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Report: Social Security judges rubber-stamp disability claims

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

Four Social Security judges are headed to Capitol Hill to face accusations they rubber-stamped claims for disability benefits, approving billions of dollars in payments from the cash-strapped program.

 

 

VA official concedes 'integrity issue,' apologizes

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

A top Veterans Affairs Department official is acknowledging "an integrity issue here among some of our leaders" as the embattled agency reels from mounting evidence that workers fabricated data on veterans' waits for medical appointments in an effort to mask frequent, long delays.

 

 

Police: Vegas cop killers had anti-government view

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

A husband and wife who went on a deadly shooting rampage in Las Vegas harbored anti-government beliefs and left a swastika and a "Don't tread on me" flag on the body of one of the two police officers they killed, authorities said Monday.

 

Photographers hired to shoot everyday life

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

When Anzalee and Kristain Rhodes look back at their daughter's first year of life, they won't be examining blurry, red-eyed camera phone photos. They'll have crisp, finely detailed professional shots of a baby growing up before their eyes.

 

Morgan crash fuels debate over tired truckers

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

A New Jersey highway crash that severely injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian is drawing attention to the dangers of tired truckers just as the industry and its allies in Congress are poised to roll back safety rules on drivers' work schedules.

 

GOP struggles to recruit black voters

Posted 6/9/2014 in National

Like an eager date, Leo Smith showed up at Mount Zion First Baptist Church with a bouquet of flowers in hand. He wasn't seeking romance. He was seeking voters.

 

Catholic leader seeks Irish probe into mass graves

Posted 6/9/2014 in National

Ireland should investigate the Catholic Church's mistreatment and burial of babies who died decades ago in nun-operated homes for unmarried mothers, a senior church official declared Sunday as the country confronted another shameful chapter of its history of child abuse.

 

 

Senate dreams: Voting trends belie parties' hopes

Posted 6/9/2014 in National

With most of this year's Senate primary elections complete, Democrats talk boldly about their chances in Kentucky and Mississippi, while Republicans gaze hungrily at Oregon and Colorado.

 

5 dead in Las Vegas shooting

Posted 6/9/2014 in National

Two police officers were "simply having lunch" at a strip mall pizza buffet in Las Vegas when a man and a woman fatally shot them at point-blank range, then fled to a nearby Walmart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said.

Drug smugglers pretend to be federal agency

Posted 6/7/2014 in National

It looked like a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service truck. But the U.S. Border Patrol says it was actually the latest in a long line of creative attempts by smugglers to get illegal drugs from Mexico into the U.S.

VA acting chief: Retaliation will not be tolerated

Posted 6/7/2014 in National

Investigators said they are examining allegations that supervisors in the veterans' health system retaliated against 37 employees who complained about practices such as falsified records used to cover up months-long delays in scheduling appointments. The acting VA chief said such reprisals would not be tolerated.

 

Man charged in Mounties' death obsessed with guns

Posted 6/7/2014 in National

A chilling portrait of a man obsessed with guns and anti-government rhetoric began to emerge as people in this eastern Canadian city struggled to reconcile the knowledge that the person charged with murdering three Mounties was the same one who had seemingly lived quietly among them.

 

From prayers to fury: The journey of Bowe Bergdahl

Posted 6/7/2014 in National

Bowe Bergdahl stands, hands at his sides, his loose-fitting Pashtun smock and pants bright white against the rocky landscape. The hillsides are dotted with armed Afghans, rifles ready.

World honors D-Day's fallen, 70 years on

Posted 6/6/2014 in National

Men who stormed Normandy's shore 70 years ago joined world leaders today in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives in the D-Day landings in Nazi-occupied France.

Texas Republican Party advances 'reparative therapy' for gays

Posted 6/6/2014 in National

The Texas Republican Party would endorse psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay people straight under a new platform partly aimed at rebuking laws in California and New Jersey that ban so-called "reparative therapy" on minors.

Dozens of new flora, fauna species in Myanmar

Posted 6/6/2014 in National

A dragon fish with intricate, maze-like markings on every scale, a frog with rough, chocolate-colored skin and a ginger plant are among more than two dozen flora and fauna species found in Myanmar since it emerged from a half-century of military rule and isolation.

 

Officials: Concern for Bergdahl led to secrecy

Posted 6/6/2014 in National

Fears the Taliban might kill Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl if word leaked that he was being exchanged for five Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees drove the Obama administration not to notify Congress in advance about the deal, according to congressional and administration officials.

 

 

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