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Archive for September, 2012

Canada Criminalizes ‘Bath Salts’ Drug

OTTAWA (UPI) — The Canadian government made the street drug known as bath salts illegal Wednesday, putting it in the same category as heroin and cocaine, officials said. Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq made the announcement in Ottawa, saying it was now “illegal to possess, traffic, import or export, unless authorized by regulation.” The name […]

Verizon Joins Cybersecurity Group

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (UPI) — Communications company Verizon has joined the Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance to counter cybertreats to U.S. information technology infrastructure. The alliance, composed of leading companies in the security industry brings together cybersecurity capabilities and technologies in a collaborative effort. “With its use of technology, broad industry knowledge and solid portfolio of […]

Retail Sales Up Slightly In Week

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. retail sales receipts rose 0.6 percent in the week ending Saturday compared with the previous week, a trade association in Washington said. The International Council of Shopping Centers said sales rose modestly week-to-week, but were up 2.9 percent compared with the same week of 2011, a climb from the 2.1 percent […]

Ford To Cut Costs In Europe

DEARBORN, Mich. (UPI) — U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co. said it would trim its workforce in Europe to cut costs during the region’s economic downturn. “When you look at the gross domestic product in Europe, almost every country is clearly in a recession and it’s getting worse,” said Ford Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally. CNNMoney […]

New Home Sales Fell Slightly In August

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Sales of new single-family homes dropped marginally July to August, the U.S. Commerce Department said Wednesday. Sales fell 0.3 percent from a revised July rate of 374,000 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 373,000 in August. Sales also rose 27.7 percent more than the annual rate of 292,000 from August 2011. […]

BofA To Close Its Childcare Centers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (UPI) — Bank of America said it was closing down its 10 childcare centers, which are run by Bright Horizons, a Massachusetts company. The move is part of a cost-cutting strategy that includes freezing the company’s pension plan and shifting to contributions to 401(k) plans and cutting 30,000 jobs, with 16,000 of those […]

Kansas State No Longer K-State

MANHATTAN, Kan., (UPI) –  The president of Kansas State University said he wants the school to be known nationally as Kansas State, instead of the traditional informal K-State. President Kirk Schulz told Gov. Sam Brownback and state business leaders during a meeting of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors the school should be referred to […]

Poll: N.J. Voters Support Pet Seat Belts

TRENTON, N.J., (UPI) –  A poll of New Jersey voters indicates 45 percent support a bill requiring pets to be restrained during car trips, with 40 against. The Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll of 901 registered voters, conducted Sept. 6-12, found 45 percent of respondents support a state Assembly bill that would require pets to […]

Babe Ruth Autograph Donated To Library

CLERMONT, Fla., (UPI) –  A Florida library said a Babe Ruth-autographed postcard discovered by volunteers sorting through donations appears to be authentic. Terry Moherek, president of the Cooper Memorial Library Association, said the penny postcard was found among the photos, maps, papers and other items donated to the library in Clermont and experts have said […]

Police Bust Alleged Drunken Horse Rider

BUNNELL, Fla., (UPI) –  Police in Florida said a man charged with resisting arrest led officers on a chase while allegedly riding a horse intoxicated. Bunnell Police Chief Jeffrey Hoffman said police received a call shortly after 2 p.m. Monday about a drunken man on horseback seen urinating in someone’s yard and the rider, later […]

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