National News National News en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:07:31 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Deal to Improve Veterans' Health Care Costs $17B National News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 1:21:40 PM Associated Press Deal to Improve Veterans' Health Care Costs $17B

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill's chief supporters said Monday.

The agreement includes $10 billion in emergency spending to make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with Veterans Affairs doctors to obtain outside care; $5 billion to hire doctors, nurses and other medical staff; and about $1.5 billion to lease 27 new clinics across the country, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees said.

The bill also would expand a scholarship program for veterans to include surviving spouses of military members who died in the line of duty, allow all veterans to qualify for in-state college tuition, and grant the VA secretary authority to immediately fire senior executives, while providing employees with streamlined appeal rights.

The bill "makes certain that we address the immediate crisis of veterans being forced onto long waiting lists for health care," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs panel. The bill also "strengthens the VA so that it will be able to hire the doctors, nurses and medical personnel it needs so we can permanently put an end to the long waiting lists," Sanders said at a news conference with Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., his House counterpart.

Sanders and Miller reached agreement on the plan over the weekend after more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks.

The compromise measure would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay private doctors to treat qualifying veterans who can't get prompt appointments at the VA's nearly 1,000 hospitals and outpatient clinics, or those who live at least 40 miles from one of them. The bill would limit the number of veterans who can get outside care by restricting it to those who are enrolled as of Aug. 1.

The proposed restrictions are important in controlling costs for the program. Congressional budget analysts had projected that tens of thousands of veterans who currently are not treated by the VA would likely seek VA care if they could see a private doctor paid for by the government.

The deal requires a vote by a conference committee of House and Senate negotiators, and votes in the full House and Senate.

The legislation is intended to reform the Veterans Affairs Department, which has been rocked by reports of patients dying while awaiting VA treatment and mounting evidence that workers falsified or omitted appointment schedules to mask frequent, long delays. The resulting election-year firestorm forced VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign in late May.

Louis Celli, legislative director for the American Legion, the nation's largest veterans group, said the deal would provide crucial help to veterans who have been waiting months or even years for VA health care.

"There is an emergency need to get veterans off the waiting lists. That's what this is all about," Celli said Sunday.

Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said the agreement was good news - although several months late.

"It's about time they're doing their jobs," he said of Sanders, Miller and other members of Congress. "You don't get a medal for doing your job."

Veterans waiting two months for medical appointments "don't care about all this back and forth" in Congress, Tarantino said. "That's what should be driving decisions."

An updated audit by the VA this month showed that about 10 percent of veterans seeking medical care at VA hospitals and clinics still have to wait at least 30 days for an appointment. About 46,000 veterans have had to wait at least three months for initial appointments, the report said, and an additional 7,000 veterans who asked for appointments over the past decade never got them.

Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson has said the VA is making improvements, but said veterans in many communities still are waiting too long to receive needed care. The VA provides health care to nearly 9 million enrolled veterans.

The House and Senate are set to adjourn at the end of the week until early September, and lawmakers from both parties have said completing a bill on veterans' health care is a top priority.

The Senate is expected to vote this week to confirm former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new VA secretary, replacing Gibson.


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Dollar Tree Buying Family Dollar for $8.5 Billion National News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 5:24:04 AM Dollar Tree Buying Family Dollar for $8.5 Billion

NEW YORK (AP) - Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.

Stockholders of Family Dollar Stores will receive $59.60 in cash and the equivalent of $14.90 in shares of Dollar Tree for each share they own. The companies put the value of the transaction at $74.50 per share.

The boards of both companies have unanimously approved the deal, which is expected to close by early next year.

Shares of Family Dollar Stores Inc., based in Charlotte, North Carolina, spiked 20 percent before the opening bell Monday. Shares of Dollar Tree Inc., based in Chesapeake, Virginia, are up almost 4 percent.

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Man Struck By Lightning At Beach Dies National News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 4:04:59 AM Man Struck By Lightning At Beach Dies

CALIFORNIA - A 20-year-old man has died after lightning struck 14 people at popular Venice Beach in Los Angeles and Catalina Island.

