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Factory Orders Rose In July

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — U.S. factory orders rose 2.4 percent in July, far higher than economists expected, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Wednesday. Economists had expected factory orders to rise 1.5 percent. Orders have risen for two of the past three months. In July, orders jumped by $10.5 billion to $453.2 billion. Excluding transportation […]

Mortgage Activity Down In Week

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — The Mortgage Bankers Association says U.S. mortgage activity fell in the week ended last Friday as mortgage costs were little changed. Interest rates for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages fell from 4.39 percent to 4.32 percent with points rising from 0.88 to 1.03. Rates for 15-year, fixed-rate contracts fell from 3.56 percent […]

Nature Sent Shoppers Toward The Basics

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — U.S. shoppers spent money on staples as an earthquake and hurricane altered the retail week, a trade group in Washington said. Retail sales rose marginally in the week ended last Saturday, the International Council of Shopping Centers said. Sales rose 0.1 percent from the previous week and 3 percent from […]

Nude Model Arrested In Times Square

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A model who was arrested while wearing nothing but body paint in New York’s Times Square was released without charges and says she did nothing “truly wrong.” Zoe West, 21, stood nude at 44th Street and Broadway for 2 1/2 hours Tuesday while being painted by artist Andy Golub […]

Minnesotans Play ‘Cow Plop Bingo’

WELLS, Minn., Aug. 31 (UPI) — A Minnesota city said its “cow plop bingo” event, a licensed form of charitable gambling in the state, raised about $2,000. The Wells Chamber of Commerce said it made about $1,000 from the event last week while the Kiester Civic and Commerce Association, which sponsored the fifth annual bingo […]

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 […]

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