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President Obama speaks on the phone in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, June 2, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama declines to attend memorial dedication for disabled veterans

President Obama has declined to attend a dedication ceremony in October for a new memorial honoring American veterans who have been disabled fighting for their country in wars, according to sources close to the event.

The casket of Michael Brown sits inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church awaiting the start of his funeral on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo., by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white.  Protesters took to the streets of  the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool) ** FILE **

Judge extends grand jury in Ferguson case

- Associated Press

A judge has extended into January the term of the grand jury considering whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

VA Secretary Bob McDonald apologized to veterans who waited too long for care, and said the department is looking now at the "appropriateness" of notifying those whose family members' cases were reviewed by the report. (Associated Press)

Doctor, VA watchdog set to clash at Hill panel hearing

- The Washington Times

The doctor who helped expose the VA health care scandal will tell Congress on Wednesday that patients did indeed die because they were stuck on secret waiting lists, and will accuse the department’s inspector general of trying to cover up the problem.

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An Amtrak Metroliner is bound for Washington, D.C. Amtrak currently prohibits guns anywhere on its trains. Associated press

DC to Philly Amtrak service resumes

Associated Press

Amtrak's Northeast Corridor service resumed between Washington and Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon after being shut down for a time.

A screen capture of video provided by an Atlanta-area television station shows the scene near an elementary school in Decatur, Ga., after a gunman reportedly opened fire inside the school on Aug. 20, 2013. (Courtesy of wsbtv.com) ** FILE **

Georgia man gets 20 years for gun battle at school

- Associated Press

A gunman who was persuaded by a bookkeeper to surrender during a 2013 gun battle with police at a school near Atlanta pleaded guilty to multiple charges Tuesday and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Search for Maryland sisters missing since 1975 resumes

- Associated Press 8 minutes ago

Investigators from two states were searching an area near Lynchburg, Virginia, for the remains of two young sisters from Maryland who were abducted in 1975, police said late Tuesday.