The LA County coroner says the man was taken from the beach and pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Thirteen people, including a 15-year-old boy, were jolted by lightning at the beach as rare summer thunderstorms hit Southern California.

A man was also hit on a golf course on Catalina Island.

He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.


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Apple Being Sued Over Beats Headphones National News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 3:50:54 AM Apple Being Sued Over Beats Headphones

NEW YORK - The newest member of the Apple family is being sued.

Beats Electronics is accused of copyright infringement by Bose, which alleges Beats infringed on five of its patents for noise cancelling headphones.

Apple paid 3 billion dollars to buy Beats from its founder, Dr. Dre.


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Mom Goes to Casino, Leaves Toddlers in Car National News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 6:01:43 AM Mom Goes to Casino, Leaves Toddlers in Car

CALIFORNIA - A California mom is accused of leaving her two young kids in a car as she visited a casino.

Police say 37-year-old Phaley Nget of Oakland left her 2 and 3-year-old children alone in the parked car Sunday.

The two children were spotted still strapped in their car seats around 6pm local time.

Police say the temperature outside was about 75-degrees but much hotter inside the vehicle.

Nget is charged with child endangerment charges.

The children were taken into protective custody.


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Comic-Con Returns National News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 3:43:04 AM Comic-Con Returns

(KNSD) San Diego's Comic-Con International 2014 officially opens to fans on Thursday and organizers say it will be the epicenter of all things pop culture.

David Glanzer, Comic-Con's Director of Marketing, says more than 130,000 fans are expected to attend the event at the San Diego Convention Center through Sunday.

That's a long way from the 300 people that attended the original San Diego Comic-Con 45 years ago in the basement of the U.S. Grant Hotel.

"When we started 45 years ago, nobody ever envisioned this," said Glanzer. "There's so much going on here now - anything having to do with pop culture, this is the epicenter of it all for the next few days."

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Homeowner Guns Down Intruder Who Said She Was Pregnant National News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:09:20 AM NBC4 Los Angeles Homeowner Guns Down Intruder Who Said She Was Pregnant

CALIFORNIA - A Long Beach homeowner has no regrets after shooting and killing a woman who said she was pregnant after he got into a confrontation with her and another man who were ransacking his sprawling home.

Tom Greer, an 80-year-old retiree, arrived to his upscale Bixby Knolls neighborhood Tuesday night to find a couple in the middle of a late-night break-in.

"When I went in there, they tackled me," Greer told NBC4 Wednesday. "Both of them jumped up on top of me."

The intruders, a man and woman, may have underestimated Greer, he said, as they ransacked his safe and yanked the door open right in front of him.

The intruders threw Greer to the ground, but they didn't know he'd gotten his .22-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver.

"I come back and they see me with a gun, and they run," he said.

The man escaped, but the woman fell after being struck by Greer's gunfire in an alley behind the house.

"She says, 'Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant! I'm going to have a baby!' And I shot her anyway," Greer said.

When asked what he saw happen to the woman after he fired shots, Greer responded: "She was dead. I shot her twice, she best be dead ... (The man) had run off and left her."

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More Recalls From GM National News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 5:34:57 AM More Recalls From GM

DETROIT - General Motors is issuing six more recalls covering a total of almost 718,000 vehicles in the U.S.

The latest recalls bring the total for GM so far this year to 60, affecting a record 29.7 million cars and trucks. GM already has passed the 22 million vehicles recalled by all automakers last year.

The biggest recall announced Wednesday was for just over 414,000 cars and small SUVs for faulty seats. Other problems include incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures, power steering failures, loose suspension bolts and faulty roof rack bolts.

The largest number of vehicles involved include recent model years of the Chevy Camaro, Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain, Buick Regal and Lacrosse, and Cadillac SRX. Other models recalled include the Chevy Caprice, Malibu, and Silverado.

The company says it will act decisively on any issue that might affect safety.


