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    Pentagon workers face 11 payless days

    WASHINGTON, D.C.

    A day without pay, the first of 11 through September, comes this week for more than 650,000 people who hold civilian jobs with the Defense Department. Officials worry that the Pentagon will be hit even harder by layoffs in 2014 if automatic budget cuts continue as planned. Roughly 85 percent of the department’s nearly 900,000 civilians around the world will be furloughed one day each week over the next three months. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to provide senators
    with more details this week. (AP)

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    Pacific storm Erick becomes hurricane

    MIAMI — The Pacific storm Erick strengthened to a hurricane Saturday off the coast of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Erick was about 90 miles south of Manzanillo and 510 miles southeast of Baja California. It was moving northwest at 9 miles per hour and had maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour. Forecasters
    predict a northwest to west-northwest track over the next few days. Rain accumulations from 3 to 5 inches are expected. The storm should remain offshore, but flash floods are possible. (AP)