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Medical errors are up at VA hospitals, but they're actually doing less to figure out why
Obama can rename Mount McKinley Denali - but he can't stop its loss of ice
Federal workers on track to get 1.3 percent pay hike in January
Migrants' deaths bring scrutiny to European handling of refugees
BUDAPEST - The 71 people whose bodies were found in an abandoned truck on the main highway between Budapest and Vienna last week may have died at the hands of smugglers. But critics are also blaming a broken European refugee system that is increasingly forcing desperate asylum-seekers into the arms of human traffickers.
As tragedies shock Europe, a bigger refugee crisis looms in the Middle East
AL-MINYA, Lebanon - While the world's attention is fixed on the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees swarming into Europe, a potentially far more profound crisis is unfolding in the countries of the Middle East that have borne the brunt of the world's failure to resolve the Syrian war.
What happened to Scott Walker?
Obama will rename the highest U.S. peak, dropping McKinley for Denali
Kanye West's flirtation with a 2020 run generates online buzz that he could partner with Donald Trump
Planned Parenthood's aggressive defense
Cruz's claim that Obama administration policy led to release of '104,000 violent criminal aliens'
Secular scholar in India shot to death
NEW DELHI - Writers and intellectuals took to the streets in protest Monday in the southern Indian state of Karnataka over the shooting death of prominent secular intellectual Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi, the third such killing in India since 2013.
After tragedies, E.U. leaders will meet on refugees
BRUSSELS - In an urgent bid to address Europe's mounting migrant crisis, top European Union officials discussed plans Monday to hold an emergency meeting next month aimed at streamlining a fragmented process that has led asylum-seekers to take desperate steps to scale Europe's high walls.
Iran's post-sanctions windfall may not benefit Hamas
GAZA CITY - In the congressional battle being waged over the Iran nuclear deal, critics point to a likely windfall of cash and weapons that could flow from Tehran to terror groups, including the Islamist militant movement Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel.
Islamic State destroys a treasured Palmyra site
BEIRUT - Islamic State militants have blown up one of the most important temples in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, accelerating their relentless campaign of destruction against the historical treasures that have fallen under their control, activists and monitors said Sunday.
How farmers from rural China bet on the stock market and lost
NANLIU, China - Nobody has seen the village chief.Just months ago, his courtyard home at the edge of the orchard was a makeshift trading floor where local farmers gathered to share tips and track the Shanghai Composite. Now, the gates are closed, a security camera stands watch, and nobody wants to talk about the stock-trading local party secretary.
Smugglers who drove migrants to their deaths were part of a vast web
KECSKEMET, Hungary - The smugglers responsible for driving 71 migrants to their deaths in the back of a cramped, unventilated truck in Austria were part of a vast international syndicate that has been a subject of multiple criminal investigations, a leading European law enforcement official said Saturday.
Thailand issues arrest warrant for suspect in second blast
BANGKOK - Thai authorities arrested a foreign man Saturday, whom they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports, in the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago.
The undercarriage of the car-wash industry: Wage fraud and other abuses
In the back area of a Fairfax County auto dealership, a crew of mostly undocumented workers provides a snapshot of the challenges that Virginia faces with its steadily transforming economy.There, immigrants from Latin America rush to clean a steady line of used cars that their employer - an independent car-detailing company - was hired by the dealer to prepare for resale.
As self-driving cars come to more states, regulators take a back seat
When self-driving cars begin zipping through Northern Virginia this year, they won't need any special registration, and the testers sitting behind the wheel won't need a special license. In the eyes of the law, they'll be regular cars.
On Leadership: Meet the CEO who offered his private jet to help the mothers of the American heroes in France
The private jets of CEOs get a bad rap, frequently tossed about as prime examples of corporate largesse.This week, one was put to very good use. On Sunday, Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle lent his Dassault Falcon 2000EX -- which is owned by Boyle and his wife, not by the company -- to a great cause. The three American men who subdued a gunman on a train bound for Paris were honored in a medal ceremony. Boyle offered his plane so their mothers and a brother could go to France to attend it.
NASA has a mission called 'OMG.' Here's how it got its name.
OMG isn't just popular shorthand for "Oh my God," it's also a NASA mission. Short for Oceans Melting Greenland, the research program is dedicated to looking at the loss of ice around the world's largest island - a rapidly changing part of the planet that likely has many climate scientists exclaiming, "Oh, my God!"
Even a modest slowdown in China sacks the global commodities market
Until recently, China was a beast whose appetite knew almost no limit. It feasted on the world's raw materials, buying them in a voracious, globe-spanning spree. Indonesian coal powered villages that morphed into mega-cities. Peruvian copper lined power cables for nearly 100 new mass-transit rail lines. Brazilian and Australian iron ore was turned into steel for skyscrapers rising in Shanghai at a rate of one per week.
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States move slowly toward digital textbooks
Despite enthusiasm for digital textbooks at the national level, states have been slow to get on board. But the movement is gaining strength.
Indiana gov squashes vp speculation
TODAY'S TAKE: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is the latest GOP governor who says he's not interested in becoming Mitt Romney's running mate.
Note to readers: A new Stateline is coming soon
Stateline and the Pew Center on the States are launching a new website at Pewstates.org
AZ: Arizona's immigration law gets its day in U.S. Supreme Court
When Paul Clement walks into the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday he's going to try to convince at least five justices that Arizona has an inherent right to enforce federal immigration laws.
NC: North Carolina judge vacates death penalty under racial justice law
In a landmark ruling, a North Carolina judge on Friday vacated the death penalty of a black man convicted of murder, saying prosecutors across the state had engaged in deliberate and systematic racial discrimination when striking black potential jurors in death penalty cases.
NJ: New Jersey drops out of lawsuit against EPA over ozone
New Jersey has dropped out of a lawsuit challenging the White House decision to bypass strict ozone standards that the EPA had recommended as necessary to protect human health.
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