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Review: Veterans Affairs a struggling agency beset with ills

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

Citing "significant and chronic system failures" in the nation's health system for veterans, a review ordered by President Barack Obama portrays the Department of Veterans Affairs as a struggling agency battling a corrosive culture of distrust, lacking in resources and ill-prepared to deal with an influx of new and older veterans with a range of medical and mental health care needs.

 

Mountain lion scares shoppers in Utah

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

Utah authorities captured a mountain lion Friday that startled people but didn't hurt anybody at a shopping center in a Salt Lake City suburb.

 

U.S. plans to curb land mines, join treaty

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

After two decades of waffling, the United States on Friday announced its intention to join an international treaty banning land mines, without setting a time frame while working through possible complications on the Korean Peninsula.

 

 

High court poised to decide birth-control dispute

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice.

 

Bobby Womack, R&B singer-songwriter, dies at 70

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70.

 

Tea party losses don't stop cash or curb influence

Posted 6/27/2014 in National

Desperate to knock off GOP incumbents in this year's Republican primaries, the nation's tea party groups have spent millions only to fall short in election after election.

 

 

Education official: Some campuses hostile to sexual assault victims

Posted 6/27/2014 in National

Some colleges and universities are still failing students by inadequately responding to campus sexual assault, a senior Education Department official testified Thursday.

 

 

ER patient found with $300 in supplies

Posted 6/27/2014 in National

A 60-year-old man treated in the emergency room of Alaska's Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is suspected of trying to walk out with $300 worth of medical supplies, including bed sheets, 47 latex gloves and a bloody syringe.

 

'Reading Rainbow' gets hand from Seth MacFarlane

Posted 6/27/2014 in National

LeVar Burton's "Reading Rainbow" fundraising effort is getting a boost from a generous pal, Seth MacFarlane.

Thousands in U.S. turn out to watch World Cup

Posted 6/27/2014 in National

Jose Arriaga has run out of excuses for missing work to watch the U.S. men's soccer team in the World Cup.

 

Ex-cop suspect in deaths of two women in suitcases

Posted 6/27/2014 in National

The disappearance of a Minnesota mother of seven was just a missing person case when it landed on the desk of Detective Sgt. Lee Hollatz.

 

Court ruling comes as Obama's use of power tested

Posted 6/27/2014 in National

Before a unanimous Supreme Court weighed in, the White House had brushed off claims that President Barack Obama was exceeding his executive authority as just so much grousing from frustrated partisans.

 

Carjackers fail in the clutch, can't drive stick

Posted 6/27/2014 in National

An attempted carjacking in Seattle failed when three carjackers found they were in a vehicle with a manual transmission and none of them knew how to drive a stick shift.

 

 

T1red of p@sswords? Y0u @re N*t @lone!

Posted 6/27/2014 in National

Good thing she doesn't need a password to get into heaven. That's what Donna Spinner often mutters when she tries to remember the growing list of letter-number-and-symbol codes she's had to create to access her various online accounts.

 

 

Boehner says House plans to sue Obama

Posted 6/26/2014 in National

The House will vote next month on legislation authorizing a campaign-season lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress, Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday.

 

Arizona schools chief apologizes for 'hurtful' blog posts

Posted 6/26/2014 in National

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal broke down in tears Wednesday at the end of a news conference where he apologized for posting an anonymous blog comment that denigrated welfare recipients and other postings that were seen by some as racist.

 

FAA eyes lower building height limit near airports

Posted 6/26/2014 in National

The government wants to dramatically reduce the allowable height of buildings near hundreds of airports -- a proposal that is drawing fire from real estate developers and members of Congress who say it will reduce property values.

 

 

Law enforcement ready to abide by Supreme Court's cellphone ruling

Posted 6/26/2014 in National

Officers are being briefed during roll calls, new procedures are in place, and prosecutors are considering the effect on potentially thousands of pending court cases after the Supreme Court's ruling that restricts police searches of cellphones.

 

Ruling pushes gay marriage closer to Supreme Court

Posted 6/26/2014 in National

The first ruling by a federal appeals court that states cannot prevent gay couples from marrying makes it more likely the Supreme Court will ultimately have to make a decision it has so far avoided -- do states have the ability to prohibit same-sex marriage?

 

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