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Senators delay VA confirmation hearing amid allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders have delayed indefinitely the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick to be Veterans Affairs secretary because of what they say are "serious allegations" made against the White House doctor and Navy rear admiral.

The hearing for Ronny Jackson had been set for Wednesday at the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

As federal farm bill moves to full House, some locals none too pleased

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, says he couldn't be happier to see the farm bill out of committee.

But there are other central Illinoisans none too pleased that the legislation is being considered at all.

The latest: Toronto police say 9 dead, 16 injured by van

TORONTO (AP) — The latest on the van striking pedestrians in Toronto (all times local):

5 p.m.

A Toronto police official says nine people have been killed and 16 injured from a van that jumped onto a sidewalk and struck pedestrians in the north part of the city.

Thousands of girls becoming Cub Scouts

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Ten-year-old twins Tatum and Ian Weir aren't about to let matching, minor injuries deter them from their goal of becoming the first sister-brother pair of Eagle Scouts.

"I cut myself, too!" Tatum said, pausing only briefly during a recent Cub Scout meeting to touch her thumb to her brother's before continuing on with a woodworking project.

Waffle House shooting suspect arrested

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The suspect in an attack that killed four people at a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee was arrested Monday not far from his apartment, police said.

Authorities had mounted a massive manhunt for 29-year-old Travis Reinking, after the Sunday morning attacks, in which a gunman clad only in a jacket used an AR-15 rifle to kill four and injure others.

Connecticut university closes because of student illness

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut university is shutting down for the day after about 100 students fell ill.

John Clark, the president of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, says he consulted with state, local and university health officials before deciding to close the school for Monday.

Taliban attacks kill 14 soldiers, policemen

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban attacks in western Afghanistan killed 14 soldiers and policemen on Monday as Kabul residents prepared to bury their loved ones slain in a horrific bombing by the Islamic State group that targeted a voter registration center the day before, killing 57.

Pompeo facing rare opposition from Senate panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is facing serious opposition before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which may not have enough votes to recommend him for confirmation because all Democrats, and at least one Republican, have said they will oppose him.

Waffle House suspect remains on the run

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A half-naked man suspected in the slayings of four people at a Waffle House remained on the run Monday, and authorities said he may be armed with one of the guns seized from him last year after he tried to enter the White House to see President Donald Trump.

Amid strikes, Americans back teacher raises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans overwhelmingly believe teachers don't make enough money, and half say they'd support paying higher taxes to give educators a raise.