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No Deaths Linked To Delayed Care At Phoenix VA Hospital, Report Says

No Deaths Linked To Delayed Care At Phoenix VA Hospital, Report Says

TUCSON, Ariz. (MCT) — Veterans Affairs Department investigators found no proof that delays in care caused the deaths of veterans at the VA medical center in Phoenix, a facility that became the epicenter of a national scandal over mismanagement in the VA healthcare system and led to the resignation of Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. But […]

Ukraine President Dissolves Parliament, Sets Oct. 26 Election

KIEV, Ukraine (MCT) — Ukraine’s newly inaugurated president dissolved the contentious parliament Monday and set early elections for Oct. 26 in a move that will probably put further pressure on the country’s east-west divide. President Petro Poroshenko had promised during his spring electoral campaign to resolve the standoff between parliamentary deputies of his coalition and […]

Mayo Clinic Offers At-Home Colon Cancer Test

Mayo Clinic Offers At-Home Colon Cancer Test

MINNEAPOLIS (MCT) — Mayo Clinic is taking another step toward making detection of colorectal cancer as convenient as possible, announcing Monday an at-home kit that arrives and is sent back in the mail, stool sample included. In a joint announcement with Cologuard kit maker Exact Sciences of Madison, Wis., Mayo said the screening test will […]

As Kids Get Fatter, Fewer Parents Can Tell Their Children Are Obese

As Kids Get Fatter, Fewer Parents Can Tell Their Children Are Obese

(MCT) — Researchers have identified a new culprit in the epidemic of childhood obesity: parents who can’t even tell that their pudgy kids are overweight. A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds that American parents are significantly less likely to make an accurate assessment of their children’s weight compared with parents from an earlier […]

California Governor Signs Bill Mandating ‘Kill Switches’ On Smartphones

California Governor Signs Bill Mandating ‘Kill Switches’ On Smartphones

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (MCT) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a first-in-the-nation requirement that smartphones made in the state eventually be equipped with “kill switches” that allow owners to remotely render them useless if stolen, in reaction to a spate of violent robberies. “The governor signed SB 962 to deter smartphone theft,” […]

Medical Marijuana Could Reduce Painkiller Abuse, Study Suggests

Medical Marijuana Could Reduce Painkiller Abuse, Study Suggests

(MCT) — Could medical marijuana be an antidote for the nation’s scourge of fatal overdoses caused by prescription pain medication? A new study suggests the answer is yes, and it’s set off a flurry of medical debate over the risks and benefits of making cannabis more widely available to patients. The new research, published Monday […]

States Handling What The Feds Won’t: Illegal Immigrants

States Handling What The Feds Won’t: Illegal Immigrants

With Congress at a standstill on immigration issues, states have pursued their own solutions, with some offering in-state tuition and financial aid to illegal immigrants who are students and others approving more spending to enforce immigration laws.

ICREACH: The Government’s Searchable Database Of Private Communications

ICREACH: The Government’s Searchable Database Of Private Communications

In an effort to help dozens of government agencies access the troves of private telecommunications data it scoops up from foreigners and American citizens, the National Security Agency has its own “Google-like” search engine.

Iraq May Seal Democrats’ Fate In Midterm Elections

Iraq May Seal Democrats’ Fate In Midterm Elections

The Iraq war was once again front and center on the campaign trail in New Hampshire last week. The gruesome beheading of native son James Foley at the hands of Islamic militants thrust the issue to the fore, leading residents to debate how far the U.S. should go to stop them in Iraq.

House Republicans Move Forward On Obama Lawsuit, Hire Lawyer

House Republicans Move Forward On Obama Lawsuit, Hire Lawyer

House Administration Committee Chairwoman Candice Miller (R-Mich.) on Monday signed a contract with the Washington, D.C.-based law firm BakerHostetler for legal representation in a civil action lawsuit against the president of the United States.

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