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Iran’s First Nuclear Power Plant Online

BUSHEHR, Iran, Sept. 4 (UPI) — Iran’s first nuclear power plant was connected to the national power grid, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran announced Sunday. The Bushehr plant supplied 60 megawatts of its 1,000 megawatt capacity as of Saturday night, an amount that should expand to 40 percent capacity at the facility’s official launch […]

DeMint Skeptical About Obama Jobs Speech

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) — Tea Party leader Jim DeMint expressed skepticism Sunday that President Barack Obama would offer effective measures to create jobs in his speech this week. “I’m, frankly, very tired of speeches,” DeMint, R-S.C., said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I don’t want to be disrespectful to the president, but what I want […]

MLK Jr. Memorial Quote Will Stay

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) — The designer of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial says an inscription will stay, despite complaints it makes the civil rights leader seem arrogant. Ed Jackson Jr. says he stands by the project’s decision to use a paraphrase from King’s “drum major” sermon, The Washington Post reported. The inscription on […]

Lebanese General Sentenced To Two Years

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 4 (UPI) — A Lebanese military court has sentenced Brig. Gen. Fayez Karam to two years of hard labor for collaborating with Israel, among other crimes. Karam, a senior official of the Free Patriotic Movement party, was sentenced Saturday “for collaborating with the enemy pursuant to Article 278,” the Lebanese National News […]

Late-summer Midwest Storms Moving East

DETROIT, Sept. 4 (UPI) — A cold front was rolling toward the U.S. East Coast Sunday after stirring up violent storms in the Midwest, forecasters said. AccuWeather said the same storms that slammed power grids in Michigan and Missouri Saturday were pummeling southern Ohio and Indiana and moving into Pennsylvania and western New York with […]

Storm Katia Bounds To Category 2 Hurricane

MIAMI, Sept. 4 (UPI) — Warm Atlantic Ocean waters fueled Tropical Storm Katia to Category 2 hurricane status Sunday morning, forecasters in Miami reported. The National Hurricane Center said at 11 a.m., Katia’s sustained winds had reached 100 mph, up from 70 mph just hours earlier. The storm was 360 miles northeast of the Northern […]

YouTube ‘game’ Ends With Teen In Hospital

TROLLHATTAN, Sweden, Sept. 4 (UPI) — A 14-year-old Swedish boy was sent to the hospital after his classmates doused him in a flammable liquid and lit a match as part of a “game,” police say. The incident happened during school in Trollhattan Friday, the Swedish news agency TT reported. Other students witnessed the game and […]

Syrian Rebels Ambush Military Bus

MHADRA CITY, Syria, Sept. 4 (UPI) — A rebel ambush killed six Syrian soldiers and three civilians near Mhadra City Sunday amid scattered clashes between troops and insurgents, officials say. Syria’s official Sana news agency said “an armed terrorist group” opened fire with machine guns on a bus carrying military and civilian personnel from a […]

5 Arrested At Neo-Nazi Rally

WEST ALLIS, Wis., Sept. 4 (UPI) — Police arrested five people at a neo-Nazi rally Saturday that was drowned out by a counter-protest in West Allis, Wis., after violence at the state fair. Police dressed in riot gear arrested two people on weapons charges and three for disorderly conduct after an argument at the counter-protest, […]

Turkey Decree On Property Returns Welcomed

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Sept. 4 (UPI) — Turkey’s decree returning property seized from non-Muslim organizations over the years is being welcomed by those communities, observers say. The decree announced late last month covers properties seized since 1936 and was seen as a major step in righting past discrimination against Turkey’s Jews and Orthodox Christians. “This is […]

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