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Airline Searches For Missing Cat

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (UPI) — American Airlines said it is searching for a cat lost at a New York airport while employees were scrambling to prepare for Hurricane Irene. The airline apologized Monday to Karen Pascoe, 42, after her cat, Jack, was lost by airline workers before her Thursday flight to California from John […]

Mummy Study: Egyptians Used Hair Gel

MANCHESTER, England, Aug. 30 (UPI) — British researchers say their study of 18 mummies indicates ancient Egyptians used fat-based products as hair-styling gel. The University of Manchester researchers, who published their findings Aug. 16 in the Journal of Archaeological Science, said hair samples collected from the mummies were examined under a microscope and the team […]

U.S. Imposes More Sanctions On Syria

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — The United States imposed new sanctions on Syria Tuesday, freezing Syrian government assets and banning petroleum product imports from the country. The Treasury Department also announced three senior members of President Bashar Assad’s government — Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, Presidential Political and Media Adviser Bouthaina Shaaban and Syrian […]

Hurricane Irene Fails To Stop N.H. Wedding

AUBURN, N.H., Aug. 30 (UPI) — A New Hampshire couple refused to let tropical storm Irene ruin their wedding and found a new location when authorities forced them to move the reception. Bill Luquette and Kyla Brown said they decided not to postpone their wedding when they heard Irene was expected to reach New Hampshire […]

Steps Foil Courthouse Truck-Crash Attempt

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill., Aug. 30 (UPI) — Police in Illinois said a man whose attempt to ram a big truck into a courthouse was foiled by steps to the building complained about child-support issues. Edwardsville Police Chief James Bedell said officers responded at about 4:15 a.m. Monday and found Roy Conger, 42, had tried to back […]

NTSB Cites Oversight In Calif. Pipe Blast

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Federal regulators cited Pacific Gas and Electric Tuesday for a lax approach to safety leading up to last year’s deadly pipeline blast in San Bruno, Calif. The National Transportation Safety Board also laid part of the blame on oversight agencies that failed to take a more proactive role in preventing […]

Boy Gets Noise Complaints Playing Outside

HULL, England, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Officials in an English town told a couple their 4-year-old son may have to be “monitored with digital equipment” after complaints he’s been too noisy outside. Simon and Pippa Lansdell of Hull said they received a letter from the Hull City Council’s environmental health team saying their son Alfie […]

Home Values Saved One Demolition At A Time

CLEVELAND, Aug. 29 (UPI) — U.S. lenders say protecting a home is one thing and protecting home values another, so they are calling in bulldozers to make their point. “We want to make loans on an ongoing basis, and to do so, we need stable to rising home values,” said Russ Cross, vice president of […]

Target’s Canada Expansion Creating Jobs

TORONTO, Aug. 30 (UPI) — U.S. retailing giant Target launched an online search for thousands of Canadian employees for its launch of 135 new stores in 19 months. Target Canada, with headquarters west of Toronto in Mississauga, opened the www.target.ca/careers Web site Monday, featuring openings for mostly senior positions such as human-resource managers and business […]

Higher Out-of-state Tolls Draw Criticism

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (UPI) — A New York assemblyman says New York and New Jersey toll agencies should stop charging higher EZ-Pass rates to out-of-state drivers. Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, a Long Island Democrat, wrote a letter to the governors of both states calling for an end to the higher rates for out-of-state motorists and […]

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