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House approves VA health care overhaul
WASHINGTON — The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years. The $16.3 billion measure also would allow the VA to hire thousands of doctors and nurses and rewrite employment...
By Matthew Daly The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Probe exposes flaws in HealthCare.gov rollout
WASHINGTON — Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president’s new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday. Behind the administration’s repeated assurances that consumers acr...
By Ricardo Also-Zaldivar The Associated Press FULL STORY
Brown wraps up trip to Mexico
MEXICO CITY — California Gov. Jerry Brown wrapped up a three-day visit to Mexico on Wednesday, saying he will work with the U.S. government upon his return home to find a long-term solution to the immigration crisis. “I’ll work closely with the federal government, who is responsible for deali...
By Olga R. Rodriguez The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Congress cooperates, fights as recess nears
WASHINGTON — Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working to clear funds for highway construction at home and missile defe...
By David Espo The Associated Press FULL STORY
Congress cooperates, fights as recess nears
WASHINGTON — Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working to clear funds for highway construction at home and missile defe...
By David Espo The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated
WASHINGTON — The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America’s densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say. The yearlong investig...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids
WASHINGTON — The 168 juveniles recovered last month during an FBI child sex trafficking bust included some kids who had never been reported missing, a population that law enforcement encounters often and that child welfare advocates say they’re especially concerned about. It’s hard to quantif...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead
WASHINGTON — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons
LOS ANGELES — The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago. ...
By Brian Melley and Michael R. Blood The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Deadly Israeli strikes hit U.N. school, market area
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel’s stepped up campaign against Gaza’s Hamas rulers claimed at least 116 Palestinian l...
By Karin Laub and Tia Goldenberg The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting civilian casualties stemming from its ground and air war against Ha...
By Julie Pace The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Sanctions will cause Russia damage if not lifted quickly
MOSCOW — U.S. and European sanctions against Russia’s energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents. The U.S. and European Union released details Wedne...
By Laura MIlls and Juergen Baetz The Associated Press FULL STORY
Thousands flee to Tunisia to escape Libya fighting
TUNIS, Tunisia — Up to 6,000 people a day have fled Libya into neighboring Tunisia this week, the Tunisian foreign minister said Wednesday, the biggest influx since Libya’s 2011 civil war in a sign of the spiraling turmoil as rival militias battle over control of the airport in the capital Tripo...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Firefighters rescue horse trapped in ditch
HESPERIA — About 20 firefighters with help from a veterinarian rescued a horse that was trapped upside down in a ditch in San Bernardino County. Fire officials say a rider was on the horse trying to travel up the side of a ravine Tuesday in Hesperia when the animal fell and ended up on its back i...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
$500K in chargers stolen from Union City warehouse
UNION CITY — A technology company says thieves stole a half-million dollars’ worth of phone chargers from its San Francisco Bay area warehouse. Brian Westphal, chief marketing officer of UNU Electronics, says the thieves gained access by cutting a 2-foot by 3-foot hole in large metal loading do...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors
BERLIN — Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer’s field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles. The ornate design was discovered by a balloonist last week and news of the find quickly spread online. Farmer Christoph Huttner, who owns the wheat field near Weilheim, couldn...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Houston firm offers space flights for pet remains
HOUSTON — A Houston company that already sends human remains out of this world will offer the same memorial space flights for four-legged loved ones. Celestis Inc. on Wednesday announced that rockets carrying the cremated remains of dogs and cats will start this fall. Spokeswoman Pazia Schonfel...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Police: Naked intruder fell asleep in couple’s bed
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico man faces charges after authorities say a couple found him naked and sleeping in their bed. Investigators say 30-year-old Freddy Shelby of Albuquerque was arrested Sunday after the homeowners called police to report their unwanted mystery guest. According to a cr...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
  


 
 
 
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West Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
DAKAR, Senegal — The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa ..
A's acquire Lester, Gomes for Cespedes
OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Jon Lester along with outfielder Jonny Gomes ..
Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills
WASHINGTON — Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addre..
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