By David Alexander and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military officials seeking a big boost in defense spending received little encouragement on Thursday from a House panel reviewing their bid for more funds, with one lawmaker saying the extra money would have to be cut "with you or ... without you." Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives, chided President Barack Obama for proposing a $534 billion Pentagon base budget that "ignores the law" by exceeding federal spending caps by nearly $35 billion. Frelinghuysen told Navy and Marine Corps leaders to submit specific lists of programs that could be cut if Congress failed to approve the Democratic president's request for more funding. "With respect, I will advise you that we will cut the $13 billion with you or we will cut it without you, but we need to do the job the law requires us to do," he said, noting the Navy's budget request was about $13 billion above the levels allotted under spending limits passed in 2011.
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina, the only woman known to be contemplating a Republican presidential bid, on Thursday challenged Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton to explain millions of dollars from foreign governments donated to her family's foundation.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland is known as one of America's most bike-friendly cities. But cyclists have become so alarmed by a growing number of bike thefts that Portland police are creating a task force to catch more of the culprits.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hours after his ex-wife was found dead in her bathtub, Utah doctor John Brickman Wall asked whether he was a monster and if he was responsible for her death, the couple's oldest daughter testified Thursday.
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A crime scene expert in the trial of a man accused of a decades-old New York murder testified on Thursday that the alley where the suspect said he dumped the victim's body was a bakery at the time. Pedro Hernandez, accused of kidnapping and murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, said in videotaped confessions to police that he strangled the boy, stuffed him in a box and dumped him in a New York City alley. Patz vanished as he walked alone for the first time to a school bus stop in his Manhattan neighborhood on May 25, 1979. Hernandez' defense attorneys say his 2012 confession to police was coerced and that he is mentally ill and suffers hallucinations.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - CSX on Thursday afternoon reopened a West Virginia train line that had been shut following an explosive oil train derailment on Feb. 16 in the town of Mount Carbon. The line is used to transport crude oil from North Dakota to an oil terminal in Yorktown, Virginia. (Reporting by Edward McAllister; Editing by Leslie Adler)
NEW YORK (AP) — Scarlett Johansson is defending John Travolta and calls the image of him kissing her on the Academy Awards red carpet "an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was totally sweet and totally welcome."
NEW YORK (AP) — Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in person about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one speaking of shooting President Barack Obama to "strike fear in the hearts of infidels," federal authorities said.
The $150,000 pearl-studded, custom-made Calvin Klein dress worn by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Academy Awards has been stolen, police said on Thursday. The gown, embellished with 6,000 natural white pearls, was stolen from Nyong'o's room at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, during the day on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in West Hollywood said. "Ms Nyong'o was not in the room at the time of the theft," Deputy John Mitchell told Reuters. The Calvin Klein dress, custom designed by Francisco Costa, was one of the stand-outs on the red carpet at last Sunday's Oscars.