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Obama: Deficit Problems ‘solvable’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — President Obama said the U.S. deficit problems were “imminently solvable” and that he hoped the credit downgrade would spur Washington to act. Standard and Poor’s downgraded the U.S. credit rating Friday from AAA to AA+ because “they doubted our political system’s ability to act,” Obama said in a statement. “The […]

New Submarine Joins U.S. Navy

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 8 (UPI) — The U.S. Navy took delivery of its latest nuclear-powered attack submarine after completion of its final round of sea trials, officials said. The California, a Virginia-class submarine, was handed over to the Navy by the Newport News Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries on Monday, an HII release […]

Obama: ‘We Will Succeed’ In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — President Obama said Monday despite the deaths of 30 U.S. troops in a downed helicopter in Afghanistan this weekend, “We will press on and we will succeed.” The deaths marked the worst single-day toll on U.S. forces in the decade-long Afghan war. Speaking of America’s strengths, the president said, “There […]

Lightning Strikes Man, Passes To Sink

BARROWFORD, England, Aug. 8 (UPI) — A British man who was struck by lightning said he credits a chance encounter with a metal sink with saving his life. Kevin Holden, 61, of Barrowford, England, said he went outside in the rain to retrieve his golf umbrella and a blue flash threw him about 4 feet […]

Zoo To Set Up Sperm Bank For Elephants

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The Pittsburgh Zoo says it is waiting for genetic material from the South African government to start North America’s first sperm bank for African elephants. Zoo officials said they have been waiting almost two years for the material, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Monday. “It is taking longer than we hoped […]

Detroit Puts Desk Officers On Street Duty

DETROIT, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The Detroit Police Department, facing a fast-growing murder rate, is shifting desk officers’ duties so they can spend time patrolling streets, officials said. The department’s “Operation Inside Out: Night Angels” will place officers in desk jobs on street patrols 8 hours a week, The Detroit News reported. “That will put […]

Suicide Watch Kept On Confessed Killer Levi Aron

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Confessed child killer Levi Aron has been moved from New York’s Bellevue Hospital to Rikers Island and put on a round-the-clock suicide watch, authorities said. A specially designated correction officer is posted outside the cell holding Aron, arraigned last week in the July 12 killing and dismemberment of 8-year-old […]

S&P: No Regrets In Lowering U.S. Credit Rating

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Standard & Poor’s Monday defended its decision to lower the U.S. credit rating and blamed the vitriol in Washington in part for the downgrade. David Beers, S&P’s managing director of sovereign ratings, told CNN the United States must follow the agreement reached last week to the letter if it hopes […]

U.S. Lawmakers To Target Iran’s Bank

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama is called on to take dramatic steps against Iran’s central bank as part of an effort to sideline the regime, lawmakers said. A letter, put together by U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said more economic action is needed against Iran. “In our […]

Zimbabwe Diamond Torture Camp Alleged

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Zimbabwe’s security forces are allegedly operating a torture camp in the country’s Marange diamond fields, the BBC’s Panorama TV investigative show reported. Victims told of severe beatings and sexual assault, Panorama said Monday. The claims come as the European Union is considering a partial lift of a trade ban […]

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