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Hu Expresses Chinese Confidence In Europe

BEIJING, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Chinese President Hu Jintao told French President Nicolas Sarkozy Beijing remains confident about the economy of Europe, where China has large investments. Sarkozy, who stopped in Beijing for 5 hours Thursday before flying to France’s Pacific territory of New Caledonia, was assured by Hu that China is confident Europe will […]

Claim: Social Worker Called Family Fat

SKOVDE, Sweden, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Swedish investigators said they were looking into a complaint that a social worker criticizing the eating habits and weight of a family awaiting deportation. The unidentified social services investigator visited a family in western Sweden in need of assistance during its extended wait for deportation, The Local reported Wednesday. […]

Fla. District Overpaid Teachers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 26 (UPI) — A Florida school district plans to monitor pay for teachers and other employees more closely following disclosure of persistent problems with overpayments. In the latest case in the Broward County district, officials said 158 teachers were mistakenly overpaid a total of $193,551, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. The […]

Report Finds ‘skills Gap’ In U.S. Workers

IOWA CITY, Iowa, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Analysts trying to determine whether U.S. workers possess needed skills should look at those required by specific jobs, a testing service said Thursday. ACT, an organization based in Iowa City that publishes one of the major college admissions tests, released a report, “A Better Measure of Skills Gaps.” […]

Number Of U.S. Hispanic Students Hits High

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Enrollment of Hispanic students attending college in the United States surged 24 percent from 2009 to 2010, narrowing gaps with other groups, a think tank says. The number of Hispanic 18- to 24-year-olds attending college rose by 349,000 to reach 1.8 million, the Pew Hispanic Center said in a release […]

Powerful Explosion Kills At Least 12

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug. 25 (UPI) — A powerful explosion in a busy shopping area in northwest Pakistan’s Nowshera district killed at least 12 people and injured 17 more, authorities said. The blast late Thursday went off in the district’s Risalpur military cantonment as people were shopping for the Eid religious holiday. Six of the injured […]

Woman Acquitted Of Recording Chicago Cops

CHICAGO, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Jurors acquitted a woman who used her BlackBerry to record two Chicago police officers secretly, with one saying jurors saw the charges as “a waste of time.” Tiawanda Moore, 20, could have received a 15-year prison sentence if convicted, the Chicago Tribune reported. Under Illinois law, audio recordings are illegal […]

Poll: Half Say Immigrants Not Taking Jobs

ASBURY PARK, N.J., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Almost half of U.S. voters say illegal immigrants are doing jobs citizens and legal immigrants do not want, a poll released Thursday said. While 40 percent of respondents to the Rasmussen Reports poll said illegal immigrants are taking jobs away from citizens, 49 percent believe the immigrants are […]

DA: Chicago Gangs Prostitute Teens

CHICAGO, Aug. 25 (UPI) — A sex-trafficking operation run by Chicago gangs forced girls as young as 12 to work as prostitutes, punishing them with beatings, prosecutors say. Eight men and a woman people were arrested this week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced the charges at a news conference […]

Poll: U.S.voters Prefer Local Government

ASBURY PARK, N.J., Aug. 25 (UPI) — U.S. voters tend to have the most appreciation for the government closest to them, a poll released Thursday said. The survey by Rasmussen Reports found 33 percent of those polled say local government does the best job and 23 percent picked the state government. Only 15 percent said […]


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