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Aerial view of the remains of a fertilizer plant and an apartment complex to the left, destroyed by an explosion in West, Texas in 2013.
Aerial view of the remains of a fertilizer plant and an apartment complex to the left, destroyed by an explosion in West, Texas in 2013. .(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
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Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say.

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Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas
Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)
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Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

 

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally.

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House Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., joined by Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, left, and incoming Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., right, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
House Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., joined by Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, left, and incoming Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., right, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is likely to move quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care.

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Official: 13 killed by shells at Gaza school

A Palestinian health official says 13 people were killed after tank shells hit a U.N. school in Gaza where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge from Israeli attacks.

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The I-75 Phase II modernization project under way in Dayton, Ohio.  (AP Photo/Skip Peterson, File)
The I-75 Phase II modernization project under way in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Skip Peterson, File)
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Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House's reliance on what lawmakers called a funding "gimmick" and moving to force a post-election debate on whether to raise gasoline taxes.

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Theodore "Dutch'' VanKirk visiting a veteran's group at the Golden Corral in Macon, Ga. in 2009. The navigator for the Enola Gay spoke about his experience guiding the aircraft that dropped the first atomic bomb.  (AP Photo/The Macon Telegraph, Beau Cabell, File)
Theodore "Dutch'' VanKirk visiting a veteran's group at the Golden Corral in Macon, Ga. in 2009. The navigator for the Enola Gay spoke about his experience guiding the aircraft that dropped the first atomic bomb. (AP Photo/The Macon Telegraph, Beau Cabell, File)
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Last crew member of Enola Gay dies in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) -- The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, has died in Georgia.

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Abortion support signs outside of the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss. A federal appeals court panel Tuesday struck down a law that would close the state's only abortion clinic. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
Abortion support signs outside of the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss. A federal appeals court panel Tuesday struck down a law that would close the state's only abortion clinic. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
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US appeals court blocks Mississippi abortion law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi's effort to close its last abortion clinic was overturned in federal appellate court on Tuesday. Advocates for the law said women with unwanted pregnancies could always travel to other states, but the judges said every state must guarantee constitutional rights, including abortion.

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Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald, testifying here on Capitol Hill in Washington July 22, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate Tuesday, July 29. (AP Photo)
Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald, testifying here on Capitol Hill in Washington July 22, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate Tuesday, July 29. (AP Photo)
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Senate confirms P&G’s McDonald as VA secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

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Street banner warns people to be cautious about Ebola, in Monrovia, Liberia. Two American aid workers in Liberia have tested positive for the virus and are being treated there. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)
Street banner warns people to be cautious about Ebola, in Monrovia, Liberia. Two American aid workers in Liberia have tested positive for the virus and are being treated there. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)
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Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A leading doctor who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin he arrives for an official group photo during the BRICS summit at the Itamaraty palace, in Brasilia, Brazil July 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File )
Russia's President Vladimir Putin he arrives for an official group photo during the BRICS summit at the Itamaraty palace, in Brasilia, Brazil July 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File )
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US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Spurred to new action by the downing of the Malaysia airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, followed swiftly by a new round of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy.

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