Miami Herald VA says it has contacted vets left off wait list

The new Veterans Affairs chief says his department has reached out to all 1,700 veterans kept off an official waiting list at the troubled Phoenix hospital.

Miami Herald Senate Dems plan to push student loan refinance bill

Senate Democrats next week are expected to bring up a bill that would allow borrowers to refinance student loans at lower interest rates.

Miami Herald US service firms grow at fastest pace since August

U.S. service firms grew more quickly last month as production, hiring and new orders increased, a sign that the economy is accelerating after dipping at the start of the year.

Miami Herald US productivity falls at 3.2 percent rate in 1Q

U.S. productivity fell even more than previously thought in the January-March period while labor costs rose at a faster pace.

Miami Herald US trade deficit at two-year high in April

The U.S. trade deficit jumped to a two-year high in April, as exports declined and imports surged to a record high.

Miami Herald Survey: US companies added 179,000 jobs in May

A private survey shows U.S. businesses pulled back on hiring in May, adding the fewest jobs in four months.

Miami Herald Car-ride services UberX and Lyft to compete in Miami

Uberx will join Lyft — which began offering rides two weeks ago — in offering ride-sharing, even though Miami-Dade County considers the services illegal.

Miami Herald Republicans offer alternative VA health care bill

Four Senate Republicans are proposing a bill that would give veterans more flexibility to see a private doctor if they are forced to wait too long for an appointment at a Veterans Affairs hospital or clinic.

Miami Herald Miami-Dade bans e-cigarette sales to minors

Earlier this year, Florida lawmakers outlawed the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

Miami Herald Miami drops 2016 Democratic National Convention bid

If Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, she won't be accepting her party’s nomination in Miami.

Miami Herald Acting VA secretary pledges quick solution for scheduling problems

Sloan Gibson, the acting secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, on Tuesday acknowledged that “not all veterans are getting access to the healthcare that they have earned” and pledged to make addressing the problems quickly the VA’s top priority.

Miami Herald US factory orders up for third month in April

Orders to U.S. factories rose for a third consecutive month in April, pushed higher by a surge in demand for military hardware. But a key category that signals business investment plans fell.

Miami Herald US home price gains slow in April amid tepid sales

U.S. home prices rose in April compared with a year earlier, but the increase was the smallest annual gain in 14 months. Price gains have slowed this year as sales have faltered.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Fort Lauderdale puts city services at your touch

Fort Lauderdale is trying to keep up with the times with an app to keep residents connected with the city.

Miami Herald Gov. Rick Scott vetoes speed limit bill, as he promised

The governor nixed legislation that would have have allowed the state to raise speed limits to 75 mph on highways.

Miami Herald Study: People fear male-named hurricanes more

Which scares you more: Hurricane Victor or Hurricane Victoria? People are slightly less likely to flee an oncoming storm with a feminine name than a masculine one, a new study finds.

Miami Herald Fla. Gov. vetoes millions before signing budget

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a new $77 billion budget.

Miami Herald US construction spending up 0.2 percent in April

U.S. construction spending posted a modest gain in April, helped by increases in home building and government construction that lifted total activity to the highest level in five years.

Miami Herald Senate to take up new VA bill after scandal

Details of a refashioned bill to address the problems plaguing the federally run veterans' health care system have been released by its sponsor, the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

Miami Herald Common Core ties draw Jeb Bush critics

Jeb Bush’s foundation has collected millions from organizations that support Common Core, the K-12 standards that conservatives oppose.

Miami Herald EPA to seek to cut power plant carbon by one-third

The Obama administration on Monday will unveil a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2020, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in U.S. history.

Miami Herald New experience for GOP: No heir apparent

Republicans show little enthusiasm for anyone as their top spokesman, let alone 2016 presidential candidate.

Miami Herald Conflict laws different for Citizens Property Insurance

A state law banning employees responsible for a contract from going to work for the contractor is applied differently at Citizens. One state senator says that needs to change.

Miami Herald For many in military, Shinseki remains an American hero

As the words left President Barack Obama’s lips on Friday that he had accepted the resignation of retired Army Gen. Eric Shinseki as secretary of veterans affairs, a pained groan emerged from a crowd of troops, veterans and civilians who’d gathered around television sets at the Pentagon.

Miami Herald Shinseki had support of many vet groups until end

He's one of them — a disabled veteran who lost part of his right foot to a mine in Vietnam, a soldier who riled his superiors in the Bush years by telling Congress the U.S. needed more troops in Iraq than the administration wanted.

Miami Herald In historic vote, U.S. House backs medical marijuana

For the first time, the U.S. House voted early Friday to block the federal government from enforcing its marijuana laws in states that have approved use of the drug for medical purposes.

Miami Herald Career banker to take over Veterans Department

President Barack Obama says the man he's chosen to run the Veterans Affairs Department on an interim basis will have a learning curve to overcome.

Miami Herald White House loses press secretary hours after Shinseki resignation

President Barack Obama announced this afternoon that White House press secretary Jay Carney would be stepping down, and that principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest would take over the job.

Miami Herald Florida senators Nelson, Rubio agree Shineski had to go

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, reacting to the news that Eric Shinseki had resigned as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, said, “He did the right thing, and he’s putting his country first.”

Miami Herald Shinseki resigns amid veterans' health care issues

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized in public and then resigned in the privacy of the White House on Friday, driven from office by a mushrooming scandal over the agency's health care system that serves millions of the nation's former warriors.