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Charges in Jim Brady's homicide could prove tough

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to bring a case against John Hinckley Jr. in the homicide of former White House press secretary James Brady could prove difficult for prosecutors, given the three decades that have passed since he was shot in an assassination try on Ronald Reagan and because a jury ruled that Hinckley was insane when he opened fire, an attorney and law professor said.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 August 2014

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US drops new aid to Iraqis fleeing militant surge

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The U.S. launched a new airdrop Saturday to aid thousands of members of an Iraqi minority group who fled the advance of the Islamic State group, trying to stem a worsening humanitarian crisis in a country reeling from the extremist offensive.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 August 2014

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Major provisions of veterans health care law

A law signed Thursday by President Barack Obama aims to alleviate delays many veterans have faced in getting treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics and end the widespread practice of covering up long wait times for appointments. The legislation also makes it easier to fire hospital administrators and other senior VA executives.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014

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CDC director: Scale of Ebola crisis unprecedented

WASHINGTON (AP) — The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, the health official leading the U.S. response said Thursday.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014

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Smokey Bear turns 70, but don't bring candles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Smokey Bear is turning 70 on Saturday — but don't bring any candles to the party, please.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014

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GM issues third recall on SUVs that can catch fire

General Motors' troubles with safety recalls have surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014

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Obama threatens airstrikes on militants in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring that "America is coming to help," President Barack Obama is authorizing U.S. airstrikes if necessary and airdrops of humanitarian aid in northern Iraq to counter advancing Islamic militants and the threat they pose to Americans as well as Iraqi civilians.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014

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Detroit-area porch shooter convicted of murder

DETROIT (AP) — A jury convicted a suburban Detroit homeowner of second-degree murder and manslaughter on Thursday in the killing of a drunk, unarmed woman on his porch last year, rejecting his claim that he was afraid for his life and had acted in self-defense.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014

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