US Navy Triples Paid Maternity Leave in Effort to Attract Women

The Senate will debate a House bill to extend maternity leave. (Source: Army photo)

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Navy is tripling the amount of paid maternity leave that female sailors and Marines can take after the birth of a child, and will now provide a total of 18 weeks off. The change, directed by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, makes the Navy the first of the military services to provide more than the current six weeks of leave. Acco... more

Bill Clinton Visits Vietnam to Mark 20th Anniversary of Ties

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton toasts with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh during an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of normalization of relations between the U.S. and Vietnam in Hanoi on July 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Tran Van Minh)

HANOI, Vietnam — For Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama's announcement this week of plans to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba must have stirred memories. It was 20 years ago this month that Clinton pulled off a similar diplomatic and political success, normalizing relations with Vietnam. Not that Clinton needed a reminder — he was in Vie... more

Military Recruits Still Not Using American-Made Sneakers

In this photo taken Wednesday July 1, 2015, workers, under ultraviolet light, apply cement to the midsole of the military tested New Balance 950v2 sneaker before the outsole is attached in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

BOSTON  — New Balance thinks the U.S. military is dragging its feet. Last April, the Department of Defense announced military recruits would start using athletic shoes 100 percent made and manufactured in America, in recognition of a law Congress passed in 1941 requiring the department give preference to American-made goods. Over a year after ... more

Astronomical Sleuth Reveals the Timing of Iconic 1945 'Kiss'

kissing sailor

It's an iconic image: A sailor kisses a nurse in Times Square after hearing the news that World War II was officially over -- just after 7 p.m. on August 14, 1945. Or maybe not. Some skeptics are now challenging that widely accepted story. In their version of events, the famous kiss captured by Life magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt may... more

Jim Webb, Former Navy Secretary and Senator, to Run for President

In this June 30,2015 file photo, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb speaks in Baltimore. On Thursday, Webb announced his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. senator Jim Webb announced his presidential campaign on Thursday, opening a long-shot bid against Hillary Rodham Clinton and a field of Democratic rivals for the party's 2016 nomination. Webb, 69, a decorated Vietnam veteran and a former top Navy official, is expected to focus his campaign on helping working-class Ameri... more

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