The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources.
Gallup asked Americans this month to choose the best “long-term investment.” Real estate was the most common pick, ahead of mutual funds, bonds and other options. Similarly, Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey asked Americans to assess whether various kinds of assets amounted to a “safe investment with a lot of potential.” As has been the case since before the financial crisis, “buying a home” beat out all the alternatives.
It didn't make it into the flurry of news coverage on Friday, but when the latest batch of internal documents was released from the Clinton White House, a particularly curious line of poll questioning stood out.
President Barack Obama arrived in Japan on Wednesday for the first part of his Asia trip that started with reassuring Tokyo of U.S. support in its bitter territorial dispute with China.
A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants, according to local media reports, Jihadist web web forums, and U.S. officials.
The shooting at Cure International Hospital in the western part of the Afghan capital was the latest attack on foreign civilians in the city this year. Two others, including an American nurse, were wounded, according to Afghanistan's Health Ministry.
The Federal Communication Commission's proposal for new net neutrality rules will allow internet service providers to charge companies for preferential treatment, effectively undermining the concept of net neutrality, according to The Wall Street Journal. The rules will allow providers to charge companies for preferential treatment so long as they offer that treatment to all interested parties on "commercially reasonable" terms, with the FCC deciding whether the terms are reasonable on a case-by-case basis. Providers will reportedly not be able to block individual websites, however.
VIDEO: Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers talks to Wolf Blitzer about the deployment of U.S. paratroopers to Poland.
California lawmakers, their reputation tarnished by fraud and corruption scandals, on Wednesday took a break from normal business to attend ethics training, the latest step by the state Senate to repair its image as elections loom.
Prison inmates serving sentences for nonviolent crimes have been offered broader guidelines for seeking clemency, the Department of Justice announced today. The new rules, only eligible to prisoners who have already served 10 years behind bars, will focus on people who would be handed a lesser punishment if they were charged with the same crime today. It’s unclear how many of the nation’s 216,000 federal inmates will be affected.
A recently released book "Capital in the Twenty-first Century" by French economist and social Democrat Thomas Piketty has caused quite a stir in the economics profession.Mr. Piketty’s analysis of historical data was similar to what Karl Marx did about 160 years ago. Both note that Capitalism will lead to increases in income inequality that must be addressed. The problem is that both reached incorrect conclusions. Why?
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Media outlets are abuzz with Chelsea Clinton's announcement that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting their first child this fall. Sharing the joyful news at a “No Ceilings” event for young women in New York, Chelsea said, “I just hope I will be as good a mom to my child and hopefully children as my mom was to me” while Mama Hillary looked on, beaming in the seat next to her. But if anyone is under the impression that pundits would lay off the snark for five minutes to join in the celebration, forget it.
For the large number of us born between 1946 and 1964, choosing a political party to support is difficult. One party seems too far left and the other too far right. At election time we identify the most crucial issues of the day and then support the candidate with the best solution regardless of party. The problem is that we are then saddled with the rest of the often unwanted positions of the candidate. So should we lean right or left this year?
Maybe you have seen the commercial. It begins with a guy in combat gear running across a rooftop in some South Asian country while dramatic music plays in the background. It ends with a scene in which he unfolds the surveying gear he is carrying on his back, sets it up and sights in on his buddy in the marketplace below. He's not part of a combat operation after all. He's apparently part of some civil works project in the nation in question.
Regardless of where someone may view himself along the political spectrum (conservative, libertarian, or modern liberal), there are always a variety of government programs and activities that they either think are not worth the money or should not be the business of government in the first place. Yet, it seems almost impossible to rein in government. It keeps growing in size and scope in one direction after another. Why? And is there any way to reverse it?
There are a number of recent scandals that seem to have something in common. While the details regarding the specifics are not fully available, there seems to be a common theme. A difference exists between what we believe to be happening and what is actually happening. And it is occurring in areas of great concern.
The good news today is that eight million people have now signed up for medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The better news is that, of those eight million, more than a third were under the age of 35...
Angry residents of a favela, or slum, set fires and threw bottles after a young man's body was found. They blame police for his death. Authorities have stepped up security in advance of the World Cup.
According to the Guinness World Records, the current fastest lift in the world is in Taipei 101, the world's tallest building situated in Taiwan. The lifts have a maximum speed of 1,010m/min, equivalent to 37.6mph.
The film that plays when you visit interactive life jacket awareness website Sortie En Mer begins optimistically. You watch from the first-person perspective of a man sailing on a calm, blue ocean....and things go down hill quickly from there
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has given the clearest indications that he's considering running for president in 2016.Speaking at a closed-door fundraiser for New York Catholic schools, Bush said he's 'digesting' the idea of running for
Google introduced today a feature that lets you step back in time to earlier versions of its collected Street View data. You can now visit places in Street View as early as 2006, comparing them to what locations look like today.
Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky, who was detained and held by pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, has been responsible for a compelling video narrative series that has provided invaluable insight into the on-the-ground situation in the Ukrainian crisis.
The new-home sales report is and always has been a volatile report, but 14.5% drops in a single month aren’t easily explained. Not after months of sluggish readings, and in view of mediocre numbers for existing-home sales and low readings of prospective-buyer traffic by builders.
Wes Anderson didn’t do the opening title sequence for Forrest Gump. But what this video presupposes is… what if he did?
A top cardiac doctor who blew $135,000 in four nights at the Manhattan jiggle joint Scores partied with five strippers at a time in a private room, a club rep said Wednesday.
Take Beyonce. Take Sinatra. Take whomever you love and set them on fire — with a "Pyro Board." It plays music by pulsing the beats in flame, and when the singer hits a high note — stand back.
Cougars, which will eat meat, guts, bones — the proverbial whole enchilada, survived the mass extinction event 12,000 years ago, while their finicky cousins the saber tooth cat and American lion bit the dust.
Wired tells the story of two artists, Kyle McDonald and Brian House, who wanted to experiment with surveillance. The pair installed simple Wi-Fi-enabled recording devices in lamps at McDonalds, a library, a bedroom, a bank, and in New York's Washington Square Park. The recordings are sent to Mechanical Turk workers, who have been transcribing and posting them to Twitter for almost seven months.
In Pennsylvania, gubernatorial hopeful Allyson Schwartz is putting gender front and center in one of her first ads, vowing to break through the “boys club” as she tries to stand out in a crowded Democratic primary field. And in Michigan, former secretary of state Terri Lynn Land, the presumptive GOP nominee facing Democratic Rep. Gary Peters for an open U.S. Senate seat, has taken it head-on in a 30-second spot called “Really?” that is simply one of the standout ads of the season.
The new nationwide ads, which began airing April 17 and are in “heavy rotation,” according to gaming consultant Serkan Toto, star two Japanese celebrities: Boy band member Junichi Okada and actor Kenichi Endo.
The fight for the Senate majority boils down to boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian — if party operatives' spin is to be believed. For months, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been unrelenting in his criticism of Charles and David Koch, the wealthy industrialists who have backed some of the nation's most effective conservative groups.
There's a very good chance that the footage from this video is either fake or some sort of an optical illusion. Take this with a grain of salt, but just in case it's real, A GHOST INVADED A BOLIVIAN SOCCER GAME!
WikiLeaker Bradley Manning, Now Chelsea Manning, Should Really Enjoy The Next 35 Years In A Men’s Prison
A Kansas judge will on Wednesday consider Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning's petition to legally change her name from Bradley, as she serves a 35-year sentence for passing classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
Ronald McDonald is going chic. Or, at least he's trying to. The famous McDonald's icon, widely known for his wild red hair, yellow jumpsuit and floppy shoes, has hired a theatrical stylist -- really -- who has updated just about everything but the shoes.
The last time Seattle hosted Green Bay in 2012, we were all witnesses to one of the most infamous games of the century. Two words: Fail Mary. This year, the Packers return to CenturyLink Field in the opening game of the 2014 season.
This guide on the different ways to tie a tie is the result of a great deal of research. We’ve gathered 30 of the best tie styles ever created by mankind to give you just the edge you need to look your best
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law Wednesday that has critics howling and proponents applauding. House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 -- which opponents have nicknamed the "guns everywhere bill" -- specifies where Georgia residents can carry weapons. Included are provisions that allow residents who have concealed carry permits to take guns into some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports.
The New York Police Department took to Twitter Tuesday to solicit photos of police officers in the community, but the move fell flat with people instead posting images of alleged police brutality.
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“We are not going to abandon … the families of the 239 people who were on that plane by lightly surrendering while there is reasonable hope of finding something,” he said on Wednesday.
Courteney Cox says a reunion for the acclaimed NBC sitcom is "not gonna happen." Since 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Friends' premiere and the 10th anniversary of the series finale, fans had hoped the cast would gather for some sort of reunion.
The "Bridgegate" scandal that rocked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration earlier this year is threatening a deal that would allow developer Larry Silverstein to finish building the next World Trade Center skyscraper.
The Future Has Red Hair - Since leaving NBC, Conan O’Brien and Team Coco, his legion of devoted followers, have earned a reputation for their social media acumen.
There was a time when the Bush family was widely reviled by the arbiters of cool, but in the last few years, both President George H.W. Bush and his son have been recast as hipster icons.
