WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline — a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington's political realignment.
A California dog owner whose English bulldog died in January has filed a lawsuit against Nestle Purina PetCare Co [NESNP.UL], alleging his dog and thousands of others have been sickened by pet food that contains harmful toxins. The suit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, claims that all three of Frank Lucido's dogs became ill in January after eating from a bag of Purina Beneful dog food. The dogs were healthy until Lucido bought Beneful dog food for the first time, the suit claims. There was no immediate comment from St. Louis-based Purina PetCare but the company says on its website that it maintains "a strict code of standards for buying, storing and processing ingredients used in our pet foods." Keith Schopp, a Purina PetCare spokesman, was quoted by the St. Louis Business Journal as saying the lawsuit was without merit.
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh on Wednesday said he was optimistic lawmakers would agree to some form of relief from congressional budget caps for fiscal 2016, given widespread recognition the resulting spending cuts would undermine military readiness. McHugh said that if the budget caps, known as sequestration, remained in place, U.S. lawmakers would have to make tough decisions about which missions it wanted to Army to abandon. If sequestration cuts take effect, he said, the Army would try to protect two big weapons programs for new ground vehicles: a Humvee replacement contract due to be awarded this year, and a new armored personnel carrier deal won by British company BAE Systems Plc's U.S. unit. Lockheed Martin Corp, Oshkosh Corp and AM General Llc are vying for a contract valued at over $20 billion to replace over 17,000 Humvees used by the Army and the Marine Corps.
NEW YORK (AP) — A unique federally funded study offers a detailed look at the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth in New York City who cope with homelessness and poverty by engaging in what the researchers call "survival sex."
Looks and exterior design are still the top reasons why people avoid buying a certain model, J.D. Power said. The annual J.D. Power study is one of several that taken together show that certain brands -- Lexus, Toyota and of late, General Motors' Buick and Chevrolet brands -- are getting consistently high marks, while others consistently struggle to get above average despite quality control efforts Lexus, the luxury brand from Toyota Motor Corp, scored the highest for the fourth straight year in the J.D. Power study. In both studies, General Motors Co’s Buick made big moves upward, finishing second in the J.D. Power survey and becoming the first U.S. brand to be in the top 10 of the Consumer Reports brand report card.