• President Barack Obama greets veteran Eilene Henderson at Arlington cemetery on Memorial Day. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)"Imagine this is you."

    The words have barely appeared on screen, over footage of what seems to be an American military convoy, when there's an explosion. "Your life is changed forever" the text reads, over images of two soldiers carrying a wounded comrade, followed by a picture of two artificial legs and a cane. "How long should you have to wait before the country you served provides the help it promised?"

    They fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now they're facing a different kind of enemy at home: the government's frequently shocking delays in processing veterans' disabilities claims. One frustrated advocacy group—Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America—has put together a new interactive tool to show the American public that "behind every piece of data is a person."

    The piece of data is this: The 1,768 veterans profiled on "The Wait We Carry" have waited an average of 546 days to get their benefits. The tool lets you narrow down the list by home state, conflict and other details.

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  • President Barack Obama at a dinner hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Charlottenburg Castle in Berlin on June 19, 2013. (Michael Sohn/Reuters/pool)President Barack Obama's job approval rating slipped slightly to 49 percent in June despite controversies over National Security Agency surveillance and the IRS targeting of conservative groups, according to a new poll from the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. Oh, and fewer Americans are using the word "socialist" now than in early 2009 as a one-word description for Obama, Pew found.

    Obama's job approval was 51 percent in May, Pew said. And the proportion of Americans disapproving of the job he's doing stayed steady at 43 percent in both May and June.

    While just 11 percent of Americans in 2012 said the economy was in excellent or good shape, that number has surged to 23 percent—the highest level since January 2008, Pew found. Thirty-five percent say the economy will get better one year from now, against 19 percent who say things will be worse. In March, more respondents said it would be worse (32 percent) than better (25 percent).

    Still, 64 percent of respondents said jobs are

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  • Christine Quinn's memoir sold just 100 copies during its first week on sale. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Christine Quinn is vying to be New York City’s first female and first openly gay mayor, but even as polls suggest she still remains the candidate to beat, it appears Quinn will not add the title of “best-selling author” to her resume.

    The New York Times reports that Quinn’s memoir, “With Patience and Fortitude,” sold just 100 print copies during its week of release, according to Nielsen BookScan. That’s an embarrassing stat for Quinn’s campaign, which had hoped to use the book to boost her bid to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg when he leaves City Hall later this year.

    The number is somewhat surprising when you consider that Quinn is among the best-known candidates in the race. But while she remains atop the polls, a recent Marist College poll suggested she’s lost some ground to former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who jumped into the Democratic primary last month.

    Spokesmen for Quinn and for her book publisher, HarperCollins, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

    Even though

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  • Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Texas Open scores

    March 27 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Texas Open at the par-72 course on Thursday in San Antonio, Texas 67 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 67 68 Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 68 69 Max Homa (U.S.) 69 70 Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 70 Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 70 71 Chesson Hadley (U.S.) 71 Cameron Beckman (U.S.) 71 Daniel Summerhays (U.S.) 71 Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 71 Chris Kirk (U.S.) 71 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 71 Zach Johnson (U.S.) 71 72 Billy Horschel (U.S.) 72 Kevin Na (U.S.) 72 Park Sung-Joon (South Korea) 72 Scott Piercy (U.S.) 72 John Merrick (U.S.) 72 Jason Kokrak (U.S.) 72 William McGirt (U. ...

  • Enjoy England ride, Rooney tells Kane ahead of 2016 Euro qualifier
    Enjoy England ride, Rooney tells Kane ahead of 2016 Euro qualifier

    England captain Wayne Rooney has beseeched his new team-mate Harry Kane to savour the experience as the Tottenham Hotspur striker prepares for his first taste of international football. Kane, 21, has been drafted into the England squad by manager Roy Hodgson after scoring 29 goals this season and could make his debut in Friday's 2016 European Championship qualifier at home to Lithuania. It is over 12 years since Rooney made his England debut at the age of 17, in a friendly against Australia at Upton Park, and he has encouraged Kane to relish every second of his international career. "When you're playing for your country, the one thing you want to do is enjoy it," Rooney told journalists at the England team hotel in Watford, north of London on Thursday.

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