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Houston Protects Cafes From Beggars

HOUSTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — The Houston City Council has approved an ordinance that requires panhandlers to stay at least 8 feet away from sidewalk cafes. The city already has similar buffer zones for gas pumps, bus shelters, ATM machines and parking meters. The council added outdoor eateries to the list Wednesday, The Houston Chronicle […]

South African Troops To Remain In Sudan

PRETORIA, South Africa, Aug. 4 (UPI) — South Africa will continue to maintain its troop deployment in Sudan’s contested Darfur’s province. South African Ambassador to the United Nations Baso Sangqu said he hoped the action would help the people of Darfur “move rapidly toward peace.” U.N. Resolution 2003 was accepted by the membership, extending the […]

Miami Mayor Seeks Federal Probe Of Police

MIAMI, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Miami’s mayor asked the Justice Department to probe the city’s Police Department after seven deadly police shootings of black men rocked Miami’s inner city. “In light of the growing concern in the community regarding police practices and police accountability, I have concluded that an external investigation by [the Justice Department] […]

Chieko Okazaki, Mormon Writer, Dies At 84

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Chieko Okazaki, a popular Mormon writer and speaker, has died at the age of 84 in Salt Lake City. Okazaki died of congestive heart failure Monday, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. She spent the last few months of her life in an assisted living facility. A convert to […]

Data: Healthcare Law Saved Seniors Money

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Seventeen million Medicare recipients got free preventive services and 900,000 got a 50 percent break on prescription costs under healthcare reform, data show. “The Affordable Care Act is delivering on its promise of better healthcare for people with Medicare,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday in a […]

Kosovo Says Border Deal Unacceptable

PRISTINA, Kosovo, Aug. 4 (UPI) — The government in Kosovo announced it didn’t back a NATO plan to have its forces in control of border checkpoints through the middle of September. Erhard Buehler, the commander of NATO’s Kosovo police force, or KFOR, reached a preliminary agreement that would give KFOR control over checkpoints between Kosovo […]

Obama Faces PC Complaints On Terror Plan

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — The chairman of a U.S. committee on homeland security warned Washington’s new strategy on extremism in the United States might be too politically correct. U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a new strategy meant to address violent extremism in the United States. The plan notes that Washington would be “ill-suited” to […]

Pawlenty: Raise SoSec Retirement For Young

MIAMI, Aug. 4 (UPI) — GOP presidential hopeful and ex-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he would tell young workers they’d have to work to an older age to collect Social Security. People born after 1959 now have to wait till age 67 to collect full benefits. “If you’re on the program now or anywhere near […]

Obama Creates Atrocities Prevention Board

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — President Obama signed a proclamation Thursday barring human-rights violators from entering the United States. Obama also announced Thursday he is setting up an Interagency Atrocities Prevention Board to help detect and raise early warning signs to better prevent potential atrocities. The board would be set up within 120 days from […]

One Of Norfolk Four Cleared Of Killing

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 4 (UPI) — A former sailor, one of the group known as the Norfolk four, was cleared Thursday in Virginia of a 1997 rape and murder. A special prosecutor told Circuit Court Judge Charles Poston there is not enough evidence to convict Derek Tice of the crime, The Virginian-Pilot reported. “It’s a […]


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