Leon Panetta http://www.kunc.org en Book News: Neruda's Death? Experts Say The Assassin Didn't Do It http://www.kunc.org/post/book-news-nerudas-death-experts-say-assassin-didnt-do-it <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>An investigation into the death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda took a strange turn this week as investigators' focus shifted to an American named Michael Townley, who was an assassin for Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and a rumored CIA double agent. It's suspected that Neruda, who was an ally of deposed President Salvador Allende, died of poisoning, and his body was recently exhumed for testing. Dr. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 11:57:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 45278 at http://www.kunc.org Book News: Neruda's Death? Experts Say The Assassin Didn't Do It Defense Cuts May No Longer Be Political Sacred Cow http://www.kunc.org/post/defense-cuts-may-no-longer-be-political-sacred-cow Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned that the automatic spending cuts due to hit the Pentagon and other branches of government next week will damage U.S. national security.<p>In a letter to Congress, he said those cuts would put the military on a path toward a "hollow force." But the warnings don't appear to be moving the needle with lawmakers or the American public.<p>The automatic spending cuts don't officially take effect until March 1, but they are already being felt. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 08:06:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 40484 at http://www.kunc.org Pentagon Details Which Benefits Will Be Extended To Same-Sex Partners http://www.kunc.org/post/pentagon-details-which-benefits-will-be-extended-same-sex-partners Commissary privileges, family center programs, dependent I.D. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:18:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 40043 at http://www.kunc.org Pentagon Details Which Benefits Will Be Extended To Same-Sex Partners Citing Uncertainty, Pentagon Will Not Deploy Aircraft Carrier To Persian Gulf http://www.kunc.org/post/citing-uncertainty-pentagon-will-not-deploy-aircraft-carrier-persian-gulf The uncertainty surrounding the Pentagon's budget means it will not deploy a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced today.<p>NPR's Tom Bowman reports that Panetta is also proposing pay cuts for troops. Tom filed this report for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"The recommendation by Secretary Panetta mean that those in uniform could get a 1 percent pay hike next year, instead of 1.7 percent. But a final decision would rest with Congress.<p>"Meanwhile, the defense secretary will halt the deployment of the carrier USS Harry Truman. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 19:55:00 +0000 39830 at http://www.kunc.org Citing Uncertainty, Pentagon Will Not Deploy Aircraft Carrier To Persian Gulf Boy Scouts Delay Decision About Gays; Pentagon May Extend Some Benefits http://www.kunc.org/post/boy-scouts-debate-accepting-gays-pentagon-may-extend-some-benefits <strong>(We updated the top of this post at 10:45 a.m. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:27:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39800 at http://www.kunc.org Boy Scouts Delay Decision About Gays; Pentagon May Extend Some Benefits