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Congress reaches construction deal on Denver VA hospital

AP Photo/David Zalubowski DENVER (AP) — Lawmakers have reached a deal to keep construction underway on a troubled Veterans Administration hospital outside Denver. The VA was on the verge of running out of money for the project, estimated to be $1 billion over its...

Boy Scouts’ leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

NEW YORK (AP) — The national president of the Boy Scouts, Robert Gates, says the organization’s longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and is urging change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles. In a speech...

Study: Local lockups can be more pricey to run than thought

NEW YORK (AP) — It turns out running a jail can be even more expensive than previously thought. A study released Thursday examining what it actually costs to operate local lockups has found that a whole host of costs – from providing inmate health care to funding...
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Survey: US schools beef up safety measures

AP Photo/Jessica Hill WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. public schools beefed up security measures with safety drills and parent notification systems in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a government survey released...
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Police identify suspect in slaying of wealthy DC family

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta WASHINGTON (AP) — Police have identified a suspect in the mysterious slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper inside their multimillion-dollar home. Washington, D.C., police issued a news release late Wednesday saying they...

Race canceled amid anxiety over Colorado roadway shootings

DENVER (AP) — The shooting death of a bicyclist considered the unofficial mayor of a normally quiet Colorado town has led organizers to cancel a popular annual race, while a lack of details in the case has raised fears that Windsor’s first homicide in eight years is...
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Study: Fewer kids have severe mental problems; more get help

AP Photo/Darron Cummings Contrary to public perception and horrific cases that make headlines, serious mental problems are declining among the nation’s youth, and there has been a big rise in how many are getting help, a new study finds. The study is mostly good news: More...

Justice Department declines charges in Idaho prison scandal

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has declined to press criminal charges in connection with a contract fraud investigation at a private Idaho prison. The FBI began investigating the Idaho Correctional Center last year. The facility had been run by Corrections...
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The Latest on California oil spill: Pipeline was at capacity

AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant 11:30 a.m. (PDT) The company that owns the pipeline that broke and spewed oil into the Pacific Ocean says it’s still unknown exactly how much oil was lost, but the pipeline was operating at maximum capacity. Plains All American Pipeline LP...
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Last drought victims: Q&A on California senior water rights

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Farmers and other landowners who staked the earliest claims to California’s water are last to suffer cutbacks at times of drought under the state’s water-rights system. Now the dry spell has become so severe...