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Neighbors Call For Skunk Action Plan

JOLIET, Ill., Aug. 22 (UPI) — Residents of an Illinois neighborhood said they want their city to take action to curb the population of skunks in their area. Neighbors in the Bryan Avenue area of Joliet said the skunk population has been steadily growing during the past few summers and the smell has become a […]

12-Year-Old Detective Tracks Down Suspects

ATLANTA, Aug. 22 (UPI) — A 12-year-old Georgia girl investigating a burglary at her late great-grandmother’s home said she confronted a suspect, but police have made no arrests. Jessica Maple, who attended the Fulton County District Attorney’s Junior District Attorney camp in Atlanta earlier in the summer, said police told her family there were no […]

German To Pay Briton An Old Golf Debt In Beer

PORTISHEAD, England, Aug. 22 (UPI) — A German man said he is planning an autumn trip to Britain to make good on a 5-year-old promise to buy a beer for a man who bested him at golf. Sebastian Steinzen said he lost a bet to the man, who he knew only as Pat, while playing […]

China Seeks To Curb Money Marriages

BEIJING, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Chinese experts said a top court decision on the fate of a house after a divorce is aimed at discouraging young women from “worshiping money.” The Chinese Supreme Court ruled a house will return to the possession of the person who owned it before the marriage in the case of […]

Couple Lose Legal Bid To Get Dog Back

OFFERTON, England, Aug. 22 (UPI) — A British judge tossed a lawsuit brought by couple who gave away their dachshund then sued for the canine’s return when the new owner refused to give it back. Gary Rowlinson, 55, of Offerton, England, told the Stockport county court hearing he was the legal owner of the dog, […]

Chinese Economist: ‘No Double-Dip Trend’

BEIJING, Aug. 22 (UPI) — There is no trend of a double-dip recession in the world economy, a senior Chinese economist told the annual China Bankers Forum 2011 in Beijing. Fan Gang, a former adviser to the Chinese central bank’s monetary policy committee, also said the turmoil in Western markets will not affect emerging economies […]

The Politics Of Outsourcing

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Some of the nation’s biggest corporations are not up front about where their workforce lives because of politics, the head of a major U.S. trade group said. Scott Paul, executive director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing said, “outsourcing has become a major lightening rod, and the media coverage they’re […]

Bloom Says Auto Bailout Was Needed

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — White House consultant Ron Bloom said the U.S. automobile industry is healthier than expected with two of Detroit’s big firms having gone through bankruptcy. “The results are better than we had forecast. … The companies have done a better job on the cost side, on the product side, and on […]

Study: Doctors Overtest For Cervix Cancer

ATLANTA, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Most U.S. doctors still urge women to get tested every year for cervical cancer even though guidelines say many do not need them, a study says. Katherine Roland of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said data she studied from 2006 suggest a majority of doctors recommend annual Pap smears, […]

U.S. Cohabitation Rate Eclipses Divorce

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Aug. 21 (UPI) — Cohabiting U.S. households with children are linked to increased instability in children’s lives and negative outcomes for children, researchers say. W. Bradford Wilcox, a sociologist in University of Virginia and director of the National Marriage Project, says the study is co-authored by 18 family scholars from leading institutions. “The […]


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