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Senate tweaks health law to boost specialized care

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 05:30 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill further expanding a law giving veterans easier access to federally paid medical care from private doctors.

The bill relaxes a rule that makes getting specialized care from local doctors difficult for some veterans in rural areas. Senators approved the measure by voice vote Friday

The Senate bill would open up private care to veterans who live within 40 miles of a medical facility run by the Department of Veterans Affairs, so long as the VA site does not offer the needed care.


Brownback signs bill regulating ride-hailing companies

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 05:27 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a compromise on regulations that ride-hailing company Uber says will allow it to stay in the state.

Brownback signed the bill Friday in a ceremony on the Capitol grounds. The Legislature approved the measure Tuesday.

Uber announced earlier this month that it had ceased operations in Kansas after the Legislature overrode the governor's veto on an earlier regulations package the company opposed.


Official: Seattle Shell protests caused environmental damage

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 05:23 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — An official with Washington state's Department of Natural Resources says Seattle activists protesting Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic did some environmental damage to a popular dive park.

KIRO radio reports (http://is.gd/5xaVyK ) people left behind material they used to anchor their protest barge while kayakers protested last weekend near the Shell oil rig in Elliott Bay.


Woman found pushing dead 3-year-old son in swing

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 05:05 PM

LA PLATA, Md. (AP) — A woman was found in a Maryland park pushing her dead toddler in a swing, and authorities say she may have been there all night.

Charles County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Friday that police found the unidentified woman in a park with her dead 3-year-old son in the town of La Plata after receiving a call early Friday morning. The release said officers saw right away that the toddler was dead, and that his body showed no signs of trauma.


19 long-dead Oregon hospital patients get military honors

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 05:03 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — They served in the Civil War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War and World War I. But for decades, their ashes and those of thousands of others lay abandoned in corroded urns in an outbuilding at Oregon's state psychiatric hospital.

The Oregon National Guard on Friday offered a rifle salute and played Taps at Willamette National Cemetery to honor 19 veterans and the spouses of two other veterans who were patients at the now 132-year-old hospital and died there.


Senators sing blues over impasse; GOP hopefuls stuck in DC

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 05:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are singing the blues over an impasse that's keeping some of them off the presidential campaign trail, away from overseas trips and waiting for the Memorial Day break to begin.


Dentist accused of running 'house of horrors' agrees to quit

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 04:57 PM

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida children's dentist accused of performing unneeded tooth extractions and surgical procedures without anesthetic has agreed to stop practicing medicine.

The Florida Department of Health late Friday said Dr. Howard Schneider of Jacksonville relinquished his license to practice in the state.

Schneider faces multiple lawsuits and his office has been picketed in recent weeks by parents carrying signs as a growing number of ex-patients complain about his practices.


AP sources: Goodell will not recuse self from Brady appeal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 04:53 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — People with knowledge of the decision say NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal. The NFL told the players' union Friday that Goodell will not recuse himself.

The people said spoke on condition of anonymity because Goodell's decision has not been made public. The commissioner considers it his responsibility to hear the appeal.


West Coast dockworkers union ratifies 5-year contract

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 04:38 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The labor dispute that hobbled international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year is officially over.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced Friday that its rank-and-file members approved a five-year deal their leaders reached with employers in February.

Union spokesman Craig Merrilees says 82 percent of voters favored the new contract. About 13,000 union members were eligible to vote.


Rockefeller makes rare appearance ahead of 100th birthday

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 04:32 PM

MOUNT DESERT, Maine (AP) — David Rockefeller has made a rare public appearance ahead of his 100th birthday.

The retired CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank on Friday formally announced the donation of 1,000 acres bordering Acadia National Park in Maine.

He told an assembly that he's been visiting Seal Harbor since he was a youngster. He says he's happy to see the land preserved for future generations through the transfer to the Mount Desert Island & Garden Preserve.


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