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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.

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 […]

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