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Veterans group: Lawsuit prompts Pentagon to reopen database

Jan. 24, 2020 5:17 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Pentagon will reopen a records database that helps service members who are appealing a less-than-honorable discharge, a veterans group said Friday. The National Veterans Legal Services Program had sued the Defense Department over a lack of access to the database, arguing that the...

Kentucky bill requires care for infants surviving abortion

Jan. 23, 2020 3:28 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill that would require doctors and other health workers to provide life-saving care for an infant born alive after a failed abortion attempt was approved by a Kentucky Senate panel Thursday. The measure sailed through the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection...

Republican Rep. Matt Shea speaks at a gun-rights rally, where many gathered in support of the embattled lawmaker, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Shea was suspended from the Republican caucus in the wake of a December report that found he was involved in anti-government activities and several lawmakers have called on him to resign, something he says he will not do. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Controversial Washington lawmaker spreads views across West

Jan. 23, 2020 12:35 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker whose actions surrounding an armed standoff with federal agents were dubbed “domestic terrorism” in a recent report has for years been spreading his anti-government views to other Western states. Republican Rep. Matt Shea is a co-founder of...

Ex-VA employee sentenced for leaking Ojeda's medical records

Jan. 22, 2020 9:48 AM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Department of Veterans Affairs employee has been sentenced to six months in prison for leaking the medical records of Richard Ojeda as the former Army major was running for Congress in West Virginia. Jeffrey Miller of Huntington was sentenced Tuesday in federal court....

FILE - In this March 12, 2019 file photo, an ice and snow covered road leads up to the main building on the Veterans Affairs campus, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Knoxville, Iowa. After watching for more than a decade as a once busy Veterans Affairs campus deteriorated into a sprawling ghost town, leaders of a small Iowa city announced plans to take control of the property and likely demolish most of the structures. City and county officials signed documents Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, taking ownership of the 153-acre property. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Small Iowa city agrees to plan for huge federal ghost town

Jan. 15, 2020 6:03 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — After watching for more than a decade as a once busy Veterans Affairs campus deteriorated into a sprawling ghost town of crumbling brick buildings, leaders of a small Iowa city announced plans Wednesday to finally take control of the property and likely demolish most of the...

Thousands rallied and marched from the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center to the Florida Historic Capitol to demand more money for public schools Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Thousands of school workers from around the state thronged Florida's Capitol on Monday to press Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Legislature to more than double the nearly $1 billion the governor is proposing for teacher raises and bonuses.  (Tori Lynn Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)

Educators throng Florida Capitol to fight for more money

Jan. 13, 2020 5:52 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of school workers from around the state thronged Florida's Capitol on Monday to press Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Legislature to more than double the nearly $1 billion the governor is proposing for teacher raises and bonuses. Large crowds of demonstrators streamed into the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump says Pelosi, Dems defended Iran general

Jan. 13, 2020 12:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's relentless attacks on the impeachment investigation and Democrats' stance on Iran strained the truth on various fronts, from claiming that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani to asserting that even Ukraine's president said Trump did...

In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump speaks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's distortions are across the board

Jan. 11, 2020 6:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump systematically fabricated his record before boisterous supporters and the eyes of the world this past week. To a core question — did the U.S. killing of an Iranian general avoid an imminent attack on U.S. interests? — there is no definitive answer days...

Payment dispute keeps vet from using prosthetic legs

Jan. 10, 2020 1:34 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An Army veteran in Mississippi who served in Vietnam and Iraq says a dispute over payments has left him unable to use a pair of expensive prosthetic legs. Jerry Holliman, 69, told the Clarion Ledger the Veterans Affairs department wouldn't pay for the legs. And he says he doesn't...

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2019, file photo, Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the opening ceremony of the International Astronautical Congress, in Washington. President Donald Trump closed out the old year by reprising a selection of his most familiar falsehoods and putting a few of his predecessor's accomplishments in his own win column. Pence, seeking to justify the U.S. military's targeted killing of a top Iranian general, helped begin the new year with a baseless claim tying that general to the 9/11 attacks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Pence misleadingly links Iran general to 9/11

Jan. 6, 2020 12:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump closed out the old year by reprising a selection of his most familiar falsehoods and putting a few of his predecessor's accomplishments in his own win column. His vice president, seeking to justify the U.S. military’s targeted killing of a top Iranian...