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  • 32 nations back Judaism's Yom Kippur as UN holiday

    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thirty-two countries have written to a U.N. General Assembly committee asking the United Nations to recognize Judaism's holiest day, Yom Kippur, as an official holiday. The letter to the assembly's Committee on Conferences, circulated on Wednesday, says the U.N....

  • War college to decide on US senator's punishment

    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Army War College will have the final say over whether any punishment is warranted in a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh of Montana. Spokeswoman Carol Kerr said Wednesday that the Department of Defense and U.S. Army inspectors general will...

  • Sheriff: Baby left in van outside doctor's office

    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A doctor and nurses went to the aid of a 2-month-old baby girl after a Florida mom left the infant in a hot minivan outside a pediatrician's office for about an hour, authorities say. The woman, who wasn't identified, faces a felony charge of child neglect, the...

  • House approves VA health care overhaul

    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years. The $16.3 billion measure also would allow the VA to hire thousands of doctors and nurses and...

  • Crawford among 5 to oppose VA overhaul measure

    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford is among five House members to oppose a measure to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' health care, a vote that drew immediate criticism from his Democratic challenger. The congressman from east...

  • Quinn signs epinephrine law for Illinois schools

    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — A new bill signed into Illinois law says trained personnel at schools statewide will be able to administer injectable epinephrine for those appearing to have strong allergic reactions. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday that'll allow trained school officials to...

  • NFL retirees lose round in concussion settlement

    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has rejected an attempt by seven former professional football players to intervene in a tentative class action settlement of concussion claims that would cost the NFL at least $765 million. Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody issued an order in...

  • Idaho scales back claim of problems at prison

    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Department of Correction officials on Wednesday dramatically scaled back their assessment of problems encountered when they took over the running of the state's largest prison from Corrections Corporation of America this month. IDOC division chief Shane Evans...

  • Rain can't dampen Harris' sprits upon his return

    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — The cold rain showers that drenched the Denver Broncos and 9,207 die-hard fans during a stadium practice Wednesday couldn't dampen Chris Harris Jr.'s spirits. The versatile fourth-year cornerback donned pads for the first time since injuring his left knee in Denver's...

  • Man sentenced for sex assault of at-risk woman

    Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 55-year-old woman at a group home for mentally ill patients in Aurora has been sentenced to 10 years to life in prison. The Adams County District Attorney's Office says 50-year-old William Jesse Rattler was sentenced...

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