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Flying ‘hurrican Hunters’ Face Budget Cuts

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) — In the wake of Hurricane Irene, debate rages over the proposed slashing of the budget of the “hurricane hunter” squadron based in Florida, observers say. Under a spending plan passed in July by a House Appropriations Committee, the budget for the three-aircraft squadron based at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force […]

American Faced ‘intense’ Cuba Questioning

HAVANA, Sept. 2 (UPI) — A U.S. government subcontractor in a Cuba jail faced “very intense” interrogation by authorities before a visit from a U.S. diplomat, diplomatic cables show. The WikiLeaks-revealed cables, written by U.S. diplomats in Cuba, show Alan P. Gross had been in the Havana jail 25 days before the diplomat’s visit and […]

South Korean Official Hints At Talks With North

SEOUL, Sept. 2 (UPI) — The head of South Korea’s ruling party is hinting relations may be thawing a bit between North and South Korea, a published report said. South Korea’s Yonhap News Service said Rep. Hong Joon-pyo of the Grand National Party told reporters “There will be more news about inter-Korean relations” as early […]

Katia Regains Hurricane Strength

MIAMI, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Katia regained hurricane status Friday but posed little threat to populated areas, officials said. The storm was 705 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, and moving west-northwest at 14 mph, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported in its 11 a.m. EDT […]

Toxic Bromine Spill Hits Russian City

CHELYABINSK, Russia, Sept. 2 (UPI) — More than 100 residents of Chelyabinsk, Russia, sought medical attention after the toxic chemical bromine spilled at a train station, officials said. Thick clouds of orange smoke could be seen stretching out of the train station, The Moscow Times reported. The 10.5 to 13.2 gallons of bromine spilled out […]

Gulf States Prepare For Stormy Weather

MIAMI, Sept. 2 (UPI) — States along the Gulf of Mexico were on alert Friday for a potential tropical storm that could soak the coastal region during the holiday weekend. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency and New Orleans braced for possible flooding, with possibly 8 to 10 inches of rain in […]

X-ray Tech Overdoses Kids With Radiation

KOFU, Japan, Sept. 2 (UPI) — A Japanese hospital says an X-ray technician has admitted to injecting children with as much 10 times the recommended levels of a radioactive agent. Kofu Municipal Hospital said the radiographer admits he injected radioactive technetium-99m into 84 children at levels exceeding the dose recommended for adults, The Yomiuri Shimbun […]

6.4 Earthquake Hits Argentina

SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO, Argentina, Sept. 2 (UPI) — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck in north central Argentina, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter of the 9:47 EDT temblor was 80 miles west of Santiago del Estero, about 500 miles north-northwest of Buenos Aires, the USGS reported. The earthquake was deep, at 368.4 miles. There […]

Japan Conducts Earthquake-tsunami Drills

TOKYO, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Officials in Japan, which was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami this year, conducted major drills to prepare for similar disasters in the future. The drills Thursday were based on the premise that a magnitude-7.3 earthquake had hit Tokyo, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported. Citizens participated in various scenarios that […]

Lebanon Urged To Cooperate In Arrests

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 2 (UPI) — A U.N.-backed tribunal looking into the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri said Lebanon must continue to search for the suspects. “The Lebanese prosecutor general is required to continue to report on a monthly basis until the accused are arrested,” a spokesperson for the Special Tribunal for […]


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