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Aide: Obama 'madder than hell' over VA allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House chief of staff says President Barack Obama is "madder than hell" about reports of treatment delays at veterans' hospitals across the country.

Synthetic DNA: The New Drug Makers?

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute produced the first living organism with synthetic bacteria this May. Why the drug-development world just won big.

Coffee fungus raising prices for high-end blends

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease — and hold down the price of your morning cup.

GOP Benghazi team brings long list of accusations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans hoping to ride their Benghazi investigation to a November election sweep have entrusted a seven-member team with "getting to the truth," in the words of House Speaker John Boehner, about whether the Obama administration misled Americans about the deadly attack in Libya.

AP NewsBreak: Brewing troubles from coffee fungus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease — and hold down the price of your morning cup.

In Kentucky, Senate candidates lay claim to change

FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) — In this small Kentucky town near the Tennessee border, where registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by 2 to 1, Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell had the same message: change.

Ukraine’s Brutal Journalist Kidnappers

As Western attention drifts from the conflict in Ukraine, independent journalists are still being abducted, held, and being subjected to bizarre propaganda rituals on Russian television.

Michael Cunningham’s New Magic

The Pulitzer prize-winning author of ‘The Hours’ references Hans Christian Andersen in a haunting chronicle of four New Yorkers grappling with family, love, and mortality.

This Novel Predicted Putin’s Invasion

In ‘The Island of Crimea,’ Vasily Aksyonov penned a satirical ‘what-if’ about a free and modern Simferopol clamouring to rejoin the Soviets. Three decades on, it’s not so funny any more.

Gay People Need to Be More Tolerant!

Newt Gingrich wonders why people can’t express their anti-gay views about Michael Sam’s on-screen kiss more freely, an Idaho congressional candidate is a 9/11 truther, and more.

Go Forth and Fail, Rutgers Grads

Greetings, Class of 2014. So Condoleezza Rice was too offensive for you. Just wait until Monday morning. Did you learn how to spell KFC?

Believers Must Fight for Gay Teens

Compassion is important, but so is fighting systemic injustice—like the way our social institutions harass and criminalize gay teenagers.

This Ice Cream's Secret: Pampered Cows

Forget vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Woodside Farm Creamery is letting its imagination fly when it comes to the flavors of its ice cream, made from the happiest of cows.

Iran’s Women Unveil Online

Meet the young Iranian exile whose stealth Facebook page—it allows women to post pictures of themselves without their hijabs—has outraged the authorities in Tehran.

Celebrity Music Video Cameos

Arcade Fire released the powerful music video for the song “We Exist,” featuring Andrew Garfield dressed as a woman. See more stars in music videos.

How Harry Reid Carpet-Bombed the South

Call it the Romney strategy: The Senate Majority PAC’s early wave of attack ads has been paying off in the polls in Democrats’ closest races.

The Weirdest Object in the Universe

100 times hotter than the Sun, as long as Manhattan, 400 trillion times as dense as water, with a pull 100 trillion times stronger than Earth’s magnetic field. Meet the neutron star.

Obama's transportation chief Foxx takes on increasingly visible role

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Anthony Foxx took over from the hard-charging Ray LaHood last July as U.S. transportation secretary, he had big shoes to fill and needed to adjust from his job as a city mayor to presiding over a sprawling agency with 55,000 employees. Less than a year later, Foxx, 43, has emerged as an up-and-coming talent in President Barack Obama's Cabinet, a central player in Obama's effort to persuade Congress to approve new transportation funding and who just last week fined General Motors $35 million for safety violations linked to 13 deaths. "Crashes happened and people died," Foxx told a news conference in announcing the penalties. It has been a speedy rise for Foxx, a former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, who got Democrats' attention in 2012 when his city played host to the Democratic National Convention where Obama was nominated for a second term.