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February 22nd, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” The U.S. and its NATO allies revealed Friday they may keep as many as 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends next year, largely American forces tasked with hunting down remnants of al-Qaida and helping Afghan forces with their own security.
Patience with the 11-year-old war has grown thin in the U.S. and Europe, yet Washington and its allies feel they cannot pick up and leave without risking a repeat of what happened in Afghanistan after Soviet troops withdrew in 1989: Attention turned elsewhere, the Taliban grabbed power and al-Qaida found refuge.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” House and Senate lawmakers are investigating a nearly $100 million shortfall at the federal Job Corps program that has prompted the Labor Department to freeze enrollment at all 125 job centers around the country.
Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., has called on the agency's inspector general to investigate "serious questions about the management by the department" that will prevent 30,000 disadvantaged and at-risk youth from getting job training this year.
Saturday Hot Spring County 4-Hers joined forces by holding a Pancake Breakfast at First Baptist Family Life Center. The breakfast consisted of pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, biscuits, gravy, milk, juice and coffee.
Approximately 550 tickets were sold to area supporters, resulting in a near $3,000 profit for the club. Some local clubs had the opportunity to earn extra funds for their club by selling 50 or more tickets. Each ticket sold in excess of 50 netted the club an additional $2 per ticket.
DETROIT (AP) â€” Americans want new cars and trucks, and they're not letting higher gas prices or political dysfunction stand in their way.
New car and truck sales were up 4 percent in February as rising home construction and cheap financing kept the U.S. auto recovery on track. While the pace of growth is slowing, industry analysts expect more gains in the coming months, saying there's little that could derail demand for new cars.
SEFFNER, Fla. (AP) â€” In a matter of seconds, the earth opened under Jeff Bush's bedroom and swallowed him up like something out of a horror movie. About the only thing left was the TV cable running down into the hole.
Bush, 37, was presumed dead Friday, the victim of a sinkhole â€” a hazard so common in Florida that state law requires home insurers to provide coverage against the danger.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) â€” Schoolchildren joined NASA managers and relatives of the lost crew of space shuttle Columbia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the tragedy and remember the seven astronauts who died.
More than 300 people gathered at Kennedy Space Center for the outdoor ceremony, just a few miles from where Columbia was supposed to land on Feb. 1, 2003, following a 16-day science mission. It never made it, bursting apart in the sky over Texas, just 16 minutes from home.