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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 […]

Panetta: Cuts Could Damage U.S. Defense

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Congress must look at ways to increase revenue because the military could be crippled from further cuts, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. Panetta said Thursday cuts beyond the $400 billion in savings planned over the next decade could weaken the military and make it difficult to defend the United […]

Rain, Flooding Threaten Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Heavy rain and possible flooding from dissipating Tropical Storm Emily threatened thousands of Haitians living in temporary shelters Friday, forecasters said. In Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, about 12,000 U.N. peacekeepers were on emergency standby. People living in locations where the worst of the storm was expected were relocated into shelters, […]

People’s Daily Rips Cyberattack Charges

BEIJING, Aug. 5 (UPI) — China’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily, denounced reports that China was behind cyberattacks of government and corporate systems. Computer system security giant McAfee said it discovered a years-long campaign of cyberattacks on the networks of governments, organizations and businesses, mainly in the United States. It said a “state actor” was […]

Yingluck Becomes Thai PM-elect

BANGKOK, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Yingluck Shinawatra became Thailand’s prime minister-elect Friday following a vote in Parliament, officials said. Yingluck, the first woman to become prime minister in the country, received 296 votes, enough to take the position, a month after her Pheu Thai party won in national elections, the Bangkok Post reported. She is […]

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