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Obama to rename Africa program for Nelson Mandela

Today at 6:12 a.m.

— A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela.

US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

Today at 6:12 a.m.

— Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border.

After 6 weeks, finally a deal on VA health care

Today at 6:27 a.m.

— After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

Today at 4:47 a.m.

— University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.

APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

Today at 3:07 a.m.

— The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

Foley sees more civil GOP campaign than in 2010

July 27 at 4:24 p.m.

— Tom Foley, the endorsed Republican candidate for Connecticut governor, said Sunday he and his GOP rival, Sen. John McKinney, had agreed to run a civil campaign that he said has been followed mostly, but not always.

Hutchinson improperly took tax credit on 2 homes

July 27 at 3:44 p.m.

— Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson improperly took Arkansas' homestead tax credit during four tax years before making a partial repayment shortly before he announced his campaign for governor, according to an official with the Pulaski County assessor's office.

Obama: US worried about worsening Gaza conditions

Today at 4:41 a.m.

— President Barack Obama is telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States is growing more concerned about the rising number of civilian deaths in the Gaza war that is entering its third week.

Obama to rename Africa program for Nelson Mandela

Today at 4:47 a.m.

— A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela, the White House said Sunday.

Gov. Quinn to live off equivalent of minimum wage

July 27 at 5:01 p.m.

— Gov. Pat Quinn agreed on Sunday to briefly live on the equivalent of a minimum-wage salary as he rallies support for a Nov. 4 Illinois ballot measure on the issue.

Pence, Bayh, crowd 2016 field with questions

July 27 at 11:18 a.m.

— In the 2016 political landscape, a pair of the state's political big dogs — Republican Gov. Mike Pence and former Democratic U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh — has potential candidates holding their breath and waiting on them.

US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

Today at 4:06 a.m.

— Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border.

Quinn, Rauner budget plans leave questions

July 27 at 10:19 a.m.

— The Illinois governor candidates have been ridiculing each other's budget plans, with Republican Bruce Rauner accusing Gov. Pat Quinn of leading a "tax-happy" state and the Chicago Democrat countering that Rauner's proposal to cut income taxes will lead to painful cuts to schools, social services and public safety.

Palestinian says Israeli action extends conflict

Today at 3:38 a.m.

— A senior Palestinian official says Israeli aggression will not bring peace to the region.

Poll: Prisons struggling with inmate rehab

July 27 at 9:03 a.m.

— Wisconsin's criminal justice system is doing an average job, at best, at rehabilitating prisoners, according to most voters who responded to a recent Marquette University Law School poll.

Missouri congressional hopefuls run on low budgets

July 27 at 9 a.m.

— Missouri's eight Congress members hold a huge cash advantage over their challengers.

Judge strikes down DC ban on handguns outside home

July 27 at 10:20 p.m.

— A federal judge struck down the District of Columbia's ban on carrying guns outside of a person's home, concluding it violates Second Amendment rights.

Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security

Today at 4:47 a.m.

— Every Palestinian civilian's death costs Israel in its fight for world opinion, but the Jewish state must not cede its security for the sake of public relations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he pressed his nation's case on America's Sunday news programs.

Battle for control of Maine Legislature heating up

July 27 at 7:59 a.m.

— The battle for control of the Maine House and Senate is shaping up as the parties put the final touches on their slate of candidates.

Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

Today at 4:47 a.m.

— If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.

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