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White House: Deficit Picture Improving

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — The U.S. budget deficit this year will be 20 percent lower than previously estimated but economic growth will be “slower than we like,” the White House said. In a report called the Mid-Session Review, the Office of Management and Budget said tax receipts have been stronger than anticipated and government […]

Quake Hits LA, No Damage Reported

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) — A magnitude-4.3 earthquake rumbled through the Los Angeles area Thursday but there were no initial reports of property damage, authorities said. The quake — at 1:47 p.m. PDT — was followed by a magnitude 3.0 aftershock less than hour later. The quake was centered near Newhall, north of Los […]

Mom Sues Drug Rehab Center Over Death

CHARLOTTE, Tenn., Sept. 1 (UPI) — The mother of a woman who died during a stay at a Tennessee drug treatment center says crowding and understaffing at New Life Lodge helped kill her daughter. A lawsuit filed in Dickson County this week names both New Life and its parent company, CRC Health, which is headquartered […]

Anthony Must Give Videotaped Testimony

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 1 (UPI) — Casey Anthony must provide videotaped testimony in the defamation suit against her, a Florida judge ruled Thursday. Minutes from a hearing at the Orange County Courthouse indicate motions from the parties in the suit could result in the video and the transcript being sealed from public view, the Orlando […]

Top Bloomberg Aide Quit After Arrest

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Former New York Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith was arrested in Washington on a domestic violence charge shortly before his resignation, police records show. Goldsmith was arrested July 30 after what police described as a violent fight with his wife in their townhouse, the New York Post reported Thursday. He […]

Family Fights For Wilbur The Pig

HOUSTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — A Houston-area family says their Vietnamese potbellied pig is a pet, not livestock, and are fighting a neighborhood association’s attempt to evict him. The fight has made Wilbur, named after the hero of E.B. White’s children’s classic, “Charlotte’s Web,” a celebrity, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday. Fans follow him on […]

Woman Punches Bear To Save Dog

JUNEAU, Alaska, Sept. 1 (UPI) — An Alaskan woman said she punched a black bear in the face when she spotted it attacking her dachshund in her yard. Brooke Collins, 22, of Juneau, said she let her dogs outside at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday and she ran outside when she heard her dachshund, Fudge, barking […]

Man Arrested For Early Morning Mowing

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 1 (UPI) — An Oklahoma man arrested for mowing his lawn and that of a neighbor at 4:30 a.m. said he was just trying to do a good deed. Phil Ray Gage, 40, of Oklahoma City, who was arrested on a disturbing the peace charge after a neighbor complained about the noise […]

Baby Lamb Named Irene Hope After Storm

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Workers at New York’s Central Park Zoo said they named a baby lamb born during Hurricane Irene preparations Irene Hope. Susan Cardillo, assistant curator of the zoo, said zookeepers showed up early Saturday to prepare the facility for the coming storm and discovered the 8-pound newborn lamb next to […]

Twin Impostor Won’t Get Hockey Shot Cash

FARIBAULT, Minn., Sept. 1 (UPI) — A Minnesota 11-year-old who made a $50,000-winning hockey shot while posing as his twin brother will not receive the money, the event’s insurance company said. Odds on Promotions said it spent three weeks considering whether Nate Smith, 11, would receive the money for making the shot Aug. 11 at […]

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