Republicans head for health care showdown over budget, debt limit extension...VA reveals deaths linked to delayed test

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Updated: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 04:15:56 EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle over a stopgap spending plan and authorization to raise the government debt limit both hinge around Republican-led efforts in the House to derail the health care overhaul. Senate Democrats say a House stopgap spending plan that would defund the Affordable Care Act has no future. The upcoming debt limit bill in the House will contain a one-year delay of the ACA, also unacceptable to the administration. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department says testing backlogs have been resolved but delayed screenings for colorectal cancer at the veterans medical center in Columbia, S.C., are linked to six deaths. The VA's inspector general said in a recent report that delayed colonoscopies and other screenings were linked to malignancies found in 52 patients. The report did not go into detail about the seriousness of those cases. WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Navy leaders still reeling from the shooting rampage in Washington Monday have been stunned again, by a condolence email that apparently also contained a pitch for security work from the company that employed the Navy yard shooter. The email also bolstered concern over what defense officials believe may have been failures by the company to alert the military about Aaron Alexis' apparent mental health problems. ISLAMABAD (AP) — A top-ranking Taliban prisoner has been freed in Pakistan as Islamabad says it's trying to help jumpstart Afghanistan's struggling peace process with the insurgent group. A Pakistani intelligence official and a security official say Mullah Baradar, the former deputy commander of the Taliban, was freed today. The Afghan government has repeatedly asked Pakistan to release Baradar. DENVER (AP) — Spilled oil and other contaminants are a concern for officials in Colorado's flood zone. But the water hasn't receded enough yet for authorities to begin getting a handle on the problem. An estimated 22,060 gallons of oil spilled from toppled tanks and other sources.

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