A bill approved by Congress aims to alleviate delays many veterans have faced in getting treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics and end the widespread practice of covering up long wait times for appointments. The legislation also makes it easier to fire hospital administration and other senior VA executives.
MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hit back hard against countries that have imposed sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, ordering trade cuts that an official said would include a ban on all imports of agricultural products from the United States.
NEW YORK (AP) - This week's news that a Russian crime ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations makes now a good time to review ways to protect yourself online.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Federal appeals courts covering nearly half the United States will soon hear arguments on whether gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry, part of a slew of cases putting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a final verdict.
DORSET, Minn. (AP) - Robert "Bobby" Tufts may have lost his bid for a third consecutive term as mayor of his tiny northern Minnesota tourist town, but the 5-year-old isn't taking it too hard.
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) - Almost a decade after Richard Nixon resigned, the disgraced former president sat down with his one-time aide and told the tale of his fall from grace in his own words.
WASHINGTON (AP) - James Brady, the affable, witty press secretary who survived a devastating head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan and undertook a personal crusade for gun control, died Monday. He was 73.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans pushed legislation on Friday that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as kids and could address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
DENVER (AP) - Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants Friday regardless of their legal status, underscoring a sea change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled on Friday as violence erupted in and around a southern town in the war-ravaged strip, with at least 40 Palestinians killed in Israeli shelling while the military said two soldiers were killed and an infantry officer was feared captured during fighting there.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Tropical Storm Bertha swirled toward the Caribbean on Friday as islands in the eastern region prepared for heavy rains and strong winds.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Companies overseeing millions of mortgage loans appear to be skirting new federal regulations and legal settlements intended to stop them profiteering at the expense of troubled homeowners.
NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter said government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users.
Former IRS official Lois Lerner had the following email exchange with a personal associate on Nov. 9, 2012. At the time, Lerner directed the IRS division that processed applications for tax-exempt status. She has since retired.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans said they were determined to make President Barack Obama heed the Constitution as they began muscling legislation through the House on Wednesday authorizing an election-year lawsuit asserting he has exceeded his executive powers.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Tiger Woods will play the first two rounds of the Masters with Luke Donald and Scott Piercy.
CYPRESS, Texas (AP) - Officials say about a dozen people have been wounded in a stabbing attack at Houston-area college campus.
ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say isolated storms are expected across much of Georgia late Thursday into Friday morning.
VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Georgia woman who was recently featured on 'America's Most Wanted' was arrested at her boyfriend's condominium in a beachside Florida community.
STANLEY, N.C. (AP) - It was common knowledge around a rural North Carolina neighborhood that Jordan Arwood was digging a two-story-deep pit on his property. Some said it was for a bunker and warned their children to stay out of it.
NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney is hoping its former CEO can revive the retailer after a risky turnaround strategy backfired and led to massive losses and steep sales declines.
NEW YORK (AP) - Annette Funicello, who became a child star as a perky, cute-as-a-button Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s, then teamed up with Frankie Avalon in a string of '60s fun-in-the-sun movies with titles like "Beach Blanket Bingo" and "Bikini Beach," died Monday. She was 70.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks edged higher Monday, erasing an early loss, as major U.S. companies prepared to start reporting first-quarter results.
SAPELO ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to taking 156 loggerhead sea turtle eggs from a Georgia island has been sentenced to six months in prison.
LONDON (AP) - Love her or loathe her, one thing's beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain.
STANLEY, N.C. (AP) - Authorities on Monday recovered the bodies of two children who were buried when a wall of dirt fell on them while they were playing in a hole at a home construction site in North Carolina.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The youngest of the four majors has among the richest history, a product of the Masters returning to the same course every year.
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - One of Georgia's largest school systems is set to discuss a security plan that includes equipping schools with panic buttons.
ATLANTA (AP) - Police are investigating how a man plunged from a 10th-floor balcony of a high-rise building in Atlanta.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Luke Bryan heard his name called at the end of the Academy of Country Music Awards, accepted the entertainer of the year trophy and then things became a blur.