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Election-year defense budget spares ships, planes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon pleas for flexibility in keeping the military ready to fight with less money were largely ignored as a Republican-led House panel kept older weapons alive and preserved generous personnel benefits.

Embattled VA Secretary Shinseki refusing to resign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is brushing aside calls for his resignation in the wake of reports of 40 deaths because of delayed treatment at a Phoenix VA hospital.

Obama hangs with Spielberg, Springsteen at benefit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Obama shared a table with Steven Spielberg and Bruce Springsteen at a benefit dinner, but broke away to chat with Barbra Streisand and Samuel L. Jackson.

House set to approve new Benghazi investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are set to begin a special investigation of the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, raising the stakes in a political battle with the Obama administration as the midterm election season heats up.

Which Team Will Make History Tonight?

The NFL teams will all be weighing up the impact of drafting the first openly gay pro-footballer. Who will take a chance on Michael Sam?

Immigration Laws Have It All Backward

You have to move heaven and earth to get a Green Card, but becoming a citizen of the U.S. is comparatively easy. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

Judge Lets Citgo Get Away With Murder

The corporation doesn’t have the pay compensation for pollution it caused in Texas. But pollution is a violent crime—and should be prosecuted as such.

Will the Nanny State Target Cigars Next?

Cigar makers have long fought to keep their product from the FDA’s clutches. Now, in an unexpected turn, the FDA might finally back off.

The Drug-Free Breakfast Rave

Forget SoulCycle—the newest fitness craze is early morning raving, complete with DJs, costumes, and organic smoothies.

Hollywood’s Unheralded Comedy Genius

The director of ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ is back with ‘Neighbors’—a rowdy comedy with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron that’s the funniest movie of the year (so far).

The Game You Wear on Your Face

Facebook bought Oculus for $2 billion. Sony's gearing up for Project Morpheus. We've come a long way from the headache-inducing black and red graphics of Nintendo's Virtual Boy.

…And Why Democrats Are So Scared of It

They insist we don’t need another committee to investigate the attack—but they’re really afraid of the incompetence the truth will reveal.

Take ADHD Drugs to Treat Menopause

Along with hot flashes and mood swings, up to two-thirds of menopausal women report suffering from “brain fog,” a frustrating condition marked by forgetfulness and an inability to concentrate. Now, a new therapy might have these women filling up the same prescriptions as their hyperactive grandchildren.

The Artist Who Gets Away With Everything

It took artist and critic Peter Plagens a long time to come around to the post-modern work of Bruce Nauman. But after overcoming a little jealousy and a few harsh reviews, he just can hide his admiration.

‘Energy’ Drinks Do Just the Opposite

Teens consume energy drinks so they can feel focused and energized (duh). But a new study reveals these drinks actually make teens lazy, tired, and less healthy.

The Robot That Could Kill Malaria

Unlike polio and typhoid, there’s no malaria vaccine—but Dr. Stephen Hoffman says he’s got one. Now he’s launched a crowd-funding site to make a ‘SpoRobot’ to deliver the knockout blow.

How Republicans Twist Benghazi…

It’s time for Republicans to ’fess up about what’s really motivating their relentless search for the ‘truth.’ Hint: It’s about political gain, not honoring the victims of the attack.

Therapy dog helps troops deal with postwar stress

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — After three deployments to Iraq and three to Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Dennis Swols is agitated, prone to bouts of anger and unable to really talk about his time on the battlefield.

House blocks Pentagon bid to curb pay raises, retire weapons

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House Armed Services Committee approved a policy bill on Thursday that authorized a $496 billion Pentagon base budget for next year but rejected many of the department's attempts to cut spending, including on arms programs and military pay increases. Lawmakers on the Republican-dominated panel voted unanimously to send the measure to the full House of Representatives, where it must be passed and reconciled with a Senate version before going to President Barack Obama for his signature. Representative Buck McKeon, the committee chairman, said the annual legislation, the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2015 fiscal year, was expected to be considered by the full House in two weeks. The measure approved by the panel authorizes a $496 billion Pentagon base budget, plus $17.9 billion for defense-related nuclear programs in the Department of Energy.

Obama: Recalling horrors protects the future

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Saluting a Holocaust history foundation founded by Steven Spielberg, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the purpose of memory is not simply to preserve the past but to protect the future.