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Four Missing After Copter Crashes In China

BEIJING, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A search was on for four people missing after a police helicopter crashed in a northern suburb of Beijing Wednesday, police said. Five members were aboard the helicopter were returning from a rescue drill when the aircraft crashed into a reservoir, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reported. One crew member […]

Sadrists Condemn U.S. Military Action

KARBALA, Iraq, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Alleged movement of U.S. forces into Karbala last week was an act of terrorism that violates bilateral security arrangements, an Iraqi official said. A lawmaker in the Sadrist political party, loyal to anti-American cleric Moqtada Sadr, said U.S. forces entered parts of Karbala last week. Tariq al-Khekany told the […]

Record-breaking Heat Continues In Texas

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A tropical storm or a strong cold front are the only ways to bring substantial heat and drought relief to the beleaguered state of Texas, a weather expert said. Unfortunately, neither event is on the horizon, Meteorologist Brian Edwards of AccuWeather.com said. Houston has become the latest city […]

Saleh ‘legitimate Until 2013′

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Thousands of supporters of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh turned out to hear his address though opponents said political change was needed immediately. The embattled Yemeni president told supporters that he would return “soon” from Saudi Arabia. Saleh was recently released from a hospital in Riyadh where he was […]

Japan Criticized For Radiation Policy

TOKYO, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A cancer center chief said Japan’s method of designating individual homes as radioactive due to the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster is faulty. Director Masamichi Nishio of the National Hospital Organization Hokkaido said designating hot spots on a house-by-house basis “is not reasonable” since radiation levels are influenced by living […]

Biden Catches Basketball Game In China

BEIJING, Aug. 17 (UPI) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden took in a basketball game after arriving in Beijing for his first trip to East Asia as vice president. Biden watched the Georgetown Hoyas take on a team from Shanxi province and left before the end of the first half. When he left, the Hoyas […]

Official: Iraqi Troops Can Defend Country

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Iraqi forces are capable of defending their country from insurgency despite the two days of violence, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Iraq said. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan in a USA Today editorial board interview said the deadly terrorist attacks this week that killed at least 77 people […]

Police Defuse Car Bomb In Dagestan

MOSCOW, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A powerful car bomb packed with nails and ball bearings and equivalent of about 200 pounds of dynamite was defused Wednesday, police in Dagestan said. Police in the south Russian region said the explosive device was in a car parked outside of a shopping area in Khasavyurt, the RIA Novosti […]

Air Force Imposes Civilian Hiring Freeze

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The U.S. Air Force is under a 90-day civilian hiring freeze following a hiring slowdown that began this spring, Air Force officials said. The move mirrors similar freezes announced earlier by the Army and the Marine Corps as the U.S. military attempts to rein in spending ahead of budget cuts, […]

Another Quake Jolts Japan

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude occurred off the east coast of Honshu, Japan Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of any damage or injuries and no tsunami warning was issued.

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