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Russia Extending Tajik Military Base Lease

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, visiting Tajikistan, has been holding discussions with Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon. Among the topics under discussion is Russia extending its lease on Tajikistan’s Kulob military base. Talks to extend the lease beyond 2014 were held at the working-group level last month, but Tajikistan is calling […]

Woman Shackled In Labor Seeks U Visa

NASHVILLE, Sept. 2 (UPI) — A woman who won $200,000 in damages for being shackled during labor after her arrest in Tennessee is seeking a type of visa given to crime victims. A lawyer for Juana Villegas said testimony during her civil lawsuit suggested that she was a victim of crimes by sheriff’s deputies, The […]

Study: Culture Affects Emotion Perception

GLASGOW, Scotland, Sept. 1 (UPI) — People in different cultures perceive emotional facial expressions in unique ways, which can lead to cross-cultural misunderstandings, a Scottish study says. The study, published in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Experimental Psychology, challenges prior research that suggested facial expressions are a hard-wired human behavior with evolutionary origins that […]

Strategy For Farming Vs. Wildlife Studied

CAMBRIDGE, England, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Separating habitats from farmland could save species more effectively than trying to grow crops and conserve nature on the same land, British researchers say. The separation may be the best way to meet increased food demand with the least impact on wild species, researchers at the University of Cambridge […]

Tomb May Be That Of Stonehenge Builders

LONDON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — British archaeologists say a tomb found at a quarry in Wales could be that of some of the original builders of Stonehenge. Researchers say the Carn Menyn site in the Preseli Hills is where the bluestones used to construct the first stone phase of Stonehenge were quarried in about 2300 […]

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, […]

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