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Archive for June, 2012

Tortoise Lonesome George To Be Embalmed

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Ecuador (UPI) — Lonesome George, the giant Galapagos tortoise who died on Sunday as the last of his species, will be embalmed and put on display, officials in Ecuador say. The Pinta Island tortoise will be on display on Santa Cruz Island for future generations to see, Environment Minister Marcela Aguinaga said. A […]

Ancient Text May Solve Cosmic Mystery

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (UPI) — An ancient text about a “red crucifix” seen in British evening skies more than 1,200 years ago could explain a mysterious radiation spike, U.S. scientists say. The phenomenon in 774 A.D. may have been a previously unrecognized supernova explosion and could explain a mysterious spike in carbon-14 levels in that […]

Holder Contempt Resolution Passes In House

During a House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his refusal to full cooperate in an investigation regarding the fatally flawed Fast and Furious “gun-walking” operation, several Democratic lawmakers walked out. By a vote of 255-67 the House passed the resolution to hold Holder in Contempt of Congress.

Republicans Vow To Repeal Healthcare Law

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Republicans pledged Thursday to press for repeal of U.S. President Obama’s landmark healthcare law after the Supreme Court upheld it. “The Supreme Court made clear today that the American people will be the ultimate judge of Obamacare. As Republicans, we will redouble our efforts to repeal this job-killing law,” U.S. Sen. John […]

Suspect's Head Pinned Under Garage Door

BROCKTON, Mass., (UPI) — Police in Massachusetts said an alleged burglar was foiled when his head became stuck under a garage door for several hours. Brockton police said an employee at the local Rent-A-Center showed up for work around 9 a.m. Tuesday and discovered Manuel Hernandez, 54, with his head stuck between the garage door […]

Hundreds Seek Gold In Alaska

NOME, Alaska, (UPI) — Locals in Nome, Alaska, said the city might be experiencing a second gold rush, with hundreds of people coming from all over to search for the precious metal. Mitch Erickson of Nome Gold Alaska said he started preparing for an influx of out-of-towners by setting up campsites when the recession hit […]

Google Shows Off Glasses With Skydiving

SAN FRANCISCO, (UPI) — Google interrupted its I/O developer conference in San Francisco so four skydivers with wingsuits and parachutes could show off the “Project Glass” eyewear. The “augmented reality” eyewear, which was announced last winter, took center stage when Google co-founder Sergey Brin interrupted Vice President Vic Gundotra’s Google+ social network demonstration Wednesday at […]

Tennessee Couple Find, Return $12,000

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn., (UPI) — A Tennessee couple who found a bag containing more than $12,000 on top of a convenience store trash can said it never crossed their minds to keep the money. Kenneth Allen and his wife Kristy found the bank bag with $12,764.73 and a man’s wallet Saturday evening, officer Jim Knoll, a […]

NYC Man Sues Over Prison Dining

NEW YORK, (UPI) — An ex-inmate is suing New York City for $80 million, accusing officers at Rikers Island of forcing him to eat too fast, causing him to need life-saving surgery. In a sworn statement accompanying the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn this week, Michael Isolda said he needed more than […]

Obama Praises Decision On Healthcare Law

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama hailed Thursday’s Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, saying it “was good for the American people.” “It is a fundamental principle here in America, the wealthiest nation on earth, no illness or accident should lead to any family’s financial ruin,” the president said. Meanwhile, likely U.S. […]

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