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Carjacking Couple 's Wild Crime Spree National News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 4:57:41 AM Carjacking Couple 's Wild Crime Spree

COLORADO - It was a dramatic ending to a crime spree in central Colorado.

Two suspects are taken into custody after multiple carjackings, shootings and a chase.

Police say this started as a traffic stop on lookout mountain. A man and young woman inside a white Crown Victoria reported as a suspicious car. The officer took the driver's license and headed back to his car.

Jacki Kelley, Jefferson County Sheriff's Officer, said, "when he went back to his car to start to run the name of that person, the white Crown Vic took off."

Police did not go after that driver. About 30 minutes later police say the pair carjacked a Subaru with three people inside near Buffalo Bill's grave.

Jacki Kelley said, "the male and female got out of that white Crown Vic with weapons and took their car by force"

Not long after that - police say the suspects broke into a home, then stole a truck. It quickly crashed. The couple got out on foot. Police reported gunshots in the area. The female suspect was taken into custody, the man kept going towards another home on Rockland Road.

Jacki Kelley said, "he finds his way into the house I don't know if he broke in or went in through an unlocked door. He backed out of the garage taking out their garage door and stealing their Envoy"

It wasn't long before that Envoy was stuck in the mud near I-70

Jacki Kelley said,"he makes his way out to I-70 where we know he points his rifle at multiple cars on I-70 stopping cars stopping traffic trying to carjack again."

With the help of a few good Samaritans along the roadway that suspect was taken into custody. Police say he had a rifle and handgun on him.


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7 Year Old Saves His Mom National News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 4:32:59 AM 7 Year Old Saves His Mom

WISCONSIN - A seven-year old boy from Wisconsin is being credited with saving his mom's life.

He jumped into action when his mom, who's suffering from cancer, fainted.

Chad Legler just turned 7 this month.

Chad Legler, who saved his mom, said "I said "Mommy wake up, mommy wake up, but she wouldn't. Then I tried pushing on her belly but she wouldn't wake up."

Chad's mom has cancer and after a complication earlier this week---went unconscious

Scared and crying, Chad knew he needed to do something, so he ran to get his neighbor who called 911.

Shane Legler, Chad's dad, said, "Very proud, amazed, very happy."

Butch Legler, Chad's grandfather, said, "If he hadn't of done, what he did, it could have been a lot worse."

While his mom was taken to the hospital Chad stayed behind, with Deputy Joe Carril there to calm him down.

Chad's mom is still in the hospital but was awake this morning and heard part of the story about how her son saved her life.

And Chad hopes that soon she'll be well enough to meet his new BFF, Deputy Carril.

Proving sometimes the best things in life come out of the worst situations.

Chad's dad says he's so lucky that Deputy Carril cares so much about their family.

And according to Chad's grandmother, he told her he wants to be a sheriff when he grew up.


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Arizona Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began National News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 3:57:11 AM Arizona Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began

ARIZONA - Arizona's Governor is ordering a review of the state's execution process, after an inmate died nearly two hours after his execution started.

Joseph Wood gasped and snorted for air for more than an hour before he was pronounced dead.

The type of drug used for the injection had never been tried before.

Governor Jan Brewer says she's concerned by how long it took for the drug to kill Wood.

His defense lawyers say the botched execution should have taken ten minutes, and should bring new scrutiny to the death penalty in the US.

Wood was sentenced to death for the 1989 murders of his girlfriend and her father.


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Cruz Suggests Flight Ban is Boycott of Israel National News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 4:55:50 PM Associated Press Cruz Suggests Flight Ban is Boycott of Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel and Hamas.

The State Department rejected Cruz's comments as "ridiculous and offensive."

"The facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands," Cruz said in a statement in which he posed five questions about the agency's actions, including whether it was politically motivated.

The FAA said its prohibition was in response to a rocket strike that landed about a mile from the airport as hostilities between Israel and Hamas militants rages on, with more than hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis killed in intense fighting.

