Libya cost: $550 million plus $40 million a month

Libya cost: $550 million plus $40 million a month

The United States has spent $550 million so far on military operations in Libya, but expects costs to stabilize at $40 million per month once U.S. forces are reduced and NATO takes over greater control, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The Defense Department said about 60 percent of the added costs were for missiles and […]

Housing price declines deepen

Housing price declines deepen

Damage from the housing bust is spreading to areas once thought to be immune. In at least 14 major U.S. metro areas, prices have fallen to 2003 levels — when the housing bubble was just starting to inflate. Prices will likely drop further this year, making many people reluctant to buy or sell. That would […]

Va. Tech fined $55,000 for delayed response to shooting

Va. Tech fined $55,000 for delayed response to shooting

Virginia Tech will have to pay the maximum $55,000 fine for violating federal law by waiting too long to notify students during the 2007 shooting rampage but will not lose any federal student aid, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday. Department officials wrote in a letter to the school that the sanction should have […]

Why didn’t Obama mention Libyan rebels?

Why didn’t Obama mention Libyan rebels?

President Barack Obama wanted to tell a hesitant America why he launched a military assault in Libya, and he wanted to describe it on his terms — limited, sensible, moral and backed by international partners with the shared goal of protecting Libyans from a ruthless despot. Trouble is, the war he described Monday doesn’t quite […]

Obama’s speech fails the smell test

Obama’s speech fails the smell test

There may be less than meets the eye to President Barack Obama’s statements Monday night that NATO is taking over from the U.S. in Libya and that U.S. action is limited to defending people under attack there by Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. In transferring command and control to NATO, the U.S. is turning the reins over […]

Obama defends his Libyan war

Obama defends his Libyan war

Vigorously defending the first war launched on his watch, President Barack Obama declared Monday night that the United States intervened in Libya to prevent a slaughter of civilians that would have stained the world’s conscience and “been a betrayal of who we are” as Americans. Yet he ruled out targeting Moammar Gadhafi, warning that trying […]

Newest teen trauma: Facebook depression

Newest teen trauma: Facebook depression

Add “Facebook depression” to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors’ group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site. Researchers disagree on whether it’s simply an extension of depression some kids feel in other circumstances, or a distinct condition linked with using the […]

Medicare increase wipes out any chance of increase in Social Security

Medicare increase wipes out any chance of increase in Social Security

Millions of retired and disabled people in the United States had better brace for another year with no increase in Social Security payments. The government is projecting a slight cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security benefits next year, the first increase since 2009. But for most beneficiaries, rising Medicare premiums threaten to wipe out any increase […]

Cult-like politics threatens all of us

Cult-like politics threatens all of us

A disturbing number of political movements in this country act more like a cult. Tea Party supporters defend the extremism of their movement with cult-like zeal, bombarding those who dare question their movement with invective-filled emails, threatening boycotts and waving signs that call opponents “socialists” or “communists” or “traitors.” The same overzealousness can be found […]

American ‘kill team’ targeted, murdered Afghan civilians

American ‘kill team’ targeted, murdered Afghan civilians

In 2010, a group of maverick American infantry soldiers, battle weary after six long, hard months in Afghanistan, decided to abandon the rules of war and formed a “kill team” to murder and mutilate Afghan civilians, Rolling Stone magazine reports in a stunning, blockbuster story.   The kill team apparently operated while American Army officers, […]