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VA secretary compares health-care lines to Disney

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Monday that the VA should not use wait times as a measure of success, comparing waits for ...

Hawaii could be first to put gun owners in federal database

HONOLULU — Hawaii could become the first state in the United States to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police ...

As Zika spreads, Florida town a study in bug-borne illness

RIO, Fla. — A summer flu seemed to be sweeping through Rachel Heid's riverfront neighborhood. Pale and shaky, she left work with a fever. Neighbors ...

Baltimore prosecutor criticized after officer acquittal

BALTIMORE — After two trials and no convictions, Baltimore's top prosecutor is facing criticism that she moved too quickly to file charges against six officers ...

House panel hearing lawmaker who wants IRS chief impeached

WASHINGTON — A sympathetic House Judiciary Committee is giving a high-profile forum to a top Republican lawmaker who wants to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. ...

5 dead after skydiving tour plane crashes in Hawaii

HONOLULU — Five people died after a skydiving tour plane crashed and caught fire in Hawaii, one of two plane crashes reported Monday in the ...

GOP sues to limit voting rights in Va.

RICHMOND — Leaders of Virginia's House and Senate went to the state's highest court Monday in a bid to reverse Gov. Terry McAuliffe's broad order ...

Supreme Court rules blacks deliberately kept off jury in Georgia capital case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court rebuked the Georgia courts Monday for ignoring blatant evidence of racial bias when prosecutors deliberately excluded blacks from a jury ...

New Jersey beaches recover from wintertime erosion

BRIGANTINE, N.J. — A stormy winter chewed up New Jersey's beaches more than usual, requiring greater efforts to restore them before the summer crowds hit ...

'Pawn Stars' presence to take plea deal

LAS VEGAS — One of the stars of the reality TV show "Pawn Stars" told a judge Monday he's taking a plea deal that would ...

Head of TSA security removed

WASHINGTON — A House committee said Monday that the head of security operations at the Transportation Security Administration has been replaced. "Kelly Hoggan has been ...

World
Obama pushes for better rights in Vietnam after arms deal

HANOI, Vietnam — President Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Vietnam to allow greater freedoms for its citizens, arguing that better human rights would improve the ...

Iraq says clashes with IS outside Fallujah briefly subside

BAGHDAD — Clashes between Iraqi government forces and the Islamic State group outside the city of Fallujah briefly subsided on Tuesday, the second day of ...

EgyptAir 804 human remains suggest blast, forensic official says

CAIRO — Human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 suggest there was an explosion on board that may have brought down ...

12 dead, 50 injured in jade mining landslide in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — A landslide in northern Myanmar's jade mining region Tuesday killed at least 12 people and injured about 50 others, witnesses and officials ...

Official: Roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan kills 5

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says at least five civilians were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in southern Kandahar province. Samim ...

Mine kills Saudi officer along kingdom's border with Yemen

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — State media in Saudi Arabia are reporting that a land mine has killed a border guard along the kingdom's frontier with ...

Greek authorities begin evacuation of Idomeni refugee camp

IIDOMENI, Greece — Greek authorities began an operation at dawn Tuesday to gradually evacuate the country's largest informal refugee camp of Idomeni on the Macedonian ...

Pakistan cites breach in American airstrike

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's Foreign Office summoned U.S. Ambassador David Hale on Monday to "express concern" about the airstrike Saturday that killed Taliban chief Akhtar Mohammad ...

Austria picks leftist to lead

VIENNA — A pro-European Union candidate eked out a victory Monday over a right-wing, anti-migrant rival to become Austria's next president, in a tight contest ...

EgyptAir plane wreckage searched, DNA tested

CAIRO — A French ship joined the international effort to hunt for the black boxes and other wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804 Monday, searching for ...

US General in Afghanistan: Mansour was an obstacle to peace

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Monday that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour was an obstacle to peace and his ...

Netanyahu tells French PM he rejects peace initiative

JERUSALEM — Israel's leader gave a cool reception Monday to a French peace initiative, telling the visiting French prime minister that peace cannot be forged ...