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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


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


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Court: Religious rights trump birth control rule

WASHINGTON - A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

June 30, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by treatment delays and struggling to deal with an influx of new veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

June 29, 2014 | By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent | Nation


US declares wood storks no longer endangered

TOWNSEND, Ga. - The American wood stork, a bird scientists once feared would be extinct by the year 2000, has made such an impressive comeback that it's getting an official status upgrade 30 years after first being listed as an endangered species, the Obama administration said Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Nation


Florida resort hotel also serves as military test site

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - To the tourists who frolic in the crystal-blue surf of this picturesque, white-sand beach, the Fort Walton Beach Holiday Inn Resort looks like, well, a Holiday Inn with a large beach ball statue on top. But to military officials, it is known as Eglin Air Force Range Test Site A5.

June 23, 2014 | By MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL Associated Press | Nation


US memo justifying drone killings released

NEW YORK - The secret U.S. government memo outlining the justification for the use of drones to kill American terror suspects abroad was released by court order Monday, yielding the most detailed, inside look yet at the legal underpinnings of the Obama administration's program of "targeted killings."

June 23, 2014 | By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press | Nation


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