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Vets benefits bill should win initial Senate vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sprawling Democratic bill expanding health, education and other benefits for veterans seems ready to clear an initial hurdle in the Senate. Yet the election-year measure faces an uncertain fate as Republicans try to make it smaller and find ways to pay for it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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Congress skeptical about plan to shrink military

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's push for a smaller, nimbler military must now face the scrutiny of a Congress that has spent years battling the Pentagon's vision for a new security strategy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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Ugandan newspaper prints list of '200 top' gays

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's "200 top" gays, outing some Ugandans and raising fears of violence against those named just a day after the president enacted a severe anti-gay law.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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Centralizing organ removal may benefit transplants

 

For decades, surgeons have traveled to far-off hospitals to remove organs from brain-dead donors and then rushed back to transplant them. Now an experiment in the Midwest suggests there may be a better way: Bring the donors to the doctors instead.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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Ramis, Zen master to a wild comedy storm, dies

"Caddyshack." ''National Lampoon's Animal House." ''Ghostbusters." ''Groundhog Day." ''Stripes."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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US prosecutors jockeying to try captured drug lord

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors across the United States are already jockeying over who will handle any case against drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, even though it's far from clear whether he'll ever be brought to this country to face charges.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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Bills seek to tackle backlog of untested rape kits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, a number of states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014

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Hagel proposes big cuts in Army in 2015 budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping after more than a decade of war.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014

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