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A 40-year 'conspiracy' at the VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs built perhaps the most important medical computer system in history. Now it’s about to spend billions to throw it away.<p>Four decades ago, in 1977, a conspiracy began bubbling up from the basements of the vast network of hospitals belonging to the Veterans …

The Denationalization of American Muslims

For years, Republican leaders treated Frank Gaffney as a pariah. But his dark warnings about Sharia law taking over America found an audience among grassroots conservatives—and now, in the White House.<p>On March 6, the zoning board in Bayonne, New Jersey, turned down a request to convert an old …

Religion

2016 traffic deaths jump to highest level in nearly a decade

WASHINGTON (AP) — A jump in traffic fatalities last year pushed deaths on U.S. roads to their highest level in nearly a decade, erasing improvements …

Feeling Way More Stressed Out? You're Not Alone

Americans say they're feeling more stress, according to a survey released Wednesday by the American Psychological Association.<p>Americans rated their stress higher in January compared to last August, increasing from 4.8 to 5.1 on a 10-point scale. That's the first significant increase in the 10 years …

Self-improvement

Here’s the Strongest Evidence Yet That Belly Fat Is Really Bad for You

Carrying extra weight around your middle could mean more than just too-tight pants: You may have a higher risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, …

Diabetes

Russian spy ship spotted near U.S.

<i>Corrections and clarifications: A previous version of this story included the wrong location regarding an incident between the U.S. Navy and Russia. The story inaccurately said it took place in the Red Sea and should have said the Black Sea.</i><p>A Russian spy ship patrolled 30 miles offshore a U.S. Navy …

Nervous NATO allies seek reassurance from Trump's defense chief

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s defense secretary warned NATO allies on Wednesday that they must honor military spending pledges to ensure the United States does not “moderate” support for the alliance.<p>Jim Mattis, on his debut trip to Brussels as Pentagon chief, also accused some …

Geopolitics

Brotherly hate? Why Kim Jong Un might want to kill his half-sibling

Kim Jong Un stood to gain so little from assassinating his own half-brother that such a killing would be little more than a senseless murder by an increasingly paranoid regime, according to experts and officials.<p>Intelligence agencies in South Korea believe the dictator's half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, …

Congress blocks rule barring mentally impaired from guns

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led Senate voted Wednesday to block an Obama-era regulation that would prevent an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm. The measure now goes to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.<p>The regulation was crafted as …

Trump reveled in leaks that hurt Hillary Clinton. He now calls administration disclosures ‘un-American.’

President Trump criticized the intelligence community and the media Wednesday for the news reports that ultimately led to national security adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation Monday night, less than four weeks into his White House tenure.<p>“I think he’s been treated very, very unfairly by the media …

Donald Trump

First on CNN: Top Senate Republicans urge White House to withdraw Puzder nomination

<b>(CNN) —</b> Andrew Puzder has withdrawn as President Donald Trump's choice for labor secretary, a dramatic decision caused by a GOP revolt that claimed the first Cabinet nominee of the new administration.<p>Puzder, the CEO of the company that owns the Hardee's and Carl's Jr. fast food chains, faced fierce …

Donald Trump

Trump and Netanyahu waver on support for two-state solution in Middle East

WASHINGTON — President Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Wednesday for a series of meetings intended to "show there is no daylight" between the two leaders on a range of issues.<p>And that includes the so-called "two-state solution" that has been a hallmark of …

Donald Trump says US not committed to two-state Israel-Palestine solution

Speaking alongside Benjamin Netanyahu, US president appears to dismantle years of policy by saying he is looking at multiple options for peace<p>Donald Trump has dropped a two-decades old US commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel as part of a permanent Middle East …

First on CNN: Top Senate Republicans urge White House to withdraw Puzder nomination

<b>(CNN) —</b> Andrew Puzder has withdrawn as President Donald Trump's choice for labor secretary, a dramatic decision caused by a GOP revolt that claimed the first Cabinet nominee of the new administration.<p>Puzder, the CEO of the company that owns the Hardee's and Carl's Jr. fast food chains, faced fierce …

Grobe: Netanyahu's visit comes at a time of turmoil

The indications are that the US political opinion on a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians is changing.<p>An official has said the White House will back “any form” of peace deal. Some are interpreting this as a policy shift away from the two-state solution.<p>Clearly Trump and Netanyahu …

Repairs to Oroville dam continue as residents await next major storm

Thousands of residents have returned home since the evacuation order was lifted on Tuesday, while others are waiting to see how the dam handles this …

Why tempranillo is star grape of Spain, no matter what you call it

This is one of those big-fish-in-a-big-pond situations.<p>The pond is Spain, the place with more vineyard acreage than any other country on earth, and the fish is tempranillo, Spain's big red grape variety. It's actually not Spain's most widely planted wine grape; that honor belongs to the white grape …

Game Theory

The Wall, one of many TV game shows currently winning over primetime audiences, stars both plastic balls and American heroes.<p>In his book <i>Rules of the Game: Quiz Shows and American Culture</i>, the communications professor Olaf Hoerschelmann suggests how neatly American game shows have reflected the …

TV

Trump: Two-state solution not only way to achieve peace

US President Donald Trump has said that a peace deal between Israel and Palestine can be a one-state or two-state solution as long as both sides agree on it.<p>"Looking at two-state or one-state, I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one both parties like. I can live with …

Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence

WASHINGTON — Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American …

Donald Trump

Melania Trump Earns Tabloid Speculation as Her Slow Transition to First Lady Continues

A new tabloid cover calls it her “struggle.”<p>In April 2016, Trump family stylist Phillip Bloch told <i>GQ</i> that <b>Melania Trump</b> would “be great at picking out china patterns; she’d be a classic First Lady.” Now, Bloch is telling <i>Us Weekly</i> that since assuming the role in January, “This life wasn’t her dream, …

WestJet pilot buys pizza for rerouted Air Canada passengers

Air Canada is apologizing to passengers who found themselves rerouted late at night to Fredericton with nothing to eat — that is, until a WestJet pilot stepped in to buy them pizza.<p>The passengers were on a flight from Toronto to St. John's, N.L. on Feb. 8 when bad weather forced the plane to be …

Most Canadians approve of trade deal with European Union, poll suggests

A majority of Canadians approve of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, ratified Wednesday in …

Canada

Indian weddings: Curb sought on excessive spending

<b>The worst excesses of the Indian wedding industry may soon be curbed if a new bill is approved.</b><p>The proposed bill will not only limit the number of guests and dishes served to avoid waste, but also put a "tax" on the most extravagant newlyweds.<p>Those who spend over 500,000 rupees ($7,500; £6,000) …