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July 16, 2014 - 5:34pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — What the Veterans Administration failed to do for double amputee Michael Sulsona in two years, some New York hardware store workers delivered in an hour: They fixed his broken wheelchair.

The 62-year-old Vietnam veteran said he petitioned the VA for a new chair two years ago and received no reply. Then his wheelchair broke last week.

When Sulsona was in a Lowe's home improvement store on Staten Island, a bolt on the already worn-out...

July 16, 2014 - 5:29pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is investigating the circumstances behind the disappearance of emails from a former senior Internal Revenue Service official, part of a broader criminal inquiry into whether the agency had targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, according to congressional testimony released Wednesday.

In a statement to be delivered to a congressional committee on Thursday, Deputy Attorney General James Cole says investigators are...

July 16, 2014 - 5:20pm
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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A jury has been seated to hear a lawsuit accusing former major leaguer Jose Offerman of a baseball bat attack during a 2007 minor league game in Connecticut.

Offerman's lawyer, Frank Riccio II, said Wednesday that testimony in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport is expected to begin Thursday. He said the trial could last through July 25.

Offerman played for the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and other teams during a 15-...

July 16, 2014 - 5:18pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Cities such as Indianapolis that regularly replace old natural gas lines have significantly fewer leaks than older urban areas where they don't, like Boston and New York City's Staten Island, according to a new study by Google and an environmental group.

Using a gas-sniffing device attached to Google's city-mapping cars and new statistical calculations that determine rough leak rates, the Environmental Defense Fund measured the key component, methane,...

July 16, 2014 - 5:16pm
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former U.S. Navy SEAL testified Wednesday that he saw military sniper Chris Kyle punch former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in a bar in 2006, providing the most complete account yet backing the version told by Kyle in his best-selling autobiography.

Jeremiah Dinnell testified in federal court as part of Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the estate of the former SEAL and "American Sniper" author, who was killed in Texas last year....

July 16, 2014 - 5:14pm
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Christian university in central Kentucky has changed its longstanding relationship with Kentucky Baptists so it can appoint its own trustees, and it also will be giving up about $1 million in annual church funding.

Campbellsville University board of trustees Chairman Joseph L. Owens and President Michael V. Carter wrote in a letter Wednesday that the move is to "avoid undue influence and the imposition of theological and doctrinal control." It...

July 16, 2014 - 5:10pm
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New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that hundreds of thousands of Americans take for cholesterol problems and general heart health. Some prominent doctors say the drug now seems too risky for routine use.

Niacin is a type of B vitamin long sold over the counter and in higher prescription doses. Some people take it alone or with statin medicines such as Lipitor for cholesterol problems.

Niacin users' main...

July 16, 2014 - 5:08pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has notified Congress of its intent to transfer six Guantanamo Bay detainees to Uruguay, two Obama administration officials said Wednesday.

Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has opposed the way detainees are treated at Guantanamo and has said that he would take them in, but then they would be free to leave.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because it is the administration's policy not to publicly confirm...

July 16, 2014 - 5:07pm
1 week 5 days ago

A New Jersey joint legislative committee, continuing its investigation of alleged political retribution in the form of traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge, hears Thursday from an aide to Gov. Chris Christie. Here is a timeline of important dates in the scandal:

Sept. 16, 2010: Mayor Mark Sokolich of Fort Lee, New Jersey, meets with Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni to discuss traffic problems related to the George...

July 16, 2014 - 5:00pm
1 week 5 days ago

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A hiker who was stranded for six days in California's Sierra Nevada with a badly broken leg says survival mode kicked in when he treated his own injury and sought sustenance by eating crickets and moths, and drinking melting ice.

Recovering at a Fresno hospital, Gregg Hein, 33, said Wednesday that he was a couple days into a solo hike high in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks northeast of Fresno when a large rock crushed his right leg...

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