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Veterans care fix clears U.S. House in 420-5 vote

posted: 07/31/2014 5:32 a.m. Discuss

U.S. military veterans would have easier access to medical care under a rare bipartisan agreement passed Wednesday by the House and set for final Senate passage by the end of the week.

Administration blamed for woes of health website

posted: 07/31/2014 5:23 a.m. Discuss

Management failures by President Barack Obama's 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.

In email, ex-IRS official disparages GOP 'crazies'

posted: 07/31/2014 5:17 a.m. Discuss

A former IRS official at the center of the agency's Tea Party controversy referred to some Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker said the remarks show that Lois Lerner was biased against conservative groups and targeted them for extra scrutiny.

Old pipe breaks, floods parts of LA

posted: 07/31/2014 5:15 a.m. Discuss

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 at Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of waterlines that were installed generations ago.

Senate vote backs child-alien bill

posted: 07/31/2014 5:13 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday advanced legislation backed by President Barack Obama's administration that would provide $2.7 billion in emergency spending to cope with a surge of Central American children at the U.S.-Mexico border.

U.S. House votes 225-201 to sue Obama

posted: 07/31/2014 5:12 a.m. Comments 4

A divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as an election-year stunt.

Gift-giver testifies in corruption trial

posted: 07/31/2014 5:10 a.m. Discuss

Curing his wife's thyroid disease. Connections in the high-end fashion world. Learjet flights for politicians.

Ukrainian lauds Russia sanctions

posted: 07/31/2014 5:06 a.m. Discuss

A senior Ukrainian official said Wednesday that he welcomed the expanded sanctions against Russia that were announced this week by Western nations, while Russian officials belittled them, saying they would only make Russia economically stronger.

Report: Powell, envoys in dark on CIA tactics

posted: 07/31/2014 4:55 a.m. Discuss

A Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons, according to a document circulating among White House staff members.

Moon slightly flat, bulging, study says

posted: 07/31/2014 4:48 a.m. Discuss

Forty-five years after astronauts landed on the moon, scientists said they have finally discovered its true shape: slightly flattened, with a bulge on one side.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/31/2014 4:43 a.m. Discuss

Bill seeks to curb campus sex assaults WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday introduced legislation designed to curb the number of sexual assaults on college campuses.

Names and faces

posted: 07/31/2014 4:42 a.m. Discuss

NBC has picked its Peter Pan: Girls star Allison Williams. The network announced Wednesday that Williams will play the boy who refused to grow up in NBC's new staging of Peter Pan Live. The live telecast will air Dec. 4. The 26-year-old actress-comedian plays Marnie Michaels on HBO's Girls, for which she has recorded several songs.

In the news

posted: 07/31/2014 4:41 a.m. Discuss

Navy Adm. William McRaven, the commander of the Pentagon's secretive U.S. Special Operations Command, will become the next chancellor of the University of Texas system later this year after retiring from the military, university officials said.

Gaza toll 128 in bloody day

posted: 07/30/2014 5:54 a.m. Comment 1

Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza fighting on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of the 22-day conflict.

Joining EU, U.S. rolls out new Russia curbs

posted: 07/30/2014 5:49 a.m. Discuss

The European Union curbed Russia's access to bank financing and advanced technology in its widest-ranging sanctions yet over President Vladimir Putin's backing of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. The European move was followed hours later by new sanctions from the U.S.

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