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Blazes Started By Lightning 90 Percent Contained

CEDAR CITY, Utah, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Eight blazes sparked by lightning along the Utah-Arizona border have been mostly contained, officials said Wednesday. The 750-acre Scenic fire complex, which comprises the blazes, had been 90 percent contained, and about 150 firefighters, with support from helicopters carrying water and air tankers with fire retardant, were battling […]

Political Committees Raise $242M So Far

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — The major U.S. political party committees raised more than $242 million in the first half of 2011, the Federal Election Commission said Wednesday. From Jan. 1 to June 30, the Democratic National Committee reported receipts of $57.8 million, $11.8 million in debts and $21.4 million in cash on hand. The […]

Israel, Iran Deploy Warships In Red Sea

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Israel’s dispatch of two corvettes to bolster its naval forces in the Red Sea and Iran’s deployment of a submarine and a warship in the same waters have heightened the tensions pervading the Middle East amid political upheaval and rivalries. The Israelis said their warships were ordered south […]

Logger Cuts Off Toes To Escape

MONTROSE, Colo., Aug. 31 (UPI) — A Colorado logger says he cut off all the toes on his right foot to free himself after they became pinned under nearly 6 tons of machinery. John Hutt, 61, of Montrose said he was standing on the rear axle of a tractor-trailer with a hydraulic arm and detachable […]

Solis: Obama Focused On Jobs

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — The administration is focused on job creation, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said, rejecting union criticism of President Obama’s efforts to grow jobs. Solis’ defense of Obama’s work on job retention and creation Wednesday was in response to criticism last week by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who said the president […]

U.N. Reviews Security After Abuja Attack

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 31 (UPI) — The United Nations will conduct a global threat review of its facilities after last week’s deadly attack on a compound in Nigeria, the secretary-general said. Islamic group Boco Haram told the BBC it carried out Friday’s attack that left 23 people dead and many more injured at the U.N. […]

Man Dies After Falling Into Hot Lye

BILLINGSFORS, Sweden, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A 66-year-old man died after falling into a cistern filled with hot lye at a paper factory in Sweden, officials said. The man fell through the roof of a silo Tuesday night and into the cistern, which contained the corrosive liquid, heated to about 160 to 175 degrees, at […]

Medical License Suspended In Girl’s Death

ATLANTA, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Georgia has suspended the license of a physician’s assistant who allegedly gave a 5-year-old girl a fatal overdose of an anesthetic in treating her broken arm. The Georgia Composite Medical Board order suspending the license of physician’s assistant Allan Imes, co-owner of the Family Medical Clinic in McDonough, said Imes […]

Helicopters Dump Water On Marsh Fire

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 31 (UPI) — The Louisiana National Guard is using helicopters to dump water on a marsh fire that has burned more than 1,000 acres in New Orleans in the past week. Mayor Mitch Landrieu said he declared a state of emergency Tuesday to allow the city and state to deploy “all necessary […]

Minorities Lead Urban Population Growth

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Growing Hispanic populations are driving demographic changes in the largest U.S. cities, The Brookings Institution reported Wednesday. Demographer William Frey said census data for the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas shows minorities accounted for 98 percent of population growth in large metro areas from 2000 to 2010. Frey said 42 […]

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