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House passes bill to oversee VA hospital building

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project.

LA County deputy convicted in corruption case

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was convicted Tuesday of trying to block a federal investigation of allegations of inmate abuse at county jails.

House passes bills highlighting IRS controversy

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The House passed three bills Tuesday designed to highlight complaints that the IRS mistreated conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status.

Attorney: Patti LaBelle had bodyguard beat cadet

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

An attorney for an ex-West Point cadet told jurors Tuesday that veteran R&B singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguard to beat up the cadet as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal, resulting in a brain injury that forced him to drop out of the military academy.

Penn. editor, Conn. newspaper get diversity award

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Philadelphia Daily News Editor Michael Days and the New Haven Register received the 13th annual Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership at the Associated Press Media Editors-American Society of News Editors conference on Tuesday.

Clergy seek pardon of inmate freed 90 years early

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

A group of religious leaders on Tuesday asked Gov. John Hickenlooper to pardon a Colorado convict who was sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early and creating a new life.

Ginsburg: Watch 6th Circuit on gay marriage

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

People seeking clues about how soon the Supreme Court might weigh in on states' gay marriage bans should pay close attention to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a Minnesota audience Tuesday.

Man accused of trying to aid Islamic State group

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

An upstate New York man accused of plotting to kill members of the U.S. military and others faces new charges that he tried to aid the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

Man pleads guilty to shipping equipment to Syria

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

A Pennsylvania businessman has acknowledged conspiring to illegally export chemical warfare detection devices and lab equipment to Syria.

Congress approves inflation increase for veterans

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Millions of veterans and their dependents will get a fresh cost-of-living increase for their disability benefits beginning in December, according to legislation that Congress sent President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Judge OKs NYC taxi-access deal for disabled people

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Citing a historic baseball moment, a federal judge has formally approved a deal making at least half of New York City's taxi fleet wheelchair-accessible by 2020.

Retired agent awarded $173,000 in ATF lawsuit

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

A retired federal agent was awarded $173,000 after a judge found the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives breached a 2007 settlement that resolved the agent's complaint that the agency didn't properly investigate threats made against him after his undercover investigation of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

Cops: No past reason to enter remains-filled home

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Police responded to several calls in recent years from a home where the remains of three infants were found last week but never had reason to check conditions inside the home, according to police logs released Tuesday.

NYC's Sept. 11 museum gets 1 millionth visitor

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The museum at the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York has gotten its 1 millionth visitor just under four months after opening to the public.

FARC rebel ambush kills 7 police in Colombia

|Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Colombia's police chief says leftist rebels have killed seven police officers and injured five in an ambush in the country's northwest.

Miley Cyrus date barely makes court appearance

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards arrived 45 minutes late for his arraignment Tuesday on a charge that he violated his probation in Oregon.

APNewsBreak: Chicago DEA chief heading to DC

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Chicago division, who has drawn attention to the growing influence of Mexican cartels in the American heartland, is leaving to take one of the agency's top posts in Washington, D.C., a DEA official said Tuesday.

Boise State decides to change event policies

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Boise State University officials say they will change their on-campus event policies after private legal organizations said the school violated the First Amendment by charging a student organization security fees for a gun-rights event.

Senator to propose authorization to hit militants

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine has drawn up legislation to authorize U.S. military force against Islamic extremists that would strictly limit the engagement of American ground forces.

Woman in wildfire's path lost almost everything

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Kate Stonecypher awoke Monday and thought about wearing boots to work but decided on sneakers instead.