teenage bride and was married to other men's wives during the early days of the faith when polygamy was practiced, a new church essay acknowledges.
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) - Police in Washington state say a shooter is dead after attack at a high school north of Seattle.
ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia state judge is weighing whether it's appropriate for him to intervene in a dispute over more than 50,000 voter registration records in one of the nation's most politically contested states.