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May 9th, 2014
04:35 PM ET

Sen. McCain: If VA hospitals cooked books on wait times, people should go to jail

(CNN) – Clerks scheduling medical appointments for veterans were "cooking the books" at their bosses' behest to hide the fact some had to wait weeks, if not months, for appointments, a VA scheduler in San Antonio said Thursday.
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May 9th, 2014
04:34 PM ET

McCain on Nigeria: I would've used every asset, satellite, drones, to go after Boko Haram

(CNN) – Terrorist group Boko Haram's kidnapping of 276 Nigerian school girls last month is an "offense against humanity," says Republican Sen. John McCain.

Six U.S. military advisers arrived in Nigeria Friday, a U.S. official told CNN. They will join a team of U.S. and British officials already in the country, helping find the girls, planning rescue efforts, and devising strategies to help subdue Boko Haram.

"I hate to use the words if I were president, so I won't. But what we should have done as soon as we knew these young girls were kidnapped ... we should have utilized every asset that we have, satellite, drones, any capabilities that we had to go after them," McCain said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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May 9th, 2014
04:32 PM ET

Dr. Dre poised to become hip hop's first billionaire. Word.

(CNN) – Straight outta Compton, to Silicon Valley. Rapper Dr. Dre is in line to leap over contemporaries to become the richest hip hop mogul in the world.

Dr. Dre: 'I'm the first billionaire in hip hop'

Apple is in talks to buy "Beats by Dre" for $3.2 billion, The Financial Times reports. The buy would be Apple's biggest acquisition ever.

And the company may not be in it for the trendy headphones, but for what's coming out of them.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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May 9th, 2014
04:30 PM ET

Sen. McCain: Putin strutting around Crimea like he owns it, because he does

(CNN) – Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Crimea on Friday to take part in Victory Day celebrations in Sevastopol, in what is his first visit to the disputed territory since Russia annexed it from Ukraine.

Putin is "strutting around" like he owns the joint, because "he does own the joint," says Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona.
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May 9th, 2014
04:28 PM ET

Putin arrives in Crimea for Victory Day events as deadly Ukraine clashes erupt

Sevastopol, Crimea (CNN) - Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Crimea on Friday to take part in Victory Day celebrations in Sevastopol, in what is his first visit to the disputed territory since Russia annexed it from Ukraine.

The President arrived in the port of Sevastopol by sea, in an event televised by Russian state TV, and watched while flanked by senior officers as Russian warships took part in a naval display in the Black Sea.

The military parades, held each year to mark the defeat of Nazi Germany, come amid soaring tensions in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are planning a weekend referendum on autonomy.

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