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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


Sheriff: Calif. gunman killed 3 people at home

GOLETA, Calif. - The son of a Hollywood director stabbed three men to death in his apartment, gunned down two women outside a sorority and killed a sixth person in a rampage that was foreshadowed by a chilling Internet video in which he vowed to his victims that he would "take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you."

May 24, 2014 | By RAQUEL MARIA DILLON, MARTHA MENDOZA and JULIE WATSON Associated Press | Nation


Democrat Nunn calls for VA secretary to resign

ATLANTA - Democrat Michelle Nunn, who's seeking Georgia's open Senate seat, has joined a chorus of congressional candidates from both parties calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to leave amid a growing crisis over veterans' health care.

May 23, 2014 | By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press | Nation


States look to the past for execution methods

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The disarray surrounding lethal injection in the U.S. is beginning to steer states back toward methods of execution that many had long ago deemed less humane than the needle.

May 23, 2014 | By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press | Nation


Tennessee brings back electric chair

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee has decided to bring back the electric chair.

May 22, 2014 | By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press | Nation


Obama vows fix to veterans' health care troubles

WASHINGTON - With outrage mounting over veterans' health care, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that allegations of misconduct at VA hospitals will not be tolerated, and he left open the possibility that Secretary Eric Shinseki, a disabled war veteran, could be held to account.

May 21, 2014 | By JULIE PACE and MATTHEW DALY Associated Press | Nation


Analysis: GOP avoids past mistakes in Senate picks

WASHINGTON - Tuesday's elections are the best evidence yet that Republicans are avoiding previous mistakes and improving their chances of controlling the Senate during President Barack Obama's final two years in office.

May 21, 2014 | By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press | Nation


Crews make gains on worst of San Diego fires

SAN MARCOS, Calif. - Firefighters gained ground overnight on a string of major San Diego-area wildfires - except for one in the city of San Marcos, where the 700-acre blaze burned out of control Thursday as another scorcher day dawned.

May 15, 2014 | The Associated Press | Nation


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Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63

SAN FRANCISCO - Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

August 11, 2014 | By HAVEN DALEY and HILLEL ITALIE Associated Press | Nation


Vandalism, looting after vigil for Missouri man

FERGUSON, Mo. - A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city.

August 11, 2014 | By JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR Associated Press | Nation


Obama's Iraq aim: Contain, not destroy, extremists

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's new military strategy in Iraq amounts to trying to contain - not destroy - the Islamic militant group that now controls much of the country's northern region. That leaves open the questions of how deeply the U.S. will be drawn into the sectarian conflict, and whether airstrikes alone can stop the militants' momentum.

August 08, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS and LARA JAKES AP National Security Writers | Nation


CDC director: Scale of Ebola crisis unprecedented

WASHINGTON - The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, a U.S. health official said Thursday.

August 07, 2014 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Nation


Iselle to give Hawaii first hurricane in 22 years

HONOLULU - Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didn't - and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years.

August 07, 2014 | By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press | Nation


Jim Brady dies: Reagan aide, gun control advocate

WASHINGTON - A major trait that endeared Jim Brady to the Washington press corps was his sense of humor, especially when he made fun of his own boss.

August 04, 2014 | By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL Associated Press | Nation


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