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The VA had more than 770,000 disability compensation claims pending as of June 1, and the department has been in the spotlight for weeks amid its promises to expedite its sluggish decision-making process. The department said that by 2015, all claims should be decided in 125 days or fewer with an error rate of 2 percent, goals it’s far from realizing. And if it’s going to reach those goals, there’s a pressing problem to overcome: a tendency to lose or otherwise mishandle veterans’ records.
Iraqi officials say two car bomb explosions in Baghdad have killed at least six people and wounded more than two dozen.
A funny thing happened on the way to a predicted disaster: The Pentagon is learning to live with the automatic budget cuts its leaders had warned would threaten national security if they took effect.