Pentagon: Afghan war costing US $45 billion per year


WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty-five billion dollars. That's how much the Pentagon says the Afghan war is costing American taxpayers, and with no end in sight they may have to keep footing that bill for years to come.

  • Written by By MATTHEW PENNINGTON , Associated Press

Deadly earthquake strikes Taiwan's east coast


TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan, killing two hotel employees and injuring 144 other people, officials said.


House GOP plans stopgap spending bill with Pentagon funding

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders closed in on an agreement Tuesday to award whopping spending increases to both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs as well as long-sought disaster relief money and, perhaps, action to increase the government's borrowing cap.

  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press