Politics

VA to fire four senior officials in response to wait time scandal

Matt BradwellWASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) — The VA announced the firing of four senior officials as a result of the ongoing investigation into long wait times at veterans’ hospitals around the country. Top News – UPI.com

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Study: 11,000 killed thus far by Boko Haram

Ed AdamczykWASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) — The insurgency of Islamist militants Boko Haram is responsible for the deaths of at least 11,000 people, a scholarly report says. Top News – UPI.com

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Hong Kong government and protesters agree to negotiate

Ed AdamczykHONG KONG, Oct. 7 (UPI) — Pro-democracy protesters and government officials in Hong Kong agreed to begin formal talks Tuesday, as dissidents admitted their exhaustion. Top News – UPI.com

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Has North Korea’s Kim Jong Un been deposed?

Gabrielle LevyPYONGYANG, North Korea, Oct. 6 (UPI) — Rumors that North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has been deposed have heightened in intensity following a surprise delegation to the South. Top News – UPI.com

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Female Kurdish suicide bomber attacks Islamic State in Syria

Ed AdamczykKOBANI, Syria, Oct. 6 (UPI) — A female Kurdish fighter killed an unknown number of people in a suicide attack on an Islamic State position in the border town of Kobani, Syria. Top News – UPI.com

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Mega Millions nets Florida ticket-holder $2M, jackpot to $136M

Gabrielle LevyATLANTA, Oct. 6 (UPI) — One lucky Florida ticket holder has won $ 2 million following Sunday’s Mega Millions drawing, although no one matched all six for the jackpot of $ 120 million. Top News – UPI.com

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London allays land value concerns with fracking

Daniel J. GraeberLONDON, Oct. 6 (UPI) — There are few reasons to think advancing the shale natural gas agenda in the United Kingdom will hurt land values, a government spokesman said Monday. Top News – UPI.com

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Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in 5 states

Gabrielle LevyWASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) — The Supreme Court Monday denied review of all seven petitions related to state bans on gay marriage, clearing the way for marriages to begin in five states. Top News – UPI.com

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