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WASHINGTON — Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

  • Posted: Jan 17 2017 - 12:05am

    Reports: Istanbul nightclub attacker who killed 39 caught

  • | Posted: Jan 17 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Thousands of women take to the streets of Washington, demanding a greater voice for women in American political life as a new president takes power.

  • | Posted: Jan 17 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to clog the nation’s capital for Donald Trump’s inauguration and a major demonstration the day after. How many will actually arrive to party or protest is an open question.

  • | Posted: Jan 17 2017 - 12:05am

    SALT LAKE CITY — Visits to U.S. national parks set a record in 2016 for the third consecutive year as landmarks such Zion, Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain experienced historic levels of popularity that brought collateral headaches stemming from overcrowded roads and trails and increasing visitor misbehavior.

  • | Posted: Jan 17 2017 - 12:05am

    ATLANTA — As Americans celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leaders and activists are trying to reconcile the transition from the nation’s first black president to a president-elect still struggling to connect with most non-white voters.

  • | Posted: Jan 17 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund on Monday raised its forecast for the U.S. economy over the next two years, saying President-elect Donald Trump’s policies should boost economic growth, particularly in 2018. But officials warned that if Trump’s protectionist trade proposals set off a trade war, that could be “quite destructive” for the global economy.

  • | Posted: Jan 16 2017 - 12:05am

    NEW YORK (AP) — The outgoing CIA director charged on Sunday that Donald Trump lacks a full understanding of the threat Moscow poses to the United States, delivering a public lecture to the president-elect that further highlighted the bitter state of Trump’s relations with American intelligence agencies.

  • | Posted: Jan 15 2017 - 12:05am

    ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum &Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May.

  • | Posted: Jan 15 2017 - 12:05am

    NEW YORK — Donald Trump tore into civil rights legend John Lewis on Saturday for questioning the legitimacy of the Republican billionaire’s White House victory, intensifying a feud with the black congressman days before the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

  • | Posted: Jan 15 2017 - 12:05am

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Parts of the central U.S. grappled Saturday with a second day of road-glazing ice and braced for more of the treacherous, below-freezing wintry weather expected to close out the holiday weekend.

  • | Posted: Jan 15 2017 - 12:05am

    LOS ANGELES — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Saturday and placed a constellation of satellites in orbit, marking the company’s first launch since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago.

  • | Posted: Jan 15 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Call them rebels with a cause. Or two. Or three. Or 10.

  • | Posted: Jan 14 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is aware of frequent contacts between President-elect Donald Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia’s ambassador to the United States, including on the day President Barack Obama hit Moscow with sanctions in retaliation for election-related hacking, a senior U.S. official said Friday.

  • | Posted: Jan 14 2017 - 12:05am

    ST. LOUIS — A thick glaze of ice covered roads from Oklahoma to southern Illinois on Friday amid a winter storm that caused numerous wrecks, forced school cancellations, grounded flights and prompted dire warnings for people to stay home.

  • | Posted: Jan 14 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Traffic deaths surged about 8 percent in the first nine months of last year, continuing an alarming upward spiral that may be partially explained by more Americans on the roads due to the economic recovery, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates released Friday.