WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth likely rebounded in the second-quarter from a winter-induced slump at the start of the year and will probably continue to gather momentum through the rest of 2014. Gross domestic product likely grew at a 3.0 percent annual rate, according to a Reuters survey of economists, lifted by an acceleration in both consumer spending and stock accumulation by businesses. I do think we can sustain a 3 percent growth number for the next couple of quarters," said Jim O'Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics in Valhalla, New York. Earlier in the second quarter, growth estimates were as high as 4 percent, but they were lowered as consumer spending and business investment rebounded less than expected.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is demanding an end to the violence in Gaza "in the name of humanity" and is accusing the leaders of Israel and Hamas of being irresponsible and "morally wrong" for letting their people get killed.
Pakistani police say a mob has burned down several homes belonging to minority Ahmadi Muslims in the country's east, killing a woman and her two granddaughters following rumors about blasphemous postings on Facebook.
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A $3 cup of shave ice is at the center of a dispute in this beach town between street vendors trying to stay in business and town officials who say the vendors cause traffic congestion and increase the potential for accidents.