Washington, DC - The Department of the Navy announced March 7 that women can now be assigned to previously closed positions in the Coastal Riverine Force, continuing in the Department of Defense's rescission of the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule.

Montreal, Canada  - U.S. EPA, Environment Canada, and the Mexico Ministry for Environment and Natural Resources, awarded $1.2 million in grants under the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) program. These grants will support communities in addressing a wide range of environmental challenges across North America.

Washington, DC - The Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) talked with Sailors around the world in an All Hands Call, broadcast from the Defense Media Activity at Ft. Meade, Md.

San Diego, California (NAPSI) - College can be expensive but it can also pay off in two ways. First, college graduates earn, on average, nearly a million dollars more over a lifetime than non-college graduates, the Census Bureau reports. Second, the money you invest now for a future college education may enjoy tax-free growth or other tax advantages. Here are seven smart reasons to save:

San Diego, California (NAPSI) - April 15 is a date many Americans view with some hesitation as they endure the paperwork needed to file their taxes. But with almost 75 percent of Americans receiving an average annual refund of $3,000, there is positive news for most. And many consumers find this a good reminder to annually update other financial records.

San Diego, California (NAPSI) - One film star is stepping out of the spotlight to shine a light on homeless pets. It turns out that Josh Duhamel, an actor known for numerous action films, has a serious soft spot when it comes to pet adoption.

San Clemente, California - The White House released the federal budget for FY2015 yesterday that proposes to eliminate all funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) BEACH Act grant program that supports water-testing programs at beaches around the country.