By Josh Lederman Associated Press WASHINGTON – Dubbing it a “no-brainer,” President Barack Obama expanded a program Monday capping monthly student loan payments for 5 million more borrowers at an unknown cost to taxpayers. Obama also threw his support behind legislation that Democrats are using to paint Republicans as blocking relief for Americans inundated by […]

By Michelle Rindels and Martin Griffith Associated Press LAS VEGAS – Investigators are looking into whether the husband and wife who shot and killed two Las Vegas police officers over the weekend had been at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch during a standoff earlier this year, police said Monday Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said the two […]

By Matthew Daly Associated Press WASHINGTON – More than 57,000 veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling and requesting them, the Veterans Affairs Department said Monday. It’s not just a numbers problem. […]

Chicago Tribune (MCT) The 12-year-old girl stabbed 19 times by classmates allegedly living out a website fantasy is walking the halls of the hospital with her father – “no machine, no tubes, just she and her dad,” the girl’s parents say on a website that is raising money for the family. “Our little girl is […]

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Associated Press WASHINGTON – More than 2 million people who got health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law have data discrepancies that could jeopardize coverage for some, a government document shows. About 1 in 4 people who signed up have discrepancies, creating a huge paperwork jam for the feds and exposing some […]

By Maryclaire Dale and Rodrique Ngowi Associated Press BEDFORD, Mass. – Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz was killed along with six other people in a fiery plane crash in Massachusetts, just days after reaching a deal that many hoped would end months of infighting at the newspaper and restore it to its former glory. His […]

By Julie Pace and Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press WASHINGTON – The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. […]

By Christi Parsons Tribune Washington Bureau (MCT) WASHINGTON –€” White House press secretary Jay Carney will leave the administration this summer, to be replaced by longtime press aide Josh Earnest, President Barack Obama announced Friday. Obama, speaking to the White House press corps, called Carney “€œone of my closest friends.” Carney, a former Moscow bureau […]

By Julie Pace and Pauline Jelinek Associated Press WASHINGTON – Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized in public and then resigned in the privacy of the White House on Friday, driven from office by a mushrooming scandal over the agency’s health care system that serves millions of the nation’s former warriors. President Barack Obama said […]