You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

U.S.

  • Conductor Lorin Maazel dies
     CASTLETON, Va. – Conductor and composer Lorin Maazel has died at his home in Virginia while preparing for the annual Castleton Festival. He was 84.
  • Mayor: Cop killer lay in wait for police to arrive
     JERSEY CITY, N.J. – A gunman who killed a rookie officer responding to a report of an armed robbery call early Sunday never tried to rob the drugstore and instead lay in wait for police, telling a witness to watch the
  • Girl whose 6 family members were killed recovering
    A 15-year-old girl suburban Houston girl who survived an attack in which her parents and four younger siblings were killed says she’s on the road to recovery.
Advertisement

Obama signs order to begin spending cuts

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has signed an order authorizing the government to begin cutting $85 billion from federal accounts, officially enacting across-the-board reductions that he opposed but failed to avert.

Obama acted Friday, the deadline for the president and Congress to avoid the steep, one-year cuts.

Obama has insisted on replacing the cuts, known as a “sequester” in government budget language, with tax increases and cuts spread out over time. Republicans have rejected any plan that included tax revenue.

The government says the reductions will soon result in furlough notices to government employees and will trim government spending on defense contracts and in domestic government programs. Active military personnel and anti-poverty and low-income assistance programs are largely protected from the cuts.

Advertisement