Nation & world

  1. Congress sends VA, highway bills to president


    WASHINGTON — A bipartisan, $16 billion measure to clean up after a scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs and a second bill to prevent a cutoff in highway funding gained final passage in the Senate and were sent to President Barack Obama for his signature.

  2. Ebola kills more than 700; two Americans are ill


    As the death toll mounted from the worst outbreak of the Ebola virus, West African leaders quickened the pace of emergency efforts Thursday, authorizing house-to-house searches for infected people and deploying the army to combat the disease.

  3. The skinny: Toronto Mayor Ford orders 5 espressos


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    Toronto mayor ford orders 5 espressos

    FILE - This April 3, 2013 file photo shows bitcoin tokens in Sandy, Utah.  The website of major bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox is offline Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, amid reports it suffered a debilitating theft, a new setback for efforts to gain legitimacy for the virtual currency.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) NY114
  4. Libyan militias capture Benghazi in surge of violence


    BENGHAZI, Libya — Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed an ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after overrunning army barracks and seizing heavy weapons.

  5. Police: Chicago executive kills self, severely injures CEO


    CHICAGO — An executive of a technology company, upset that he was being demoted, walked into the CEO's office downtown Thursday morning and shot him twice before turning the gun on himself, police said.