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New VA secretary nominee not a health care expert

Posted 7/3/2014 in National

A onetime Army Ranger and former CEO of a Fortune 500 consumer products company, Robert McDonald may face his toughest challenge yet in fixing the huge, scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department.

 

Today's political victories could vex Republicans in 2016

Posted 7/3/2014 in National

Conservative Republicans claimed victory this week in the Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom and the White House's acceptance that an immigration overhaul won't happen this year. Today's victories could haunt the GOP in two years' time, as the party's presidential nominee looks for much-needed support among women and Hispanics in the 2016 election.

 

 

Scientists withdraw report on simpler stem cells, cite 'extensive' errors

Posted 7/3/2014 in National

U.S. and Japanese scientists who reported that they'd found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells withdrew that claim Wednesday, admitting to "extensive" errors in the research.

 

Hurricane Arthur forms in the Atlantic

Posted 7/3/2014 in National

Arthur strengthened to a hurricane early today and threatened to give North Carolina a glancing blow on Independence Day, prompting the governor to warn vacationers along the coast not to risk their safety by trying to salvage their picnics and barbecues.

 

Romney insists he won't be a candidate in 2016

Posted 7/3/2014 in National

Returning to the same New Hampshire farm where he launched his last presidential campaign, Mitt Romney on Wednesday insisted he would not pursue a third White House bid but called on voters to punish President Barack Obama by giving Republicans the Senate majority this fall.

 

 

FBI: Colorado woman aimed to go to Syria for jihad

Posted 7/3/2014 in National

FBI agents tried more than once to discourage a 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who said she was intent on waging jihad in the Middle East before arresting her in April as she boarded a flight she hoped would ultimately get her to Syria, court documents unsealed Wednesday show.

 

 

Obama vows to act alone, taunts Republicans

Posted 7/2/2014 in National

President Barack Obama defiantly dared congressional Republicans on Tuesday to try to block his efforts to act on his own and bypass a divided Congress that has thwarted his policy initiatives.

 

Dems hope Supreme Court decision will energize female supporters

Posted 7/2/2014 in National

Their Senate majority in peril, anxious Democrats have seized the Supreme Court decision that some companies need not provide birth control to women as fresh evidence of the GOP's "war on women" -- an argument they hope will energize female voters who could decide the balance of power on Capitol Hill.

 

Boy Scout killed at camp brought gun from Nevada

Posted 7/2/2014 in National

Police say a 12-year-old boy who died from a gunshot wound at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego brought the handgun with him from his hometown of Las Vegas.

 

TV food star's new show delayed after online tiff

Posted 7/2/2014 in National

The Travel Channel is delaying the new series "Man Finds Food" after its star's online war of words.

Birth control ruling sparks political clash

Posted 7/1/2014 in National

Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country's new health care law is deeply flawed.

 

Utah man sent to jail for fight over church seats

Posted 7/1/2014 in National

A 52-year-old man accused of punching another man and hitting him with his car in a dispute over pew space in Utah has been ordered to spend 30 days in jail.

 

Ukrainian president ends ceasefire

Posted 7/1/2014 in National

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he was abandoning a unilateral cease-fire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists and sending military forces back on the offensive after talks with Russia and European leaders failed to start a broader peace process.

 

GM safety crisis grows as recalls mount

Posted 7/1/2014 in National

General Motors' safety crisis deepened dramatically Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles to its ballooning list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches.

 

 

North Korea preparing to try 2 American tourists

Posted 7/1/2014 in National

North Korea said Monday it is preparing to try two Americans who entered the country as tourists for carrying out what it says were hostile acts against it.

 

Police: 9 shot on Bourbon Street in New Orleans

Posted 6/30/2014 in National

Two men exchanged gunfire early Sunday on the city's always-crowded Bourbon Street in the celebrated French Quarter and nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who were critically wounded, police said.

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

Posted 6/30/2014 in National

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.

 

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