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Archive for August, 2012

If Power Outage, Keep Refrigerator Closed

WASHINGTON,  (UPI) –  Should the power go out due to Hurricane Isaac or any other storm, U.S. officials advise residents to keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said a refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if the door is kept closed, a […]

Save Sports Drinks For Sports Or Exercise

CHICAGO,  (UPI) –  Sports drinks shouldn’t take the place of regular water intake unless a person is playing sports or exercising, a U.S. registered dietitian says. Brooke Schantz, a Loyola University Health System registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics, said sports drinks will help hydrate you, but the average healthy child, adolescent and […]

Sickle Cell Higher Not Only In Blacks

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.,  (UPI) –  One-in-500 U.S. blacks has sickle cell disease, but it also disproportionately affects Hispanics, Asians and those of Middle Eastern descent, experts say. An estimated 90,000 to 100,000 Americans are affected by the disease and more than 2 million people carry the gene that allows them potentially to pass it on […]

Shell Wants Leeway For Alaska Program

ANCHORAGE, Alaska,  (UPI) –  Shell said its review of ice forecast models supported its request to extend the drilling season in the arctic waters of Alaska by a few weeks. Shell announced its drilling rig Kulluk left Dutch Harbor, Alaska, for prospective drilling sites in arctic waters. The company aims to access an offshore region […]

U.S. Oil Sector Well-Braced For Isaac

WASHINGTON,  (UPI) –  Oil companies working in U.S. waters were well-prepared for Hurricane Isaac and should restart work after the storm passes, an analyst said. The National Hurricane Center in Miami reports that Hurricane Isaac, a Category 1 storm, was moving slowly toward the northwest after making landfall late Tuesday in southern Louisiana. Sustained winds […]

Senator: Gas Price Spike Worth Investigating

SACRAMENTO,  (UPI) –  A California lawmaker said in a letter to federal regulators that there was no reduction in gasoline supplies that warranted a rise in retail prices. A fire erupted at Chevron’s oil refinery in Richmond, Calif., Aug. 6, forcing the company to shut down part of the refinery that produces petroleum products. California […]

Deaf Boy's Parents Concerned About Name

GRAND ISLAND, Neb., (UPI) –  The parents of a 3-year-old deaf boy in Nebraska said officials at his public preschool want him to change the sign for his name, a gesture resembling a gun. Brian Spanjer and Morgan Hurt, parents of Hunter Spanjer, said the boy uses the gesture from Signing Exact English to sign […]

Robbers Leave Victim With Bus Fare

AMDAYTON, Ohio, (UPI) –  Police in Ohio said a robbery victim told officers his attackers left him with enough money to take a bus home. Dayton Police said the victim told them he was waiting for a bus around 5 a.m. Tuesday when two men approached and held a black handgun up to his forehead, […]

City Considers Goat Exception

EAST RIDGE, Tenn., (UPI) –  Officials in a Tennessee city said they are considering an exception for a family’s pet goat, which is an animal banned within the city limits. Jeff Viar spoke to the East Ridge City Council last week and asked members to allow his family to keep Oreo, a 1-year-old, 40-pound pygmy […]

Apparent Meteor Spotted Over New England

PEABODY, Mass.,  (UPI) –  The American Meteor Society said an apparent meteor spotted over Massachusetts and Maine likely ended up over the ocean. Mike Hankey, operations manager of the meteor society, said the brightly colored object was spotted in the sky between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday, with witnesses variously reporting it as red, […]

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