Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 10:09 am
The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels soar over the Florida Keys during a March 23 air show. The group has <a href="http://blog.al.com/gulf-coast/2013/04/blue_angels_practices_shows_ca.html">canceled several air shows</a> in <a href="http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/show/">April and May</a>, reportedly owing to budget cuts.
Automatic federal budget cuts that kicked in March 1 have had little initial impact in many parts of the government. For a few programs, however, the effect has been real and painful, as the government begins cutting $85 billion from its spending through the end of September.
Many of the earliest signs of the cuts are being seen on the local level, in state programs like education that rely in part on federal dollars.
Fast-food restaurants were a little bit slower Thursday in New York City. Hundreds of workers staged a one-day strike in what organizers are calling the biggest job action ever in that industry. It's a growing segment of the economy, but workers complain that fast-food jobs don't pay enough to survive in New York City.
This bacterium-like microbe, <em>Archaeoglobus fulgidus,</em> seen here in a false-color image, can live in the high temperatures found near deep-sea vents. They can also survive by consuming perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel.
It's life, but not as we know it. Researchers in the Netherlands have found that a microbe from deep beneath the ocean can breathe a major ingredient in rocket fuel. The discovery suggests that early life may have used many different kinds of chemicals besides oxygen to survive and thrive.
Alabamians receiving emergency unemployment benefits will see their benefit reduced by 12.8 percent. State Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees said in a statement the reduced benefits will start for weeks beginning April 28th through September 30th. The Labor Department estimates that around 16,000 Alabamians currently receive federal emergency jobless benefits.