Johh Mellencamp, wife, call it quits

Johh Mellencamp, wife, call it quits

John Mellencamp and his wife are calling it quits. A spokesman for the 59-year-old rocker says he and his wife of 20 years, model Elaine Mellencamp (nee Irwin), are splitting up. Publicist Bob Merlis declined to say Thursday if the couple had filed for divorce. Merlis says the Mellencamps “are proud of their 20 years […]

Baby boomers worry about medicare

Baby boomers worry about medicare

Anxious to receive their Medicare benefits after years of paying taxes into the system, baby boomers say they’re willing to sacrifice to preserve the scope and level of coverage. The first boomers will be old enough to qualify for Medicare Jan. 1, and a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds them worried about the future of […]

Anybody seen $8 million in missing CDC equipment?

Anybody seen $8 million in missing CDC equipment?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lost or misplaced more than $8 million in property in 2007, losing track of items including computer and video equipment, government auditors say. Agency officials said Wednesday they have corrected the lapses that led to that amount of waste. The report was released this week by the […]

Are we ready for the Oprah Network?

Are we ready for the Oprah Network?

The Oprah Winfrey Network launching Saturday is wary of promising too much of a good thing — Winfrey herself. In stoking interest in the cable channel, the goal is to exploit Winfrey’s popularity while emphasizing that OWN won’t be all Oprah, all the time. “We really don’t want to be a niche brand. We want […]

Movie box office down for year

Movie box office down for year

Domestic box-office revenues for 2010 won’t quite hit last year’s record-setting haul, but they’ll be awfully close. Total movie-ticket sales will reach $10.556 billion, the tracking agency Hollywood.com said Tuesday. That’s a slight decrease from the $10.6 billion total from 2009, but it’s also only the second time that the annual box office has crossed […]

American commander admits failures in Afghan war

American commander admits failures in Afghan war

American troops are focusing on fighting Taliban militants and defending vulnerable towns on Afghan soil, as it has become practically impossible to stop insurgents from slipping across Afghanistan’s vast border with Pakistan, a senior U.S. military commander said. “To secure the border in the traditional sense” would “take an inordinate amount of resources,” Army Col. […]

Mad GOP scramble for Senate seats

Mad GOP scramble for Senate seats

Less than two months after voters gave Republicans six more Senate seats and control of the House, the GOP is lining up candidates for 2012, well ahead of the pace of previous election cycles. Looking to ride what they hope will be a continuing Republican wave, nine potential challengers, including two each in Missouri and […]

Hawaii Gov.: Time to release Obaba birth info

Hawaii Gov.: Time to release Obaba birth info

MARK NIESSE Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie wants to find a way to release more information about President Barack Obama‘s Hawaii birth and dispel conspiracy theories that he was born elsewhere. Abercrombie was a friend of Obama’s parents and knew him as a child, and is deeply troubled by the effort to cast doubt on the […]

The future ain’t so bright for boomer retirees

The future ain’t so bright for boomer retirees

Through a combination of procrastination and bad timing, many baby boomers are facing a personal finance disaster just as they’re hoping to retire. Starting in January, more than 10,000 baby boomers a day will turn 65, a pattern that will continue for the next 19 years. The boomers, who in their youth revolutionized everything from […]

Census will show growth slowing, GOP gaining

Census will show growth slowing, GOP gaining

Republican-leaning states will gain at least a half dozen House seats thanks to the 2010 census, which found the nation’s population growing more slowly than in past decades but still shifting to the South and West. The Census Bureau announced Tuesday that the nation’s population on April 1 was 308,745,538, up from 281.4 million a […]