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Sexual Orientation On College Application

ELMHURST, Ill., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Elmhurst College in Illinois has become the first college to ask entering students about their sexual orientation, school officials say. Entering freshmen and transfer students applying to Elmhurst for fall 2012 will be asked, “Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered] […]

Polar Bear’s Death Described As Accident

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 25 (UPI) — A security guard at a BP oil installation on Alaska’s North Slope apparently killed a polar bear accidentally, the company said. The bear was shot Aug. 3 and is believed to have died 12 days later, the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News reported. A guard working for Purcell Security, a […]

5 Rescued By Helicopter In Flash Flood

BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Five state workers had to be rescued by a helicopter after becoming stranded by a flash flood in Buffalo, N.Y, rescuers said. The men were stuck under the Cattaraugus Creek Bridge on the Cattaraugus Reservation Thursday morning after a thunderstorm hit the area overnight, The Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported. […]

MLK Memorial Dedication Postponed

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington has been postponed because of Hurricane Irene, organizers said Thursday. Harry E. Johnson Sr., the chief executive of the foundation that is building the memorial on the National Mall, said Sunday’s planned dedication will be put off until […]

Okla. Child Rape Suspect Arrested In Texas

RICHMOND, Texas, Aug. 25 (UPI) — A former Marine charged in Oklahoma with the rape of a young girl was arrested Thursday in Texas, authorities said. Charles Alan Dyer, 31, told police he had been living along the banks of the Brazos River in Fort Bend County near Houston, the Houston Chronicle reported. Fort Bend […]

Sen. Brown Aide Admits CrazyKhazei Tweets

BOSTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — A top campaign adviser to U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., has refused to apologize for his CrazyKhazei Twitter feed aimed at a potential Democratic opponent. Eric Fehrnstrom acknowledged in an e-mail Wednesday he is the person who sent out the tweets mocking Alan Khazei, The Boston Globe reported. He was […]

Suspect Charged With Arson In Mosque Fire

EUGENE, Ore., Aug. 25 (UPI) — The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday a Corvallis, Ore., man has been indicted on a hate crime charge for allegedly setting fire to a mosque. Cody Crawford, 24, was charged with one count of damaging religious property and one count of arson by a federal grand jury in Eugene, […]

AFL-CIO: Less Focus On Dems, More On Jobs

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The president of the AFL-CIO said Thursday its members unions would reduce involvement with the Democratic Party and spend more money to help “working people.” Richard Trumka told reporters the nation’s largest labor organization would move forward with plans to create a Super PAC that would enable it to spend […]

Judge Seals Statements In Abuse Death

MIAMI, Aug. 25 (UPI) — A judge in Miami ruled Thursday that statements a couple charged with killing their adopted daughter gave police must be sealed pending trial. Lawyers for Carmen and Jorge Barahona argued publication of the statements would prejudice potential jurors, The Miami Herald reported. While most documents submitted as evidence in a […]

Turkey: Unfreezing Libyan Assets Critical

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu praised Libyan rebels Thursday, saying they have advanced the causes of “freedom, justice, dignity and democracy.” “Today we are all proud and pleased with the groundbreaking developments on the ground” in Libya, Davutoglu said at an international conference to plan for the country’s transition […]

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