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Poll: Mexico Not Optimistic About Drug War

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Fewer than half of Mexicans polled this spring thought the government was making any progress against drug cartels, results published Wednesday indicate. The survey by the Pew Research Center in Washington said only 45 percent of Mexicans thought the violent cartels were being pushed back, while 29 percent said they […]

Lawsuit: Strip Club Got AIDS Funds

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A group run by a former drug kingpin received money for job training for people with AIDS and used it for a club with nude dancers, Washington officials say. The District of Columbia filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Cornell Jones, The Washington Post reported. Jones, who spent nine years in […]

Feds Take Woman’s Lemon Tree

WAUKESHA, Wis., Aug. 31 (UPI) — A Wisconsin woman says she’s more than a little sour now that the U.S. government has forced her to turn over her lemon tree on grounds it could spread disease. Bridget Donovan bought the tree online for $70 nearly three years ago and planted it in the yard of […]

Zoo Orangutans Embrace The iPad

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Keepers at the Milwaukee County Zoo have discovered orangutans love iPads. The apes love looking at video of themselves and other orangutans, and enjoy apps like finger painting, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday. In fact, keepers say, electronic finger painting works better than the real thing, because orangutans also […]

30-Year Prof Quits Over Parking Shortage

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A veteran Canadian professor says he’s packed in his job out of frustration that Dalhousie University has 2,000 parking spaces for 20,000 people. Professor Dan Middlemas quit Monday and told the university he wasn’t willing to leave home outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia, at 7 a.m. in order […]

Maya Miffed At Muffed MLK Memorial Quote

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Poet Maya Angelou said the paraphrased quotation inscribed on the memorial to Martin Luther King in Washington makes the civil rights leader sound arrogant. The dropping of the word “if” in the quotation was a huge error, Angelou told The Washington Post, because it erases King’s natural humility, which she […]

Chamber, AFL-CIO Discuss Jobs Initiatives

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Policies emerging from Washington aren’t creating economic growth, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday at its annual Labor Day briefing. Chamber leaders said in a release they will send a jobs plan next week to President Obama and Congress that outline “specific practical steps we can take to help […]

Thieves At Upmarket Resort Use Gas

CAGLIARI, Italy, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Thieves who targeted two villas at a resort for the very rich on the Italian island of Sardinia used gas to knock their victims out, police said. Their total haul from the two burglaries at Porto Cervo on the Costa Smeralda was about 315,000 euros ($452,000), the British newspaper […]

Protesters A ‘burden,’ Yemen’s Saleh Says

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A disease is spreading among the minds of anti-government protesters in Yemen, the embattled Yemeni president said from Saudi Arabia. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh remains in Saudi Arabia nearly four months after he suffered grave injuries in a June 3 attack on his presidential compound in Sanaa. […]

Internships To Address Engineering Needs

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — U.S. industry leaders have committed to doubling engineering internships in 2012 to help address a shortage of engineering graduates, the White House said. The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness said about 6,300 internships would be added to provide hands-on, technical job training. The commitment by 45 industry heads is […]

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