• Dems threaten to block action on Homeland-immigration bill

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are threatening to block action on legislation funding the Homeland Security Department until Republicans jettison provisions that reverse President Barack Obama's recent immigration policies. Without action by Congress by Feb. 27, the department...

  • Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. leaders and members of Congress reacted cautiously Thursday to the recommendations of an independent panel to change the military's retirement and health care systems. The proposals, which would save more than $20 billion over the next four years, would...

  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin tells VA to interview whistleblowers

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Thursday asked that the lead investigator looking into allegations of opiates being overprescribed and retaliatory practices at the VA hospital in Tomah take into account whistleblowers' testimony. The medical center came under scrutiny...

  • New Mexico AG makes mental health audit public

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A redacted version of an audit that led to the shake-up of behavioral health services for needy New Mexicans is now public. State Attorney General Hector Balderas released the audit during a news conference in Albuquerque, saying the state needs to do a better...

  • Second measles case confirmed in eastern Nebraska

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — Health officials have confirmed a second case of measles in a child residing in eastern Nebraska. The Three Rivers Health Department, along with the Douglas County Health Department, issued a news release Thursday announcing the case. The confirmation comes after...

  • NC legislature could step in on clinic rule proposal

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Abortion-rights groups and their allies tried Thursday to preserve clinic rules proposed by Gov. Pat McCrory's administration from potential changes by the General Assembly this year they fear would erode constitutionally protected rights to the procedure. Several...

  • Louisiana regulations become latest flashpoint over abortion

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Abortion rights supporters said Thursday that a rewrite of Louisiana's abortion clinic regulations was aimed at forcing clinics to close, as leaders in conservative Southern states continue to add new limitations to the procedure. Critics of the 20-page revamp...

  • 9 flu-related deaths reported in North Carolina last week

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Nine people died from flu-related illness in North Carolina last week, the smallest number for a reporting period in more than a month. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reports all nine victims were 65 years of age and older. There have been no...

  • Colorado DA admits to mishandling cases, could be suspended

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) — A southern Colorado district attorney has admitted to mishandling more than a dozen criminal cases and will spend the rest of his term under close supervision, the head of the state office that supervises lawyers said Thursday. James Coyle told The Associated...

  • National park rangers trying to find missing hiker

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — Rangers in Rocky Mountain National Park are trying to find a New York man who disappeared while hiking over a mountain road covered in snowdrifts wearing only tennis shoes, pants, a jacket and no hat or gloves, carrying a plastic grocery bag....

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