San Diego - Starting Jan. 1, Marines at Camp Pendleton and other bases will be subject to random Breathalyzer tests twice a year under what is billed as the toughest anti-drinking policy in the U.S. military. An order issued by Lt. Gen. R.E. Milstead Jr., deputy commandant for manpower and reserve affairs, calls for any Marine or sailor with a blood-alcohol level of 0.01% or higher to be referred for counseling. Any Marine or sailor who tests at 0.04% or higher will be referred to medical personnel to determine his or her fitness for duty. Milstead said that although the new order "is primarily for
For Republicans, it may be the season to be jolly, but not optimistic. Seventy-two percent of Republicans are fearful about their future in 2013, and 79 percent fear for the world, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. This is a substantial increase in GOP gloom since 2006, when only 20 percent said they were fearful about their personal future during the Republican presidency of George W. Bush. Fifty-four percent of Republicans were fearful about their personal prospects after Democrat Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008. In contrast, three-quarters of Democrats Author's name corrected by staff.
A welding error by a supplier has forced the recall of 119,000 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks from the 2010 through 2012 model years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The error, discovered by General Motors during the inspection of faulty hoods on several vehicles, caused a secondary latch to be left off the construction of the hood. That is a safety issue and a violation of federal regulations. If the primary hood latch is not engaged, the hood could open unexpectedly. During vehicle operation, this could obstruct the view of the driver and
Conservative congressmen don´t question House Speaker John Boehner´s dedication to the cause. But as chaos overtakes GOP efforts to prevent a Jan. 1 tax hike, members do have doubts about his effectiveness. Here´s the latest turn of events: Over the summer, House Republicans passed a bill extending the Bush-era tax rates, which are set to expire, resulting in higher rates Jan. 1. That was Boehner´s Plan A. Senate Democrats said no, and so Boehner rolled out Plan B: extend current rates for all income below $1 million, and rein in Social Security spending.
Kabul, Afghanistan - An Afghan policewoman walked into a high-security compound in Kabul Monday and killed an American contractor with a single bullet to the chest, the first such shooting by a woman in a spate of insider attacks by Afghans against their foreign allies. Afghan officials who provided details identified the attacker as police Sgt. Nargas, a mother of four with a clean record. The shooting was outside the police headquarters in a walled compound which houses the governor´s office, courts and a prison in the heart of the capital. A police official said she was able to enter
Dakar, Senegal — After prayers at the mosque, Ibrahim Lo is off to do some last-minute Christmas shopping. Soon he is eyeing the rows of dolls wrapped in plastic bags on a wooden table as he searches for gifts for his four children. (Snip) "When they go to school, the children learn about Santa," says Lo, wearing a flowing olive green robe known as a boubou. "We are born into the Senegalese tradition of cohabitation between Muslims and Christians. What is essential is the respect between people." Senegal, a moderate country along Africa´s western coast, has long been a place where
Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado - Volunteers at a Colorado Air Force base monitoring maps showing Santa Claus´ progress are several hours into their goodwill mission and have answered more than 24,000 phone calls from children wanting to know everything from old Saint Nick´s age, to how reindeer fly, to when they can expect their presents. Phones have been ringing nonstop Monday at Peterson Air Force Base, headquarters of the North American Aerospace Command´s annual Santa-tracking operation. Dozens of helpers at NORAD are taking calls and tracking Santa´s location on large projection
Beirut, Lebanon - The special international envoy seeking an end to the Syria crisis met in Damascus with President Bashar al-Assad of Syria on Monday, as new signs emerged that Russia, Mr. Assad’s most important foreign backer, was accelerating efforts to evacuate Russian diplomats and other expatriates from the country. (Snip) The official Syrian state news agency, SANA, said in its account of the meeting that Mr. Assad had “stressed the Syrian government’s keenness” to pursue efforts that “preserve the sovereignty and independence of the homeland.”
For his first eight years in Washington, Jim DeMint was like most members of Congress – relatively quiet, fairly innocuous and pretty much unknown outside his state. Over his final six years in the Senate, DeMint rocked national politics like an earthquake, gaining fame and notoriety that few lawmakers can claim. Reveling in his nickname as “Sen. Tea Party,” the Greenville Republican rode that populist uprising, fueling it with his uncompromising, in-your-face opposition to nearly all manner of federal spending.
Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the U.S. over his gun control views. Morgan has taken an aggressive stand for tighter U.S. gun laws in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting. Last week, he called a gun advocate appearing on his “Piers Morgan Tonight” show an “unbelievably stupid man.” Now, gun rights activists are fighting back. A petition created Dec. 21 on the White House e-petition website by a user in Texas accuses Morgan of engaging in a “hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution”
Bill McBride, a gregarious Tampa lawyer with a common touch whose dream of becoming Florida’s governor ended in a one-sided 2002 loss to Jeb Bush, died Saturday. He was 67. McBride, the husband of Alex Sink, the 2010 Democratic candidate for governor, suffered a heart attack while on a holiday trip to North Carolina.
