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Archive for May, 2013

Scientists Suggest Cosmic ‘Billiards’ To Protect Earth From Asteroids

MOSCOW (UPI) — One way to protect earth from the risk of asteroid collisions would be to use tame asteroids in a serious game of cosmic billiards, Russian scientists suggest. Several near-Earth asteroids could be towed closer to Earth to serve as a cache of celestial projectiles against incoming space threats, Natan Eismont of the […]

U.S. Consumer Spending Down In April

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Consumer spending dropped 0.2 percent in April, despite expectations of a slight rise, the U.S. Commerce Department said Friday. Economists had predicted spending to climb 0.1 percent, which would have matched March’s spending increase. Spending gains peaked in February, when spending rose 0.8 percent. Gains in January and March were modest. As […]

Police: Disneyland Blast Suspect Set Off 2 Dry-Ice Bombs

ANAHEIM, Calif.,  (UPI) –  A Disneyland employee charged with setting off a dry-ice explosion at the California theme park pleaded not guilty Thursday in Orange County Superior Court. Christian Barnes, 22, of Long Beach, is charged with felony possession of a destructive device in a public place. If convicted, he could be sentenced to six […]

Baby Shower Being Planned For Kate Middleton

LONDON, (UPI) –  Kate Middleton, the duchess of Cambridge, will be the first member of Britain’s royal family to have a baby shower, a family friend said. Her sister, Pippa, is organizing the event celebrating the impending birth of Kate’s first child with her husband, Prince William, The Sun newspaper reported. The baby is due […]

Survey: Marriage Larger Factor In Happiness Than Children

LONDON, (UPI) –  Britain’s Office of National Statistics said its study indicates marriage makes people happier than religion, money or children. The office said 165,000 people were asked to rate their lives in the areas of how satisfied they are, how worthwhile they viewed their lives as, their happiness and their anxiety, The Daily Telegraph […]

Police Selling Guns From Buyback Program

ST. CHARLES, Ill.,  (UPI) –  A police department in the Chicago suburbs said some of the guns obtained from a buyback program will be sold to a pair of licensed dealers. St. Charles Police Chief James Lamkin said about 20 firearms obtained through a gun buyback program and seized by courts will be sold to […]

Poll: 17 Percent Of Fliers Don’t Mind Diaper Changes

CHARLESTOWN, Mass.,  (UPI) –  Massachusetts website Airfarewatchdog said its poll found 17 percent of fliers see nothing wrong with using a seatback tray table as a baby changing station. The survey of 740 airline passengers found 60 percent of those polled said they would discuss the issue with the passenger and complain to a flight […]

Poll: Clinton Leads Rand Paul, Jeb Bush In Hypothetical 2016 Race

HAMDEN, Conn., (UPI) –  U.S. voters prefer Democrat Hillary Clinton over Republicans Rand Paul or Jeb Bush in hypothetical 2016 presidential matchups, a poll indicated. Clinton, the former secretary of state and U.S. senator from New York, leads Sen. Paul of Kentucky, 49 percent to 41 percent, and former Florida Gov. Bush 48 percent to […]

Moms Now Primary Breadwinner In 40 Percent Of U.S. Households

WASHINGTON,  (UPI) –  The number of American families where the mother is the sole or primary breadwinner nearly quadrupled in a half-century, a study indicated. Women were the main providers in 40 percent of U.S. households in 2011, up from just 11 percent in 1960, the Pew Research Center reported this week. The “breadwinner moms” […]

What Recovery? Despite Fed Boasts, Americans Have Regained Only 45 Percent Of Recession Losses

In March, the Federal Reserve chirped that Americans had, as a whole, recouped 91 percent of the aggregate wealth the Nation lost during the economic crisis of 2007-2009. But Thursday, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis released a report that strays pretty far from the Fed’s earlier, optimistic message. Unlike the March report, the […]

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