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Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 12:55 AM

VA Official Resigns Amid Veterans' Healthcare Scandal

A top Department of Veterans Affairs' official has resigned amid a growing scandal over delayed and substandard care at VA medical centers, NBC News reported. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki accepted the resignation of Robert Petzel, undersecretary for health, on Friday. "I am committed to strengthening veterans' trust and confidence in their VA healthcare system," said Shinseki in a statement. Read »
Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 12:27 AM

Pet Treat Mystery: More Than 1,000 Dogs Dead, 3 People Sick

Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 5:39 AM

U.S. Military: "Improvised Launch Device" Found Near Base in Japan

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Teen Girls Held Captive in Bedroom For 2 Years: Cops

Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 10:42 AM

50 Years Later, JFK Conspiracy Theories Still Spark Intrigue

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 4:47 AM

What to Expect from the Obamacare Fix

President Barack Obama surprised everyone Thursday when he said that health insurance companies don't have to cancel policies, even though they may not meet health reform requirement. But now what does that mean for those wondering about their plans? The president's mandate doesn't change anything in the law, but rather it means that the government won't enforce that portion of the law. However, his decision kicks the cancellation decision back to state insurance commissioners and insurance companies. It may not be so easy for insurance companies to reinstate policies they had planned to discontinue because it involves major planning. Obama's decision may also have a detrimental effect on the entire system. Having different rules for different policies could result in higher premiums, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Rates could go up in 2015, but not in 2014 since they have already been set. Read »
Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Christie Trails Clinton in Possible 2016 Showdown

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Two Armed Juveniles in Custody After Breaking Into Denver School

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 at 4:39 AM

Meet the Woman Who Ordered the Government Shutdown

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 2:28 PM

First Gov't Shutdown in 17 Years Ripples Across Country

Thursday, Sep 5, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Syria's Chemical Weapons Cloaked in Mystery

As President Barack Obama looks to rally support for a military strike on Syria for its government's reported use of chemical weapons on civilians, much about Damascus' chemical warfare program remains relatively unknown and cloaked in secrecy. Experts do admit that Syria's program is the most advanced in the Third World and has used its poisonous arms against its own people several times in recent years. Experts say that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime has a host of chemical weapons at its disposal and is distinguished by its size, diversity, quality and reliability. The country also has many ways to employ its chemical weapons with its vast array of missiles, bombshells and simple artillery shells. Syria keeps its arsenal largely as a deterrent to Israel's nuclear weapons. It has reportedly used chemical weapons several times in the last year, according to the U.S., and in the past under the rule of Assad's father, Hama. Get More at NBCNews

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Castro's Death Could Rob Victims of Sense of Justice

Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro's apparent suicide late Tuesday may not give his victims the sense that justice has been served, a leading psychologist said Wednesday. "Going forward now these girls are going to have to find a way of healing without a sense of justice," said Dr. Linda Papadopoulous, a U.K. based psychologist and author. The three women – Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight – were all kidnapped by the former bus driver when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old. They escaped on May 6 when Berry broke through a storm door when Castro was not at home after being held captive for nearly a decade. Castro's death could rob the women of the feeling that Castro was paying for his crimes, Papadoupoulous added. Get More at NBCNews

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Meet the Assads: Inside Syria's Ruling Family

Much intrigue surrounds Syria's ruling family that has controlled the country for decades. Bashar al-Assad, the 47-year-old president, went to school to become an eye doctor and never seemed to have any political aspirations. But power fell into his lap, as he became the heir apparent when his brother died tragically. Bashar al-Assad's father, Hafez Assad, ruled Syria for three decades and built it into a regional power. He died of a heart attack in 2000. His wife, Asma Assad is a British-born, King's College-educated former investment banker. She married the Syrian president in 2000 shortly after he took power. Al-Assad has two living siblings – a brothers and a sister – and had two brothers who died in separate car accidents. Get More at NBCNews

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 6:12 AM

Nearly 9 Million Americans Rely on Sleeping Pills

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 5:27 AM

Syrian Hospital Trying to Identify 20 Dead Children

Workers at a Syrian hospital are still struggling to identify 20 dead children that were killed in suspected chemical weapons attacks last Wednesday. After the attacks, the hospital in Arbin, in east Damascus, had taken in 600 patients, 110 of which died. Thirty-five of those that died were children. A volunteer paramedic at the hospital cradled a baby girl that died in the attacks and described all of the other victims as 14-years-old and younger. Wednesday's incident in the Damascus suburbs may be the worst chemical weapons attacks since Iraqi leader Saddham Hussein fatally gassed thousands of Kurds in 1988. The attacks have spawned international attention as the United States weighs a military strike on the country in response to the suspected attacks. Get More at NBC News

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