WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Times is reporting that the number of veterans seeking health care but ending up on waiting lists of one month or more is 50 percent higher now than it was a year ago when a scandal over false records and long wait times wracked the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Times reports that the VA also faces a budget shortfall of nearly $3 billion, and is considering hiring freezes and other moves to reduce the gap.
MEXICO (AP) — Authorities in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas say soldiers have killed six presumed criminals who shot at them near the border with the United States.
The Tamaulipas state government says in a statement released Saturday that gunmen traveling in two trucks opened fire on soldiers patrolling a rural area of the community of Matamoros across the border from Brownsville, Texas.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Federal Election Commission is suing a Utah businessman, saying he made $170,000 in illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Sens. Harry Reid of Nevada and Mike Lee of Utah and former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff in 2009 and 2010.
The FEC's lawsuit, filed Friday in Salt Lake City federal court, says Jeremy Johnson gave tens of thousands of dollars to friends, family members and employees to make "straw donations" to the three in violation...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards says her organization has no immediate plans to build more abortion clinics in Texas, where only eight abortion facilities may remain if strict new regulations take effect from July 1.
Richards said Saturday that even if they built additional clinics that meet new standards upheld this month by a federal appeals court, finding doctors who have hospital admitting privileges could be challenging....
SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) — Prominent alumnae of Sweet Briar College are rejoicing over a mediated settlement to keep the 114-year-old Virginia women's college open, a rescue deal that fends off a planned August closure.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced the settlement Saturday, saying $12 million raised by alumnae would keep the college afloat this coming academic year. He said the plan requires a judge's approval and would sweep aside the school's leadership...
SAN DIEGO (AP) — One of San Diego's oldest residents has died.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1LpXn0p ) that the Galapagos tortoise known as Speed has been euthanized at an estimated age of more than 150 years.
Speed had been living at the San Diego Zoo since 1933. He was brought to California as part of an early effort to preserve the endangered species from the Volcan Cerro Azul Island of the Galapagos Islands, off Ecuador....
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal authorities say they seized counterfeit NHL merchandise worth an estimated $180,000 in the days surrounding the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup victory.
The operation was handled by the Homeland Security Investigations unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It focused on catching illegal vendors near the Blackhawks' home ice at the United Center and Amalie Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning.