• 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
  • 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

  • Your Very First Look at the Mercedes-Benz Pickup Truck

    Last year, when Mercedes announced its plans to build a pickup truck, we were as surprised as anyone else. Technically, the G63 AMG 6x6 was a truck, but it was built in tiny numbers. Mercedes has built work vans for a number of years, but a pickup would be quite a departure. But the Mercedes pickup truck is really happening, and the concept reveal is planned for next week. The only thing is, no one actually has any clue what it will look like. We saw a test vehicle in the wild last month, but it didn't exactly give any production details away. Heck, even knowing it's based on the Nissan Navara isn't very helpful. Today, though, Mercedes released a teaser video ahead of the upcoming concept reveal.

    Popular Mechanics
  • 4 Things I’ve Regretted Telling Guys on the First Date

    The shortest date I ever went on was fifteen minutes. Drink orders weren’t even taken and coats were barely unzipped by the time we both looked each other in eye and the braver one of us, probably not me, said maybe we should call it a night. It wasn’t that we weren’t attracted to one another. He looked exactly like he did in his photos on the dating app, and I like to think I look similar enough to mine that a guy knows what he’s getting himself into when he meets me in person. The date ended because somehow, in the first couple of minutes, we both skipped the mutually agreeable topics like the weather and how annoying our commutes were today and jumped right into politics. Before menus were

  • Kendall Jenner Is Suffering From A SEVERE Skin Condition That Threatens To DESTROY Her Career

    Kendall Jenner may be a supermodel, but even they have their off days. Now the 20-year-old is worried because she is suffering from an embarrassing problem that just won’t go away! Kendall has endless bouts of acne, and cannot figure out how to make it go away. An insider revealed to OK!, “She’s tried everything to cure this problem, which of course is perfectly natural for someone her age and not helped by her jet-setting life and the stress she’s under career-wise.” It’s probably also not helped by all the make-up she sometimes wears for her shoots and runway walks. And while the last thing someone is supposed to do it pop or pick at the zits, that’s exactly what she’s been doing! “Kendall

    OK! Magazine
  • 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.

  • Dear Abby: Teen mad at dad for cheating on mom

    DEAR ABBY: I’m 17 and the youngest in the family. My dad is cheating on my mom. My mom knows and has even told him she knows he’s having an affair. He didn’t apologize. His response was that he would still meet the other lady. For the past few months, Mom has been gathering evidence so she can divorce him. None of my other siblings know. I feel they should, but Mom doesn’t want them to. I am angry at my dad for making Mom suffer so much for so long. Besides his hard work ethic, he has never been the father I wanted to have. He hides money and is quick to anger. Everything negative he does sticks to him. What should I do to help my mom, and should I tell my siblings? - DAD IS CHEATING DEAR D.I.C.:

    Chicago Sun-Times
  • Expectant Mom Janet Jackson Is Glowing as She Steps Out Alongside Husband Wissam Al Mana

    At one point, the mom-to-be rested her hand on her stomach. This is the first time the pair has been spotted publicly since E! News learned of Jackson's pregnancy back in May. A month prior, the "Rhythm Nation" performer announced she was delaying her world tour to start a family, and it wasn't until the Oct. 24 issue of People, that she finally addressed the welcome addition, saying, "We thank God for our blessing." On Wednesday, the notoriously private celeb visited a florist near Regent's Park in North London where she spent 10-15 minutes looking at various arrangements before settling on a "few types of flowers" and departing in her chauffeur-driven car.

    E! Online