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.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — In a story Feb. 23 about a shooting that left three dead and injured two law enforcement officers, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, reported erroneously the last name of a sheriff's deputy who had been injured. His last name is Zigan, not Zigen.
The White House on Wednesday said a bill under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives to revise the federal No Child Left Behind education law would face a veto from President Barack Obama if it reached his desk. The bill, called the "Student Success Act," has been approved by a congressional committee and is expected to come before the full House for a possible vote this week. The White House said the bill is "a significant step backwards" in education policy.
Attorneys for Bill Cosby plan to ask a federal court judge to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against the comedian in Massachusetts by three women who said he called them liars when they accused him of sexual assault. Cosby, 77, and attorneys for the women who brought the suit said in a court filing late Tuesday that they met twice this month with an eye toward resolving the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts. Cosby, who hit the peak of his fame in the 1980s when he played Heathcliff Huxtable on NBC's "The Cosby Show," has recently been hit with a raft of allegations that he sexually assaulted women. He has never been criminally charged and through his lawyers has denied all the sexual assault claims.
NATICK, Mass. (AP) — In a story Feb. 20 about the Museum of World War II, The Associated Press, relying on information from the museum's founder, erroneously reported that it is the only one in the country where patrons can use Nazi-era Enigma coding machines to encrypt and decrypt messages. At least one other museum, the National Cryptologic Museum, lets visitors use similar machines.