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AP Exclusive: Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals and federal authorities are stepping up investigations
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press....

As President Donald Trump begins his second month in office, his team is trying to move past the crush of controversies that overtook his first month and make progress on health care and tax overhauls long sought by Republicans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As President Donald Trump begins his second month in office, his team is trying to move past the crush of controversies that overtook his first month and make progress on health care and tax overhauls long sought by Republicans....

Sixty feet and the U.S-Mexico border separated the unarmed, 15-year-old Mexican boy and the U.S. Border Patrol Agent who killed him with a gunshot to the head in June 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sixty feet and the U.S-Mexico border separated the unarmed, 15-year-old Mexican boy and the U.S. Border Patrol agent who killed him with a gunshot to the head early on a June evening in 2010....

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is working to assuage European Union fears about the Trump administration's support for the EU and commitment to NATO
BRUSSELS (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence moved Monday to assuage European Union fears about the strength of Washington's support for the union and its commitment to European security through the NATO military alliance....

President Donald Trump is tweeting further criticism of Sweden's immigration policies
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- President Donald Trump is tweeting further criticism of Sweden's immigration policies....

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he believes U.S. forces will be in Iraq and in the fight against Islamic State militants for a while, despite some rocky times between the two nations
BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday he believes U.S. forces will be in Iraq and in the fight against Islamic State militants for a while, despite some rocky times between the two nations....

Top House Republicans say their outline for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law is a pathway to greater flexibility and lower costs for consumers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top House Republicans say their outline for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law is a pathway to greater flexibility and lower costs for consumers. Democrats see a road to ruin for millions who'd face lost coverage and higher medical expenses, particularly the poor....

Sweeping new guidelines in a DHS draft policy aim at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, according to a pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly....

President Donald Trump's holiday weekend featured a raucous campaign rally, a health care strategy session, interviews for a new national security adviser _ and even a few holes of golf
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's holiday weekend featured a raucous campaign rally, a health care strategy session, interviews for a new national security adviser - and even a few holes of golf....

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is fighting to emerge as a major player in the liberal resistance to President Donald Trump
NEW YORK (AP) -- More than most, Eric Schneiderman understands the risks of taking on Donald Trump....

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As President Donald Trump begins his second month in office, his team is trying to move past the crush of controversies that overtook his first month and make progress on health care and tax overhauls long sought by Republicans

President Donald Trump is tweeting further criticism of Sweden's immigration policies

Sweeping new guidelines in a DHS draft policy aim at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally

Russian officials say their ambassador to United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, has died in New York City at 64

French President Francois Hollande says he and the leaders of Spain, Italy and Germany will meet in early March to lay ground for a summit on the European Union's future after Britain's departure from the bloc

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is fighting to emerge as a major player in the liberal resistance to President Donald Trump

Texas election officials say hundreds of people were allowed to improperly cast ballots in the presidential election by signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID

The Democratic National Committee will have a chance to officially slam FBI Director James Comey for his election-year probe of Hillary Clinton in a resolution that's a riff on ABC's "Designated Survivor."

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner gave more specifics on what tax hikes he'd accept to end Illinois' nearly two-year budget stalemate, enduring derisive laughter from Democratic legislators when he suggested that he's not blaming them