Jim Wright early casualty of rising US House partisanship
DALLAS (AP) ? As a member of what he called "the people's house" for more than a generation, Texas Democrat Jim Wright was known for his rich oratorical skills in the U.S. House. He never relied on them more than the day in 1989, when he told those who had elected him speaker about two years earlier that he was prepared to resign after being accused of violating ethics rules dozens of times.
Oil train derailment prompts evacuation in North Dakota town
Democrats fail to oust NY Senate's GOP leader after arrest
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) ? The Republican leader of the state Senate survived a largely symbolic effort by Democratic lawmakers to oust him from his position Wednesday following his arrest on federal corruption charges.
Are bungled VA claims systemic? Senators want agency review
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Troubled by delays in handling veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday urged a wide-scale, independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting and speed up applications.
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Former House Speaker Jim Wright dies at age 92
NFL finds Patriots employees probably deflated balls
NEW YORK (AP) ? An NFL investigation released Wednesday concluded New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship and that quarterback Tom Brady was probably "at least generally aware" of the rules violations.
Report: Germanwings crash co-pilot tried descent previouslyPARIS (AP) ? The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 4525 appeared to practice a controlled descent on his previous flight, two hours before he crashed the A320 jet into a mountainside in March, French air accident investigators said Wednesday.
Burundi president says third term will be last: spokesmanBurundi's president told African ministers that, if elected for a third term in June, it would be his last and he would not run for office again after that, his spokesman said on Wednesday. President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term has sparked protests in the past week. Protesters say the constitution limits the president to two terms. "He told them (the ministers) that if re-elected he would not seek another term," presidential spokesman Gervais Abayeho said, after the president met a mission by east African foreign ministers to discuss the political crisis.
US warships no longer accompanying commercial ships in GulfWASHINGTON (AP) ? The Pentagon says that U.S. Navy warships are no longer accompanying American and British-flagged commercial vessels through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf.