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  1. House and Senate negotiators have approved a compromise bill to spend about $17 billion to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. Agreement by the 28-member conference committee was needed to move the bill to the full House and Senate. AFP

    Conference committee OKs $17B VA health care bill

    House and Senate negotiators have approved a $17 billion compromise bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and reform a program scandalized by veterans' long waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  2. VA seeks to improve services, care for female vets

    The rising ranks of servicewomen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade has changed the nature of care needed at the Veterans Affairs Department ó but the system has yet to fully adapt, advocates say.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  3. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters Tuesday at the State Department in Washington, during a news conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. Cliff Owen / AP

    Lavrov and Kerry talk about Cold War-era arms deal

    Russia's Foreign Ministry says the chief diplomats from Russia and the United States have discussed the situation in Ukraine and the fulfillment of a Cold War-era arms control deal that the U.S. has accused Russia of violating.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  4. Calif. governor takes dig at Texas Guard plan

    California Gov. Jerry Brown took a not-so-subtle dig at Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border, saying Monday that he expects it to be a short-lived measure and that 'wiser minds will prevail.'

    • Jul. 29, 2014
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    Wright-Patterson pressured to fill more hospital beds

    Ohio's largest military base is under pressure to fill more beds in its hospital.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  5. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken speaks about Russia, Ukraine as well as the Middle East conflict during a July 28 appearance at the daily press briefing at the White House. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    White House: EU, U.S. to impose new Russia sanctions

    The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  6. Tamryn Klapheke Photo courtesy of Klapheke family

    CPS worker in 2012 Dyess toddler death charged with evidence tampering

    Abilene, Texas, police have charged a former state child protective services worker with tampering with evidence in the case of a toddler found dead at her Dyess Air Force Base home nearly two years ago.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
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    Washington Redskins special teams coach Ben Kotwica demonstrates a drill during practice Sunday at the team's NFL football training facility. Alex Brandon / AP

    Former Apache pilot heads Redskins special teams

    After practice on Military Appreciation Day at Washington Redskins training camp, the special teams coordinator made a beeline to the people in uniform near the special VIP tent.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  7. A pro-Russian rebel touches the MH17 wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 22, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. Vadim Ghirda / AP

    U.N. rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

    The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  8. Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, accompanied by House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., speaks during a July 28 news conference on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    VA reform bill to get vote this week

    In a dramatic legislative turnaround, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees on Monday unveiled plans for a $17 billion compromise VA reform bill that funds the hiring of more clinicians, expands private care options and makes i

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  9. Gov. Rick Perr speaks at a news conference July 21. Perry announced he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border. Eric Gay/ / The Associated Press

    Five Questions with Texas Gov. Rick Perry: U.S.-Mexico Border

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has accused the federal government of failing to provide enough resources on the U.S.-Mexico border to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants, including more than 57,000 children who have illegally crossed into the U.S.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  10. U.S.: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach 'a very serious matter' and going public with allegations that have simmered for some tim

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  11. 2 military satellites launched on Delta 4 rocket

    A Delta 4 rocket has lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying two satellites for the U.S. Air Force.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
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    Jury says it is stuck in Ventura case after 5 days

    The jury weighing former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle told the judge Monday they didn't think they could reach a unanimous verdict, but he asked them to keep trying.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  12. Secretary of State John Kerry leaves after speaking at a July 28 news conference at the State Department in Washington. Cliff Owen / AP

    U.S. fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

    Obama administration officials were fuming Monday over a torrent of Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  13. Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov was declared dead Dec. 14 in Kaiserslautern, Germany, after being found unresponsive in the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver, according to police. Screenshot

    For Germans, death penalty is concern in U.S. airman's murder trial

    Nearly a week after German police discovered the lifeless body of a U.S. sailor inside a car in Kaiserslautern Dec. 14, the remains were turned over to the U.S. armed forces regional medical examiner.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
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    Lucy Coffey and Queta Marquez, Bexar County veterans service officer, go through pictures taken while Coffey was in Japan. Coffey is the nation's oldest woman veteran, serving in the procurement office of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II. She is 108 years old. Helen L. Montoya / AP

    Oldest female WWII vet visits D.C. monuments

    The nation's oldest living female World War II veteran has finally made it to Washington to see the monuments and memorials.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
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    The Capital of Annapolis reported that former Naval Academy Superintendent Charles Larson died Saturday at his home in Annapolis, Maryland. He was 77.

    Former Naval Academy superintendent dies at 77

    Arizona Sen. John McCain is praising former Naval Academy Superintendent Charles Larson, who died over the weekend, as a great man.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
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    Defense: Government suppressed evidence in Blackwater

    Lawyers for Blackwater security guards accused the government on Monday of suppressing evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
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    Capt. Patrick McAfee Air Force

    2 USAF missileers to work with Navy in morale-improvement effort

    They're Air Force missileers, but their next assignments are with the Navy.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  14. A satellite image purports to show a before and after close-up of artillery strikes. The United States says the images back up its claims that rockets have been fired from Russia into eastern Ukraine and heavy artillery for separatists has also crossed the border. State Department / AP

    U.S.: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
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    Wyoming Air Guard looks to improve planes

    Wyoming Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner has joined other Guard leaders around the country in asking Congress to approve upgrades to older transport planes.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
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    Lackland airman James Green surprised a homeless man with a makeover. KENS 5

    Lackland airman ambushes homeless man with makeover

    James Green has a special commitment to San Antonio's homeless. He wants them to know they matter and he wants the displaced to know he cares.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  15. Smoke billows from an area near Tripoli's international airport July 24 during fighting between rival factions around the capital's airport. Mahmud Turkia / AFP

    38 killed as Libyan forces battle militias in east

    Heavy clashes between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed 38 people, health officials said Sunday, as fighting between rival militias around the capital's international airport raged on and European nations warned

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  16. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, center, pays tribute to former presidents Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, his grandfather and father, on July 27 to mark the 61st anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. AFP

    Events mark anniversary of Korean War armistice

    The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, meaning the two Koreas remain technically at war. But in North Korea, the anniversary of the agreement ending the hostilities is commemorated as '

    • Jul. 27, 2014

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