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Veterans voice concerns at VA town hall in Kona

Vietnam War veteran Charles Thompson stood up and pleaded for quicker medical care and help at a town hall meeting Wednesday for one reason — his grandson. It was his third time requesting assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Scopes in UCLA superbug case linked to unreported deaths in other states

Medical scopes suspected of spreading deadly bacteria are under scrutiny since an outbreak at UCLA Medical Center emerged this month. But problems with the devices were recorded years ago: The same type of scopes was implicated in a previously unreported outbreak of antibiotic- resistant superbugs six years ago in Florida that affected 70 patients, including 15 who died.

Despite spat with US, Israeli leader fighting Iran nuke deal

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads to Washington next week on a last-gasp effort to seal what he hopes will become his signature achievement: preventing Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon. But the centerpiece of the visit, a much-hyped speech to Congress arguing against the international community’s emerging nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, has been overshadowed by a damaging battle with the White House and electoral intrigue back home.

GOP states revisit Obamacare as Supreme Court weighs subsidies

WASHINGTON — Officials in several Republican states that balked at participating in President Barack Obama’s health-care initiative are now revisiting the issue amid mounting panic over a possible Supreme Court decision that would revoke federal insurance subsidies for millions of Americans.