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Report says assaults not reported by VA

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Report says Assaults not reported by va

Veterans Affairs facilities that provide mental health treatment failed to properly report many sexual assaults from 2007 to 2010, according to an investigation by the Government Accountability Office. The report, delivered this week to the House Veterans Affairs Committee, found that sexual assaults were underreported and that when they were reported officials often did not follow up through designated channels. VA policy requires that allegations of rape be reported to the department's Office of the Inspector General. Yet a three-year investigation at five facilities found that nearly two-thirds of the 67 rape accusations never made it to the office.

More Hispanics finish high school

New data from the U.S. census shows that a higher percentage of young Hispanic adults are finishing high school. Figures released Tuesday indicate that 22 percent of Hispanics age 18 to 24 were not enrolled in high school and didn't have an equivalent degree in 2008. That's 12 percent lower than a decade before. The number of Hispanic students attending a two-year college has increased 85 percent since 2000.

SWITZERLAND

Transocean says spill report flawed

The owner of the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year says a Coast Guard report that faults the company for a poor safety culture and other shortcomings that preceded the disaster is full of errors. Transocean said in a 112-page response submitted Wednesday to the U.S. government that the April 22 report should be corrected.

mexico

First hurricane of the season forms

Mexico has issued a storm watch for part of the country's coast as Hurricane Adrian formed in the eastern Pacific. Adrian's maximum sustained winds are about 75 mph and are expected to get stronger. The storm is the first of the 2011 season.

indiana

Search for missing student expanded

Authorities are extending the police search for Indiana University sophomore Lauren Spierer, 20, beyond the city limits of Bloomington five days after she was last seen walking back to her apartment after a night out with friends.

wisconsin

Recall elections certified for Dems

A Wisconsin state board has voted to let July recall elections be held against three Democratic state senators who fled the state during a divisive debate on collective bargaining rights for public workers. Opponents of the recalls argued Wednesday before the Government Accountability Board that fraud in collecting signatures warranted invalidating the signatures. The board rejected thousands of signatures, but not enough to disqualify the petitions. They voted to certify recall elections for Sens. Dave Hansen of Green Bay, Jim Holperin of Conover and Bob Wirch of Pleasant Prairie.

CALIFORNIA

Challenges remain for Mars mission

A new report says significant challenges remain before NASA can launch its next rover to Mars this year. The NASA report says the project may need more money to meet its November launch date, even though mission managers have worked through problems that caused the two-year launch delay.

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