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Security beefed up at US embassy in Baghdad

WASHINGTON - Security at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad was bolstered and some staff members were being moved out of Iraq's capital city as it was threatened by the advance of an al-Qaida inspired insurgency, a State Department spokeswoman said Sunday.

June 15, 2014 | By KIMBERLY HEFLING Associated Press | Nation


Casey Kasem, king of the Top 40 countdown, dead

LOS ANGELES - Casey Kasem, the internationally famous radio broadcaster with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became the king of the top 40 countdown with a syndicated show that ran for decades, died Sunday. He was 82.

June 15, 2014 | By ANTHONY MCCARTNEY AP Entertainment Writer | Nation


Study: Teens are drinking less, texting more

NEW YORK - American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they're texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers, according to the government's latest study of worrisome behavior.

June 12, 2014 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Nation


George H.W. Bush celebrates 90th with parachute jump

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in coastal Maine, delivering on a vow he made five years ago even though he can no longer use his legs.

June 12, 2014 | By DAVID SHARP Associated Press | Nation


Food fight: Federal healthy lunch regulations have some gagging

A new Rasmussen poll finds that just 25 percent of Americans believe the federal government should set school lunch nutrition standards; 51 percent think those decisions should be made locally, while 15 percent prefer to see state governments decide.

June 11, 2014 | By ERIC SCHULZKE Deseret News National | Nation


GOP jockeying in the House after Cantor's defeat

WASHINGTON - Anticipating a swift shake-up in their leadership, House Republicans jockeyed for position on Wednesday after Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning primary defeat to an underfunded and unknown political newcomer.

June 11, 2014 | By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent | Nation


Congress, FBI moving on VA health care

WASHINGTON - Congress is moving with what one senator called "lightning speed" to help thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care.

June 11, 2014 | By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press | Nation


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


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Pierson's undoing was quick as support vanished

WASHINGTON - One lesson from Julia Pierson's short tenure as director of the agency that protects the first family: The Secret Service can't keep secrets from the president.

October 02, 2014 | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL and JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press | Nation


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