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Judicial Panel Hears Arguments Over Lesbian Juror

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 5 (UPI) — A U.S. appeals court in California is considering arguments in a case in which a lesbian potential juror was dismissed from a case regarding a gay inmate. Trial lawyers shouldn’t be able to dismiss potential jurors because of their sexual orientation, defense attorneys told a panel of the U.S. […]

China Has New Rules On Panda Exhibitions

BEIJING, Aug. 5 (UPI) — China’s State Forestry Administration, in a move aimed at protecting endangered pandas, announced new rules on exhibition of the animals. The SFA said on its Web site pandas under the age of 2 or older than 25 cannot be used for exhibition purposes, China’s official state news agency Xinhua reported […]

Polar Bear Kills 1, Injures 4 In Norway

TROMSO, Norway, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A polar bear killed one member of a British group traveling in Norway and seriously injured four others, authorities said. The bear attacked early Friday in a remote wilderness popular with tourists, researchers and adventurers, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office in the Svalbard district told the BBC. The […]

U.N. To Review Thai Trafficking Status

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The United Nations is interested to hear about Thailand’s progress in controlling the trafficking of people, a U.N. special envoy said. Joy Ngozi Ezelio, the U.N. special envoy on human trafficking, in a statement said she was visiting Thailand next week for meetings regarding human trafficking. “I look forward […]

IRS: 1,470 Millionaires Paid No Income Tax

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The Internal Revenue Service says 1,470 of 235,000 U.S. millionaires paid no income tax in 2009. The IRS said millionaires comprised less than 1 percent of the 140 million tax returns filed in 2009 and that 8,274 U.S. citizens claimed incomes of $10 million or more. The tax rate for […]

Conductor Forgiven For Ejecting Girl, 11

KUMLA, Sweden, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The adult sister of an 11-year-old girl kicked off a train in Sweden because she didn’t have a ticket says she has forgiven the conductor. “I forgive her for what she’s done and I ask SJ [the train company] to allow her to keep her job,” said Grace Kayenga, […]

Joel Osteen To Preach At Chicago Ballpark

CHICAGO, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Televangelist Joel Osteen will deliver a sermon Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, officials said. Osteen, pastor of Houston’s Lakewood Church, held his first stadium event at Yankee Stadium in New York in 2009. He told the Chicago Tribune it was such a success he […]

Poll: Americans Unhappy With Congress

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Just 14 percent of Americans approve of how Congress handled the debt-ceiling crisis, a New York Times/CBS News poll indicates. Eighty-two percent disapproved of Congress’ performance in the survey released Friday. The debt-battle brought the United States within hours of defaulting on its obligations for the first time. Seventy-four percent […]

Famine Relief Hurt By Food Delays

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Famine relief efforts in Somalia are hampered more by delays in procuring food and funds than by militants banning access to certain areas, organizers said. Staff members at relief organizations said a huge problem in responding to the crisis is the time it takes to buy food abroad and […]

33 Trapped Chilean Miners – Revisited

COPIAPO, Chile, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Most of the 33 Chilean miners who became celebrities after spending 69 days trapped in an underground mine are still trying to cope, a review indicates. After captivating a world audience, guest appearances on television shows and sporting events, an exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington and even a […]

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