House moves to fill VA's budget gap despite vets' objections


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House is moving to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall in its Choice program of private-sector care, a plan drawing stiff protests from veterans' groups.

  • Written by By HOPE YEN , Associated Press

Driver charged in smuggling-related deaths of 10 immigrants

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The driver of a broiling tractor-trailer found packed with immigrants outside a Walmart in San Antonio was charged Monday in the deaths of 10 of his passengers and could face the death penalty.

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  • Written by By NOMAAN MERCHANT , Associated Press

Girl's HIV infection seems under control without AIDS drugs

A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines — more evidence that early treatment can occasionally cause a long remission that, if it lasts, would be a form of cure.

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  • Written by By MARILYNN MARCHIONE , AP Chief Medical Writer

GOP health bill still a mystery before planned vote


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will move forward with a key vote this week on a Republican health bill but it's not yet known whether the legislation will seek to replace President Barack Obama's health care law or simply repeal it.

  • Written by By HOPE YEN , Associated Press