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Review: VA a struggling agency beset with ills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing "significant and chronic system failures" in the nation's health system for veterans, a review ordered by President Barack Obama portrays the Department of Veterans Affairs as a struggling agency battling a corrosive culture of distrust, lacking in resources and ill-prepared to deal with an influx of new and older veterans with a range of medical and mental health care needs.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 June 2014

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Nigeria girl among thousands of divorced children

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — By the time she ran away, Maimuna bore the scars of a short but brutal marriage.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014

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Huge advances for gay marriage in an eventful year

One year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of landmark rulings, one striking down the statute that denied federal recognition to same-sex marriages and the other clearing the way for gay couples to wed legally in California.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014

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Iraq's top cleric calls for deal on PM by Tuesday

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top Shiite cleric stepped up pressure on deeply divided political blocs Friday, calling on them to agree on the next prime minister before the newly elected parliament convenes next week to pave the way for an inclusive government in the face of Sunni militants who have seized large swaths of territory.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014

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Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the conflicts in Syria and Iraq becoming increasingly intertwined against the same Sunni extremist group, President Barack Obama moved on Thursday to ratchet up U.S. efforts to strengthen more moderate Syrian rebels.

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More countries adding graphic warnings to smokes

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia became the newest country to mandate graphic photo warnings on cigarette packs on Tuesday, joining more than 40 other nations or territories that have adopted similar regulations in recent years. The warnings, which showcase gruesome close-up images ranging from rotting teeth and cancerous lungs to open tracheotomy holes and corpses, are an effort to highlight the risks of health problems related to smoking. Research suggests these images have prompted people to quit, but the World Health Organization estimates nearly 6 million people continue to die globally each year from smoking-related causes. The tobacco industry has fought government efforts to introduce or increase the size of graphic warnings in some countries. Here are a few places where pictorial health warnings have made headlines:

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014

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New NYC museum explores death, all things morbid

NEW YORK (AP) — A new museum opening in New York City this weekend promises a fascinating journey into the dark side.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014

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Checkered progress on disabled care despite ruling

Brent Kaderli has a wheelchair-accessible van waiting in the driveway, a hospital bed in a spare bedroom and an electric lift that's left unused. If the 30-year-old quadriplegic had his way, he'd be living here, in his father's house, with help from aides. Instead, he is in an institution, hoping each day for a place that feels more like a home.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014

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