The FAA's actions also come after a Malaysian jetliner was shot down over Ukraine where pro-Russia separatists have been battling government forces. Rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets on Wednesday.

Cruz said tourism is an $11 billion industry for Israel and the flight ban may be a crippling blow. Long before the flight prohibition, the fighting could have affected tourism in Israel.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf called the Texas senator's comments "ridiculous and offensive." She said the FAA makes its "decision based solely on the security and safety of American citizens, period."

Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Cruz, said the Obama administration's foreign policy was itself "ridiculous and offensive."

In a statement, the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which holds considerable sway with Congress, expressed concerns with the FAA ban and urged a review of the policy.

AIPAC said Israel has been subjected to hundreds of rockets the past two weeks and air travel has been safe and uninterrupted.

"The American people have shown in this difficult moment that they stand strongly with our democratic ally," AIPAC said. "Now is not the time to send the entirely wrong message with a ban on flights to Israel."

The FAA said Wednesday it is working closely with the Israeli government to review new information it has provided and to determine whether safety concerns have been resolved.

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House GOP: Send National Guard, Speed Removals National News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:18:43 AM House GOP: Send National Guard, Speed Removals

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans want to slash President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, speed young migrants back home to Central America, and send in the National Guard.

The proposals Wednesday morning amounted to a rebuke of Obama's proposed solution to the crisis on the Southern Border. They put the House on a collision course with the Democratic-run Senate, and increased the likelihood that congressional efforts to address the crisis on the Southern Border, where unaccompanied kids and teens have been showing up by the tens of thousands, will end in stalemate.

"Without trying to fix the problem I don't know how we actually are in a position to give the president any more money," said Speaker John Boehner, shortly after the rank and file reviewed steps to respond to the influx of tens of thousands of kids and teens across the Rio Grande. "What the president's asking for is a blank check."

Moreover it was not clear if the House would be able to approve the proposal rolled out Wednesday by a working group Boehner established.

Conservative lawmakers voiced objections, and Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana said Boehner told Republicans he was undecided about bringing the plan to the floor because he doesn't know if there are enough votes to pass it.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala, said he couldn't support it, complaining that Obama has turned the U.S. into the "world's sugar daddy."

Several GOP lawmakers said the House plan would cost about $1.5 billion, compared to Obama's original $3.7 billion request for more immigration judges, detention facilities and other resources to deal with unaccompanied kids.

A plan by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski would cost $2.7 billion.

But the biggest conflict between the House and Senate is not over costs, but policy instead.

Mikulski, D-Md., said she was omitting from her legislation any changes to a 2008 trafficking victims law that Republicans say has contributed to the crisis by allowing Central American youths to stay in this country indefinitely while awaiting far-off court dates.

Republicans are demanding changes in that law as the price for approving any money for the crisis.

"Modifications to the law can be done to expedite the process while ensuring proper protections are in place for the children who need them," said Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, who led Boehner's working group.

The result looks like a stalemate, with little time left to resolve it because Congress' annual August recess is just around the corner.

"Unfortunately, it looks like we're on a track to do absolutely nothing," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said.

It comes even as Homeland Security officials are pleading again for action, saying overstressed border and immigration agencies will run out of money in the next two months. "Doing nothing in Congress is not an option," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday.

More than 57,000 minors have arrived since October, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

The 2008 law guarantees them judicial hearings, which in practice allows them to stay in this country for years - before any deportation can be carried out - because of major backlogs in the immigration court system.

Republicans want the law changed so that unaccompanied Central American children can be treated like those from Mexico, who can be sent back by Border Patrol agents unless they can demonstrate a fear of return that necessitates further screening. Republicans say that's the only way to send a message to parents in the Central American nations that there's no point in sending their children on the arduous journey north.

White House officials have indicated support for such changes but have sent mixed signals, under pressure from immigration advocates who say they would amount to sending kids fleeing vicious gang violence back home to their deaths. Some Democrats initially were open to such changes but most are now strongly opposed.

