Medicare’s finances are looking brighter, the government said Monday. The program’s giant hospital trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2030 – four years later than last year’s estimate.
Signaling an escalation of Israel’s Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis on Monday to be ready for a “prolonged” war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave their homes and head immediately for Gaza City.
A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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    More than 2,000 Syrians – almost half of them pro-government forces – have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country’s three-year civil war, opposition activists said Monday.
  • Shelling deters Ukraine jet probe
    Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police team from reaching the site of the Malaysia Airlines crash.
  • 22 receive arts, humanities honors
    Singer Linda Ronstadt got the answer to that question she’s been asking for decades: “When Will I Be Loved?” The answer was Monday at the White House, by President Barack Obama, who hung a National Medal of Arts around her neck and revealed, “I had a little crush on her back in the day.” The honor was a particularly special moment for Ronstadt, who didn’t make it to her induction to
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