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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.

China To Cut Speeds Of Bullet Trains

BEIJING, Aug. 11 (UPI) — China, reacting to last month’s deadly crash of one of its bullet trains, will lower the operating speeds of such trains to improve safety, the Cabinet said. The decision by the Cabinet, chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao, included an overhaul of the high-speed rail system. Forty people died and another […]

Supreme Court Gets Ariz. Immigration Law

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Arizona appealed a lower court ruling on its controversial immigration law to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. Lawyers for Gov. Jan Brewer decided to go directly to the high court to appeal a decision that part of the law is unconstitutional, The Arizona Republic reported. A district court judge […]

U.S. Seeks Buyers For Foreclosed Property

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The Obama administration sought investors Wednesday to consider bulk purchases of foreclosed properties belonging to the U.S. government for rental conversion. The invitation came in the form of a “request for information” issued by the Treasury Department, the Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, The […]

North Korea: No Shells Fired

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Aug. 11 (UPI) — North Korea denied firing artillery into the waters near South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island, saying the shelling sound was actually construction work blasts. The South Korean Defense Ministry said Wednesday its military fired back after the North fired three shells into waters near the Northern Limit Line northeast of […]

Harper In Alleged Huff Over Protocol

BRASILIA, Brazil, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The Canadian Embassy denies Prime Minister Stephen Harper locked himself in a bathroom while officials argued over protocol for an official lunch in Brazil. The Brazilian newspaper Folha reported diplomats whose names were not reported told it the incident occurred Monday at the Brazilian Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Canadian […]

U.S. Dismayed Over Conviction Of Blogger

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The United States is “dismayed” over a Vietnamese court’s sentencing of French-Vietnamese blogger to three years in prison, the State Department said. The Vietnamese court Wednesday sentenced activist Pham Minh Hoang on charge of subversion. “We are dismayed by Vietnam’s conviction of French-Vietnamese blogger Pham Minh […]

Judge: Extradite Alleged Honeymoon Killer

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A British judge ruled Wednesday that Shrien Dewani should be extradited to South Africa to face charges of arranging his wife’s killing. The final decision is in the hands of Immigration Minister Damien Green, The Independent reported. Dewani’s lawyers argued their client would be subject to violence in a South […]

High Food Prices Exacerbate Drought Victims

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) — The United Nations says grain and milk prices in the Horn of Africa have hit record highs, worsening the hardship for people in the drought-affected region. The August food price monitor of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization indicated the high price of cereals such as sorghum and maize […]

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