A gunman shot four firefighters and killed two of them at the scene of a house fire in the upstate New York town of Webster on Monday morning, officials said. Details were still emerging as the Monroe County Sherrif´s Office said there could be more than one shooter involved in the attack near Rochester. Authorities didn´t say whether they had apprehended any suspects, but were combing the area.Fire crews were called to the scene on Lake Road just after 5:30 a.m. The shooting, however, forced officials to halt fighting the blaze, which spread to two other neighboring homes,
A 23-YEAR-OLD hero lifeguard from Queens — who used his surfboard to help save six lives as superstorm Sandy raged — drowned on Sunday in a surfing accident in Puerto Rico. The body of Dylan Smith, 23, was found Sunday morning floating near his beloved surfboard in the Caribbean, off the popular resort Maria’s Beach near Rincon on the western coast of Puerto Rico, police officials said. “The same sport — the sport of surfing — that he used to save all those people, it’s so shocking that he perished that way,” said FDNY Chief Michael Light,
It was a jobless Christmas, throughout our American house. Many people are suffering, while politicians play mouse. Unemployment is high, jobless benefits run out. "Tough luck," said our leaders, as invective they spout.The workers now fear, new taxes will crush. "Don´t bother me," say our leaders, to the airports they rush. It was the night before Christmas, and all through the House, not a creature was stirring, the Speaker played mouse. "You fix it," said Boehner to the man down the street. "I´m outta here now, this thing has me beat." "Not me," said Obama,
On NBC´s Meet The Press over the weekend, David Gregory was quite confrontational with the Vice President of the National Rifle Association over the organization´s idea of putting armed security guards in every school in America. But even as Gregory mocked the NRA for the idea, he seems to see nothing wrong with sending his own kids to a school that has armed security guards each school day. Introducing the NRA´s security guard proposal, Gregory confronted NRA VP Wayne LaPierre saying, "You blamed Hollywood and the gaming industry. But never once did you concede
Here is what we learned yesterday about the Jets with Greg McElroy as their starting quarterback: Nothing. Here is what we learned about starter Mark Sanchez, who was benched in favor of McElroy: Maybe this Jets’ mess hasn’t been his fault after all. And here is what we learned about backup Tim Tebow, who was inexplicably passed over as the starter when Sanchez was benched: He’s mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. So he didn’t. Tebow, it was revealed following the Jets’ latest loss — yesterday’s lackluster 27-17 defeat to the Chargers Source corrected to site style and text added by Staff. Do not alter headline.
The QE2 is set to be sold as scrap to the Chinese for £20m. The move follows the failure of a after a last minute bid to bring it back to the famous cruise liner back to Britain as a five-star floating hotel. The iconic ocean liner - which also served as a troop carrier during the Falklands - has been moored in a commercial port in Dubai since it was sold for £64m in 2008. Dubai had originally planned to convert the QE2 into a 1,000 room luxury hotel at the tip of the famous man made Palm Jumeirah island.
According to Peter Schmidt in the Chronicle of Higher Education, yet another individual working in higher education has been demolished for saying the wrong thing about homosexuality. The basis on which to define people as "anti-gay" has, however, taken a turn to the absurd (and eerie). Unlike Angela McCaskill, who was nearly fired from Gallaudet University for signing a petition on gay marriage, Crystal Dixon of the University of Toledo was fired for writing an editorial in a local newspaper. She referred to Exodus and mentioned people who chose to leave the gay lifestyle.
Chelsea Clinton is set to become the new face of the Clinton family political dynasty as mother Hillary exits the stage after 31 years of public service. The New York resident, now 32, is being tipped to follow in the footsteps of both her mother and former-president father and play an increasingly prominent role in public life. Hillary will step down from the helm at the State Department early in the New Year to be replaced by Sen. John Kerry - and will take a long break before her rumoured run for the White House. Now experts quoted inPolitico.com Headline corrected and resplit by staff
With Susan Rice withdrawing her name for U.S. secretary of state, President Obama last week nominated Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry for the job. Don´t expect applause from beleaguered democrats south of the border. Mr. Kerry´s record of promoting American values abroad is dismal. It isn´t that he opposes U.S. intervention—far from it. The trouble is that he has a habit of intervening on behalf of bad guys. A left-wing world view and an earnest conviction that it is his destiny to impose it on others may make him a perfect fit in the Obama cabinet.
Both Speaker John Boehner and media analysts have been spun into a state of confusion by the fiscal cliff issue and President Obama´s reelection. The fiscal cliff exists because the president and the GOP Congress could not decide in 2011 on a permanent general policy toward the budget. And now the president has added another factor: he is determined to usurp the Congressional authority to raise the debt ceiling. If the budget goes over the cliff, two things will happen: tax rates on everyone will rise, and across the board spending cuts will be made.
In the Golden Age of Hollywood, the stars of Tinseltown celebrated Christmas in style. The Second World War was over and all across the country, Americans were rejoicing. Bob Hope was at the height of his career, but he still took time out to entertain the troops. Frank Sinatra and his family joined in some yuletide cheer with Dean Martin. And Marilyn Monroe waited seductively by the chimney in her stockings - with care, of course. Marilyn wasn´t the only actress who was a little naughty on Christmas. Warner Brothers starlet Ida Lupino, an English transplant,
Earlier this year, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) decided to disinvite two predominantly white high school choral groups from performance in the ASO´s holiday concert. The ASO´s decision was reportedly motivated by the high schools´ lack of diversity, which caused a stir among people who believe in racial justice as opposed to racial favoritism. Headline split by staff