US News: Military Towns Concerned over Budget Cuts; Daylight Saving Returns

By: AP
By: AP

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Small business owners who rely on the nation's military posts for their business say they are already bracing for a hit from the automatic budget cuts that took effect March 1.
Soldiers' salaries are exempt from the cuts, which total roughly $85 billion across the entire military. However, civilian employees who work on bases are expecting furloughs that could significantly slash their paychecks.
Near North Carolina's Fort Bragg, in Fayetteville, Mike Thomas is the general manager of Auto Express. Thomas says smaller paychecks mean fewer sales at his shop, which specializes in selling Jeeps, chrome wheels and sound systems.
Business owners in Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas and Alabama that rely on bases are expecting a similar hit. They say people could wind up spending less on everything from haircuts to furniture.

GRAY, Ky. (AP) -- Two adults and five children are dead after a fire at a house in rural southeastern Kentucky.
Knox County Coroner Mike Blevins says the adult victims found inside the ranch-style home were a woman and her boyfriend. He says the woman was the mother of three of the children who died, while two other children were from another family.
Further details about their identities were being withheld until relatives are notified.
Blevins says the remains have been sent to Frankfort for autopsies, which are likely to take place on Tuesday.
Blevins and Kentucky State Police say the cause of Saturday's blaze in the Gray community near Corbin is still under investigation. Arson investigators are at the scene, but officials say no foul play is suspected.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Spring must be around the corner. It's time to set the clocks forward for daylight saving time.
At 2 a.m. local time Sunday, daylight saving time arrives with the promise of many months ahead with an extra hour of evening light.
You lose an hour of sleep, but make sure to turn the clock ahead -- spring forward -- before heading to bed Saturday night to avoid the panic of a late rise.
It's also a good time to put new batteries in warning devices such as smoke detectors and hazard warning radios.
Some places don't observe daylight saving time. Those include Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.
Daylight saving time ends Nov. 3.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has a ready excuse for anyone who doesn't think he was funny enough at Saturday night's Gridiron dinner in Washington: "My joke writers have been placed on furlough."
Always a target for humorous barbs, the president tossed out a few of his own during the Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner. The annual event features political leaders, journalists and media executives poking fun at each other.
Obama kidded his vice president, Joe Biden, over his ambitions, saying he has had to take Biden aside and tell him that he's way too young to be the pope.
During a pause in his remarks, Obama took a long, slow sip of water and then said, "That, Marco Rubio, is how you take a sip of water."
The dinner was the organization's 128th since its founding in 1885.


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