A House panel has voted to place a five-year moratorium on bonuses to senior executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The sponsor of the proposal, Rep. Jeff Miller, Republican chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, says the legislation is in response to media reports about various executives who received performance bonuses despite significant problems that occurred during their watch, such as the increase in the number of disability claims pending longer than 125 days.
The VA had already halted bonuses for those executives overseeing disability claims, but Miller's legislation approved Wednesday extends the ban to other divisions within the government's second-largest department.
The VA did not respond to a request for comment, but has stressed previously that bonuses have been reduced in recent years.
An American Eagle flight from Detroit landed safely in New York Wednesday morning after the plane carrying 20 passengers was struck by lightning as it approached La Guardia.
The captain declared an emergency and safely landed the plane. Crews are inspecting the aircraft.
Authorities say a 3-year-old Florida boy has died after shooting himself with a gun he found in his uncle's backpack.
The shooting happened Tuesday night in a bedroom Jadarrius Speights shared with his uncle at an apartment complex in Tampa. Authorities say the uncle, 29-year-old Jeffrey D. Walker, has been charged with culpable negligence.
It wasn't immediately clear whether Walker had an attorney. His phone number was not listed and jail records didn't give a lawyer for him.
Police say he has a concealed weapons permit.
Hillsborough County sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter says the uncle was not in the room when the shooting happened, but the child's parents were there. The boy was taken to a hospital where he died.