Remember when we had 1G back in the 1980s? No? That's because back then so few thought there would ever be something faster and better. And it took a long time to get to 2G, which finally occurred in the 1990s. It took the better part of yet another decade to get up to 3G. For those of you who noticed, it took less time to get to what most of us now use, 4G, and we all know it is much faster.
Now a dinosaur by today's standards (maybe it's time to call it a "Game Man"?) the portable, two-tone brick practically invented the modern mobile gaming era when it hit the market in Japan on April 21, 1989.
Andrea Barina, the owner of a no-frills restaurant on the Giudecca canal, serves up mouth-watering plates of seafood antipasti and exquisitely fresh fish to a loyal clientele.
Albert Pujols hit home run no. 500 on Tuesday night at Nationals Park. He is the 26th player in MLB history to reach the milestone. The fan who caught the big home-run ball? Tom Sherrill, who was there all the way from California. Fitting a guy from California would catch the Angels’ slugger’s milestone ball. Sherrill, who is a member of the Air Force, also said something surprising — he would be giving the ball back. No money needed. He knew Pujols would value the ball more, so he plans to hand it over after the game.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to issue its first regulations governing electronic cigarettes by the end of the month, and health experts are anxious about what the rules may look like.
The sportswear giant was hailed as an innovative force in wearable tech. But with the scaling back of its hardware team, Nike reminds us that it’s all about the best ways to sell shoes.
Among the muscles in the body, the ones in the tongue are probably the most overlooked. You don't go to the gym to work out your tongue. (Please do not tell me about your tongue workouts, thx.) Still, it's strong and dexterous.
“We have indications of the use of a toxic industrial chemical, probably chlorine, in Syria this month, in the opposition-dominated village of Kfar Zita,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “We are examining allegations that the government was responsible.”
The chance of a city-killing asteroid striking Earth is higher than scientists previously believed, a non-profit group building an asteroid-hunting telescope said on Tuesday.
I t used to be very easy to keep up with Rome's restaurant scene since nothing ever changed. The same comfortable and reliable trattorie and ristorante where you could dependably order up heaping plates of carbonara and saltimbocca were seemingly as timeless as the Colosseum.
John Paulson is expected to expand his investment in Puerto Rico to $1 billion by the end of next year, as the hedge fund titan leads a growing brigade of wealthy U.S. business owners who are taking advantage of the languishing island’s efforts to transform itself into a tax haven.
After leaking the first photos of a prototype, BGR is back today claiming to have more details about Amazon's upcoming smartphone. That includes a deeper look at the unique gestures and tilt-based user interface made possible by the four infrared cameras on the front of the device. Suffice it to say, you're going to be tilting this phone early and often.
Called “Finding Portland”, it took production company Uncage the Soul 51 days and more than 300,000 individual photos to assemble. Thanks to the magic of time lapse photography, each second contains 3.8 hours.
Urgent measures to prevent young people from going to wage jihad in Syria are to be unveiled by the government in Paris amid fears that its nationals were among the captors of four French hostages.
McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted in January on federal charges of bribery and fraud involving their relationship with a prominent Virginia businessman and campaign donor. The McDonnells are scheduled to face trial in July.
The oral arguments in ABC’s U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Aereo reflected the clever technological and legal feat this Barry Diller-backed startup pulled off by attaching thousands of dime-sized antennas to content-streaming servers. From the beginning, justices struggled to get lawyers for ABC, Aero and the Obama administration to nail down exactly what kind of beast this company is.
While guest hosting Rush Limbaugh’s radio show on Tuesday, conservative pundit and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson offered what may ultimately be a preview of what we can expect to hear from the right if Hillary Clinton decides to run for president in 2016…
Saudi Arabia has discovered another 17 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as the total number of confirmed infections of the SARS-like disease has jumped by a third in the kingdom in the past week.
Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sees disturbing parallels between the Obama administration's current policy in Ukraine and what he sees as its failures in Syria.
In a late-night phone call, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, told the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, of his "deep concern over the lack of positive Russian steps to de-escalate" the crisis in eastern Ukraine, a state department official said.
The first distress call from the ferry Sewol came not from the crew, but from a boy who used a cell phone to contact emergency services from aboard the sinking ship, the South Korean coast guard confirmed to CNN Tuesday.
Tens of thousands of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally but don't have serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a policy change being weighed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
The U.S. is sending about 600 ground troops to Eastern Europe this week to “reassure” allies there as Washington resumes its campaign of pressure on Russia over the Ukraine standoff.
We're used to seeing Stephen Colbert in-character on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, looking supremely confident as a right-wing master of the media universe. But Colbert came across a bit more humble during an appearance on CBS' The Late Show on Tuesday night
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Apple on Tuesday issued a new update for its wildly popular mobile operating system. iOS 7.1.1, which is available immediately over the air (OTA) and should show up soon as a download through iTunes, is a minor update with bug fixes that follows Apple’s last major release, iOS 7.1.
