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Panetta: Triggers Would Be ‘devastating’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday if Congress fails to reduce the deficit and automatic cuts are triggered it would be “devastating.” A debt deal enacted by Congress earlier this month would cut $917 billion in spending over 10 years. The deal also creates a congressional committee charged with […]

White House Announces Biofuels Initiative

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — President Obama Tuesday announced an initiative to spur the biofuels industry and boost U.S. energy security. The Agriculture and Energy departments and the U.S. Navy are partnering to increase biofuels use for military and commercial transportation, the White House said in a release. The three government entities will invest $510 […]

Paul Ryan Denies Presidential Aspirations

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Congressional fiscal hawk Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Tuesday tapped down a report he was mulling a possible run for president. Roll Call reported what it described as a well-placed Republican operative as saying Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, was considering entering the 2012 race but likely would decide against it. […]

Britain: The Struggle Begins

LONDON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Britain is sweeping up the physical debris from days of rioting that rocked the country earlier this month but the new Battle of Britain has just begun. There “will be no complacency,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday. “And we will not stop until this mindless violence and thuggery […]

Report: Gov’t Mortgage Role To Be Extended

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — U.S. President Obama has told advisers to develop a proposal that would keep the government playing a major role in mortgages, sources told The Washington Post. The sources said the proposal would extend a federal loan subsidy for most home buyers. But the White House attempted to knock down the […]

Rebels Set Sights On Tripoli

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Rebel forces in Libya said they have made strategic advances and hope to enter Tripoli by the end of the month. The statement came as rebel fighters battled Tuesday in Zawiyah, 33 miles west of the capital, as they strive to topple Col. Moammar Gadhafi, CNN reported. “We will […]

Dead D.C. Socialite Had Sought Protection From Husband

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The 91-year-old Washington socialite found dead Friday in her Georgetown home had sought protection from her 47-year-old husband, court documents indicate. Viola Drath had obtained multiple protective orders against her husband, Albrecht Gero Muth, during their 21-year marriage, The Washington Post reported Monday. In 2006 Drath told police Muth attacked […]

Perry On Bernanke: Almost ‘treasonous’

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, campaigning in Iowa for the Republican presidential nomination, said the Federal Reserve is almost “treasonous.” Perry, one of the front-runners for the nomination, also said Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke would get an “ugly” reception in Texas, USA today reported. Perry’s comments came Monday night […]

Iran, Kurds To Work To Combat PJAK

TEHRAN, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Iran and Kurdish officials in Iraq have plans to set up a joint committee to fight Kurdish rebels along their border, an Iranian official said. Hassan Danaifar, the Iranian envoy to Baghdad, said delegates from Tehran discussed forming an action plan with authorities in the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq […]

Boston Tavern Allegedly Barred Minorities

BOSTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The state of Massachusetts says a Boston bar refused to allow black and Hispanic friends to enter to celebrate a white friend’s birthday. The attorney general’s office filed a lawsuit Monday against Peggy O’Neil’s Bar and Grille in Dorchester, a neighborhood once mostly white that has become increasingly diverse over […]

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