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Obama Approval 50 Percent Or Higher In 16 States

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 8 (UPI) — People in 16 states and the District of Columbia gave President Obama at least a 50 percent approval rating for the first half of 2011, Gallup reported. Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia and Maryland paced the approval ratings for Obama, while Idaho residents had the least positive appraisal […]

U.S. To Grant Waivers On NCLB

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The Obama administration said it will grant waivers to U.S. states saying they can’t meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind law. Efforts to reform the signature education legislation of President George W. Bush have stalled in Congress. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he decided to grant […]

U.S. Lawmakers Visiting Israel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The American Israel Education Foundation organized visits to Israel by 26 Democrats and 55 Republicans from the U.S. Congress, officials said. The Democratic contingent was to arrive Monday, the Republicans in the weeks ahead, The Jerusalem Post said. The Democrats are led by House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and […]

Residents Ask ‘why?’ After Ohio Shooting Spree

COPLEY TOWNSHIP, Ohio, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Shocked residents of Copley Township, Ohio, were trying to learn why a man opened fire and killed seven people before dying in a shootout with police. “Why [would] such evil would come to our little township, Lord? Why [do] we have to endure through that and why [is […]

Malaysian Landslide Kills Seven

BRINCHANG, Malaysia, Aug. 8 (UPI) — A landslide that buried three homes in a public housing complex in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands killed seven people and injured two, a local official said. The official said heavy rains triggered the landslide Sunday at the Sungai Ruil Orang Asli housing project along a hillside in the city of […]

Hackers Access Syrian Ministry Site

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Hackers accessed the Web site of Syria’s Defense Ministry, replacing its content with anti-government messages and support for the protests, CNN reported. The ministry’s homepage was replaced with still images of anti-government videos and a Syrian flag showing a headless man in a suit, and a logo with the […]

Ex-Ukrainian PM Tymoshenko Remains Jailed

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko will remain under arrest following a judge’s denial Monday of her petition for release on bail. Tymoshenko, facing abuse-of-power charges, was arrested Friday on a petition from prosecutors who accused her of disrupting courtroom proceedings repeatedly, RIA Novosti reported. “The motion does not […]

Obama’s Schedule For Monday, Aug. 8

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — President Obama has two items on his daily schedule for Monday, the White House said. The schedule indicates Obama will: – Receive the daily briefing – Attend two Democratic National Committee events in the Washington area.

China’s Army Chief To Visit Israel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The chief of the general staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will visit Israel for the first time next week, Israeli defense officials said. Gen. Chen Bingde’s visit does not signify a change in Israeli policy concerning defense relations and exports to China, officials said. The Chinese military leader […]

Aquino In Talks With Mindanao Rebel Group

MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino and the leader of the main Muslim rebel group agreed during a secret meeting in Tokyo to speed up peace negotiations. The two-hour meeting — described by The Manila Times newspaper as a “coup” for Aquino — was conducted late Thursday at a hotel near […]

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