NBC Nightly News managing editor and anchor Brian Williams raps Snoop Dogg's classic "Gin and Juice" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
The Sunday morning shows once occupied a sacred space in American politics. Today, many influential Washington players can’t even remember the last time they watched.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Kiev on Monday for talks with Ukraine's embattled interim leaders as Russia's top diplomat blamed Washington for instigating the crisis that threatens to escalate into armed conflict between the two former Soviet republics…
The first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983 crossed the finish line Monday, triumphant in a storied race that has become a national symbol of resiliency and determination.
A defendant died after being shot by a US marshal on Monday during an attack on a witness during a trial in a new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, the FBI said.
The tense East-West standoff in Ukraine could reach a new level of escalation: underwater. According to a report from the Russian newspaper Izvestia, the United States Navy's marine mammal unit will be deployed to the Black Sea this summer, where American dolphins and sea lions could find themselves nose-to-nose with their Russian counterparts.
But did the lead that we added to our petrol do something so much worse? Was it the cause of a decades-long crime wave that is only now abating as the poisonous element is removed from our environment?
With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the U.S. Navy for decades has staggered sailors' working hours on schedules with little resemblance to life above the ocean's surface.
Pavel Durov, the 29-year-old founder of Vkontakte — Russia’s “Facebook” — was fired form the social media site, according to Buzzfeed. “Judging by the news, as a result of my public renunciation last week, today I was fired as general director of VKontakte,
Using a special thermal camera, a National Geographic photo team captures the different body temperatures of men and women, most noticeably in their hands. Explore the science behind this phenomenon online in National Geographic magazine.
Rose Carducci bought a bag of Dole spinach as part of an online order last week from a Buehler’s Fresh Foods in Wadsworth, Ohio. Ms. Carducci consumes a lot of the stuff every week, whether it’s in salads or smoothies.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has issued a directive barring intelligence workers from talking to the media, even about unclassified matters, without permission.
My colleague Mark Rogowsky recently published a piece that contained a rather worrying chart, which showed the growing disparity between PS4 and Xbox One sales. Though the gap was a million consoles a few months ago in favor of Sony, now the gulf has widened…
Ever scroll through celebrity Instagram selfies thinking, “How does she do it?” If so, you’re in luck. Pulse asked a squad of high-profile beauty experts how to get your favorite stars’ best, most “like”-able features, from J.Lo’s famous hair to Rihanna’s glossy pout. Spring is all about looking equally effortless, which, of course, takes a little bit of effort.
Traditionally, the Easter Egg Roll is one of the most laid back days of the year at the White House. On Monday, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama both delivered remarks, flanked by the costumed bunny.
Karen Smith crushing meteorites with a mortar and pestle in Goddard’s Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory to prepare them for analysis. Vitamin B3 was found in all eight meteorites analyzed in the study.
Last year, the decision makers at Rolex decided the time was right for a shakeup. Unlike with most "shakeups," however, there wouldn't be widespread corporate reorganization, and scores of merchandise wouldn’t be cut. Instead, Rolex executives decided that it was time for the company to launch its first branded Facebook page, a herculean leap for a brand that has, for decades, closely monitored its reputation and only made tweaks — in both its watches and marketing strategies — after subjecting them to significant scrutiny.
If you were hoping to catch the recent premiere of “Game of Thrones” on HBO Go, you were likely met instead with the “spinning wheel of non-loading hopelessness and despair”—a name some customers have bestowed upon HBO’s error message.
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NBC’s “Meet the Press” has fallen to such ratings lows that network brass ordered psychological research of the host David Gregory and his family, in a bid to make him more likable.
Presidential hopefuls be forewarned: If Glenn Beck gives you a gift, say thanks. The conservative commentator said Monday he still regrets giving Mitt Romney a first-edition copy of George Washington’s farewell address during the 2012 presidential campaign. One main reason? Romney never officially thanked him for it, Beck says.
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Medscape, a subsidiary of the medical information website WebMD, has released its 2014 Physician Compensation Report. The data in the report come from more than 24,000 doctors in 25 specialties, who responded to Medscape's annual survey with information on their compensation for 2013…
Like Mitt Romney and John McCain, Hillary Clinton will (probably) run for president in 2016 as a grandparent. This seemingly unremarkable fact has triggered a spasm of media self-analysis: is Clinton the victim of a sexist double standard? It's a question that has been -- and will be -- asked often.
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If you have student loans, chances are you wish there was a way to make them disappear. And in a way, there is: The federal government now offers three repayment plans that lower monthly payments and will—eventually—forgive remaining debt.
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