Cases involving alleged drug theft at VA health facilities

Government data obtained by The Associated Press show that incidents of drug loss or theft at federal hospitals have jumped nearly tenfold since 2009 to 2,457 last year, spurred by widespread opioid abuse in the U.S. Federal authorities report that doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff — mostly in the Department of Veterans Affairs health system — had siphoned away controlled substances, while in other cases, drugs intended for patients simply disappeared.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Trump's proposed big military budget no sure thing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans control Congress so President Donald Trump's pledge to boost the Pentagon budget by tens of billions of dollars should be a sure bet.

  • Written by RICHARD LARDNER , Associated Press

Talk to babies and let them babble back to bridge word gap

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even infants can have conversations with mom or dad. Their turn just tends to involve a smile or some gibberish instead of words. That's a key lesson from programs that are coaching parents to talk more with their babies — and recording their attempts.

  • Written by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

2 dead, torrents of rain slam Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A huge Pacific storm parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least two people.

  • Written by ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press