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USPS To Cut Workforce, Benefits

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The U.S. Postal Service is looking to cut its workforce and change employee benefits in an attempt to cap a financial crisis, officials say. However, to meet its goal, the USPS would have to circumvent union contracts that prohibit layoffs by petitioning Congress, The Washington Post reported Thursday. In a […]

Lawyer: Student Apologized For Gay Video

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Aug. 12 (UPI) — The New Jersey grand jury that charged a college student with recording his roommate caressing another man was given incomplete information, lawyers said. Dharun Ravi’s defense team asked a judge in Middlesex County to dismiss charges against him, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday. Ravi, 19, a Plainsboro, N.J., […]

Man Killed In London By Falling Masonry

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A patron at the sidewalk cafe of an expensive restaurant was killed by a piece of masonry that broke loose from a building and landed on him, witnesses said. Friends identified the dead man as Peter Westropp, 27, The Independent reported. Westropp worked in London’s financial district and lived in […]

Woman Tried To Sell Baby, Gets 5 Years

HOLLY HILL, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) — A Holly Hill, Fla., grandmother who said she wanted her infant grandson to have a better life was sentenced to five years in prison for trying to sell him. Patty Bigbee, 46, pleaded no contest to the illegal sale of the child for $30,000 in June and was […]

Clinton Urges Funding For Food Program

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged support Thursday for President Barack Obama’s “Feed The Future” program, which faces a drastic budget cut. Clinton, addressing the International Food Policy Research Bureau in Washington, said the East African drought would have been even more devastating than it has been without the […]

Pipe Bomb Found On Okla. Gas Line

OKEMAH, Okla., Aug. 11 (UPI) — Authorities said they discovered a pipe bomb attached to a natural gas line on a remote site in Oklahoma. The 12-by-12-inch pipe bomb, disarmed by FBI and state officials, was found near Okemah, about 70 miles east of Oklahoma City Wednesday, The Oklahoman reported. The Okfuskee County Sheriff’s Department […]

Missing Grandsons Found In Mexico

TIJUANA, Mexico, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The three abducted grandsons of U.S. Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif., have been found unharmed in Tijuana, Mexico, police said. The boys, an 11-year-old and twin 9-year-olds, were found with their mother, Jennifer A. Lopez and her husband George DeJongh, in the Mesa de Otay section of Tijuana, The San […]

Appeals Court Overturns Death Penalty

CINCINNATI, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A man sentenced to death in a 1984 killing had his conviction overturned after a federal appeals court in Ohio found his due process rights had been violated. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled John David Stumpf’s rights were violated when prosecutors led a lower court […]

Obama: 2012 ‘more Important’ Than 2008

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) — President Barack Obama said Thursday the U.S. political system is “broken” and that makes the 2012 election “more important than 2008.” Speaking at a fundraiser at the New York home of film producer Harvey Weinstein, Obama reflected on an appearance earlier in the day in Michigan, where he said […]

Owner Could Get Deadly Snakes Back

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C., Aug. 11 (UPI) — The owner of 60 venomous reptiles that were seized from his home by authorities in North Carolina will get them back if he is not charged, officials say. The snakes and lizards, along with nearly 100 frozen dead reptiles, were confiscated from Walter Kidd’s mobile home last week after […]

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