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2 VA officials demoted amid job-manipulation allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two high-ranking officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs were demoted Friday in response to allegations that they …

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Hidden damage revealed in veterans' brains from IED blasts

A research team at Johns Hopkins University says they have found a unique honeycomb pattern of broken and swollen nerve fibers in brains of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans who survived improvised explosive device (IED) blasts, but later died of other causes. In doing so, the team says they may …

Service members discharged for misconduct have much higher rates of homelessness, study says

Veterans whose behavior got them kicked out of the military have dramatically higher rates of homelessness than those who left under normal circumstances, according to a new study by researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs.<p>Among VA patients who served in Iraq or Afghanistan between 2001 …

A Debt Ceiling Showdown Between Republicans Comes Into Focus

GOP leaders want to avoid it. But the base might not let them.<p>At a certain point during the middle of the summer, Republican operatives began worrying that the party was flirting dangerously with self-immolation, though not for the reasons many suspected.<p>Yes, Donald Trump launched a presidential …

Nebraska law students aid military veterans with legal needs

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The University of Nebraska’s College of Law is sending its students to help military veterans with matters related to estate …

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This Very Simple Computer Program Could Help Veterans With PTSD

Researchers think it has promise.<p>The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs estimates that between 11 and 20 percent of veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder during any given year. As veterans return home, new research is helping design innovative …

New insights into the circuitry of PTSD and mild traumatic brain injury

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have devastating consequences. Both are associated with high rates of …

Pressure Grows to Free Americans in Iran

In the complicated debate over the nuclear deal with Iran, there are four silent figures, not directly part of the conversation but not far removed from it either.<p>There are signs, though, that their role in the conversation may be growing.

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The Challenges of Surfing While Blind

My seeing-eye dog can’t help me with your website. Please code it for accessibility.<p>The other day while going about my business on the Internet, I hit a brick wall: a map of the United States.<p>I was diagnosed at 28 with retinitis pigmentosa and declared legally blind at 41. I no longer see the …

People are clearly worried that Apple's 'golden goose' is in trouble

It beat expectations for revenue. iPhone sales are up 35% from last year. Apple says more people are switching to the iPhone from Android now than ever before. The company has a record $203 billion in cash reserves.<p>But still, Apple's stock tanked globally.<p>Despite the company's glowing numbers, …

Latino Group Now Says It Won't Work With Conservative LIBRE Initiative On Immigration After Furor

The Latino Victory Project, a Democratic-aligned fundraising group, on Saturday said that they will not work with the LIBRE Initiative after 24 hours of public and private complaints from Latinos on the left.<p>The idea that left-leaning and conservative Latino groups could join together on …

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Judge finds city's changes to pension funds unconstitutional

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration said it will appeal a Cook County judge's decision Friday that ruled unconstitutional a state law reducing municipal worker pension benefits in exchange for a city guarantee to fix their underfunded retirement systems.<p>The 35-page ruling by Judge Rita Novak, …

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Who Are the Four Americans Still Being Held in Iran?

Tuesday's historic deal with Iran, which calls for Tehran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the West's easing up on harsh economic sanctions, has received praise worldwide.<p>But the agreement makes no mention of Americans who have been held in Iran for years.<p>And many, especially the 2016 …

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The isolation of injury

Letters found in cereal box tell story of WWII POWs in Tenn.

NASHVILLE — A forgotten chapter of Tennessee's history sat tucked away in a bedroom closet for decades.<p>About 400 letters, stuffed inside an old Corn Flakes box, recall the experiences of some of the tens of thousands of prisoners of war who were sent to Tennessee during World War II.<p>In the late …

The End of War?

The Fourth of July- Freedoms and Obligations

Jeff's Second Day Back in Reality

One Month Earlier: Christy receives a call

Waking Up in August

Successfully Educating Post 9/11 Veterans

Payton: "I didn't know you"

The Age of Creepiness

Once upon a time, or so we’re told, the princes were charming, the villains were grotesque, and distinguishing between them was as simple as examining their manners and their minds. When Rapunzel meets her overeager home invader of a nobleman, she finds him “friendly”—so much so that, when he …

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