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WVU Cracks Down On Couch Burning

MORGANTOWN, W.Va., Sept. 2 (UPI) — Students at West Virginia University who engage in the traditional couch-burnings to celebrate big football games could face arson charges, officials say. Morgantown officials say they have decided this year to use the state fire code, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. In the past, students who set couches on fire […]

State Issues Yemen Travel Warning

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department Friday issued a travel warning for Yemen, saying the threat of terrorist activities and civil unrest makes travel unsafe. State urged U.S. citizens to leave Yemen while commercial transport still is available. The embassy is on restricted staffing, making it difficult to assist U.S. citizens in […]

Vermont To Receive Federal Disaster Aid

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., Sept. 2 (UPI) — Most of Vermont, where Tropical Storm Irene caused millions of dollars in damage, has been declared a disaster area eligible for federal aid, officials said. President Barack Obama signed the declaration making individual assistance available to homeowners in hard-hit Chittenden, Rutland, Washington and Windsor counties, the Brattleboro Reformer reported […]

Colombia And U.S. Block Drug Traffic Route

BOGOTA, Sept. 2 (UPI) — The Colombian government has disrupted a drug trafficking route to the United States over which 10 tons of cocaine is transported every month, officials said. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced a joint operation with the United States — Operation Final Flight — designed to block a major drug trafficking […]

Officials: Militants Abduct 30 Youngsters

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Thirty youngsters from 10 to 20 years old have been captured by Afghan militants in Pakistan’s tribal region, authorities say. The youths had accidentally crossed the Bajaur Agency border with Afghanistan, Geo News reported. Islam Zeb, a senior administrator in Bajaur Agency, told CNN Friday the youths had been […]

Va. City Passes Confederate Flag Ban

LEXINGTON, Va., Sept. 2 (UPI) — The council in Lexington, Va., has approved an ordinance that would ban flying Confederate flags from downtown poles. The measure would also bar any flags except those of the United States, the state of Virginia and the city from the Veterans’ Memorial Bridge, The News-Gazette of Lexington reported. The […]

Woman’s Husband Donates Kidney To Her Ex

CANTON, Conn., Sept. 2 (UPI) — The husband of a Canton, Conn., woman who donated a kidney to her ex-husband said it would create a lifelong bond between the two men. Steve Leopard, Kim Leopard’s husband of less than a year, donated a kidney to her ex-husband, Jeff Laviero, of Bristol in a transplant Thursday […]

EU Leaders Trying To Unify On Palestine

SOPOT, Poland, Sept. 2 (UPI) — European Union foreign ministers were meeting Friday in Poland, trying to come to a unified position on Palestine’s efforts to improve its international status. French President Nicolas Sarkozy this week called on EU countries to “speak in a single voice” on the issue of Palestine, the EUobserver reported. While […]

Wildfires In Texas, Okla. Destroying Homes

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Firefighters are struggling to put out major fires in Texas and Oklahoma that have already charred numerous homes and thousands of acres of land. In Texas, the Possum Kingdom Lake fire has been halfway contained, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Fire officials said the fire burned through a lot […]

Spanish Police Bust 2 Drug Rings In Ibiza

IBIZA, Spain, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Spanish police have arrested more than 70 people after raiding 30 properties and breaking up two alleged English drug dealing rings in Ibiza, officials said. Spain’s Guardia Civil officers arrested 73 British, Irish and Italian nationals for allegedly trading drugs in various nightclubs across the island off the coast […]


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