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Tropical Storm Katia Intensifying

MIAMI, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Katia is expected to intensify and may become a hurricane later Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. No coastal watches or warnings are in effect. Katia, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, is about 985 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands, moving west-northwest […]

Obama’s Schedule For Wednesday, Aug. 31

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — President Obama will urge Congress to pass clean extensions of two bills that expire in September, the White House said Wednesday. The daily agenda indicates Obama will: — Receive the daily briefing. — Meet with senior advisers. — Hold an event to call on Congress to pass clean extensions of […]

Indian Protests Mount Over Planned Hanging

NEW DELHI, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A woman burned herself to death near Chennai, India, in protest at the planned hanging of the killers of Rajiv Gandhi, India’s prime minister, in 1991. The woman, 27, poured gasoline on herself in front of the local tax office in Kancheepuram, around 70 miles from the Tamil Nadu […]

Nanmadol Makes Landfall In Fujian

BEIJING, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Nanmadol hit east China’s Fujian Province early Wednesday as a tropical storm, after killing several people in the Philippines and wreaking havoc in Taiwan. The storm landed in Fujian’s Jinjiang city after 2 a.m. Wednesday, bringing heavy rains as it weakened into a tropical depression, Chinese meteorologists said. There were […]

Irene Havoc Persists In N.J., Vermont

NEWARK, N.J., Aug. 31 (UPI) — Three days after Hurricane Irene passed through, some towns in Vermont could still be reached only by helicopter Wednesday. In New Jersey, where thousands of people were evacuated from two high-rise buildings in Paterson Tuesday, floodwaters were not expected to recede for several days along the Passaic River, The […]

Woman May Have Been Killed By Pit Bullls

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A woman found dead in her home Tuesday in Philadelphia may have been killed by the five pit bulls she and her husband owned, police said. Chief Inspector Scott Small said an autopsy would be done to determine the cause of death, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. He said the 50-year-old […]

New Bilateral Communique Sought

BEIJING, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A fourth U.S.-China communique is needed to make Washington stop selling arms to Taiwan, an opinion piece in the China Daily said Wednesday. The piece — by Pang Guoping, professor of international laws at Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing in southwest China — said current bilateral […]

N.E. Corridor Rail Service Resumes

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Rail service on the busy northeast corridor line between Washington and Boston resumed Wednesday, four days after Hurricane Irene hit the region. Trains were halted after the storm by flooding that covered the tracks in Trenton, N.J. The station is built over a tributary to the Delaware River and the […]

China To Step Up Internet Crime Fighting

BEIJING, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Public security departments across China should conduct deeper research into crimes committed through the Internet, the country’s top police officer said. Speaking at a meeting in Beijing Tuesday on an operation conducted jointly with the FBI, Chinese Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu said, “Although China and the United States have […]

Key Part Of Texas Abortion Law Thrown Out

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Texas doctors cannot be compelled to display sonogram images and describe fetuses to women seeking abortions, a federal judge said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks in Austin ruled that parts of the state’s new abortion law are unconstitutional, the Houston Chronicle reported. Sparks said the law — which […]

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