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Audit: More than 57,000 await first VA appointment

WASHINGTON - More than 57,000 U.S. military veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling, the government said Monday in a report newly demonstrating how deep and widespread the problem is.

June 09, 2014 | By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press | Nation


Police: Vegas cop killers had anti-government view

LAS VEGAS - A husband and wife who went on a deadly shooting rampage in Las Vegas harbored anti-government beliefs and left a swastika and a "Don't tread on me" flag on the body of one of the two police officers they killed, authorities said Monday.

June 09, 2014 | By MICHELLE RINDELS and JUSTIN PRITCHARD Associated Press | Nation


World honors D-Day's fallen on 70th anniversary

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France - It was a day of pride, remembrance and honors for those who waded through blood-tinged waves, climbed razor-sharp cliffs or fell from the skies, staring down death or dying in an invasion that portended the fall of the Third Reich and the end of World War II.

June 06, 2014 | By GREG KELLER and ELAINE GANLEY Associated Press | Nation


Acting chief: VA won't tolerate intimidation

SAN ANTONIO - Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson warned VA administrators on Friday that intimidation or retaliation against anyone who calls attention to problems within the veterans' health system will not be tolerated.

June 06, 2014 | By JUAN A. LOZANO and MATTHEW DALY Associated Press | Nation


Threat to Bergdahl led to US action, officials say

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration told senators it didn't notify Congress about the pending swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials because of intelligence the Taliban might kill him if the deal was made public.

June 05, 2014 | By KEN DILANIAN and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press | Nation


Flashback to June 6, 1944: Allies win footholds in France

Allied troops landed on the Normandy coast of France in tremendous strength by cloudy daylight today and stormed several miles inland with tanks and infantry in the grand assault which Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called a crusade in which "we will accept nothing less than full victory."

June 05, 2014 | By WES GALLAGHER Associated Press Staff Writer | Nation


Questions loom over Bergdahl-Taliban swap

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching the military curbed any high-risk rescue plans. But the U.S. kept pursuing avenues to negotiate his release, recently seeking to fracture the Taliban network by making its leaders fear a faster deal with underlings could prevent the freedom they sought for five of their top officials, American officials told The Associated Press.

June 02, 2014 | By KEN DILANIAN and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press | Nation


Shinseki resigns amid veterans' health care uproar

WASHINGTON - 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 | By JULIE PACE and PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press | Nation


Study: Species disappearing far faster than before

WASHINGTON - Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, and the world is on the brink of a sixth great extinction, a new study says.

May 29, 2014 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | Nation


Georgia AG: No weapons on campus, in schools

ATLANTA - Georgia gun owners can't bring their weapons onto the grounds of public schools or public college campuses when two new laws take effect on July 1, Attorney General Sam Olens said Thursday.

May 29, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Nation


Officials: Measles tally doubled in the past month

NEW YORK - 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 | By MIKE STOBBE Associated Press | Nation


Report: Phoenix VA hospital missed care for 1,700 vets

WASHINGTON - About 1,700 veterans in need of care were "at risk of being lost or forgotten" after being kept off the official waiting list at the troubled Phoenix veterans hospital, the Veterans Affairs watchdog said Wednesday in a scathing report that increases pressure on Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

May 28, 2014 | By MATTHEW DALY and DONNA CASSATA Associated Press | Nation


University: Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

NEW YORK - Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, has died. She was 86.

May 28, 2014 | By HILLEL ITALIE Associated Press | Nation


Withdrawal: Obama charts end to Afghan war by 2016

WASHINGTON - Charting an end to America's longest war, President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday for keeping nearly 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after this year but then withdrawing virtually all by the close of 2016 and the conclusion of his presidency.

May 27, 2014 | By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent | Nation


North Dakota tornado prompts safety discussion

WATFORD CITY, N.D. - No sirens or local alert system warned an RV park housing workers in North Dakota's oil patch about a Memorial Day tornado that injured nine people and damaged or destroyed 15 trailers.

May 27, 2014 | By JAMES MacPHERSON and JOSH WOOD Associated Press | Nation


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US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat.

July 28, 2014 | By MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE Associated Press | Nation


Medicare's own health looking better, report says

WASHINGTON - Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.

July 28, 2014 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


SC mom's arrest sparks child care debate

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out?

July 28, 2014 | By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press | Nation


Hospital gunman kills caseworker, intended to kill others, official says

MEDIA, Pa. - A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | The Associated Press | Nation


2 courts issue conflicting decisions on Obamacare

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

July 22, 2014 | The Associated Press | Nation


Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. - Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.

July 21, 2014 | By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press | Nation


Bill ensures emails, photos won't die with you

WASHINGTON - When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts?

July 16, 2014 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press | Nation


Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

CHICAGO - Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

July 14, 2014 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Nation


House chairman: $3.7 billion request 'too much'

WASHINGTON - A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money.

July 11, 2014 | By ERICA WERNER Associated Press | Nation


7 dead in Massachusetts apartment fire

LOWELL, Mass. - Seven people died in a fast-moving Massachusetts apartment fire in the predawn hours Thursday, officials said.

July 10, 2014 | By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press | Nation


10-year sentence for ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor - including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.

July 09, 2014 | By KEVIN McGILL Associated Press | Nation


Cleveland wins bid to host Republican convention in 2016

WASHINGTON - Cleveland won the unanimous backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP's 2016 presidential pick will accept the party's nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio.

July 08, 2014 | By PHILIP ELLIOTT and STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | Nation


Forgotten vials of smallpox found in old storage room

ATLANTA - A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week - decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.

July 08, 2014 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Nation


North Carolina coast survives Hurricane Arthur

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power Friday in a swipe at North Carolina's dangerously exposed Outer Banks, then brought lousy Fourth of July beach weather to the Northeast as it veered out to sea.

July 04, 2014 | By EMERY P. DALESIO Associated Press | Nation


Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East Coast

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - A strengthening Hurricane Arthur forced thousands of vacationers on the North Carolina coast to abandon their Independence Day plans while cities farther up the East Coast rescheduled fireworks displays threatened by rain from the storm.

July 03, 2014 | By EMERY P. DALESIO Associated Press | Nation


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