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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday that he is getting “closer” to calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign, but said his greater concern is that he believes the VA’s inspector general lacks the capacity to investigate the agency’s growing scandal.

Boehner spoke after the House Veterans Affairs committee voted unanimously to compel three senior VA officials to testify before Congress next week regarding the destruction of documents at the center of a cover up at a Phoenix VA hospital.

“I’ve not called for General Shinseki to resign, although I have to admit I’m getting a little closer,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said at a news conference Thursday at the Capitol. “This isn’t about one person. This isn’t about the secretary. It’s about the entire system underneath him.”

“I am not confident that the [Inspector General] has shown the interest or capacity to get to the bottom of what is a systemic failure of an entire agency,” he said. “If you were a doctor and you were seeing a patient, you’d want to know to the extent of how sick that patient is before you would begin to prescribe some method of curing that.”

Boehner indicated his primary concern is that replacing Shinseki could distract efforts to fix the problems at the heart of the VA, that now involves at least 26 VA facilities throughout the country.

“The general can leave and we can wait around for months to go through a nomination process and we get a new person, but the disaster continues,” he said. “I don’t want people to get confused about what the shiny ball is here. The shiny ball is a systemic failure of this agency.”

The subpoena voted on Thursday compels Dr. Thomas Lynch, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs; Joan Mooney, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs; and Michael Huff, Congressional Relations Officer, Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs to testify next Friday, May 30.

Chairman Jeff Miller told members on the panel that the trio has indicated they’ll voluntarily appear next Wednesday evening, May 28, when the House returns to session after Memorial Day. If they testify voluntarily, the subpoena for testimony on May 30 will not be enforced.

The House also voted in bipartisan fashion Wednesday to approve H.R. 4031, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act, which gives the secretary of the VA authority to remove senior employees based on poor performance.

Boehner took issue with President Obama’s statement from the White House briefing room Wednesday and asserted the White House has not been focused on accountability.

“Instead of waffling, the president should support this bill and call on Senate Democrats to pass it immediately,” he said. “The president has made a lot of promises to our veterans. It’s time for him to start keeping them.”

Boehner said he has “heard a lot more” in the past few weeks about issues at the VA from his own constituents. A VA center in Dayton generated headlines across Ohio this month as a gunman, Neil Moore, is facing life in prison stemming from federal charges that he shot a former colleague in the ankle in a basement break room.

“The reports that continue to come are appalling, and these are men and women who served our country and we’ve not just let them down, we’ve let them die,” Boehner cried. “This is awful stuff and somebody ought to be held accountable for it.”

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Banana Stock(NEW YORK) — Sterling Sharpe, LaDainian Tomlinson, Derrick Thomas, Willie Roaf, and Tony Boselli, are among 16 new members that will be inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Joining them will be Darrin Nelson, Dave Butz, Shane Conlan, Leonard Smith, John Sciarra, John Huard, Joe Hamilton, Dre’ Bly, and Wesley Walls.

Tomlinson, the former TCU star, led the nation in rushing as a junior and senior.

Sharpe will be only the second South Carolina player to enter the Hall after earning All-American honors as a senior.

Mike Belliotti and Jerry Moore are the two coaches who will also be inducted. Belliotti finished with a 137-80-2 coaching record with Chico State, California, and Oregon.

Moore was 242-135-2 during stops at North Texas, Texas Tech and Appalachian State.

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Fuse/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — There have been “confirmed sightings” of priceless artworks stolen in a 1990 heist that remains an enduring mystery, FBI sources in Boston told ABC News.

The theft of 13 masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Art Museum in Boston is still the largest property crime in U.S. history. It was a quarter century ago, but the FBI said the trail has not gone cold.

Though no one has seen all 13 works together, investigators said there have been confirmed sightings of some of the paintings from sources deemed credible. The last known sighting was in or around Philadelphia.

Additionally, the FBI has narrowed a list of suspects, that at the outset was pages long, to just a handful of figures tied to organized crime: Carmello Merlino, Robert Guarente and Robert Gentile, a reputed member of Philadelphia’s La Cosa Nostra. He is the only one of the three still living.

Gentile has claimed to have no knowledge of the Gardner heist or the stolen artwork, but law enforcement sources told ABC News his most recent polygraph test was “off the charts” deceptive.

A search warrant executed at his house in Manchester, Connecticut, in 2012 turned up no art, but investigators found it “puzzling” that Gentile had police paraphernalia. The items were similar to those used in the 1990 heist, during which thieves posed as Boston police officers. But there was not enough evidence against Gentile to arrest him for the theft.

As one FBI source put it, “He won’t cooperate. It is cagey for an ex-con to have [paraphernalia] but not illegal.”

On March 18, 1990, two men disguised as police officers tied up the security guards at the museum and stole rare paintings by Rembrandt, Degas, Vermeer and others valued at approximately a half-billion dollars.

