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Archive for January, 2012

Bill Would Make Toto’s Breed, Cairn Terrier, Kansas State Dog

TOPEKA, Kan., Jan. 31 (UPI) — A Kansas state lawmaker is proposing a measure to make the cairn terrier, the breed of Toto from “The Wizard of Oz,” into the official state dog. Democratic state Rep. Ed Trimmer of Winfield, acting on an idea proposed by Brenda Moore of Augusta, obedience chairwoman with the South […]

Detroit official hopeful of union giveback

DETROIT, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Detroit and the largest municipal union are close to agreement on concessions to ease the city’s budget problems, the city council president said Tuesday.

Charles Pugh said the concessions will be big enough to avoid a state…

Fake colleges a problem in Sweden

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 31 (UPI) — An influx of fake colleges has been reported in Sweden after the introduction of tuition fees, officials say.

Fake universities are a fairly recent phenomenon in Sweden, despite issues with them in other countries …

Child abuse claims made in custody fight

TACOMA, Wash., Jan. 31 (UPI) — The family of a man whose wife disappeared from their Utah home in 2009 charges the couple’s sons are being abused by their maternal grandparents.

The “4thekidzz” Web site created by Josh Powell’s brother also accuses …

7 execs detained in China waste discharges

NANNING, China, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Chinese officials say a chemical spill into a tributary of the Pearl River system that threatened downstream water supplies is nearly contained.

Seven chemical plant executives in China were detained in a probe over t…

Man says sisters sexually assaulted him

HUDSON, Wis., Jan. 31 (UPI) — A young Wisconsin man says two sisters assaulted him sexually and physically and forced him to drink urine.

Valerie Bartkey, 24, and Amanda Johnson, 17, of Somerset, Wis., have been charged with sexual assault by force…

U.S. terror ‘hot spots’ studied

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Jan. 31 (UPI) — Five urban counties lead in a study of U.S. ‘terror hot spots’ but rural areas are not exempt from terror attacks, a study has found.

Nearly a third of all terrorist attacks from 1970 to 2008 occurred in just five …

Two sue for alleged rendition to Libya

LONDON, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Two men have filed suit in Britain against a senior MI6 intelligence officer who allegedly turned them over to Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, officials say.

Attorneys for Sami al-Saadi and Abdel Hakim Belhadj served papers Friday …

Gov. Walker recall petition signers names not released

MADISON, Wis., Jan. 31 (UPI) — Wisconsin officials say they’re delaying posting on a Web site recall petitions against Gov. Scott Walker because of privacy concerns among petition signers.

Reid Magney, a spokesman for the state Government Accountabi…

Kennedy house to become study center

HYANNIS PORT, Mass., Jan. 31 (UPI) — The Hyannis Port, Mass., home where President John F. Kennedy and his brothers spent childhood summers is to become a study center.

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate announced Monday th…

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