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Satellites Observed U.S. Heat Spell

GREENBELT, Md., Sept. 1 (UPI) — As much of the United States sweated through a record-breaking humid heat wave during July, satellites recorded the unusual weather from above, NASA said. The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument on the Aqua satellite launched in 2002 recorded highly accurate data about the troposphere, the lowest layer of the atmosphere […]

Threat Of Orbiting Space ‘Junk’ Studied

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — A problem of space debris orbiting Earth, and potentially threatening astronauts and satellites, has inspired various schemes to deal with it, officials said. They range from a $1 billion U.S. Air Force so-called space fence radar tracking system, to a proposed European Space Agency spacecraft that would spray loose rockets […]

80 Percent Don’t Use Thermometer On Meat

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 1 (UPI) — Nine out of 10 U.S. adults cook burgers, but only 19 percent say they use a thermometer to determine if the burgers are safely cooked, a U.S. survey indicates. The survey, commissioned by the American Meat Institute and conducted by Harris Interactive, indicates 73 percent of adults who cook […]

Turkey, U.S. Agree On Radar

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Turkey has agreed to host a U.S. radar installation to detect Iranian rockets on one of its bases, officials say. The radar is part of an early warning system, The Wall Street Journal reported. The system is supported by NATO and aimed at protecting members of the alliance. Negotiations went […]

Doctors Giving Antibiotics Inappropriately

ATLANTA, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Prescription of antibiotics for U.S. children age 14 and younger for respiratory infections not requiring antibiotics is down, but is still high, officials say. Health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta say inappropriate antibiotic use contributes to antibiotic resistance, which leads to increased healthcare costs, […]

U.S. In-Hospital Circumcision Declines

ATLANTA, Sept. 2 (UPI) — An analysis indicates the incidence of U.S. hospital newborn male circumcision has slightly declined during the last decade, federal health officials say. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used data from the National Hospital Discharge Survey from the National Center for Health Statistics, the Nationwide Inpatient Sample […]

Unexplained Encephalitis May Be Rabies

ATLANTA, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Rabies exposure can vary and physicians should consider a diagnosis of rabies for any patient with unexplained progressive encephalitis, U.S. officials say. Encephalitis is acute inflammation of the brain. Human rabies is a vaccine-preventable disease that is almost always fatal in unimmunized persons, officials at the Centers for Disease Control […]

Walnuts May Help Lower Breast Cancer Risk

HUNTINGTON, W.Va., Sept. 2 (UPI) — Mice that ate a modest amount of walnuts as part of their regular diet had a significant decline in breast cancer risk, U.S. researchers say. Study leader by Elaine Hardman of Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine compared the effects of a typical diet and a diet […]

Employment, Unemployment Data Unchanged

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Non-farm employment was unchanged in August and the unemployment rate held at 9.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. At 14.0 million, the number of unemployed persons essentially was unchanged in August and the 9.1 percent unemployment has shown little change since April, the Labor Department agency […]

Government Prepares To Sue Banks Over Mortgages

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) — The federal government will sue a dozen U.S. banks, charging they misrepresented the quality of mortgage securities sold in the housing bubble, insiders said. The Federal Housing Finance Agency lawsuits, expected to be filed soon in federal court, target Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, among […]

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