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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 […]

U.S. Home Prices Up Quarter To Quarter

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (UPI) — U.S. home prices rose from the first quarter of 2011 to the second, but remain down on an annual basis, a closely watched housing index showed Tuesday. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index found prices rose 3.6 percent from the first quarter after dropping 4.1 percent from the […]

Consumer Confidence Slides Hard In August

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Consumer confidence in the United States hit the lowest point in more than two years in August, the Conference Board said Tuesday. “Consumer confidence deteriorated sharply in August, as consumers grew significantly more pessimistic about the short-term outlook,” Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, said […]

Court Approves Lehman Brothers’ Exit Plan

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (UPI) — A bankruptcy court judge in New York praised attorneys involved and approved a plan to return $65 billion to Lehman Brothers’ creditors. There are 110,000 creditors involved in the Lehman Brothers case. They will have 60 days to vote on the plan that Judge James Peck said included work […]

Chocolate Good For Heart Confirmed

CAMBRIDGE, England, Aug. 29 (UPI) — People who eat chocolate have reduced risk of heart attack and stroke but the benefit may be due to something else chocolate eaters do, British researchers say. Dr. Oscar Franco and colleagues at the University of Cambridge conducted a review of seven studies involving more than 100,000 participants who […]

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