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Tentative agreement reached on U.S. veterans' funding bill

Senator-elect Bernie Sanders is interviewed by a Reuters reporter at Sanders' office in BurlingtonBy Peter Cooney WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A tentative agreement has been reached by the chairmen of the U.S. Senate and House veterans committees on legislation aimed at resolving the Veterans Affairs healthcare crisis, their spokesmen said on Sunday. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, who heads the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and his House counterpart, Republican Representative Jeff Miller, will outline the agreement at a news conference at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, their spokesmen said. "Miller and Sanders continued negotiations on a VA reform package this weekend and made significant progress toward an agreement on legislation to make VA more accountable and to help the department recruit more doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals," their offices said in a statement.



Family of five found shot dead in Maine home: police

Five members of a family, including three children, were found shot dead at their southern Maine home on Sunday, with a gun located near one of the bodies and no outside involvement suspected, a police spokesman said. The five, a father and mother in their 30s and three children believed to be 4, 7 and 12, were discovered on Sunday afternoon in three rooms of their second-floor apartment in Saco, about 17 miles (27 km) southwest of Portland, state police spokesman Stephen McCausland said.


One dead after lightning strikes crowd at California beach

Man is treated by a paramedic after a lightning strike in the water in Venice, California(Reuters) - One man died and at least eight people were injured on Sunday in a lightning strike during a rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, officials said. "I heard this crackle and there was this giant bolt of lightning shooting across the sky and the loudest thunder I?ve ever heard," witness Joe Doro told KCAL-TV. The eight survivors were hospitalized for treatment and observation after the lightning hit near Ocean Front Walk facing the Pacific Ocean, around 2:15 p.m. (2115 GMT), said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main. A 20-year-old man taken to Marina Del Rey Hospital was later pronounced dead, according to the Los Angeles county coroner's department.



Should the condemned suffer? Victim families torn

Randy Browning watched from behind the glass as Kimberly McCarthy slipped quietly into unconsciousness, snored briefly, then finally stopped breathing. It didn't matter to him that this woman ? who'd brutally stabbed and mutilated his beloved godmother and mentor ? was allowed a peaceful, painless death.


After 6 weeks, finally a deal on VA health care

FILE - In this July 24, 2014, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. 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. Miller and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scheduled a news conference Monday, July 28, to talk about a compromise plan to improve veterans' care. (AP Photo/File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? 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.



Flames from California wildfire claim 13 homes

PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) ? Wildfires burning near Northern California vineyards and in the Yosemite National Park area were threatening hundreds of homes even as crews worked to contain them.


Reporter recalls Soviet evasion in '83 jet downing

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 1983, file photo, Korean Airlines equipment procurement section chief Suk Jin-Ku examines a piece of aircraft debris at Wakkania Police station in Japan. Those searching for the truth about what happened in the shoot-down of the Malaysia airliner over Ukraine can take little comfort from the history of another passenger jet that was blasted out of the sky over the Soviet Union more than three decades ago: The Kremlin at the time dodged, weaved and obfuscated. Today, we still don?t know what exactly happened to Korean Airlines Flight 007. (AP Photo/Mikami, File)Those searching for the truth about what happened in the shoot-down of the Malaysia airliner over Ukraine can take little comfort from the history of another passenger jet that was blasted out of the sky over the Soviet Union more than three decades ago: The Kremlin at the time dodged, weaved and obfuscated. Today, we still don't know what exactly happened to Korean Airlines Flight 007.



Man dies after lightning hits California beach

Lifeguards assist a person who was in the water and apparently struck by lightening Sunday July 27, 2014 in Los Angeles. Authorities said lightning struck 14 people, leaving two critically injured, as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday. (AP Photo/Steve Christensen)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? A 20-year-old man died after lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm jolted a Southern California beach, injuring or rattling more than a dozen people, authorities said.



Trial opening over video of Oklahoma City bombing

EDS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT - Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue holds a photograph of his holds a photograph of his dead brother showing his bruises and injuries during an interview Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Trentadue's quest to explain his brother?s mysterious jail cell death has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Trentadue's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the federal government goes to trial Monday, July 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ? A Salt Lake City attorney is arguing in a lawsuit that the FBI has video of the Oklahoma City bombing that shows a second person was involved.



California governor to meet with Mexican president

Gov. Jerry Brown, right, and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena leave a news conference after talking with reporters Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. Brown and Meade attended a luncheon hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce, where they discussed Brown's upcoming visit to Mexico.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious leaders.