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Veterans say legitimate claims routinely denied or ignored

Veterans have come forward with complaints about tactics employed by the Veterans Benefits Administration, which demands that veterans prove their injuries were service-related but can deny claims without proving anything.

 
Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill to head off shutdown

The U.S. Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill Saturday night to avert a shutdown of the federal government. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

 
Officials meet about Hitler appearance in propaganda film

A senior Thai cabinet minister met Israel’s ambassador to Thailand on Thursday after the diplomat said he was “saddened” by a government propaganda film that includes an image of a Thai school child painting a portrait of Adolf Hitler.

 
‘Stand with Us’: Police killings prompt thousands to protest

Thousands of protesters marched across the country Saturday — past the White House in the nation’s capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York and in front of Boston’s Statehouse — to call attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police and urge lawmakers to take action.

 
Man linked to Oregon high school shooting arrested

Portland police say a 22-year-old man arrested in connection with a shooting outside an alternative high school was known to gang investigators.

 
Tornado touches down in Los Angeles

Californians got a lot of what they wanted and not too much of what they didn’t from a major storm that finally blew out of the state Friday.

 
FBI investigating teen found hanging in North Carolina

The FBI is looking into the death of a black North Carolina teen after his family questioned the official ruling the young man found hanging from a swing set at a trailer park had committed suicide, a prosecutor confirmed Friday.

 
Taliban attacks kill 2 U.S. soldiers, 18 Afghan soldiers

Three attacks by the Taliban in last 48 hours left at least two American soldiers and 18 Afghan soldiers dead, officials said Saturday, in what looks set to be a particularly bloody weekend in Afghanistan.

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