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: VA wastes $5 billion a year in improper purchases

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.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes move higher in early trading

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.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lawyer: Amtrak engineer doesn't remember fatal derailment

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.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Rubio promoting a strong military as part of foreign policy

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.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House to vote on ending bulk collection of US phone recor

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.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty

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.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Michigan couple with 12 sons already welcome boy No. 13

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.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks end mostly lower after a day of meandering

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are ending mostly lower as traders considered some corporate earnings and deal news.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Regulators: More delays possible for Georgia nuclear plant

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.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


AP estimates train in deadly crash was traveling 107 mph

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.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Carrie Underwood leads nominations for CMT Music Awards

NEW YORK (AP) - Carrie Underwood is the top contender for the 2015 CMT Music Awards with five nominations.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks moves slightly higher in early trading

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are opening slightly higher as the market comes off two days of losses.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks edge lower amid bond market volatility

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are closing slightly lower after recouping much of an early slump.

May 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


For sale: Paula Deen asking $12.5M for her Savannah mansion

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Paula Deen has put her Savannah mansion on the market with an asking price of $12.5 million.

May 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


First-time buyers face hurdles to homeownership this spring

Young people aspiring to buy their first home are already facing disappointment this year.

May 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Regulators move toward tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile would have to act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under new rules being considered by the Federal Communications Commission.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


White House threatens veto of GOP bill to fix education law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is threating to veto a Republican bill to fix the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law that is set for debate in the House on Wednesday, calling it "a significant step backwards."

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'American Sniper' jurors: Ex-Marine knew right from wrong

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - Jurors who rejected and insanity defense and convicted a former Marine in the deaths of famed "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend said Wednesday the man's past behavior undermined his argument that he couldn't tell right from wrong.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


TJ Maxx, Marshalls to follow Wal-Mart in raising pay

NEW YORK (AP) - The owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods stores said Wednesday that it will boost pay for its U.S. workers to at least $9 per hour.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks drift in midday trading, holding near record highs

U.S. stocks are little changed in midday trading as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen continues her Congressional testimony.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


DHS bill exposes holes in GOP's congressional coordination

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the heady days after winning control of both congressional chambers, Republican leaders vowed to keep the government funded and to block President Barack Obama from overhauling immigration policies on his own.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Justices weigh case of Muslim denied job over headscarf

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is considering the employment discrimination claim of a Muslim woman who was turned down for a job by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch after she showed up at her job interview wearing a black headscarf that conflicted with the company's dress code.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jury deliberations begin in 'American Sniper' killing trial

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - Prosecutors in the murder trial of an ex-Marine accused of killing "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man told jurors Tuesday before they began deliberations that they should disregard the insanity defense of the defendant's attorneys.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks drift higher as Yellen testifies before Congress

U.S. stocks edged higher in late-afternoon trading Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index on track to close at record highs. Investors cheered new signals that the Federal Reserve is unlikely to begin rising interest rates before June and news that Greece's creditors approved another bailout of the cash-strapped country.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


State-by-state breakdown of used cars with open recalls

Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports to dealers and car buyers, searched recalls and state registration databases and found that more than 46 million cars on U.S. roads have recalled parts that have yet to be repaired.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama to veto Keystone XL oil pipeline bill on Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will veto a Republican-backed bill on Tuesday that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the White House said, putting a freeze on a top GOP priority - at least for now.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Massachusetts man selling, shipping snow from his yard

MANCHESTER-by-the-SEA, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man has found a way to profit from the several feet of snow in his yard: He's shipping it to people in warmer climates for the bargain price of $89 for six pounds.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks drift in early trading ahead of Yellen remarks

U.S. stock indexes are drifting between small gains and losses in early trading as investors continue to watch for news from Greece and the Federal Reserve.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


McConnell: Strip immigration issue from Homeland budget bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate's top Republican is moving to disentangle contested immigration measures from stalled legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


States predict inmates' future crimes with secretive surveys

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - On a hot Friday last July, a parolee was mowing a lawn in a small cul-de-sac on the west side of the city when he stopped to ask for a glass of water.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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