Feb 27, 2014, 9:26 am EDT
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed what had become known as the “anti-gay bill” that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gay customers.
Proponents of the bill said the aim was to protect the rights of those whose religion prevented them from interacting with certain people.
Gov. Brewer likely would have signed the bill had the state’s business community at large not come out against the bill — with even the National Football League threatening to pull the Super Bowl out of Arizona. Read
Feb 26, 2014, 3:13 pm EDT
The Pentagon wants to eliminate the A-10 Warthog in a move that would save the government $3.5 billion over five years.
Many are criticizing the Department of Defense’s proposal to ax the entire fleet of A-10 Thunderbolts. This move would get rid of more than 300 Warthogs that provide air support for ground troops.
The Pentagon’s budget for 2015 calls for a reduction of Army personnel of 440,000 to 450,000 by 2019. There are currently about 522,000 soldiers in the Army. Read
Feb 26, 2014, 10:27 am EDT
On Tuesday, the White House announced that 4 million people have signed up for health insurance through insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.
However, the Obama administration did not disclose the number of people who have actually paid premiums for plans selected through the insurance exchanges. The White House has set a goal of 7 million Obamacare enrollments for 2014, the Los Angeles Times notes.
An estimated 700,000 people signed up for insurance plans through the insurance exchanges in February. The open enrollment period for Obamacare will end at the conclusion of March, potentially prompting a rush of new enrollments in the coming weeks. Read
Feb 25, 2014, 11:44 am EDT
In a bid to blunt the agricultural impact of declining populations of honeybees, the federal government will launch a program designed to boost the food supply and habitats available to the pollinating insects.
Honeybees are under pressure from pesticide use and the land development. In recent years, honeybees have also seen their numbers fall due to colony collapse disorder, which has sent their populations tumbling. Farms in North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota will be able to obtain $3 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to grow and sustain plants that provide food for honeybees, the Associated Press notes.
Those five states are home to the majority of U.S. commercial keepers of honeybees during at least some months of each year. Honeybees from commercial beekeepers are thought to pollinate produce valued at $15 billion every year. Read
Feb 25, 2014, 11:06 am EDT
Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (BUD) popular beer brand Budweiser is throwing its support behind an effort to make Major League Baseball’s Opening Day a national holiday in the U.S.
The move to create the new holiday comes in the form of a petition on the White House’s website. The petition says that by making Opening Day a national holiday, the government will allow Americans to “exercise their inalienable right” to watch the start of the baseball season, Politico notes.
To promote the petition, Budweiser has partnered with Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith. The former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop will appear in online ads from Budweiser promoting the petition. Read
Feb 25, 2014, 10:50 am EDT
Credit Suisse (CS) will be accused of helping aid Americans in dodging tax payments in a new report from the U.S. Senate.
The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations report will discuss how the second-biggest Swiss bank helped clients hide money and offered accounts not declared to the IRS.
Bloomberg quotes unnamed sources close to the report — which has yet to be released. Read