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Jerusalem To Get Thousands Of New Units

JERUSALEM, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai approved the construction of 1,600 housing units in Jerusalem and plans to okay 2,700 more next week, officials said. Aides close to Yishai said the minister is trying to ease the housing shortage in the capital, Ynetnews.com said Thursday. The move to approve 4,300 housing […]

Twin Blasts Kill Several In Peshawar

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Two blasts Thursday in Peshawar, Pakistan, one of them by a teenage girl suicide attacker at a police checkpoint, killed several people, police said. The blasts ended nearly two months of calm in the violence ravaged city, capital of the northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province near the country’s tense tribal region […]

N.Y. State Lawmaker’s Car Hit By Gunfire

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A New York state lawmaker and his son were unharmed after the vehicle they were riding in was hit by gunfire, a police spokeswoman said. Deputy Inspector Kim Royster said police do not believe Assemblyman William F. Boyland Jr., who represents part of Brooklyn, was the intended target in […]

Obama’s Schedule For Thursday, Aug. 11

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — President Obama will discuss the role innovative technologies will play in helping automakers achieve fuel efficiency standards Thursday, the White House said. The daily schedule indicates Obama will: – Travel to Holland, Mich., where he will tour the Johnson Controls Inc. advanced battery facility and speak about innovative technology’s role […]

Obama: High-tech Automaking Creates Jobs

HOLLAND, Mich., Aug. 11 (UPI) — New auto technologies will create jobs and help automakers meet higher mileage requirements and lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil, the White House said. Technological advances, combined with new mandates requiring automakers to bring their average fuel mileage for passenger cars to 55.4 miles per gallon by 2025 from […]

Palin To Appear In Iowa After GOP Debate

AMES, Iowa, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is to visit the Iowa State Fair after GOP presidential hopefuls debate but before Saturday’s Iowa straw poll, her office said. “We accept with gratefulness an invitation to meet folks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines,” she said in an e-mail her political […]

Obama Ready To Call On Assad To Resign

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The Obama administration is poised to harden its position and call on Syrian President Bashar Assad to give up power, administration officials said. President Barack Obama “believes that Syria will be better off … without President Assad,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday. The administration will cite the brutality […]

Many British Rioters Had Regular Jobs

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Many of the 1,200 people arrested in Britain’s melee held jobs and some came from well-off families, court records of round-the-clock arraignments indicated. A graphic designer, postal employee, dental assistant, teaching aide and forklift driver were among the occupations people being arraigned listed, the records indicated. One woman, Laura Johnson, […]

Statue Of Liberty To Close For A Year

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The Statue of Liberty will close in October, the day after its 125th anniversary, for a year’s worth of safety upgrades, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the $27.5 million project was delayed by planning and getting funding in place, The New York Times reported Thursday. […]

US Airstrike Kills Chinook Attackers

A U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan killed the insurgents thought to be responsible for an attack on a helicopter that killed 38 people, officials said Wednesday. Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen said the military in Afghanistan tracked the insurgents after they shot down the NATO Chinook helicopter during the weekend.

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