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U.S. Army soldiers ditch hot berets for cooler caps

COLUMBIA, S.C.

Soldiers ditch hot berets for cooler caps

The U.S. Army is ditching the hot, ill-fitting black wool berets that soldiers have worn for years and allowing them to go back to their old brimmed patrol caps. Army Secretary John McHugh ordered the change to take effect Tuesday, which also happens to be the service's 236th birthday. Soldiers will still wear berets with their dress uniforms, which they don for special occasions. "Wearing the beret in 100-degree South Carolina heat was like wearing a wet piece of black wool on your head," said Col. Pete Brooks of the S.C. Army National Guard.

Washington

Pakistan arrests CIA informers

Pakistan's top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informers who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, the New York Times said it was told by U.S. officials. Five people were reportedly detained, including a Pakistani army major who copied the license plates of cars visiting bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad. CIA director Leon Panetta raised the issue when he traveled to Islamabad last week to meet with Pakistani military and intelligence officers, the newspaper said.

Washington

Slight increase in homeless numbers

The nation's homeless population grew only slightly in 2010 as stimulus-funded initiatives helped to take or keep nearly 700,000 people off the streets, according to the 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report released Tuesday. About 1.6 million people spent at least one night in emergency housing last year, up 2.2 percent from 2009. Nearly 650,000 were likely to be homeless on a given night in 2010, compared with 643,000 in 2009. California, New York and Florida had 40 percent of the homeless population, though they have only 25 percent of the total population.

NEW ORLEANS

Biggest gulf dead zone is predicted

This year's "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to be the largest in history: about the size of Lake Erie, federal and university scientists said Tuesday. The largest recorded dead zone was found in 2002 when 8,400 square miles of the gulf was found to lack sufficient oxygen for most marine life.

Elsewhere

Argentina: A cloud of ash spewing from a Chilean volcano grounded more flights Tuesday in South America. In Australia, Virgin Australia and Qantas said they will ground flights to the western city of Perth today because of drifting ash.

Germany: The number of people falling sick as a result of E. coli contamination has slowed to a trickle, Germany's national disease control center said Tuesday.

Venezuela: Nineteen people were killed and several others were injured in a mutiny at the El Rodeo I jail outside Caracas, Venezuelan Interior Minister Tareck El Aissami said Tuesday.

France: French lawmakers on Tuesday rejected a bill presented by the opposition Socialist Party seeking to legalize same-sex marriage.

Times wires

U.S. Army soldiers ditch hot berets for cooler caps 06/14/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 11:59pm]

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