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DNA Test Tracks ‘Imposter’ Sea Bass

CLEMSON, S.C., Aug. 22 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say some certified Chilean sea bass sold in stores are not from fishing grounds certified as sustainable and some aren’t even Chilean sea bass. A Clemson University biologist says DNA from fish purchased at retail outlets in eight states shows 8 percent of fish sampled were “actually […]

Mars Rover Snaps New Crater Photos

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 22 (UPI) — NASA says its Mars rover Opportunity has captured new vistas of the Endeavour crater from its perch on the crater’s rim, using its panoramic camera. The rover arrived at the 13-mile-diameter Endeavour crater Aug. 9, after a journey of almost three years, a release from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory […]

Homeowners Offered Cash For Improvements

DETROIT, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Homeowners in some Detroit neighborhoods can get up to $10,000 to help pay for improving the exteriors of their houses, officials say. Citizens Bank pledged $1.6 million Monday to reimburse the homeowners up to half the cost of sprucing up their abodes as part of an effort to help Mayor […]

Homeowners Offered Cash For Improvements

DETROIT, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Homeowners in some Detroit neighborhoods can get up to $10,000 to help pay for improving the exteriors of their houses, officials say. Citizens Bank pledged $1.6 million Monday to reimburse the homeowners up to half the cost of sprucing up their abodes as part of an effort to help Mayor […]

Peru Goes Slow On Uprooting Coca Plantations

LIMA, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Peru is going slow on uprooting coca plantations as part of a revived government plan to restore the thumb-shaped green leaf its historical role in Inca times, even if that opens the country to risks of uncontrolled cocaine production. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala is the second regional leader to embrace […]

Drought Brings ‘Toilet To Tap’ To Fore

BIG SPRING, Texas, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Drought in the U.S. West is leading many cities to join a growing trend of using recycled sewage water for drinking water — a practice dubbed “toilet to tap.” Big Spring, Texas, is building a $13 million wastewater-to-drinking water treatment plant that, beginning next year, will produce 2 […]

Named Storms In Atlantic On Record Pace

MIAMI, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The number of named storms in the Atlantic this year has already outpaced last year’s, which had the third-highest-ever total, forecasters say. Tropical storm Harvey, which formed last week and is expected to drench Central America, was this year’s eighth named storm while 2010 only had four at this point […]

Freshmen ‘Mindset List’ Released

BELOIT, Wis., Aug. 23 (UPI) — Wisconsin’s Beloit College released its annual “Mindset List” for the incoming freshman class, reminding the staff that the students likely don’t know cursive. The list, which began in 1998 as a way to “look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall,” documents […]

Dictionary Adds ‘Auto-Complete’

OXFORD, England, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The Oxford English Dictionary, published in Britain, said 1,800 new words and meanings have been added to the online version, including “auto-complete.” The Oxford University Press said the word, defined as “a software feature that uses text already entered in a given field to predict or generate the characters […]

Landlord Struggles To Get Rid Of Squatter

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A New York landlord trying to get rid of a squatter in one of his apartments said the man has so far cost him $6,400 in lost rent. Tibor Karakas said Brian Wiley, 33, moved into the apartment when the previous tenant took him on as a roommate earlier […]

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