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Duncan Sees Promise In Detroit Schools

DETROIT, Sept. 8 (UPI) — U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he is optimistic about the future of education in Detroit public schools. Speaking at a community meeting Thursday at one of the city’s high-performing schools, Duncan said the city’s economic future is tied to the reform of its schools. “I couldn’t be more hopeful […]

Man Cited For Carrying Dog On Motorcycle

TUCKERTON, N.J., Sept. 8 (UPI) — Authorities in New Jersey said a man cited for riding his motorcycle with his pug on his lap told them he had been riding with the canine for years. Victor “Buddy” Amato, chief law enforcement officer for the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said […]

Bear Breaks Into Car, Crashes It

PLEASANTON, Calif., Sept. 8 (UPI) — A California man said a bear broke into his parked car and damaged the gear box, sending the vehicle and its occupant on a short joyride. Brian McCarthy, 61, of Pleasanton, was vacationing with his family at their west Lake Tahoe cabin when they were awakened at about 3:30 […]

Emergency Room Records Posted Online

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 8 (UPI) — Stanford University’s hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., confirms a privacy breach led to the public posting of medical records for 20,000 emergency room patients. The hospital said Thursday the breach included names and diagnosis codes, and had been on a commercial Web site for nearly a year, The […]

Woman Arrested After Strip Club Dancing

CLEARWATER, Fla., Sept. 8 (UPI) — Police in Florida said they arrested a woman who took off her clothes and asked for money at a gentlemen’s club, despite not being an employed stripper. Investigators said Natalie Behnke, 25, of Clearwater, asked customers for money while dancing nude Tuesday night at the Baby Dolls club in […]

Blagojevich Sentencing May Be Delayed

CHICAGO, Sept. 8 (UPI) — An attorney for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says his client’s sentencing date may be changed because it conflicts with a related trial. The trial of William Cellini, a political power broker accused of conspiring to extort campaign contributions for Blagojevich, is set to begin Oct. 3 — three days […]

Chicago Approves 1st Ban On Crib Bumpers

CHICAGO, Sept. 8 (UPI) — The Chicago city council passed an ordinance Thursday banning the sale of bumper pads for babies’ cribs in the city. The state of Maryland is considering a similar ban, but Chicago is the first jurisdiction to adopt one, the Chicago Tribune reported. Stories in the Tribune linked the pads, which […]

Couple Sues Doctor For Baby’s Disabilities

PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 8 (UPI) — A Florida couple is suing a Palm Beach Gardens obstetrician for not properly warning them that their unborn child would have severe physical disabilities. A jury deliberated Thursday whether to order Dr. Marie Morel to pay $9 million to Ana Mejia and Rodolfo Santana to cover the cost […]

Education Biggest Factor In Earnings

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) — Education affects earnings more than any other demographic factor, a U.S. Census Bureau study found. The study, released Thursday, looked at earnings over a 40-year career and found education had a greater impact than other factors including gender, race, citizenship, English-speaking ability and geographic location. Those with a professional degree […]

U.S. Trade Deficit Shrinks

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) — U.S. international trade shifted from a revised $51.6 billion deficit in June, to $44.8 billion in July, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday. For July, exports rose $6.2 billion to $178 billion, while imports fell $.5 billion to $222.8 billion. Exports of goods rose $5.7 billion to $126.9 billion in […]

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