Obama seeks to cut Afghan war spending by 10 percent
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Friday trimmed his funding request for the war in Afghanistan and other overseas operations by 10 percent, reflecting his plans to wind down the U.S. presence in that country.
Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness
J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot of Star Trek was wildly successful. It raked in hundreds of millions at the box office, and revitalized the Star Trek franchise, which had languished for 7 years without a new film and 4 years without a TV presence (after 18 consecutive years of new shows). It also did something no Trek movie had done before; it made Star Trek ‘cool’ in the public consciousness. Combined, those factors ensured Abrams would get another turn at the helm of a Trek movie, and sooner rather than later. With today's release of Star Trek: Into Darkness, that trend is very likely to continue. It's a movie with all the same strengths and weaknesses of its predecessor, and if it worked before, it'll work again. Read on for our review.
Afghan militants threaten more attacks after deadly bombing
Hezb-i-Islami claims responsibility for a suicide blast that killed six Americans and nine Afghans. It says it is stepping up assaults on foreign forces. KABUL, Afghanistan — A militant group said its attack Thursday on a NATO convoy in the Afghan capital marked a stepped-up campaign against the foreign presence in Afghanistan, and promised more such assaults. The suicide bombing killed six Americans, including four civilian contractors, and at least nine Afghan civilians, including two children, according to local and coalition officials.
Google grilled over alleged UK tax avoidance
US tech giant comes under fire by UK officials accusing it of misleading parliament about taxable presence in country.
Will US Military's 'Pivot' Bring Vieques Redux to Pacific?
Pagan island (Photo: CDR Eric Johnson, NOAA Corps) As the U.S. military continues “ forging a broad-based military presence ” in the Pacific, proposals to use an entire island and surrounding waters to practice mine warfare, dropping bombs and amphibious strikes have set off fierce opposition.