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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald speaks about his efforts to improve services  veterans, Friday.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald speaks about his efforts to improve services veterans, Friday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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VA chief: 1,000 workers face disciplinary action

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Veterans Affairs Department is considering disciplinary action against more than 1,000 employees as it struggles to correct systemic problems that led to long wait times for veterans seeking health care and falsification of records to cover up delays, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said.

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Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York speaks during a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York speaks during a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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US attorney emerges as potential attorney general choice

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. attorney Loretta Lynch has emerged as the leading choice to be the next attorney general, people with knowledge about the matter said Friday, but the White House said President Barack Obama has not made a decision.

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President Barack Obama meets with Congressional leaders at the White House  Friday.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama meets with Congressional leaders at the White House Friday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Obama OKs more troops to Iraq, seeks $5.6M vs. ISIS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is authorizing the U.S. military to deploy up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq as part of the mission to combat the Islamic State group.

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President Barack Obama meets with Congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House
President Barack Obama meets with Congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Obama pledges to consider ideas from both parties

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facing the future leaders of a Republican-controlled Congress, President Barack Obama pledged Friday to judge ideas in his final two years not by whether they come from Democrats or Republicans but by "whether or not they work."

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New York City workers with new 25 MPH speed limit signs
New York City workers with new 25 MPH speed limit signs (PIX 11)
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NYC’s 25 mph speed limit law goes into effect

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's 25 mph speed limit is now the law.

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Former News of the World editor Ian Edmondson, after appearing in Westminster Magistrates Court on phone hacking charges, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
Former News of the World editor Ian Edmondson, after appearing in Westminster Magistrates Court on phone hacking charges, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
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British tabloid editor jailed for hacking celebrity phones

LONDON (AP) -- As fallout continues from Britain's tabloid phone-hacking scandal, former News of the World news editor Ian Edmondson was sentenced Friday to eight months in prison for conspiring to hack the phones of celebrities, politicians and royals.

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House Speaker John Boehner gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
House Speaker John Boehner gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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Boehner: Obama could ‘burn himself’ going solo on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday sketched out an agenda for the new, all-Republican Congress, promising approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and changes in the health care law while issuing a warning to President Barack Obama on immigration.

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Chester County, PA mobile home where Scott McMillan lived with his father and girlfriend
Chester County, PA mobile home where Scott McMillan lived with his father and girlfriend (CBS Philly)
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PA couple charged in torture death of 3-year-old son

A Pennsylvania couple went car shopping, bought pizza and took a nap as her unresponsive 3-year-old son lay dying after weeks of relentless torture that included being hung upside down and beaten, officials said Thursday.

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Students take a standardized test
Students take a standardized test (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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New Jersey scores down a bit on state tests

TRENTON (AP) — New Jersey education officials say student passage rates dropped slightly on standardized tests last year.

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NJ Transit train at Hamilton Station
NJ Transit train at Hamilton Station (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Feds discuss plans for aging northeast rail line

NEW YORK (AP) — Rail travelers would be able to speed from Washington, D.C. to Boston at 220 mph and people on Long Island would take a tunnel straight to Connecticut and points north rather than go through New York City under some of the more ambitious long-range plans described by federal rail officials Wednesday to remake the beleaguered Northeast Corridor.

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