"I'm very reluctant to change the law because I think these children face death, murder, vicious abuse, persecution, if they are returned," Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said.

Polls suggest the public is paying attention and demanding a solution, but lawmakers could not say where a compromise might lie.

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Dog Stolen, Tortured, Found in Yard National News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 6:52:21 AM Dog Stolen, Tortured, Found in Yard

NEW MEXICO - It is a case of severe animal cruelty.

This pitbull was stolen from a Lovington, New Mexico home over a week ago.

Days later, she mysteriously showed up on someone's front yard with severe acid burns on her back.

She underwent emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

The veterinarian who cared for the dog says she was likely stolen by someone who wanted to torture her or use her train other pitbulls how to fight.


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Sexual Orientation Discrimination Illegal With New Executive Order National News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 5:55:01 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahKRIS Sexual Orientation Discrimination Illegal With New Executive Order

A new executive order signed will protect the LGBT community from discrimination in the federal workforce.

The order will affect thousands of companies that employ some 28-million workers, roughly a fifth of the Nation's workers.

Koby Ozias is one employee who knows first-hand what it's like to be discriminated against based on sexual orientation.

"Knowing that you're being judged on something that you can't change," he said. "And not on your abilities, is terrible."

With President Obama's new executive order, that won't happen for federal contractors.

The action updates two previous orders about discrimination already on the books, making it illegal to discriminate against federal employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

"Millions of our fellow citizens wake up and go to work with the awareness that they could lose their job," said President Obama. "Not because of anything they do, or what they fail to do, but because of who they are."

However, it's too soon to know just how far this mandate will reach. Many are concerned that it could lead to an effect on the private sector.

"Every job has to discriminate at some level," said Lexington Baptist Church Pastor Scott Higginbotham. "That's what qualifications are. Just ‘qualification' sounds nicer than ‘discrimination.'"

The order is also receiving criticism because it does not include an exemption for religious organizations.

"I think people ought to be free to hire who they want to work for them," said Higginbotham.

The order is now in effect for the federal government, and protections for employees of federal contractors will start early next year.

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Federal Appeals Court Deals Blow to Health Care Law National News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:13:46 AM Associated Press Federal Appeals Court Deals Blow to Health Care Law

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, potentially derailing billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

In a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a group of small business owners argued that the law authorizes subsidies only for people who buy insurance through markets established by the states - not by the federal government.

A divided court agreed, in a 2-1 decision that could mean premium increases for more than half the 8 million Americans who have purchased taxpayer-subsidized coverage under the law. The ruling affects consumers who bought coverage in the 36 states served by the federal insurance marketplace, or exchange.

The majority opinion concluded that the law, as written, "unambiguously" restricts subsides to consumers in exchanges established by a state. That would invalidate an Internal Revenue Service regulation that tried to sort out confusing wording in the law by concluding that Congress intended for consumers in all 50 states to have subsidized coverage.

The administration is expected to appeal the ruling.

The issue is crucial to the success of the health law because most states have been unable or unwilling to set up their own exchanges. The inaction stems in many instances from opposition by Republican governors to the Affordable Care Act.

The small business owners filing the lawsuit say the tax credits enacted by Congress were intended to encourage states to set up their own health benefit exchanges and that the penalty for not doing so was withdrawal of tax credits for lower-income residents.

Supporters of the act say the purpose of the tax credit was not to promote the establishment of state exchanges, but rather to achieve Congress's fundamental purpose of making insurance affordable for all Americans.

The case revolves around four words in the Affordable Care Act, which says the tax credits are available to people who enroll through an exchange "established by the state."

The challengers to the law say a literal reading of that language invalidates the IRS subsidy to people in the federal exchanges. The opponents say that people who would otherwise qualify for the tax credits should be denied that benefit if they buy insurance on a federally facilitated exchange.

"It is implausible to believe that Congress gave the IRS discretion to authorize $150 billion per year in federal spending, particularly when Congress had directly spoken to this issue," the challengers to the IRS subsidy said in a court filing. "Major economic decisions like these - indeed, any decisions granting tax credits - must be made unambiguously by Congress itself."

