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Pentagon notifies Congress of likely furloughs

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1 he may be compelled to furlough the "vast majority" of the Defense Department's 800,000 civilian workers. He also said the across-the-board spending reductions would "put us on a path toward a hollow force," meaning a military incapable of fulfilling all...