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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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GA judge grants inmate temporary stay of execution

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has granted death row inmate Warren Lee Hill a temporary stay of execution, and attorneys for the state say they plan to appeal the injunction in the state Supreme Court.

July 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Internet shows its muscle by making Emmy history

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Emmy Awards are television's biggest celebration of itself, but this year's ceremony will face an intruder: "House of Cards," the first online series to nab a top nomination with its best drama series bid Thursday.

July 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Perry signs sweeping Texas abortion restrictions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions on Thursday that could shutter most of the state's clinics that provide the procedure, a final step for the Republican-backed measure after weeks of sometimes raucous protests at the state Capitol.

July 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. public transit agency holding job fair

ATLANTA (AP) - The law enforcement branch of Atlanta's public transit agency is holding a job fair this weekend.

July 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senators ready to restore lower college loan rates

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators are ready to offer students a better deal on their college loans this fall, but future classes could see higher interest rates.

July 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hill's attorneys in court as execution date looms

ATLANTA (AP) - Attorneys for death row inmate Warren Lee Hill will be back in court to challenge the constitutionality of a Georgia law prohibiting the release of information on where the state acquired its supply of a lethal injection drug.

July 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Georgia jobless rate rises to 8.6 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate increased to 8.6 percent in June.

July 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How to tell signs of dementia from normal aging

BOSTON (AP) - New studies suggest that noticing you are having memory or thinking problems could be the earliest sign of Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association lists these 10 warning signs, plus advice on how to tell them from normal age-related changes:

July 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Elderly grocery store owner refuses robber

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) - A masked robber apparently thought the 96-year-old owner of a neighborhood grocery store in Marshfield would be an easy target for his crime. But, he was so wrong.

July 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Atlanta airport to open VIP lounge

ATLANTA (AP) - Hartsfield-Jackson officials say the world's busiest airport is gearing up to open its first common use VIP lounge.

July 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga man arrested in Ala for alligator possession

EUFAULA, Ala. (AP) - A Georgia man is facing a felony charge of possessing an alligator in Alabama.

July 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. officials reschedule Hill execution for Friday

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials have rescheduled the execution of Georgia death row inmate Warren Lee Hill for Friday.

July 16, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Liz Cheney to seek Wyo. Senate seat held by Repub.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Liz Cheney will run against Wyoming's senior U.S. senator in next year's Republican primary, her campaign said Tuesday.

July 16, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Newborn pandas split time between mom, zoo nursery

ATLANTA (AP) - Zoo Atlanta officials say two giant panda cubs are being rotated between their mother and an incubator to ensure the newborn twins are properly fed and getting an equal amount of nurturing.

July 16, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New Atlanta Ferris wheel slated to open Tuesday

ATLANTA (AP) - One of Atlanta's newest attractions - a 200-foot tall Ferris wheel - has opened to the public.

July 16, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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