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June 25, 2015 - 11:37am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says it faces a budget shortfall of more than $2.5 billion, mainly because of increased demand by veterans for health care, including new life-saving treatments for Hepatitis C.

Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson tells a House committee VA health care sites experienced a 10.5 percent increase in workload for the 12-month period that ended in April.

Gibson says the VA needs flexibility from Congress...

June 25, 2015 - 11:30am
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SOUTH AMHERST, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio auxiliary firefighter reported a fake fire so he could head to the scene and earn a paycheck, but a different department was dispatched instead and he is now facing charges.

Twenty-seven-year old Dean Evans, of Lorain, is charged with inducing panic and making false alarms.

Lorain County sheriff's deputies tell The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria ( ) that Evans said he made the fake...

June 25, 2015 - 11:30am
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge has ordered prosecutors to provide more information on witnesses and allegations against the co-defendant of former NFL star Darren Sharper in a federal drug and sexual assault case.

Sharper has pleaded guilty to drug and sexual assault cases in multiple jurisdictions. However, his co-defendant in a Louisiana-based federal case, Brandon Licciardi (lih-CHAR'-dee), has pleaded not guilty.

Licciardi, a former sheriff's deputy...

June 25, 2015 - 11:25am
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NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of a documentary about American Muslim comedians has sued the operator of New York subways after its ads were rejected.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. New York-based video-production company Vaguely Qualified Productions seeks unspecified damages and an order allowing the display of advertisements promoting the 2013 film "The Muslims Are Coming!" The advertisements...

June 25, 2015 - 11:24am
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A prosecutor says she has opened a criminal investigation into a fatal California balcony collapse that could lead to involuntary manslaughter charges.

However, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley declined Thursday to discuss any possible target of her investigation, saying it could end with no charges being filed.

Six students were killed last week, including five from Ireland, and seven others were injured when a...

June 25, 2015 - 11:14am
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ATLANTA (AP) — Police in the Atlanta suburb of Roswell say they've turned over their investigative file on Bobbi Kristina Brown to the district attorney, who will determine whether any charges will be filed.

The 22-year-old Brown was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her Roswell home Jan. 31.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press that his office will be "reviewing the case with...

June 25, 2015 - 11:14am
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile is revamping its phone-upgrade program by eliminating a $10-a-month charge for the most popular phones.

The wireless carrier shattered longstanding industry practices two years ago by eliminating two-year service contracts and letting customers upgrade phones before they are fully paid off. T-Mobile charged $10 to participate in the Jump program, on top of the cost of the phone, paid in monthly installments.

AT&T and...

June 25, 2015 - 11:10am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University is denying defamation claims raised by the school's former band director in a $1 million lawsuit and asking a judge to dismiss the complaint.

The university says no one at Ohio State or acting on its behalf destroyed the "good name" of former band leader Jonathan Waters.

The university, in a court filing Wednesday, denied it escalated negative publicity about Waters through press releases, and counters it...

June 25, 2015 - 10:58am
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NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime New York congressman who was forced to resign after two corruption convictions has died. Mario Biaggi was 97.

Biaggi's longtime spokesman Mortimer Matz says Biaggi died Wednesday at his Bronx home.

Biaggi was elected to Congress as a Democrat in 1968 after a highly decorated career in the New York Police Department. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor of New York City in 1973.

Biaggi resigned from Congress...

June 25, 2015 - 10:54am
1 week 5 days ago

DETROIT (AP) — Subaru is recalling some 2015 vehicles to fix a software problem that could cause the automatic braking system to fail.

The recall covers about 72,000 Outback, Legacy, Impreza and XV Crosstrek models with the company's Eyesight Driver Assist system.

If a switch that turns on the brake lights fails, the automatic braking system won't work and the car won't react to an obstacle. Subaru says in documents posted by U.S. safety regulators...

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