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Archive for October, 2011

Falling death rate cuts funeral profits

MADRID, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Despite the adage “nothing is certain but death and taxes,” Spanish funeral parlors say they’re feeling the pinch from the slow economy and fewer deaths.

Funeral directors say the death rate in Spain is dropping and families …

Hague finds Seselj in contempt for book

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Oct. 31 (UPI) — The Hague Tribunal in the Netherlands has sentenced Serb Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj to 18 months in prison for contempt of court.

The court said Seselj was guilty of disclosing confidential informati…

Catholic school forbids Halloween costumes

HAMILTON, Ontario, Oct. 31 (UPI) — A Roman Catholic school in Hamilton, Ontario, prohibited Halloween costumes because they interfere with education and raise safety and privacy questions.

“Students and staff may wear black and orange all day,” but …

European Commission ‘pushed aside’

BONN, Germany, Oct. 31 (UPI) — A former president of the European Commission says the body is being “pushed aside” in agreements about institutional organization in eurozone countries.

“As far as the agreements about the future institutional organiz…

College application process may change

LONDON, Oct. 31 (UPI) — A proposed change in the college application process in the United Kingdom would have students applying after receiving their A-level exam results.

Currently, students apply for courses based on predicted grades, The Daily Te…

Non-French-speaking official under fire

OTTAWA, Oct. 31 (UPI) — The man proposed as Canada’s next auditor general is unqualified because he doesn’t speak French, the opposition New Democratic Party and Bloc Quebecois said.

The federal government’s own career posting says the $322,900-a-ye…

NYC woman called mom moments before death

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (UPI) — A New York mom says her 21-year-old daughter called to say she was fine moments before she was killed by an oncoming car.

Jennifer Sosa died when she and her brother were knocked over the side of the Cross Bronx Expressway …

Danish grocers said to exploit ‘fat tax’

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Dutch supermarkets have raised prices more than justified by a new tax on fattening foods, a check of product prices indicates.

The Copenhagen Post reports a review of prices at eight supermarkets by weekly newsp…

Canadian: I helped Saadi Gadhafi flee

GATINEAU, Quebec, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Members of Canada’s Libyan community called on Ottawa to investigate if an Ontario man broke laws by helping one of Moammar Gadhafi’s sons flee Libya for Niger.

“There’s the quite the possibility that laws were brok…

Feds to investigate seven-hour JetBlue tarmac delay

NEWARK, N.J., Oct. 31 (UPI) — The U.S. Transportation Department is investigating a JetBlue flight that left passengers stranded on a tarmac for more than 7 hours, officials said.

A pilot for the flight, which was heading Saturday afternoon from For…

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