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Nearly 1,000 Busted In China Pork Scandal

BEIJING, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Chinese authorities have arrested 989 people accused of making and selling clenbuterol, blamed in the recent tainted pork scandal, an official said Monday. Xu Hu, a senior official in the Ministry of Public Security, said the arrests came after police busted a criminal ring involved in the manufacture and sale […]

Cholesterol-Lowering Food Tops Low-Fat

People counseled to eat cholesterol-lowering food such as soy and nuts had lower cholesterol than those on a low-fat diet, researchers in Canada say. The study says those who ate the cholesterol-lowering diet had a greater drop in their LDL, “bad,” cholesterol levels.

Arizona Challenges Voting Rights Act

Arizona is suing the U.S. government, questioning the Constitutionality of a portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horn said the suit challenged a part of the law that requires Arizona and other jurisdictions to get permission, or “pre-clearance,” from the Justice Department for changes to voting procedures.

Maoist Chosen New Nepal PM

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Aug. 29 (UPI) — The Nepalese Parliament, where no political party has a majority, elected a Maoist as prime minister after the parties failed to form a consensus government. Babuarm Bhattarai, 57, who holds a doctorate degree from New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, is vice chairman of the United Communist Party of Nepal […]

Irene’s Toll: 22 Dead, $7 Billion Damage

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Hurricane Irene is history but the U.S. East Coast and Canada were left Monday to deal with the storm’s aftermath, including flooding and power outages. The Los Angeles Times reported the grim toll in human life stood at 22 and and the initial damage tally was up to $7 […]

Japan Readies For New Prime Minister

TOKYO, Aug. 28 (UPI) — Industry Minister Banri Kaieda appeared the front-runner Monday in the race for prime minister of Japan but could face a runoff. Kaieda, 62, is among five candidates seeking the post of president of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, who then normally becomes prime minister. The winner will succeed Naoto […]

Military Has Called Off 10 Executions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) — Ten of the 16 U.S. military personnel sentenced to death since 1984 have had their sentences overturned, officials say. McClatchy Newspapers reported Sunday military appellate courts spared the defendants the death penalty because of mistakes made throughout the military’s judicial system. Most of the former death row inmates have been […]

Anthony Prosecutor Has Book Coming

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 28 (UPI) — One of the prosecutors in the Casey Anthony murder trial says he has a book coming out about the Florida mom acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter. Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton told the Orlando Sentinel late Saturday of his plans after word got out on the Internet. Amazon.ca […]

Tropical Storm Jose Posing No Threat

MIAMI, Aug. 28 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Jose pushed northward into the Atlantic Ocean Sunday night, out of reach of any land masses, U.S. forecasters said. In its 8 p.m. EDT advisory, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Jose was passing to the northwest of Bermuda and, while no storm watches or warnings were […]

Mom Allegedly Kills Daughters With Hatchet

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Aug. 28 (UPI) — An Asheville, N.C., mother is charged with allegedly killing her two daughters with a hatchet, police say. Naiyana Patel, 33, is accused of taking a hatchet to her 4- and 8-year-old daughters Saturday, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported. Patel then allegedly struck her own head several times with the hatchet […]

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