VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists — and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms — government data shows that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all.

  • Written by DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press

After bomber's conviction, jury to decide life or death

BOSTON (AP) — Now that a jury has convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on all charges, even more is at stake in the next phase of the federal trial: The same 12 people must decide whether the 21-year-old lives or dies.

  • Written by DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer

Hail, high winds, tornadoes possible for Midwest on Thursday

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Strong storms rumbled through the Southern Plains early Thursday, missing major population centers but offering a preview of bad weather that could hit Chicago, Detroit and other big cities in the Midwest later in the day.


Obama lobbies Congress on Iran; Dems seek changes to bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic senators are intent on changing a bill that would give Congress a say in an emerging nuclear deal with Iran — tweaks that could make it more palatable to President Barack Obama, who called two key senators on Wednesday to lobby against undermining diplomatic efforts to end a standoff with Tehran.

  • Written by DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press