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Hagel: Military medical system 'average'

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, accompanied by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, on the military health care system. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday directed military medical officials to show within 45 days how they will improve care, patient safety and access to treatment at underachieving military health care facilities.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:12:55 -0400
Court: Democrats don't need Kansas Senate nominee

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts speaks to reporters during a fundraising luncheon with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as featured speaker in Wichita, Kan., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in a tight Senate race that has drawn national attention. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas Democrats are not required to field a candidate this fall against Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, a state court decided Wednesday in a boost for independent Greg Orman and a blow to the GOP's hopes of capturing a majority.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:12:01 -0400
US sharply criticizes new Israeli construction

FILE - In this March 3, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Despite deeply strained relations, the president and prime minister stand united on the US-led campaign to defeat Islamic State extremists. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from "even its closest allies" and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:11:52 -0400
Lawyer warns of pension cuts in bankruptcy case

FILE - In this June 27, 2012 file photo, pedestrians cross a street near the Bank of Stockton in Stockton, Calif. A federal judge could rule Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, on a bankruptcy exit plan for Stockton, an inland port city in California that in 2012 became the largest city in the U.S. to file for Chapter 9 protection before Detroit filed last year. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein has scheduled a hearing in Sacramento in a trial that has lasted more than four months. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Employees of the bankrupt California city of Stockton could be forced to take a 60 percent pension cut if a federal judge rejects its reorganization plan, a lawyer for the city said Wednesday in a case that could clarify who gets paid first by financially strapped cities around the nation retirement funds or creditors.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:14:13 -0400
Girl missing for 12 years found with mom in Mexico

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Authorities say a Texas girl reported kidnapped 12 years ago has been found with her mother in Mexico, and that the mother is now facing charges in the U.S.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:09:42 -0400
US Secret Service chief resigns over security breaches

Director of the United States Secret Service Julia Pierson testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 30, 2014Washington (AFP) - The director of the US Secret Service resigned Wednesday following a string of lapses by the elite presidential protection branch, including one in which an intruder ran through the front door of the White House.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:07:52 -0400
Pac-12, Big Ten, ACC notify NCAA of proposals

The five wealthiest college football conferences have notified the NCAA of their proposals to provide more benefits to athletes under the new governance model that allows the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference to pass legislation without the support of the other Division I leagues.,

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:04:27 -0400
App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, Aiden Crott, 7, center, helps Daniel Hernadez, 5, with his ScratchJr iPad program while Talia Levitt, 7, right, works with hers at the Eliot-Pearson Children's School in Medford, Mass. Researchers created the app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:04:13 -0400
Alaska refuge proposes killing invasive caribou

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) A federal agency is considering lethal measures to protect an Alaska island refuge from an invasive species caribou.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:03:36 -0400
Respiratory virus seen in 4 deaths; role unclear

NEW YORK (AP) Four people who were infected with a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country have died, but what role the virus played in the deaths is unclear, health officials said Wednesday.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:02:27 -0400
US, Brazil resolve long-running cotton fight

Cropped organic cotton are stocked in Apodi, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil on June 28, 2012Washington (AFP) - The United States and Brazil closed a 12-year-old fight over US cotton subsidies Wednesday, with the US paying $300 million to the Brazilian Cotton Institute to settle the trade battle.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:00:27 -0400
Man convicted of murder in killing over loud music

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) A jury has found a Florida man guilty of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager after an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:06:30 -0400
Hong Kong leader plays waiting game, protesters demand he resigns

Protesters sit under umbrellas at a main street at Mongkok shopping district after thousand of protesters blocked the road in Hong KongBy John Ruwitch and Yimou Lee HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's leader is willing to let pro-democracy demonstrations blocking large areas of the city go on for weeks if necessary, a source close to him said, while defiant protesters vowed they would not budge. The city's streets were calm early on Thursday while police largely kept their distance from the tens of thousands of mostly young people keeping up protests in the heart of the Asian financial hub that are now nearly a week old. ...

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:53:08 -0400
Oslo latest city to drop out of 2022 Olympic race

FILE - In this Monday May 19, 2014 fie photo, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. left, smiles as he sits with Norwegian IOC-member Gerhard Heiberg during a meeting Norway's Minister of Culture, Thorhild Widvey in Oslo. Oslo said it is dropped its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics after the Norwegian government declined Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 to provide financial backing, a move which leaves just two cities in a race that has been decimated by withdrawals. (AP Photo: Hakon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix, File) NORWAY OUTThe Olympics that no one seems to want is down to just two candidates.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:52:55 -0400
Review: Pay by phone or just keep using plastic?

NEW YORK (AP) PayPal, Apple and others are betting on billions in mobile payments.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:51:45 -0400
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