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Controversy continues to swirl over the White House prisoner swap that exchanged long-missing U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.

The move has unleashed a storm of criticism from lawmakers who’ve called President Barack Obama’s move reckless, and even lawless.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A World War II veteran graduated from a Jacksonville high school more than 71 years after he dropped out to fight in Europe.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system.

Embattled Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned his position, hours after saying he would work to fix "systemic" problems in the VA's health care system.

President Obama said Friday that the decision was made so Shinseki wouldn't be a "distraction" from efforts to address the agency's wide-ranging problems.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott says he plans to sue the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs because it will not let state hospital officials inspect federal medical care facilities in Florida.

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Officials celebrated the son of Broderick Brown and Angela Criswell in a way they will never forget, but it was also an honor they never wanted.  

"Really you don’t want to be here," said Brown, standing beside the Veterans Memorial Wall in Downtown Jacksonville. "You want him to be here."

Twenty-two-year-old DeAngelo Brown of United States Army was one of four fallen servicemen added to the wall Monday morning.

Brown died last August, after being shot at a Colorado Springs bar. 

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Jazz, theater, and one huge shark are a few of your options this holiday weekend on the First Coast.

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The campaign trail brought Governor Rick Scott back to JAXPORT on Wednesday with a promise to spend a billion dollars on Florida’s deep water ports.

Anybody found to have manipulated or falsified Veterans Affairs records "will be held accountable," President Obama said Wednesday. The president condemned the reported widespread problems at the VA, defending Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.

Obama spoke after he and Shinseki met in the Oval Office Wednesday morning with White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors, who since last week has been detailed to work with the VA. Neither of those men attended the president's news conference.

In an appearance on WJXT Channel 4's Morning Show, Florida Gov. Rick Scott called on U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign over the recent scandal involving delays in care for veterans at VA hospitals, including in Gainesville.

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