The Obama administration and congressional and state legislative supporters of the Affordable Care Act say the challengers are failing to consider the words of the statute in its entirety.

"Congress did not provide that the tax credits would only be available to citizens whose states set up their own exchanges," says an appeals court filing by congressional and state legislative supporters of the Affordable Care Act. Congressional lawmakers and state legislators supporting the act said that limiting the subsidies to state exchanges could destabilize important aspects of the law, such as the individual mandate requiring most people to buy insurance.

The judges on the case were Thomas Griffith, an appointee of President George W. Bush; A. Raymond Randolph, an appointee of Bush's father; and Harry Edwards, an appointee of President Jimmy Carter, who dissented.

A lower court had ruled that the law's text, structure, purpose, and legislative history make "clear that Congress intended to make premium tax credits available on both state-run and federally-facilitated Exchanges."

But the appeals court concluded the opposite - that the letter of the law "unambiguously restricts" the law's subsidies to policies sold through exchanges established by the state.

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Teen Missing For 9 Months Returns Home Safe National News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 4:41:10 AM Teen Missing For 9 Months Returns Home Safe

NEW HAMPSHIRE - According to New Hampshire's attorney general, Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family in Conway, NH Sunday night.

15-year-old Hernandez was last seen nine months ago walking home from school in Conway, New Hampshire.

No further details have been released regarding the circumstances surrounding her disappearance and her return home.

The teen's mother said when she got home from work on the evening of October 9th, her daughter was not there.

Authorities said the last cellphone activity they were able to trace to Abby's phone was at around 3 that afternoon. That was about a half hour after she began walking home from Kennett High School.

Two weeks after she disappeared, Hernandez's mother received a letter from Abigail.

Zenya Hernandez, Abigail's mother, has informed law enforcement officers that "today we are the happiest people on earth".

Police say further details will be provided once they determine the information will not compromise the integrity of the on-going criminal investigation.


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Water Therapy Teaches Pup To Walk National News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 3:30:49 AM Water Therapy Teaches Pup To Walk

PENNSYLVANIA (WJAC) A small litter of puppies was found unable to walk and one Centre County animal shelter is working with an animal hospital to help these tiny paws take some major steps. Stuart and his brother Simon were rescued by Centre County PAWS.

After a short time it was discovered the two dogs and their sister had some difficulties walking. "Stuart's not very severely affected but he still has some problems using and coordinating motor function in both hind legs," said Dr. Bob Rider, a veterinarian with Metzger Animal Hospital. This is where a progressive treatment offered by Metzger Animal Hospital comes in to help.

Every week Stuart walks on an underwater treadmill to build up his muscles in his back legs and tiny paws.

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Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts Receives Medal of Honor National News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 1:54:53 PM Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts Receives Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is bestowing the Medal of Honor on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war.

Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama says Pitts displays "the humility and loyalty" that define America's men and women in uniform. Obama noted that the 28-year-old Pitts has said his honor belongs to everyone who was with him during the July 13, 2008 attack in Wanat, Afghanistan.

Pitts was injured in the attack. But despite losing blood from wounds in both legs and an arm, he continued to fire at about 200 Taliban fighters and guided air strikes that helped repel the attack.

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Marathon Bombing: Suspect's Friend Found Guilty National News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:36:35 PM Marathon Bombing: Suspect's Friend Found Guilty

BOSTON (AP) - A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of impeding the investigation into the attack.

Azamat Tazhayakov was found guilty Monday of obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Prosecutors say he agreed with a friend who removed Tsarnaev's backpack from his dorm room several days after the 2013 bombing. The backpack contained altered fireworks.

Tazhayakov's lawyers argued that the other friend removed the items from the dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and then threw them away.

Prosecutors told the jury that both men shared in the decision to get rid of the items to protect Tsarnaev. The friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, faces a separate trial in September.

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