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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, […]

GOP House Freshmen Among Wealthiest

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Freshmen House Republicans sent to the U.S. Congress with strong Tea Party support account for one-fifth of The Hill’s 50 Wealthiest in Congress for 2011. The newspaper reported Tuesday that Ohio’s Jim Renacci, with an estimated net worth of $35.9 million, tops the list of the 87 freshmen Republicans elected […]

Supercommittee Members Have Lobbyist Ties

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Nearly 100 lobbyists once worked for congressional members on the so-called supercommittee tasked with cutting the federal deficit, a study indicates. A Washington Post analysis of disclosure data also indicates three Democrats and three Republicans on the panel employ former industry lobbyists on their staffs. The 12-member bipartisan, bicameral panel […]

Poll: Obama’s Approval Ratings Sinking

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Pessimism about the direction taken by the United States is evident in several polls that indicate President Obama’s ratings are sinking to new lows. In a Washington Post-ABC News poll, more than 60 percent of those surveyed said they disapproved of the way Obama is handling the economy and the […]

Teachers, Public Workers Strike In Italy

ROME, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Millions of workers belonging to Italy’s largest union went on strike Tuesday to protest a $63 billion austerity package. The Italian news service ANSA said the strike, which includes teachers, hospital workers and public servants, was expected to halt public transportation and cause disruptions in schools and government services. Demonstrations […]

Blogger Accuses FBI Of Spying On Israel

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — U.S. supporters of Israel and at least one member of Congress were recorded on FBI wiretaps of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, a blogger reported. In an interview with The New York Times published Tuesday, Richard Silverstein provided a motive for the extraordinary secrecy surrounding the prosecution in a Maryland […]

Egyptians Protest Israeli Embassy Wall

CAIRO, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Egyptian activists called for a protest at the Israeli Embassy to demand a halt to the construction of a cement wall outside the embassy. “I’m a Pro-Intifada Egyptian,” “Egyptian Unity” and other movements called for the protest, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, al-Masry al-Youm reported. In a statement, the groups […]

Rhode Island Is No. 1 For Pension Problems

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Sept. 6 (UPI) — Rhode Island has the nation’s largest unfunded pension liability, state Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo says. Though barely 1 million people live in Rhode Island, Raimondo told The Washington Post the state’s pension shortfall amounts to at least $6.8 billion. To fix the problem, Rhode Island officials are considering what […]

Man Held Daughter Hostage In Australia

SYDNEY, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Police stormed a Sydney office building and arrested a man who held his young daughter hostage and may have had a bomb, officials said. The girl, was rescued. The man had said he had a bomb in his backpack but there was no immediate word on whether an explosive device […]


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