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  • House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up the...

  • Giants RB Jennings remembers "fat kid"

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Rashad Jennings never made fun of the fat kid with asthma who couldn't keep up with everyone else: Jennings was that kid. Now he's the likely starter at running back for the Giants, and he credits his difficult childhood for much of his success. "I've...

  • Yankees acquire LHP Capuano from Rockies for cash

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have acquired left-hander Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies in their latest trade with a team from the NL West. The Yankees announced after Thursday's 4-2 win over Texas that they'd gotten the 35-year-old Capuano for cash. Capuano started...

  • Republicans jump to Astorino's defense

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Several Republican governors eyeing runs for the White House in 2016 are rallying behind the New York gubernatorial candidate spurned by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Christie, who chairs the Republican Governors Association, said this week he has no plans to...

  • Rand Paul says death penalty is a state issue

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that the disproportionate number of minorities in the nation's prisons convinced him to push for sentencing reform and restoring voting rights to some convicted felons ahead of a possible presidential run in 2016. However, the...

  • UN urges quick implementation of CAR cease-fire

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday called on Muslim and Christian factions battling in Central African Republic to immediately implement a cease-fire agreement they signed this week. A press statement approved by all 15 council members welcomed Wednesday's...

  • Cooler weather helps firefighters in Washington

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    OMAK, Wash. (AP) — Cooler temperatures allowed firefighters to directly attack a massive wildfire that has destroyed about 150 homes in north-central Washington on Thursday. Fire spokesman Pete Buist said the biggest wildfire in the state's history was 52 percent contained....

  • Immigrant children placed with Alabama sponsors

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — More than 400 immigrant children have been placed with sponsors in Alabama, according to federal figures released Thursday, and more could be coming with officials saying Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery is being considered for housing. A division of the...

  • Man held after wild car-theft spree near Denver

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A man wielding a rifle and a handgun hijacked a car, burst through a garage door in a stolen SUV and tried to commandeer two state-owned dump trucks before a deputy wrestled him to the pavement on a highway west of Denver, authorities said. No major injuries...

  • 6 to stand trial in group home case in Mexico

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican judge has ordered six employees of a group home raided amid charges of abuse and filthy conditions to stand trial, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The five men and one woman have been charged with kidnapping for allegedly refusing to release residents...

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