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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


Secret lists, deaths: Claims roil Veterans Affairs

PHOENIX - A team of federal investigators swept into Phoenix last month amid allegations of a disturbing cover-up at the veterans hospital.

May 14, 2014 | By BRIAN SKOLOFF Associated Press | Nation


Gay couples marry in Arkansas; most clerks sit out

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Dozens of gay couples obtained Arkansas marriage licenses Monday after a judge tossed out the state's 10-year-old same-sex marriage ban, but only at a handful of courthouses as an overwhelming majority of county clerks in this part of the Bible Belt said they first wanted the state Supreme Court to weigh in.

May 12, 2014 | By CHRISTINA HUYNH Associated Press | Nation


Scientists still working to ID victims from 9/11

NEW YORK - Thousands of vacuum-sealed plastic pouches filled with bits of bone rest in a Manhattan laboratory. These are the last unidentified fragments of the people who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

May 09, 2014 | By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press | Nation


HHS nominee faces GOP questions on health law

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nominee for health secretary faced pointed questioning Thursday from Republican senators over the president's health law but also won GOP praise in her first appearance before a Senate committee.

May 08, 2014 | By ERICA WERNER Associated Press | Nation


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North Korean detainee reunites with family in Ohio

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - An Ohio man detained for nearly half a year in North Korea returned to a very emotional homecoming Wednesday amid tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised children.

October 22, 2014 | By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press | Nation


Reports: Televangelist urged vasectomies, abortion

AKRON, Ohio - Televangelist Ernest Angley has long controlled members of his Akron-area congregation by advising them not to have children, shunning those who leave the church and using free labor at his for-profit buffet restaurant and television station, according to a two-month newspaper investigation.

October 21, 2014 | | Nation


Ebola fear, monitoring eases for some in Dallas

DALLAS - Youngor Jallah spent the last three weeks confined to her small apartment with her children and boyfriend, fearing they had contracted the deadly Ebola virus from her mother's fiance.

October 20, 2014 | By EMILY SCHMALL Associated Press | Nation


Ebola: Rising call for ban on travel from W. Africa

WASHINGTON - Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said other measures are more effective.

October 16, 2014 | By CONNIE CASS Associated Press | Nation


US Ebola patient dies; airport screening expanded

WASHINGTON - The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died Wednesday despite intense but delayed treatment, and the government announced it was expanding airport examinations to guard against the spread of the deadly disease.

October 08, 2014 | By MIKE STOBBE and CONNIE CASS Associated Press | Nation


US stocks slide on global growth concerns

NEW YORK - Worries about weakening global growth drove the stock market lower Tuesday.

October 07, 2014 | By STEVE ROTHWELL AP Markets Writer | Nation


Same-sex marriages begin in the South

RICHMOND, Va. - Gay and lesbian couples are getting legally married in the South for the first time, crossing a threshold in a conservative region long opposed to the marriages.

October 07, 2014 | By LARRY O'DELL and MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press | Nation


Health law waivers: Too complicated to claim?

WASHINGTON - Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But getting that exemption could be an ordeal.

October 07, 2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


Supreme Court clears the way for gay marriage expansion

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court unexpectedly cleared the way Monday for a dramatic expansion of gay marriage in the United States and may have signaled that it's only a matter of time before same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states.

October 06, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


Texas family that hosted Ebola patient confined to home

DALLAS - Four members of a family the U.S. Ebola patient was staying with were confined to their Texas home under armed guard Thursday as the circle of people possibly exposed to the virus widened and Liberian authorities said they would prosecute the man for allegedly lying on an airport questionnaire.

October 02, 2014 | By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH and DAVID WARREN Associated Press | Nation


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


Patient told Texas hospital he was from Liberia

DALLAS - The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States told health care workers on his initial hospital visit that he had recently been in an area affected by the deadly disease, but that information was not widely shared, a hospital official said Wednesday.

October 01, 2014 | By DAVID WARREN and LAURAN NEERGARD Associated Press | Nation


Q&A: What are students in Colorado protesting?

DENVER - A fight in Colorado over how United States history is taught has pitted the new conservative majority on a suburban Denver school board against students and teachers who accuse the board of censorship.

October 01, 2014 | By COLLEEN SLEVIN Associated Press | Nation


Studies fault warming in much of 2013 wild weather

WASHINGTON - Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them.

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


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