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Congress growing impatient on inquiry in VA deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patience is wearing thin in Congress as lawmakers confront allegations of treatment delays and falsified patient-appointment reports at health centers run by the Veterans Affairs Department. A former clinic director says dozens of veterans died while awaiting treatment at the Phoenix VA hospital.

Official says immigration program up for review

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's new homeland security secretary is offering his first public hints at executive action the administration might take on immigration, suggesting changes to a much-criticized program that runs the names of people booked for local crimes through a federal immigration database.

Clintons push back against Republican critics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill and Hillary Clinton are fighting back against critics as if they are waging another campaign, the clearest sign yet that, perhaps, they are. The former secretary of state and her former president husband are defending their records, showing off their health and humor and raising money for fellow Democrats, fresh indications that Hillary Clinton has her eye on running for president in 2016.

Steelworkers join police patrols in east Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Steelworkers employed by Ukraine's biggest tycoon have joined police on patrol in some disputed eastern Ukrainian cities, and the company said Thursday that its officials had struck a deal with police and pro-Russian separatists in one of the cities for the insurgents to leave occupied government buildings.

US Rep. Conyers joins suit to get back on ballot

DETROIT (AP) — Longtime Michigan Congressman John Conyers joined a federal lawsuit Thursday taking aim at the requirement that petition collectors be registered voters, as part of a larger challenge to an order removing his name from the primary ballot in August.

Fringe contenders send Idaho governor debate viral

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho residents are used to politics that track from conservative to extreme, but a primary debate involving four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor was over the top even by Gem State standards.

China: US must be objective about Asia tensions

WASHINGTON (AP) — China's top general blamed the Obama administration's new focus on Asia on Thursday for various disputes in the East and South China seas, saying "some neighboring countries" are using it as a chance to provoke problems.

Spending precedes revenue as Illinois House passes budget bills

Democratic lawmakers pushed dozens of fiscal 2015 appropriations bills through the Illinois House of Representatives on Thursday over protests largely from Republicans that the money does not exist to pay for higher spending. But instead of voting first on the taxes, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan decided to start with appropriations. At the beginning of Thursday's marathon budget session, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said that the budget process was taking the wrong turn. Christopher Mooney, director of the Illinois Institute of Government & Public Affairs at the University of Illinois, said Illinois lawmakers face a tough choice of voting for higher taxes going into November's general election or enacting a budget with significant spending cuts.

‘OITNB’ Is Back. Get Ready to Binge.

‘Orange Is the New Black’ returns to Netflix with a wildly addictive potion of darkness, estrogen, and one-liners. Being sentenced to prison (or your couch) has never felt so good.

New Probes in Veterans’ Scandal

A few weeks ago, it looked like only one Veterans’ Affairs hospital was cooking its books. Since then, five more facilities have been accused of doing the same—and new investigations are just getting started.

Homeland chief: Immigration program up for review

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (Jay) Johnson says he's looking at making changes to a controversial program that runs people booked for local crimes through a federal immigration database.

House, Senate unveil water project bill compromise

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators on Thursday unveiled a compromise bill that authorizes billions of dollars for water projects over the next decade, from flood protections in California to deepening Georgia's rapidly growing Port of Savannah.

Pentagon punished nearly 500 for sexual harassment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military fired or disciplined nearly 500 workers for sexual harassment in a 12-month period, and nearly 13 percent of the complaints filed involved repeat offenders, according to new data.

Congressional negotiators agree on water bill

Water projects that would be authorized over the next 10 years under a compromise reached by House and Senate negotiators. The bill needs the approval of the full House and Senate, which are expected to vote next week.

Minnesota lawmakers strike medical marijuana deal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers struck a deal Thursday to legalize medical marijuana, handing a major victory to severely ill children and adults whose emotional appeals for help propelled a major policy change that once appeared dead for the session.

Immigration’s False-Fact Think Tank

A new report from the Center for Immigraiton Studies says the Obama Administration released 36,000 undocumented criminals from detention last year. Scary numbers, but there’s more to the story.