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Lawmakers face long to-do list, uncertain success
WASHINGTON (AP) — A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see whether it can just do the basics. With just two weeks before lawmakers' sacrosanct... Read More
2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help her after surviving a harrowing journey to the U.S. That was the genesis of a law six years ago that is now at the center of an immigration crisis... Read More
VA nominee McDonald goes before Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department goes before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job. VA nominee Robert McDonald appears headed to easy confirmation. The path for the... Read More
Oklahoma lawmakers reiterate opposition to using Fort Sill as shelter for unaccompanied minors
Most members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation say the U.S. Army artillery post should not house children past the October deadline. Read More
White House reports drop in minors crossing border
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly. White House press secretary Josh Earnest says about 150 children daily — on average — were apprehended along the Rio Grande border in the first two weeks of July. He says that's down from... Read More
Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck, in a somber White House ceremony... Read More
Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA
WASHINGTON (AP) — A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from clinical work after complaining that on-call doctors were refusing to go to a VA... Read More
Army intelligence system pulled from key test
WASHINGTON (AP) — Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network from a major testing exercise this fall because of software glitches, in the latest setback for the troubled system. The decision, laid out in a July 15 memorandum obtained by The Associated Press, stands in contrast to the Army's upbeat... Read More
Immigration debate upended by a flood of children
WASHINGTON (AP) — The sudden rise in the number of families and unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing the U.S. border has dramatically redefined the yearlong debate on immigration. President Barack Obama had demanded action on a broad change in the law that would have given millions of immigrants... Read More
How a flood of kids upended immigration debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's yearlong deliberation over immigration has taken a head-snapping detour. What was once a debate over how to fix a broken system and provide a path to citizenship for millions has become a race to decide how to increase border patrols and send people back quickly to their country of... Read More
Flow of child immigrants at border slowing for now
WASHINGTON (AP) — The flood of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents has slowed down in recent weeks, two senior Obama administration officials said Friday. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas have found fewer than 500 children crossing the border... Read More
Clinton papers: Iraq, bin Laden and Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bill Clinton's advisers carefully considered how to explain the president's military action against Iraq in 1998 as the House was debating his impeachment, according to records from the Clinton White House that were released Friday. The documents also touch upon Osama bin Laden,... Read More
15 percent of Syrian sarin chemicals destroyed
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says 15 percent of the main Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray have been destroyed. The crew is working first to neutralize the raw material for sarin nerve gas, which makes up 581 metric tons of the chemical material on the ship. Mustard gas... Read More
Secrets leaker Manning to begin gender treatments
WASHINGTON (AP) — National security leaker Chelsea Manning can get initial treatment for a gender-identity condition from the military after the Bureau of Prisons rejected the Army's request to accept her transfer from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility. A defense official says Defense Secretary... Read More
APNewsBreak: Manning to begin gender treatment
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the Army's request to accept the transfer of national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility where she could get better treatment for her gender-identity condition. The military will... Read More
Senate panel OKs funding for AWACS planes at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma
The Senate Senate Appropriations Committee’s approval of AWACS funding virtually assures that the current complement of command-and-control aircraft at Oklahoma’s Tinker Air Force Base will survive another year. Read More
US military didn't seek Afghan pullout in 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — Military commanders did not recommend that the White House announce the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2017 as the president ordered, the top U.S. commander there told senators Thursday. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said U.S. and Afghan military leaders would have... Read More
Bureau of Prisons rejects Chelsea Manning's transfer request; Army to begin gender treatment
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bureau of Prisons rejects Chelsea Manning's transfer request; Army to begin gender treatment. Read More
US defends counterterrorism dialogue with China
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is defending holding a counterterrorism dialogue with China this week. Human Rights Watch criticized the discussions, saying it could be viewed by Beijing as acceptance of its repressive treatment of minority Uighur (WEE'-gur) Muslims. A State Department statement said senior... Read More
Divided panel backs training, arming Syrian rebels
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' deep reservations about President Barack Obama's push to train and arm vetted Syrian rebels were on full display Thursday as Democrats and Republicans on a Senate panel grudgingly backed the administration's plan. The Appropriations Committee endorsed Obama's proposal to spend $500... Read More

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