The museum has offered a $5 million reward for the return of the stolen works.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Atlantic hurricane season, which begins next month, is forecast to be near or below average this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Thursday.

“NOAA predicts the Atlantic hurricane season in 2014 will have a range of eight to thirteen tropical storms, three to six of which will become hurricanes, and one to two of those may grow in strength and become Category 3 or higher major storms,” NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan said.

One reason for the near- to below-normal season is the possibility that El Niño conditions will develop in the Atlantic, which makes hurricanes less likely.

“One way that El Niño suppresses Atlantic hurricane activity is by increasing the amount of wind shear, which inhibits cyclonic development growth and so reduces the number and the intensity of storms,” Sullivan explained.

The Atlantic hurricane season kicks off on June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) — A New Mexico man’s purchase of a $4 bottle at a flea market could turn into a $5,000 or more pay day thanks to the bottle’s ties with Coca-Cola’s past.

Jim Vergo, of Albuquerque, said the aged bottle’s label featuring coca leaves and the words “wine coca” caught his attention while he was shopping at a local market last fall.

“It was embossed with the name Pemberton,” Vergo said in a statement released by Heritage Auctions. “I’m not a big Coca-Cola collector so it wasn’t until I got home that I Googled and saw that it was Dr. Pemberton, the creator of Coca-Cola.”

Vergo’s flea market find was one of only three bottles known to be in existence dating back to the original roots of what the world now knows as Coca-Cola, or Coke, soft drinks.

What makes Vergo’s purchase even more significant is that the bottle, which dates back to the 1880s, has 90 percent of the original label intact.

“A couple of these bottles have been known to exist but none have ever been found with a label,” Noah Fleisher, Heritage’s director of public relations, told ABC News. “It’s the most intact and earliest incarnation of what would become Coca-Cola.”

The Dallas-based Heritage Auctions is set to auction off Vergo’s bottle on Saturday, May 24. It is expected to fetch at least $5,000.

“I thought, well, you know, maybe I should open it up to the whole world,” Vergo, a collector of sports memorabilia, old toys and art glass, told local ABC News affiliate KOAT. “You know, put it in a major auction and let somebody that’s really interested or even a club could buy it.”

The bottle originally held French Wine Coca, the alcoholic “nerve tonic” created by Dr. John Pemberton, the Atlanta-based druggist who created the formula for what became Coca-Cola.

“It’s the oldest Coke relic there is,” Fleisher told ABC News of the bottle.

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Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Presidential candidate-in-waiting Hillary Clinton already has backing from top politicians, influential celebrities — and from a famous former spy.

Former CIA agent Valerie Plame and her husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joe Wilson, were special guests of honor at a fundraising event Wednesday in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the pro-Clinton Super PAC Ready for Hillary. The couple supported Clinton during the 2008 primary, and they’ve made their renewed endorsement for 2016 known early.

Since being “outed” as a CIA operative in 2003, Plame and her family relocated to New Mexico. Over the past decade, she’s written a best-selling memoir, which was adapted into a major Hollywood film, and has made multiple public appearances to speak about issues of nuclear proliferation and women’s role in intelligence.

She’s currently the director of community outreach at the Santa Fe Institute, writing a second spy-thriller featuring a strong female CIA officer — and now, getting ready for Hillary.

ABC News spoke with Plame, 50, this week about her involvement in the growing Super PAC, why she wants Clinton to run for president, and her thoughts on the CIA’s most recent policy change:

Any secret spy-intel on whether she decides to run or not?

I don’t have any more insight than anybody else. I really think that she is still weighing the pros and the cons. Like anyone else she’s human and probably wakes up one day convinced and then the next day not so sure. But I think it seems pretty obvious that she’ll have to wait to make any sort of announcement until after the midterms.

What should her platform be if she does run?

Well she’s hardly an unknown quantity. She’s not going to go off in an unknown direction. And what she’s been advocating for, for literally decades at this point, for me personally really resonates.

Any specifics?

We have amazing momentum here in New Mexico on zero to five education and pre-K. And Hillary has been a strong voice, well along with Jeb Bush for that matter, in how important that piece is. Also, as a woman, her rousing call to action at the 1996 Beijing women’s conference was prophetic. I’m at the Santa Fe Institute right now. There are lots of nuclear scientists here, and I can tell you it doesn’t take one to figure out that women empowerment in terms of education and opportunity around the world make the world a better place.

Which past president would you compare Hillary Clinton to?

FDR comes to mind as a person who has such a sweep of experience as she does. I mean, across the board: legislative, executive policy. Even those that hate Hillary admit she is a work horse and not a show horse. She gets down into the nuts and bolts and figures out “what’s the policy, what’s the substance?”

What would you say were Hillary Clinton’s successes at the State Department?

My husband, Joe, would be in a better place to answer that. He’s more a foreign policy guy. But it’s the inside baseball that you don’t see. The morale at the State Department was really lifted while she was there. Also what she did in terms of outreach. There’s lots of ways to convey U.S. power and influence, soft versus hard. I hope that doesn’t come across in any way sounding sexist.

