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Senate Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, accompanied by House Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, to outline their agreement on a compromise plan to fix  the vast health care system responsible for treating the nation's veterans. A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill's chief supporters said Monday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Veterans’ health care bill to cost $17 billion

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A bipartisan deal to improve veterans’ health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill’s chief supporters said Monday. The agreement includes $10 billion in emergency spending to make it easier for veterans who can’t get prompt appointments with Veterans Affairs doctors … 1

Oregon: Shunned at home, coal ships out

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The largest power plant in Oregon, the Boardman Coal Plant, sat idle one day earlier this summer, “cold steel” in industry parlance, its dirty power no longer wanted on an electricity grid that is becoming greener. For two weeks in June, wind and hydroelectric dams were supplying enough electricity to Portland General Electric’s … 0

Netanyahu warns Israel to prepare for long Gaza conflict, as at least 10 more are killed

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Israel will press its air and ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday, preparing his country for a longer and bloodier campaign and dashing hopes that the three-week-old conflict would end soon. Rebuffing appeals from President Obama, the United Nations and others for an immediate cease-fire, Netanyahu said in a televised address, “We will not finish the mission, … 0

Fancy management systems won’t fix bad managers

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In violation of my long-standing “only watch TV” rule, I read an article recently about how Zappos is adopting a management structure known as holacracy. I was hoping this structure somehow involved holograms, which would be awesome, but instead it’s a flat organizational structure in which, according to … 1

Judge issues stay in suit against New Hampshire’s new buffer zone law

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The lawsuit challenging New Hampshire’s law allowing buffer zones around clinics that perform abortions has been put on hold in part because clinics in the state have not yet posted signs that would denote where those zones fall. In the lawsuit filed earlier this month, the Alliance Defending … 0

40-hour week a distant memory, survey finds

Saturday, July 26, 2014

When was the last time you worked a 40-hour week? Thought so. The time-honored 40-hour, 9-to-5 workweek is a thing of the past, according to a survey conducted for Atlanta-based Premiere Global Services Inc. The “Take Back 60” study found that 88 percent of the 617 respondents who … 0

At 101, weather observer gets a place in the sun

Saturday, July 26, 2014

It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert Hoover was in the … 0

Rubio: Same-sex-marriage foes face ‘intolerance’

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Americans who oppose same-sex marriage often face “intolerance” from those who support it, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Wednesday in a speech about values that appeared aimed at wooing social conservatives. In remarks he said were … 0

Russia: EU sanctions weaken anti-terrorism efforts

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Russia lashed out yesterday at the latest round of Ukraine-related sanctions imposed by the European Union, saying they endanger the fight against international terrorism, and accused the United States of spreading flagrant lies about Russia’s alleged involvement in the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine. The EU … 0

Georgia: Nuclear construction faces obstacles

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money. So far, it’s not working. Quality and cost problems have cropped up again, raising questions about whether nuclear power will ever be able to compete … 0

Hamas fires rockets on Israel, ending 12-hour lull

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hamas said it fired five rockets at Israel late last night after rejecting Israel’s offer to extend a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire by four hours, casting new doubt on international efforts to broker an end to 19 days of … 0

Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

Saturday, July 26, 2014

President Obama’s request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House – six years in – still doesn’t get … 0

Become a .guru in the new internet

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The internet is quietly exploding. More than 300 new top-level domains – the extension of the internet address after the dot, such as .com or .net – were created in recent months by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, including .services, .vodka and .WTF. ICANN, the … 0