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President Obama Pulls Back On Ozone Standards

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) — The White House says it wants the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw a draft plan for air quality standards for ozone. In a statement, President Obama said he is asking EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards plan, as part of an effort […]

Feds Weigh In On Florida Hazing Incident

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) — A federal agency’s review of the suspected locker room beating of a Florida student says the victim’s statements are inconsistent and his injury claims dubious. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights investigated the beating of Dr. Phillips High School freshman Darrion Denson, who said upperclassmen at […]

Police Disperse Protesters From Naval Site

SEOGWIPO, South Korea, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Construction on a naval base in South Korea that had been stalled since June resumed after riot police dispersed a group of nearly 100 sit-in protesters. About 600 Seogwipo Police Station riot police were mobilized at 5 a.m. Friday to break up the crowd of residents and anti-base […]

Florida Cleanup Of Toxic Solvent Under Way

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) — Florida authorities say they are pinning their hopes on subterranean bacteria to battle cancer-causing trichloroethene dumped in Orlando almost 50 years ago. Thousands of gallons of molasses are being pumped into the ground north of the city’s downtown to serve as a kind of food for bacteria that is […]

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 […]

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