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Restaurants Seek Food Stamp Customers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — More and more U.S. restaurants say they want to be allowed to accept food stamps as the entitlement program continues to grow. USA Today reports restaurants have not typically accepted food stamps, distributed under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as federal rules generally prohibit their use […]

Rescuers Free Whale Calf In N. England

LONDON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — A 30-foot-long whale calf stranded on a mud flat off Northern England’s east coast was freed Tuesday, officials said. More than 50 rescuers worked for nearly 7 hours to free the animal after it got two-thirds of its body stuck in mud at the Immingham docks, the BBC reported. Once […]

Tea Party Wants Apology For Hoffa’s SOB Comment

DETROIT, Sept. 6 (UPI) — A Tea Party leader demanded an apology from President Obama for Teamsters Union President James Hoffa’s calling the conservative activists “sons-of-a-bitches.” Hoffa used the derogatory term during his remarks to introduce Obama at a Labor Day rally in Detroit. Saying the Tea Party launched a “war on workers,” Hoffa said: […]

Judge Denies Tymoshenko Petition

KIEV, Ukraine, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was denied a request Tuesday for more time to prepare testimony in her gas contract case. Judge Rodion Kireyev refused the former prime minister’s petition, saying Tymoshenko was given plenty of time to prepare, ITAR-Tass reported. “The defendant actually refused to testify,” Kireyev […]

Many Boomers Plan To Leave No Inheritance

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Many baby boomers say they plan to spend their money while they’re alive instead of leaving it to their children in estates. The Los Angeles Times reports a survey of millionaire baby boomers by investment firm U.S. Trust found only 49 percent deemed it important to leave money to […]

HRW: U.K., U.S. Used Libya For Renditions

TRIPOLI, Libya, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Documents uncovered by Human Rights Watch detail how American and British intelligence used Libya for the rendition of terror suspects, the group said. Found in the capital of Tripoli, the nearly 300 pages tell how the CIA and Britain’s MI-6 worked together to take on al-Qaida, The Christian Science […]

Romney Doesn’t Back Off Of Moderate Views

COLUMBIA, S.C., Sept. 6 (UPI) — Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney pushed more moderate positions during a forum in conservative South Carolina, observers said. During U. S. Sen. Jim DeMint’s Palmetto Freedom Forum on Labor Day, Romney spoke as a candidate focused on the 2012 election against Barack Obama rather than a candidate trying […]

More IEDs Found Before Exploding

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Afghan insurgents planted 4,472 bombs this spring and summer, more than at any other time during the war, Pentagon figures indicate. At the same time, the seizure of enemy weapons more than doubled as a higher number of improvised explosive devices were found before they exploded, USA Today reported Tuesday. […]

Putin Launches Natural Gas Pipeline

MOSCOW, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin launched the country’s new Nord Stream gas pipeline Tuesday, eliminating Ukraine’s exclusive gas transit rights to Europe. The $11 billion pipeline, which runs beneath the Baltic Sea, will send Russian natural gas to Germany once it is complete, avoiding Ukraine and other central European countries. […]

New York Councilman Detained At Parade

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) — New York police say they’re investigating an incident in which a city councilman was held at a parade after arguing with officers over use of a closed sidewalk. Councilman Jumaane D. Williams, who represents Brooklyn, and Kirsten John Foy, community affairs director for city Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, […]

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