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Vermont To Receive Federal Disaster Aid

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., Sept. 2 (UPI) — Most of Vermont, where Tropical Storm Irene caused millions of dollars in damage, has been declared a disaster area eligible for federal aid, officials said. President Barack Obama signed the declaration making individual assistance available to homeowners in hard-hit Chittenden, Rutland, Washington and Windsor counties, the Brattleboro Reformer reported […]

Colombia And U.S. Block Drug Traffic Route

BOGOTA, Sept. 2 (UPI) — The Colombian government has disrupted a drug trafficking route to the United States over which 10 tons of cocaine is transported every month, officials said. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced a joint operation with the United States — Operation Final Flight — designed to block a major drug trafficking […]

Officials: Militants Abduct 30 Youngsters

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Thirty youngsters from 10 to 20 years old have been captured by Afghan militants in Pakistan’s tribal region, authorities say. The youths had accidentally crossed the Bajaur Agency border with Afghanistan, Geo News reported. Islam Zeb, a senior administrator in Bajaur Agency, told CNN Friday the youths had been […]

Va. City Passes Confederate Flag Ban

LEXINGTON, Va., Sept. 2 (UPI) — The council in Lexington, Va., has approved an ordinance that would ban flying Confederate flags from downtown poles. The measure would also bar any flags except those of the United States, the state of Virginia and the city from the Veterans’ Memorial Bridge, The News-Gazette of Lexington reported. The […]

Woman’s Husband Donates Kidney To Her Ex

CANTON, Conn., Sept. 2 (UPI) — The husband of a Canton, Conn., woman who donated a kidney to her ex-husband said it would create a lifelong bond between the two men. Steve Leopard, Kim Leopard’s husband of less than a year, donated a kidney to her ex-husband, Jeff Laviero, of Bristol in a transplant Thursday […]

EU Leaders Trying To Unify On Palestine

SOPOT, Poland, Sept. 2 (UPI) — European Union foreign ministers were meeting Friday in Poland, trying to come to a unified position on Palestine’s efforts to improve its international status. French President Nicolas Sarkozy this week called on EU countries to “speak in a single voice” on the issue of Palestine, the EUobserver reported. While […]

Wildfires In Texas, Okla. Destroying Homes

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Firefighters are struggling to put out major fires in Texas and Oklahoma that have already charred numerous homes and thousands of acres of land. In Texas, the Possum Kingdom Lake fire has been halfway contained, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Fire officials said the fire burned through a lot […]

Spanish Police Bust 2 Drug Rings In Ibiza

IBIZA, Spain, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Spanish police have arrested more than 70 people after raiding 30 properties and breaking up two alleged English drug dealing rings in Ibiza, officials said. Spain’s Guardia Civil officers arrested 73 British, Irish and Italian nationals for allegedly trading drugs in various nightclubs across the island off the coast […]

Turkey Expels Israeli Diplomats

ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Turkish officials say they are cutting diplomatic ties with Israel following the leak of a U.N. report on Israel’s 2010 attack on a Gaza-bound ship. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused Israel of wasting Turkey’s efforts to normalize relations, Today’s Zaman reported Friday. Nine people died when Israeli soldiers boarded […]

Swedes Warned Against Butter Shortages

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Due to high demands and declining raw milk supplies, the Swedish Dairy Association is warning Swedes about butter shortages. Sweden’s annual milk shortage is coming two to three months earlier this year, The Local reported. “The supply of butter has been a problem the last two years, and in […]

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