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House version of defense budget provides funding to remove Confederate names from bases

House version of defense budget provides funding to remove Confederate names from bases

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July 8 (UPI) -- A provision in the House version of the $ 694.6 billion defense budget includes $ 1 million to rename U.S. Army facilities named after Confederate leaders. The bill by the Democratic-led House Appropriations Committee calls for an account in the Fiscal Year 2021 defense bill dedicated to "expenses for the renaming of Army installations, facilities, roads and streets named after Confederate leaders and officers" within one year, a text released on Tuesday read. It noted that the Army, with 10 bases named after military officers of the Confederate States of America, has "the preponderance of the entities to change." Advertisement The Senate version of the bill also includes funding for name changes, but with a three-year time limit. Among the most prominent bases being consi...
House price growth ‘turns negative for first time since 2012’

House price growth ‘turns negative for first time since 2012’

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The annual rate of house price growth has turned negative for the first time since 2012, according to a closely-watched measure.The Nationwide Building Society's monthly index covering June showed average values falling by 0.1% year on year following a 1.4% decline on the previous month. That followed a 1.7% fall during May - the largest monthly drop in 11 years as the country remained in hibernation during the second full month of the coronavirus crisis lockdown. Image: Delays in the construction of new homes are likely to help prop up prices in the months ahead The government eased restrictions on the housing market in England in mid-May but data published by the Bank of England earlier this week showed the lowest number of mortgage...
Paul Weller: ‘People weren’t ready for my house record’

Paul Weller: ‘People weren’t ready for my house record’

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As the owner of one of the most famous haircuts in the country for the past 40 years, Paul Weller is being surprisingly serene about his lockdown locks."I'm just letting it grow," he laughs."Well, I was kind of letting it grow anyway, but I've had no choice now. You have to just adapt, don't you?"Rather than attempting to trim his own barnet at home, as others have done to varying degrees of success, the musician has been letting it all hang out while "trying to make the best of it" at his nearby studio in Surrey."There's so much time off and obviously no live work, so I'm just cracking on and trying to get on with the next thing really," he says.First things first though, and his 15th solo album, On Sunset, is released into the ...
House bill calls for Congressional oversight of Afghanistan withdrawal

House bill calls for Congressional oversight of Afghanistan withdrawal

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June 26 (UPI) -- A bipartisan bill introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives would give Congress oversight of the U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Partnership and Transparency Act, introduced on Thursday, would require the White House, State Department, Office of National Intelligence and Defense Department to provide reports to Congress when U.S. troop levels are reduced to below 8,000 troops, and again at 5,000 troops, according to members of Congress behind the bill. Advertisement In March, the United States began withdrawing troops from Afghanistan under the terms of a peace deal signed in February with the Taliban. The United States committed to reducing its forces from 13,000 troops to 8,600 within 135 days, although a further drawdown is anticipat...
White House memo calls for study of improved Arctic icebreakers

White House memo calls for study of improved Arctic icebreakers

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June 10 (UPI) -- A White House memorandum on polar security has the U.S. Coast Guard considering the addition of armed, nuclear-powered icebreakers to its aging fleet. President Donald Trump, in a memo on Tuesday, called for "a ready, capable and available fleet of polar security icebreakers that is operationally tested and fully deployable by Fiscal Year 2029." Advertisement The United States has only two operational heavy icebreakers in use, the 44-year old Polar Star and the 24-year old Healy. Each is prone to breakdowns, officials have said. The memo comes as global warning has positioned the Arctic region as a possible shipping route, as well as a source of available mineral resources, and calls for evaluation of a "defensive armament adequate to defend against near-peer competitors ...