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Lee’s Floods Prompt Ala. School Closings

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 6 (UPI) — Heavy rainfall and flooding from Tropical Storm Lee forced the closing of schools in Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday, school officials said. The auditorium of Pinson Valley High School collapsed Monday night after up to 5 feet of rain collected in the building, The Birmingham News reported. Schools spokeswoman Nez Calhoun […]

Sperm Donor Fathers 150 Offspring

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — A Washington area social worker said she has learned the sperm donor used to conceive her son seven years ago fathered 150 other children. Cynthia Daily, 48, told The New York Times in an article Tuesday she began a quest for her son’s half-siblings by searching a Web-based registry for […]

Police: 2 Shoes With ‘ Feet’ Likely A Hoax

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Police expected tests Tuesday would confirm their suspicions that the contents of two shoes washed ashore on Canada’s Vancouver Island weren’t human. The stuffed shoes may have been the work of teenage pranksters, police said. One shoe, a large men’s sneaker, was found floating upside-down near the shore […]

Parliament Panel Resumes Phone-hack Probe

LONDON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Former executives at the shuttered News of the World say their former boss, James Murdoch, misled British lawmakers about the phone-hacking scandal. The senior executives were scheduled to testify before the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee Tuesday that Murdoch, chairman of News International, misinformed Parliament about how […]

USPS May Not Make $5.5B Trust-fund Payment

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — The U.S. Postal Service “probably won’t” make a $5.5 billion trust-fund payment this month but a default won’t interrupt service, a spokeswoman said. The future-retiree health benefits fund was mandated by a 2006 postal reform act that officials now say doesn’t meet the realities of declining revenues and a smaller […]

Beijing Denies Arms Sales To Gadhafi’s Men

BEIJING, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Beijing denied it had any contact with Moammar Gadhafi’s arms buyers during their July trip to China, although private companies met them, a government official said. “The Gadhafi government sent personnel to China without the knowledge of the Chinese government and who engaged in contact with a handful of people […]

Hurricane Katia Causes Dangerous Surf Conditions

MIAMI, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Hurricane Katia generated dangerous surf conditions for the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda but no coastal watches or warnings were posted, officials said Tuesday. The Category 3 hurricane, about 400 miles south of Bermuda, was moving steadily in a northwestward direction at 10 mph, carrying maximum sustained winds of 125 […]

Iran: Muslim Nations Shouldn’t Serve NATO

TEHRAN, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Muslim countries such as Turkey shouldn’t serve the interests of the U.S.-European NATO military alliance, a prominent Iranian lawmaker says. Iranian Member of Parliament Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said Sunday Turkey’s announcement it was close to accepting a NATO missile defense shield […]

Indian PM Visits Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Bangladesh for a visit observers said could remove some irritants in the neighboring countries’ relations. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheik Hasina Wajed, who received Singh and his delegation of more than 130 members at the Dhaka airport Tuesday, is given much of the […]

Obama’s Schedule For Tuesday, Sept. 6

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — President Obama conducts private meetings Tuesday, the White House said. The daily schedule indicates Obama will: — Receive, along with Vice President Joe Biden, the daily briefing. — Meet with senior advisers. — Meet Biden for lunch.


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