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VA employees caught manipulating wait times

Supervisors instructed employees to incorrectly document patient wait times at Veterans Affairs’ hospitals in at least seven states, according to a USA Today’s analysis of over 70 investigation reports released in recent weeks.   Employees at 40 VA medical facilities in 19 states and Puerto Rico routinely “zeroed out” veterans’ wait times, and in some…

Cosby’s motion to dismiss charges denied

  Judge Steven O’Neill ruled last week that the sexual assault case against entertainer Bill Cosby will move forward. O’Neill rejected Cosby’s motion to dismiss charges of aggravated indecent assault relating to a 2004 encounter with ex-Temple University employee Andrea Constand, according to NBC News.   During the two-day hearing, Cosby’s lawyers argued that the…

Zika virus infects many in South America

  The mosquito-borne Zika virus is sweeping through the southern Americas, namely Brazil, and has been shown to be linked to the rare birth defect microcephaly, a condition that causes newborns to be born with shrunken heads and severe disabilities, according to PBS Newshour. The World Health Organization said on Thursday, Jan. 28, that the…

Presidential candidates take aim at Iowa Caucus

  Both the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are focusing their efforts on challenging their opponents as the Iowa caucus approaches, which is considered the official start of the presidential nomination race, according to the Chicago Sun Times. On Feb. 1, registered party voters across the state will cast their ballots for their preferred candidate.…

Pentagon allows women to fight in all combat roles

All U.S. military combat positions are being opened up to women, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday, Dec. 3. According to The Associated Press, the decision allows women to fill about 220,000 jobs that are currently limited to men, including infantry, armor, reconnaissance and some special operations units.   According to The Washington Post, Carter…

Kurdish forces launch attack on Islamic State group

Both Kurds and non-Kurds alike across Europe are welcoming the liberation of Sinjar by Peshmerga forces, some even celebrating after more than a year of mourning for a hometown lost to the Islamic State group, according to Kurdish media network Rudaw. The New York Times reported that the northern Iraqi city had only a few…

Ohio says no to Gerrymandering, Monopolies, and Marijuana

  Voters across the state of Ohio voted on three state issues on Election Day, Nov. 3.   According to Cleveland.com, State Issue 1 passed by a margin of 2,025,467 to 808,999, as well as State Issue 2 which passed 1,553,357 to 1,451,520, while State Issue 3 failed 1,094,289 to 1,958,802. Ohio Secretary of State…

Barack Obama apologizes for airstrike

President Barack Obama apologized to the head of Doctors Without Borders on  Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 for the airstrike that killed at least 22 people on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 in Kunduz, Afghanistan. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced, “This morning from the Oval Office, President Obama spoke by telephone with Doctors Without Borders…

President of Burkina Faso regains presidency

The interim president of Burkina Faso, Michel Kafando, who was the target of a coup last week, returned to power on Sept. 23, 2015. Kafando was thankful for the swift intervention from other West African countries, namely those of Senegal, Benin and Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.   The coup was staged by allies of former…

Iran deal is not up for veto

Robin Goist The Carroll News   One day after the Senate secured President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, which blocked a Republican attempt to sink it, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted to show their disagreement this past Friday, September 11. While most Democrats voted to approve the deal, 25 voted against it. Some of these…