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VA urges 'hiring surge' to reduce veterans' appeals backlog

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:31am

The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits, saying it will need much more staff even as money remains in question due to a tightening Trump administration budget.

New UW trustee is newly registered independent

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:31am

One of the new members of the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees switched his political party affiliation just three weeks before his appointment last month by Gov. Matt Mead.

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Trump tries to close health care deal, but GOP skeptics grow

Erica Werner and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:30am

Showdown day at hand, Republicans remained short of votes Thursday for their showcase health care overhaul, hoping for President Donald Trump to close the deal with balky conservatives at a White House meeting.

Officer killed in northern Wisconsin shooting identified as 15-year veteran of Everest police force

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:30am

Officer killed in northern Wisconsin shooting identified as 15-year veteran of Everest police force.

Justice Department investigating California GOP congressman for possible campaign violations, House Ethics delays probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:30am

Justice Department investigating California GOP congressman for possible campaign violations, House Ethics delays probe.

The Latest: Slain Wisconsin officer ID'd as 15-year veteran

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:30am

The Latest on a shooting in northern Wisconsin that left a police officer and three others dead (all times local):

Police: 3 dead, officer wounded in Louisiana shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:30am

Authorities say three people and a police dog are dead and a police officer is wounded after a shooting in south Louisiana.

Judge refuses to cut sentence for man convicted of killing 3

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:30am

A Massachusetts man convicted of killing a pregnant woman and her two children 30 years ago has lost his bid for a shorter sentence.

House Freedom Caucus chairman says "no deal" reached on health bill after meeting with Trump, putting vote in doubt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:30am

House Freedom Caucus chairman says "no deal" reached on health bill after meeting with Trump, putting vote in doubt.

Officer, 3 others fatally shot in Wisconsin; suspect caught

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:09am

Four people including a police officer are dead and a suspect is in custody after shootings at a bank and a law firm in northern Wisconsin, followed by a standoff at an apartment complex that ended in a volley of gunfire.

Deputies cleared in shooting of Nashville firefighter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:09am

Three Tennessee deputies have been cleared in a shooting that injured a firefighter in January.

Officials: Man in trafficking case forced tattoos on victims

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:09am

Prosecutors say a man accused of holding women against their will in a million-dollar home also forced them to get gang-related tattoos and took the money they made working at a strip club.

4 charged after New York man's body found on Arkansas farm

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:57am

Police have arrested two more people after finding the body of an elderly New York man in a suitcase on an Arkansas farm.

Southeast Utah county fastest-growing county in US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:57am

Utah's remote southeastern corner is drawing more new residents than any other place in the U.S.

Maine medical examiner wants more money to handle OD deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:47am

Maine is dealing with so many drug overdose deaths that the state medical examiner is asking for more money to handle the workload.

Arkansas to reconsider letting guns in stadiums, arenas

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:47am

Arkansas lawmakers will consider exempting college sporting events from a new state law that greatly expands where concealed handguns are allowed.

AP Exclusive: US probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief

Jack Gillum, Menelaos Hadjicostis and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:46am

U.S. Treasury Department agents have recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his work in Eastern Europe, The Associated Press has learned.

The Latest:: GOP intel chairman apologizes to Democrats

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:37am

The Latest on President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims of wiretapping (all times local):

Man: 'I didn't murder nobody' in Detroit fire that killed 5

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:27am

A man accused of setting a fire that killed five people in Detroit is denying the allegations and will be examined to determine whether he understands the murder charges against him.

What it will take for Neil Gorsuch to reach Supreme Court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

There are two potential paths through the Senate to the Supreme Court bench for Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee. One way or the other, he's expected to be approved thanks to the 52-48 Republican majority.