Deal to improve veterans’ health care costs $17B

Senate Veterans Affairs Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, accompanied by House Veterans Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, to outline their agreement on a compromise plan to fix the vast health care system responsible for treating the nation's veterans. A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill's chief supporters said Monday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it

US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

National Security Adviser Susan Rice speaks at the "National Leadership Assembly for Israel" convened by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing

Contracts to buy US homes slip in June

In this July 10, 2014 photo, a sale pending sign is posted in front of a home for sale in Quincy, Mass. The National Association of Realtors on Monday, July 28, 2014 said its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index slipped 1.1 percent to 102.7 in June. The index remains 7.3 percent below its level a year ago. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in June, as the real estate market appears to have cooled off this summer.

In Iraq’s Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

FILE - In this Monday, June 8, 2009 file photo, residents walk past the al-Hadba minaret in a busy market area in Mosul, Iraq. The fear, anger and sadness was palpable across Mosul on Saturday, July 26, 2014 as rumors made their way across Iraqs second-largest city. The militants who had taken over and purged it of some of its most cherished landmarks were eyeing their next target: al-Hadba minaret, an 842-year old tower that leans, like Italys Tower of Pisa _ one of the countrys most famous structures which decorates the 10,000 dinar bill until today.(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam.

UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

Dutch policemen walk in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Sunday, July 27, 2014. A team of international police officers that had been due to visit the site of the Malaysian plane disaster in eastern Ukraine cancelled the trip Sunday after receiving reports of fighting in the area. Alexander Hug, the deputy head of a monitoring team from the OSCE in Europe, said it would be too dangerous for the unarmed mission to travel to the site from its current location in the rebel-held city of Donetsk. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

GENEVA (AP) — The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.

Slain family of 5 was murder-suicide, police say

Kristi Harkins watches police activity at an apartment complex where five members of a family, including three children, were found dead Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Saco, Maine. The bodies of a father, mother and children were found inside the apartment, state police spokesman Steve McCausland said. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

SACO, Maine (AP) — A maintenance worker with financial problems killed his wife and three children with a shotgun, then committed suicide, over the weekend in what state police called one of the wo

Be ready for ‘prolonged’ Gaza war, Netanyahu says

Palestinian relatives mourn for Baraa Mogdadm, 6, who was killed along with 9 other people, all but one of them children, in an explosion at a park at Shati refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. Israeli and Palestinian authorities traded blame over the attack and fighting in the Gaza war raged on despite a major Muslim holiday. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Signaling an escalation of Israel’s Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a “prolonged” war, and the military warned Pa

Abuse suspect dead; 2 marshals, NY policeman hurt

This undated photo provided by the City of Coronado Police Department shows Charles Richard Thomas Mozdir, 32, a San Diego County sex-assault suspect who got into a shootout Monday in New York's Greenwich Village, leaving the suspect dead and two federal marshals and a police detective wounded, authorities said. The shooting happened when a fugitive apprehension task force tried to serve a warrant to Mozdir, who was inside a smoke shop just north of a busy subway station. The wounded officers were in stable condition, Police Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters. (AP Photo/City of Coronado Police Department)

NEW YORK (AP) — A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside

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