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June 20, 2015 - 10:04pm
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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.

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June 20, 2015 - 8:10pm
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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.

The statement says the soldiers returned fire,...

June 20, 2015 - 7:47pm
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DOS PALOS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say three farm workers were killed and five others hospitalized after a van overturned on a Central California highway.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Jesse Lopez said the victims were riding in a Chevrolet van, returning from a day of working in the fields, when the crash occurred on State Route 152 in Merced County.

Lopez said the van was heading east on the highway between Los Banos and Chowchilla when it...

June 20, 2015 - 7:29pm
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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...

June 20, 2015 - 6:32pm
1 week 4 days ago

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....

June 20, 2015 - 6:31pm
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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...

June 20, 2015 - 6:00pm
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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....

June 20, 2015 - 5:23pm
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Republican state legislator says it's past time for the Confederate flag to be removed from South Carolina's Statehouse grounds.

Rep. Doug Brannon of Landrum told The Associated Press on Saturday that the flag is "not just a symbol of hate, it's actually a symbol of pride in one's hatred."

Brannon says he will introduce a bill in December to move the flag and pole to the state's Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum....

June 20, 2015 - 4:54pm
1 week 4 days ago

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.

The thousands of...

June 20, 2015 - 4:30pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is joining hundreds of churchgoers at a rally in support of those killed by a gunman in Charleston, South Carolina.

The march and demonstration today are being staged by Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in a Queens park.

The rally is being held in solidarity with the Emanuel A.M.E. church in Charleston, where nine people were shot to death Wednesday night.

De Blasio...

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