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Archive for June, 2013

North Korean Bank, Company And Individual Sanctioned By Treasury Department

WASHINGTON (UPI) — A bank, a front company and an official tied to North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction programs are subject to sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Department said. Daedong Credit Bank — along with its front company DCB Finance Limited and DCB’s representative Kim Chol Sam — were designated under an executive order that […]

Japan Approves World’s First Human Stem Cell Clinical Trial

TOKYO (UPI) — A Japanese government panel has approved the world’s first clinical research using human induced pluripotent stem cells, officials said. The panel of the country’s Health Ministry has issued approval for governmental scientific research institute Riken and the Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation to conduct a clinical research plan to use iPS […]

U.S. To Reduce Use Of Chimps In Government-Funded Research

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday it plans to reduce substantially the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research it funds. The NIH said in a release it would designate for retirement most of the chimpanzees it currently owns or supports. NIH Director Francis S. Collins has accepted most of the […]

Swarming Ants Wrecking Air Conditioners Along U.S. Gulf Coast

AUSTIN, Texas (UPI) — An invasion of “crazy” ants in areas of the U.S. Gulf Coast has wreaked havoc on electronic devices, especially air conditioning units, experts say. Tawny crazy ants, named for their color and their “herky-jerky” pattern of foraging, first showed up near Houston in 2002. Hailing from northern Argentina and southern Brazil, […]

Fourth Of July Is The Deadliest Day On The Road

NORTHBROOK, Ill. (UPI) — The Fourth of July is the deadliest day on U.S. roads, killing an average of 135 people each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says. Sanjay Gupta, executive vice president of marketing, innovation and corporate relations at Allstate, said car crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for everyone […]

Jobless Claims Drop By 9,000

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Labor Department said first-time jobless benefits claims dropped by 9,000 to 346,000 in the week that ended Saturday. The department revised the previous week’s estimate from 354,000 to 355,000. This set the four-week rolling average at 345,750, down 2,750 from the previous week. The largest increases in initial claims for […]

Twitter Explodes With Threats Against Zimmerman, Random Whites

As the George Zimmerman trial drags on, the Twitter watchers over at Twitchy  have noticed an alarming trend—an explosion of people taking to the Internet with death threats against Zimmerman and random white people if the defendant is found not guilty. Via Twitchy: Take it away, Cartman:

Consumer Spending Rose In May

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Consumer spending rose 0.3 percent in May, the Commerce Department said Thursday, climbing out of a deeper rut in April than previously reported. In April, spending declined 0.3 percent, the department said, revising a previous release that pegged the decline at 0.2 percent. The rebound for May was in line with economists’ […]

Pending Home Sales At Post-Recession Peak

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Pending Home Sales Index rose in May to its highest level in more than six years, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. The NAR said the index that tracks contracts of intention rose 6.7 percent month-to-month to 112.3. The index is a comparison to the monthly average for 2001, […]

Indiana Man Says Thieves Took Keys, Phone, Wallet — And His Pants

INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) — An Indiana man told police a woman he encountered late at night said she was a prostitute, then she and two men stole his keys, phone, wallet and pants. Police said the 26-year-old Carmel man told them he was driving around the East Washington Street area of Indianapolis around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday […]

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