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Anthony Must Give Videotaped Testimony

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 1 (UPI) — Casey Anthony must provide videotaped testimony in the defamation suit against her, a Florida judge ruled Thursday. Minutes from a hearing at the Orange County Courthouse indicate motions from the parties in the suit could result in the video and the transcript being sealed from public view, the Orlando […]

Top Bloomberg Aide Quit After Arrest

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Former New York Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith was arrested in Washington on a domestic violence charge shortly before his resignation, police records show. Goldsmith was arrested July 30 after what police described as a violent fight with his wife in their townhouse, the New York Post reported Thursday. He […]

Family Fights For Wilbur The Pig

HOUSTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — A Houston-area family says their Vietnamese potbellied pig is a pet, not livestock, and are fighting a neighborhood association’s attempt to evict him. The fight has made Wilbur, named after the hero of E.B. White’s children’s classic, “Charlotte’s Web,” a celebrity, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday. Fans follow him on […]

Woman Punches Bear To Save Dog

JUNEAU, Alaska, Sept. 1 (UPI) — An Alaskan woman said she punched a black bear in the face when she spotted it attacking her dachshund in her yard. Brooke Collins, 22, of Juneau, said she let her dogs outside at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday and she ran outside when she heard her dachshund, Fudge, barking […]

Man Arrested For Early Morning Mowing

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 1 (UPI) — An Oklahoma man arrested for mowing his lawn and that of a neighbor at 4:30 a.m. said he was just trying to do a good deed. Phil Ray Gage, 40, of Oklahoma City, who was arrested on a disturbing the peace charge after a neighbor complained about the noise […]

Baby Lamb Named Irene Hope After Storm

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Workers at New York’s Central Park Zoo said they named a baby lamb born during Hurricane Irene preparations Irene Hope. Susan Cardillo, assistant curator of the zoo, said zookeepers showed up early Saturday to prepare the facility for the coming storm and discovered the 8-pound newborn lamb next to […]

Twin Impostor Won’t Get Hockey Shot Cash

FARIBAULT, Minn., Sept. 1 (UPI) — A Minnesota 11-year-old who made a $50,000-winning hockey shot while posing as his twin brother will not receive the money, the event’s insurance company said. Odds on Promotions said it spent three weeks considering whether Nate Smith, 11, would receive the money for making the shot Aug. 11 at […]

Initial Jobless Claims Fall

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — First-time jobless claims filed for the week ending Aug. 27 was 409,000, down 12,000 from the previous week, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday. The previous week’s first-time claims number of was revised upward to 421,000 from 417,000 originally reported. Thursday’s report indicated the number of continuing unemployment benefit claims […]

U.S. Manufacturing Index Expands In August

TEMPE, Ariz., Sept. 1 (UPI) — U.S. manufacturing grew in August for the 25th consecutive month and the overall economy grew for the 27th straight month, supply executives said Thursday. The latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business registered 50.6 percent, a 0.3 percent dip from July, but still an overall expansion in the manufacturing sector, […]

Banks, N.Y. Reach Deal On Loan Robo-Signings

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Three banks and New York regulators reached a deal in which the banks agreed to rectify sloppy practices used in signing foreclosure documents. Under the agreements, the three banks — Goldman Sachs Group, its Litton Loan Servicing business and Ocwen Financial Corp. — agreed to stop “robo-signing,” the practice […]

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