Republicans have been pretty critical of her tenure lately.

We’re going to hear Benghazi only about a million more times between now and any sort of announcement. But I’d be really surprised if any more investigations on Benghazi sway anyone. Republicans clearly see her as the biggest threat to a Republican victory in 2016. They’re going to throw everything at her. And they’ve already started with Karl Rove’s vicious and vile attacks about her mental well-being.

But if elected for two terms, Hillary Clinton would be 77 when she leaves office. Are you worried at all about her age?

No, not at all. The campaign itself is vicious, but if there’s anyone who has walked through fire and epic storms and has persevered, it’s Hillary. Her face is next to that definition.

Let’s say she doesn’t run. Who’s your next pick?

I think someone like Elizabeth Warren. She’s awfully articulate and very attractive. And there is a strong populist feel through the nation right now. And she taps into that.

But might not be interested.

She has said that repeatedly. But we might as well be talking about the next century. Because in politics, anything can churn over in a day. Who knows.

On a different note, the CIA announced this week they’re ending vaccination programs as a cover for spy operations. Good idea, bad idea?

I agree with their decision. I am personally not aware of other campaigns where this was used other than the one quite publicly for when they tried to hunt down Osama bin Laden. While it was extremely effective there, for reasons I don’t understand, the identity of that doctor was revealed and the consequences for him were dire. And in more places in the world there’s a strong string of conspiracy-minded culture that tends to see the hand of the CIA in almost anything. And now we see that the NSA is in fact in many places we hadn’t quite realized before. So many times genuine health workers and genuine NGO folks are really just trying to help other humans in whatever capacity they can. But they are perceived as being CIA and therefore it blocks their effectiveness.

And you believe the CIA will actually cease these operations?

I have no doubt they will. But the problem is there’s a global mistrust in statements made by the CIA and NSA. Through the missteps of the intelligence community at large, their trust has been severely eroded.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BANGKOK) — Thailand is in the midst of a coup.

A military council is now in charge, the country’s constitution has been suspended and an overnight curfew is in place.

The caretaker government that remained after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s ouster earlier this month was instructed to report to a military compound.

In a national address Thursday, army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha asked citizens to remain calm, insisting the coup was necessary to maintain stability.

Just two days earlier, the military imposed martial law citing the same reasons, insisting it was not a precursor to dismantling the government.

The situation in Thailand comes after rival political factions failed to reach a solution for how to govern for more than a year.

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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Danica Patrick is hoping to have a special moment in time at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Patrick is coming off a career-best seventh-place finish at Kansas Speedway at the last Sprint Cup race and spoke with ABC Sports Radio on Thursday about this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600.

“Can’t say that I have a favorite moment for it,” Patrick said of the Coca-Cola 600. “I don’t think any of them would be my favorite because their the moments that I make that make it the best.”

“I’m going to be try and make this one the most memorable one yet,” she added.

Patrick has struggled during her transition from IndyCar to NASCAR and has just one other top-10 finish — it came at last year’s Daytona 500, when she started from the pole and finished eighth.

“Take it race by race,” Patrick said. “Some are going to be great and some aren’t. We’re happy that the last one we came off of in Kansas was the best one yet. There’s lots for us to be confident from and lots to learn from.”

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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Danica Patrick is hoping to have a special moment in time at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Patrick is coming off a career-best seventh-place finish at Kansas Speedway at the last Sprint Cup race and spoke with ABC Sports Radio on Thursday about this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600.

“Can’t say that I have a favorite moment for it,” Patrick said of the Coca-Cola 600. “I don’t think any of them would be my favorite because their the moments that I make that make it the best.”

“I’m going to be try and make this one the most memorable one yet,” she added.

Patrick has struggled during her transition from IndyCar to NASCAR and has just one other top-10 finish — it came at last year’s Daytona 500, when she started from the pole and finished eighth.

“Take it race by race,” Patrick said. “Some are going to be great and some aren’t. We’re happy that the last one we came off of in Kansas was the best one yet. There’s lots for us to be confident from and lots to learn from.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Sales of existing U.S. homes rebounded slightly in April, but the pace of buying remained below last year’s level.

The National Association of Realtors says sales, now at a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.65 million, rose 1.3 percent from March after a lackluster first quarter. That rate is still half a million less than the homes sold in 2013, and well below the 5.5 million purchases associated with a healthy market.

The slowdown could be due to higher mortgage rates this year and higher prices for homes on the market, according to some analysts.

But Walter Molony of the National Association of Realtors says rising construction and home prices will take the pressure off the market in the year to come.

“We have 6.5 percent more homes in the market now than a year ago and with rising new home construction, that will take the pressure off of prices and help to preserve affordability conditions,” he said.

Much of the gains in April were concentrated in the condominium market, which experienced a growth of 7.3 percent.

Sales of single-family homes were up just 0.5 percent last month.

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