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Veteran strike force to expand, monitor treatment delays

Rebekah Wahlberg

May 27, 2014

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ALEXA URA The Texas Tribune Amid recent allegations of excessive wait times for veterans at several VA clinics across the nation, the quality of care at VA medical centers in Texas is getting extra attention. And while the ...

Fed hacker gets no more time in prison

Rebekah Wahlberg

May 27, 2014

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NEW YORK — A computer hacker who helped the government disrupt hundreds of cyberattacks on Congress, NASA and other sensitive targets and cripple the hacktivist crew known as Anonymous got a hero’s welcome at his sentencing in federal cou...

Pennsylvania power plant to become model for curbing pollution

Casey Hutchins

May 27, 2014

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DINA CAPPIELLO Associated Press HOMER CITY, Pa. — Three years ago, the operators of one of the nation’s dirtiest coal-fired power plants warned of “immediate and devastating” consequences from the Obama administration’s push to clean up pollution from coal. ...

Obama jokes to students about his lacking accomplishment in science

Chloe McCall Gonzales

May 27, 2014

Filed under Nation

JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama confessed to feeling a little bit, well, unaccomplished. There was the catapult-armed mannequin that shot three-point baskets, the 18-year-old cancer researcher and the second-grade...

Supreme Court curbs reliance on IQ scores for execution eligibility

Chloe McCall Gonzales

May 27, 2014

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MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON — Twelve years after barring execution of the mentally disabled, the Supreme Court on Tuesday prohibited states in borderline cases from relying only on intelligence test scores to determine whet...

Federal forecasters predict slow Atlantic hurricane season

Alicia Balog

May 27, 2014

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MEGHAN BARR Associated Press NEW YORK — A slower-than-usual hurricane season is expected this year because of an anticipated El Nino, federal forecasters said Thursday, but they urged Americans to be prepared and warned...

Scripps Spelling Bee contestants foster friendships

Rebekah Wahlberg

May 27, 2014

Filed under Front Page, Nation

JOSEPH WHITE Associated Press OXON HILL, Md. — Under the shady trees near the barbecue line at the annual spellers’ picnic, one contestant in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee was inducted into The Order of the Squ...

North Dakota tornado injures 9, destroys trailer camp

Alicia Balog

May 27, 2014

Filed under Nation

  JOSH WOOD Associated Press WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A rare North Dakota tornado that critically injured a 15-year-old girl and hurt eight other people at a workers’ camp in the heart of the state’s booming oil patch packed winds that peaked at 120 mph,...

5 facts for the 2014 hurricane season

Zane Sparling

May 27, 2014

Filed under Nation

The Associated Press  Starting this hurricane season, forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami will begin dropping small drones into extreme weather systems to study how storms strengthen and better predi...

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