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Wasserman Schultz: Obama In Good Shape

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) — President Obama is in “remarkably good shape,” despite slumping approval ratings in states he plans to visit, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman said. “He still has widespread support,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and DNC leader, said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “If anyone is in trouble, it’s the […]

N.C. War Widow Seeks Husband’s Mementos

JACKSONVILLE, N.C., Aug. 14 (UPI) — A North Carolina woman says she is on the trail of a couple who bought a suitcase filled with personal effects from her husband, who was killed in Iraq in 2007. Lindsay Whitehouse of Jacksonville sold the luggage piece at a yard sale last weekend without realizing it was […]

Tom DeLay Files Appeal Brief

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 14 (UPI) — An appeal filed by former Texas Congressman Tom DeLay says he did not knowingly take part in a conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws. The appeal also contends Texas’ restrictions on campaign contributions from corporations is illegal because it violates constitutional guarantees of free speech. DeLay, the onetime Republican […]

Perry Wants Pawlenty Endorsement

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., Aug. 14 (UPI) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, campaigning in New Hampshire Sunday, said he hopes to win the endorsement of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Perry is starting his run for the Republican presidential nomination just as Pawlenty has dropped out of the race. Perry said he and Pawlenty spoke by telephone […]

Bachmann Ready To Move On After Iowa Win

AMES, Iowa, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann says she’s ready take her message that played well in the Iowa straw poll to South Carolina and New Hampshire. Bachmann, a U.S. representative from Minnesota, won Saturday’s Iowa straw poll, which claimed the first GOP casualty, Minnesota’s former Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty, whose […]

County To Pay In Wash. Pit Bull Lawsuit

GIG HARBOR, Wash., Aug. 14 (UPI) — A Washington jury found Pierce County partly responsible for injuries suffered by a woman attacked by a dog that had been the subject of earlier complaints. The jury last week awarded $2.2 million to the family of the woman who was mauled four years ago by a neighbor’s […]

15 People Shot In Motown Over 24 Hours

DETROIT, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Detroit Mayor Dave Bing assured residents that police were tracking down suspects in a spate of weekend shootings that left six people dead. A total of 15 people were shot in a 24-hour period between Friday and Saturday mornings, including two multiple-victim incidents. “Reducing violent crime is our No. 1 […]

D.C. Insider Howard Paster Dead At 66

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Longtime Washington lobbyist and Clinton administration aide Howard Paster has died in Baltimore at the age of 66, his family announced. Paster, who was President Clinton’s liaison with Congress during the debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement, succumbed to encephalitis at Johns Hopkins Hospital last week. Paster was […]

Doctor Held In Seattle Slayings

SEATTLE, Aug. 14 (UPI) — A Seattle doctor was ordered jailed pending further investigation into the slayings of his domestic partner and their adopted child. Dr. Louis Chen, 39, was discovered last week with stab wounds in the apartment where the bodies of his male partner, Eric Cooper, and their 2-year-old son, were also found. […]

Eastern Russia Volcano Churns Out More Ash

MOSCOW, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Scientists said ash continued to billow from a volcano in Russia’s Far East, which could have an effect on international air traffic in the region. The Shiveluch volcano on the Kamchatka peninsula was pushing ash as high as 6,000 meters (20,000 feet) and creating “light-intensity” tremors on the ground lasting […]

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