Time for new combat uniforms for female soldiers

Time for new combat uniforms for female soldiers

  Imagine U.S. combat troops and aviators wearing body armor that fits so poorly that it’s tough to position a weapon to shoot, combat uniforms with knee pads that hit around mid-shin and flight suits that make it nearly impossible to urinate while in flight. For many female troops, it’s just another day on the […]

Toyota production disrupted until Nov. or Dec.

Toyota production disrupted until Nov. or Dec.

Toyota’s global car production, disrupted by parts shortages from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, won’t return to normal until November or December — imperiling its spot as the world’s top-selling automaker. President Akio Toyoda apologized to customers for the delays due to the March 11 disasters that damaged suppliers in northeastern Japan, affecting automakers around the […]

Mary Robbins dies just 12 days after husband

Mary Robbins dies just 12 days after husband

Actor-director Tim Robbins’ mother, musician Mary Robbins, has died. She was 78. Robbins’ father, Gil Robbins, died earlier this month. Robbins says his mother died Sunday of a heart arrhythmia, just 12 days after her husband of nearly 59 years passed away. She died at the couple’s home in Esteban Cantu, Mexico. Mary Robbins studied […]

3-D erotic comedy takes Hong Kong box office

3-D erotic comedy takes Hong Kong box office

A pioneering 3-D erotic comedy has taken the Hong Kong box office by storm, beating the first-day record set by “Avatar” and drawing viewers from mainland China as it eyes a global rollout. The $3.5 million Cantonese-language production “3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy” had earned 17 million Hong Kong dollars ($2.2 million) as of […]

GOP budget includes revamp of food stamps

GOP budget includes revamp of food stamps

House Republicans resurrected a 1990s-era fight over food stamps in their budget approved last week, arguing that any serious attempt to cut spending must include an overhaul of government programs that help needy families pay for food. Congress already has started cutting some food programs, including reducing the Women, Infants and Children Program by $500 […]

Obama says Congress will raise debt limit

Obama says Congress will raise debt limit

President Barack Obama, insisting a politically divided government will not risk tanking the world economy, says Congress will once again raise the amount of debt the country can pile up to ensure it has money to pay its bills. For the first time, though, he signaled that he will have to go along with more […]

House slashes social safety net programs

House slashes social safety net programs

In a prelude to a summer showdown with President Barack Obama, Republicans controlling the House pushed to passage on Friday a bold but politically dangerous budget blueprint to slash social safety net programs like food stamps and Medicaid and fundamentally restructure Medicare health care for the elderly. The nonbinding plan lays out a fiscal vision […]

Oops! Obama mouths off into an open mike

Oops! Obama mouths off into an open mike

Now that the reporters were gone, President Barack Obama had some private thoughts to share with about 50 donors. His recollections of the recent spending negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner. His tough assessment about his main budget antagonist in Congress. His desire for “cooler phones” in the White House and better information technology. The […]

Obama signs six-month spending bill

Obama signs six-month spending bill

President Barack Obama signed a six-month spending bill Friday that cuts more than $38 billion from the current budget. The legislation averted a government shutdown and was the result of intense negotiations between the White House and emboldened Republicans. There was no signing ceremony. In an accompanying signing statement, however, Obama questioned the constitutionality of […]