• Thousands of California soldiers forced to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after going to war

    Short of troops to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan a decade ago, the California National Guard enticed thousands of soldiers with bonuses of $15,000 or more to reenlist and go to war. Now the Pentagon is demanding the money back. Nearly 10,000 soldiers, many of whom served multiple combat tours, have been ordered to repay large enlistment bonuses - and slapped with interest charges, wage garnishments and tax liens if they refuse - after audits revealed widespread overpayments by the California Guard at the height of the wars last decade. Investigations have determined that lack of oversight allowed for widespread fraud and mismanagement by California Guard officials under pressure to meet enlistment targets.

    Los Angeles Times
  • Pictures of two Egyptian children engaged to be married trigger outrage - once again

    CAIRO - While celebrating his eldest son's lavish wedding, at which a number of famous singers and belly dancers performed, Nasser Hassan decided to "double the joy," he later recalled. He announced that his son Omar would marry his cousin Gharam. At the wedding, held in a province about 75 miles north of Cairo, the guests didn’t find it strange. Some would later tell Egypt’s Al Watan newspaper that there was “nothing inappropriate,” adding that it was only “an engagement, not a marriage". Omar is 12 years old. His fiancee, Gharam, is 11. Egyptian laws prohibit official registration for marriages for anyone under the age of 18. But the practice remains prevalent. According to UNICEF, 17 percent

    Washington Post
  • The Best All-Inclusive Packages at Adults-Only Resorts

    Hear that? Its not the sound of a baby on an airplane , or an argument between two kids. Its the roar of waves crashing on rocks, tree frogs chirping from the canopy, and of complete, grown-up silence. You dont have to be a parent to value the absence of potentially noisychildren. Everyone can appreciate the absolute tranquility of a kids-free hotel. Thats not to say adults cant get rowdybut adults-only properties tend to foster a relaxed, laid-back vibe. Guests are typically seeking a low-key (and yes, quiet) reprieve from life; especially if that life has three kids between the ages of 1 and 7. Resorts such as these know theres only one thing more calming than an escape from the myriadday-to-day tasks ofparenthood (or a romantic getaway that isnt stifled by shrieking infants or toddlers peeing in the pool ): an all-inclusive package. Forget about nitpicking every cocktail or excursionall-inclusive packages make a resort stay a totally worry-free experience. You already know what the bill will look like when you get return home. Even your tips are included. If all this sounds like just what you need, read on for a few of our favorite all-inclusive packages at the top adults-only resorts.

  • Deer walks up to hunter and demands head scratches

    Hunter Jordan Maxon from New Richmond, Wisconsin, had a very odd encounter with a very friendly deer.  After setting up a deer stand in a clearing, Maxon looked around to see if any wildlife had wandered into the area before he started hunting. That's when he noticed a buck about 70 yards away.  "I figured I'd wait for him to leave the clearing, however, after five minutes of standing there, he wouldn't leave," Maxon explained on YouTube.  SEE ALSO: Deer fearlessly leaps through house window, becomes viable stuntman Instead of leaving, the buck approaches Maxon, who gently convinces the dear to come a bit closer with noises you'd use to coax a cat or dog.  The deer comes so close that Maxon is

  • Bermuda Triangle mystery solved? Experts say 'air bombs' sank ships and brought down planes

    The mystery of Bermuda Triangle may have been solved according to a new documentary. It blames the "air bombs", which cause fierce winds, for the disappearance of ships and planes inside the "Devil's Triangle". A documentary by the Science Channel showcases new satellite imagery from NASA over coastal Florida, revealing "a series of hexagon-shaped clouds," which meteorologists say can produce 170 mph (273kmph) wind air bombs above the Bermuda Triangle. These clouds, which can range anywhere between 20-55 miles (32-88.5km) and can produce microbursts that make movement of planes and ships difficult. Steve Miller, a satellite meteorologist from Colorado State University, says that the straight-edged

    International Business Times UK
  • Brother and sister killed during Georgia home invasion

    Two children were killed Saturday during an apparent home invasion in Clayton County, Georgia, while their parents were out, police said. No suspects were caught. Authorities received a call from someone inside the home at about 5 a.m. ET who said an intruder had broken in and was shooting, Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury told NBC News. Officers arrived to find signs of a forced entry and two siblings - a 15-year-old boy and his 11-year-old sister - shot to death. The victims were "shot at least once," Marbury said. Other children as young as 6 were home at the time, but no adults were there, she added. At least one child in the house was a sibling to the victims. Their parents have

  • Hillary Clinton Slammed for Her Characterization of Supreme Court Gun Ruling

    Hillary Clinton's characterization of a landmark gun decision has Second Amendment advocates crying foul. Debate moderator Chris Wallace mentioned the Heller case, which was the high court’s 2008 ruling that residents of Washington, D.C., had the constitutional right to bear arms in their own home for self-defense, for instance, which negated a longtime firearm ban in the city. Wallace also cited a 2015 audio recording of Clinton where she is heard saying "the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment," a reference to the Heller case.

    Good Morning America
  • Two bailed over dog found buried alive with nail in head

    Two men arrested after a dog was found buried alive with a nail in its head have been bailed. The animal was discovered in a mound of earth by a couple walking in Kirkleatham Woods, Redcar on Wednesday. The terrier-type dog was rushed to a vet but its injuries were so severe it had to be put down. Cleveland Police said the men, aged 60 and 59, from the Redcar area were held on suspicion of animal cruelty and were interviewed by an RSPCA officer. A vigil, where people can lay flowers, is planned to take place at the wood later.

    BBC News