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Obama Seeks Joint Session For Jobs Speech

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — President Obama, in a letter, asked for a joint session of the U.S. Congress next week to deliver his jobs speech Wednesday. The letter to congressional leaders requested a joint session for Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. EDT, The Hill reported. “As I have traveled across our country this summer […]

U.N. Alarmed By Atrocities In Libya

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 31 (UPI) — The United Nations expressed deep concern over reports that Libyan prisoners were allegedly executed by pro-Gadhafi forces last week. Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said he was alarmed by allegations of atrocities committed in the battle for Tripoli last week. Human Rights […]

U.S.: No SOFA Extension Request From Iraq

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — To date, there hasn’t been a formal request by the Iraqi government to keep U.S. forces stationed there beyond a mandatory deadline, the State Department said. U.S. military forces under the terms of a bilateral status of forces agreement signed in 2008 are obligated to leave the country by Dec. […]

World War II Flying Ace Dies

LONDON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — British World War II fighter ace Billy Drake has died at the age of 93. The Daily Telegraph said Drake, who shot down some 25 enemy aircraft and was one of the most colorful and successful Allied “flying aces” of World War II, died Sunday. The cause of death and […]

Man Decapitates Himself With Cable

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 31 (UPI) — Police in Virginia say a man involved in a domestic dispute set fire to a trailer and then decapitated himself with a cable around his neck. York County deputies were called to the location of the dispute Tuesday morning and were told the man had left the scene. […]

Kansas Must Restore Planned Parenthood Funds

WICHITA, Kan., Aug. 31 (UPI) — Kansas must restore federal funding for Planned Parenthood while the state appeals a ruling that had temporarily restored funding, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Thomas Marten also ruled Tuesday funding should be provided quarterly, not monthly, as the state had requested, The Kansas City (Mo.) Star reported. […]

WikiLeaks Suffers Cyberattack

LONDON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A cyberattack shut down WikiLeaks’ Web site while the whistleblower group was publishing tens of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables, visitors said. The attack knocked WikiLeaks.org offline for more than three hours Tuesday night and early Wednesday London time, the Financial Times reported. Visitors told the Times the site was […]

U.N. Not Ready To Assign Blame For Blast In Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria, Aug. 31 (UPI) — The United Nations will await the results of an investigation to find out who was responsible for last week’s terrorist attack in Nigeria, U.N. sources said. The sources at U.N. headquarters in New York told The (Lagos) Guardian it will not accept claims of responsibility by any group until […]

Bill Would End Fla. Cohabitation Ban

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 31 (UPI) — A Florida lawmaker says he wants to repeal a law against cohabitation of unmarried people that’s been on the books since the late 1800s but rarely enforced. The law makes cohabitation a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by $500 or up to 60 days in jail. State Rep. Ritch Workman of […]

14 Chilean Miners Get Lifetime Pensions

SANTIAGO, Chile, Aug. 31 (UPI) — The Chilean government granted early retirement to nearly half of the men who survived more than three months buried in a mine last year, officials said. Chilean first lady Cecilia Morel presented 14 of the 33 miners with lifetime pension documents at a ceremony Tuesday in the town of […]

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