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Under The U.S. Supreme Court: Race-based Affirmative Action In Peril

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Two cases are pushing affirmative action toward the U.S. Supreme Court again where simple arithmetic suggests it might snap like a board under too much pressure. The high court ruled on race-based affirmative action in two landmark cases in 2003. Then, like now, the court was divided into a conservative […]

2 Yemeni Leaders Leave Saudi Hospital

RIDYAH, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Mujawar left a hospital in Saudi Arabia Saturday, a Saudi official said. “The Yemeni president left the military hospital this evening at 9 p.m. after receiving the necessary treatment and was taken to a temporary residence for a […]

China Braces For Typhoon Muifa

SHANGHAI, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Typhoon Muifa was still a day from landfall but was already impacting China Sunday, officials said. Shanghai closed two major sea bridges as wind gusts buffeted the region, Xinhua reported. Authorities also imposed speed limits on highways and were conducting safety inspections of transportation infrastructure, the state-run news agency said. […]

Mobile Home Tips, Kills Two

ST. AMABLE, Quebec, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Two men died and a third was seriously injured when the mobile home they were moving in St. Amable, Quebec, tipped over on them, officials say. Capt. Yannick Parent of the Richelieu-Saint-Laurent Regional Police said the three men were moving the home for their friend and neighbor when […]

Montreal Tunnel Reopened

MONTREAL, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Ville Marie Tunnel in Montreal was reopened to traffic Saturday after being shutdown for almost a week, officials say. The tunnel reopened after a 27.5 ton section of the roof of the eastbound side collapsed, barely missing traffic, The (Montreal) Gazette reported. The 50-foot slab, meant to keep sunlight from […]

Arrest Made In Detroit Girl’s Death

DETROIT, Minn., Aug. 6 (UPI) — Detroit police say they have a man into custody in the slaying of a 5-year-old girl. The Detroit News reported Saturday a source said the unidentified man arrested Friday afternoon is believed to be the boyfriend of an aunt of the victim, Mariha Smith, 5. “We have a person […]

Abu Ghraib Guard Freed From Prison

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan., Aug. 6 (UPI) — Charles Graner Jr., a guard convicted in the abuse of Abu Ghraib prison inmates in Irag, was released from military prison Saturday, an Army spokeswoman said. Rebecca Steed said the Army reservist served 6 1/2 years of his 10-year term at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., CNN reported. Steed told […]

Firefighters Put Out 10 Of 20 Fires In Russia

MOSCOW, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Firefighters put out 10 wildfires in far eastern Russia, but were still struggling to extinguish 10 more, officials said Saturday. More than 320 people, representing 44 emergency response units and 10 aircraft, have been working to put out the fires in Russia’s Far East, RIA Novosti reported. “Ten forest fires […]

Iran Minister: U.S. Detainees May Go Free

TEHRAN, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Saturday he hopes two American nationals imprisoned in Tehran will be released soon. Salehi said judicial authorities in Iran were examining Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer’s case in a fair manner, Voice of America reported. Salehi said he believes authorities “will proceed in […]

City In China Ends Ban On Dogs

JIANGMEN, China, Aug. 6 (UPI) — The city of Jiangmen, China, has repealed its total ban on dogs after only nine days but still bars them in public areas, officials say. The local ordinance was approved in June, and went into effect July 26, Xinhua reported. The regulation, which banned residents from having dogs within […]

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