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Archive for January, 2012

Iran makes its own reactor uranium rod

TEHRAN, Jan. 1 (UPI) — Iran Sunday reported success in testing a homemade uranium fuel rod at its Tehran nuclear reactor after much of the world refused to supply it.

The semi-official Fars News Agency said the rod had passed “neutron and non-leakag…

Obama reluctantly signs defense bill

HONOLULU, Jan. 1 (UPI) — President Barack Obama has signed a national defense bill into law while expressing many reservations about some of its provisions.

In a statement issued amid an Obama family vacation in Hawaii, the president said he signed …

Politics 2012: Finally, the primary season begins in earnest

The nation’s eyes turn to Iowa Tuesday as Republicans trek to caucuses to select their preferences for a presidential candidate.

Whether the caucuses will actually winnow the field, though, is anyone’s guess.

Several polls indicate a tight race amon…

Under the U.S. Supreme Court: Gingrich threats a dark omen for courts?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 1 (UPI) — Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich may have fired the first shot, but the federal courts and especially the U.S. Supreme Court may be in danger of being seen as political entities rather than an impartial judic…

Cyclone Thane death toll at 46 in India

CHENNAI, India, Jan. 1 (UPI) — Cyclone Thane claimed at least 46 lives in southeastern India, officials said Saturday as people in the region started to clean up after the storm.

Of the total, 35 of the deaths from the Friday storm that packed nearl…

Off-shore earthquake rattles Japan

TOKYO, Jan. 1 (UPI) — Parts of Japan were shaken by a strong off-shore earthquake Sunday, seismologists said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency measured it at a 7.0-magnitude, while the U.S. Geological Survey placed it at 6.8.

No tsunami warning was …

LA authorities on alert over arsons

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 1 (UPI) — Los Angeles police and firefighters spent New Year’s Eve with eyes peeled for perpetrators responsible for a rash of arsons.

The Los Angeles Times reported the string of at least 40 deliberately set fires across the metro…


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