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VA reports some improvements

Veterans’ hospitals and clinics are beefing up staff and seeing more patients, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said. He said the VA completed 3.1 million more appointments in the latest fiscal year than the previous one, but the number of appointments not completed in 30 days has grown from 300,000 to nearly 500,000.



Six die in crash of migrant worker bus

A bus ferrying migrant farmworkers from Michigan to Texas ran off a highway and hit an Interstate 40 overpass in North Little Rock, ejecting passengers onto the interstate. Six people were killed and six injured; the driver survived. The National Transportation Safety Board investigation is focusing on driver fatigue.



Court keeps serial killer on death row

John E. Robinson Sr., convicted of killing eight women between 1984 and 2000, remains on death row after the state’s top court upheld his death penalty conviction. The Kansas Supreme Court threw out one of his two capital murder convictions, ruling that he was unconstitutionally tried twice for the same crime.



Attorney general rebuffs inquiry

Attorney General Kathleen Kane refused to cooperate with a state Senate committee that is examining whether to remove her from office. In a letter delivered to the committee’s chairman, Kane rebuffed the panel’s request for documents, saying it lacks “jurisdiction and cause for inquiry.”



New execution method unveiled

The state unveiled a new method for executing condemned prisoners, proposing a single-drug lethal injection protocol that could restart capital punishment after a 10-year hiatus. The plan was a result of a lawsuit filed by crime victims. A settlement required the state to devise a method by this month.



Mudslide recovery efforts intensify

Authorities stepped up efforts to locate and provide care for victims of a devastating mudslide triggered by the rupture of dams at a iron-ore project owned by two of the world’s biggest mine companies. More than 200 people were placed in hotels as rescue workers helped the injured and homeless in and around Mariana in Minas Gerais state. One person was killed.



Saturday deadline raises concerns

Western diplomats are worried that Burundi is on the brink of a major conflict and could explode in violence when a deadline for opposition groups to disarm expires Saturday. Scores of people have been killed this year since President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run a third time despite protests that he was violating term limits.



Border controls to resume temporarily

France will reinstate border controls for a month around the coming climate change conference in Paris. The event sponsored by the United Nations and will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. More than 40,000 participants and about 80 heads of government, including President Obama, are expected to attend.

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