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Dog Swallows $10,000 Worth Of Diamonds

ALBANY, Ga., Aug. 24 (UPI) — The co-owner of a Georgia jewelry store said $10,000 worth of diamonds that went missing were found in the stomach of a four-legged worker. Chuck Roberts, co-owner of John Ross Jewelers in Albany, said the small dog, Honey Bun, is only supposed to greet customers, but he swallowed a […]

Men Found Sleeping In Caskets

BRISTOL, Tenn., Aug. 24 (UPI) — Police in Tennessee said workers at a funeral home called 911 when they discovered two men sleeping in caskets in a storage area. Investigators said the workers at Weaver’s Funeral Home in Bristol discovered the men sleeping at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and the suspects fled through a window […]

Moody’s Lowers Japan’s Rating

TOKYO, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Moody’s rating agency Wednesday lowered Japan’s debt rating a notch to Aa3 from Aa2, citing its deficits and government debt, but said the outlook is stable. In its announcement, Moody’s Investors Service Inc. said the downgrade “is prompted by large budget deficits and the build-up in Japanese government debt since […]

Durable Goods Orders Beat Expectations

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — U.S. durable goods orders jumped 4 percent in July, covering economists’ expectations and then some, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Economists expected new orders for goods that last three years or more to rise 2.1 percent. However, commerce said orders rose by $7.7 billion for all categories of durable goods […]

Home Prices, Up In June, Down In Quarter

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A federal agency said Wednesday U.S. home prices fell 0.6 percent in the second quarter, but rose in June compared to May. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which tracks prices for homes with mortgages backed by either the Federal National Mortgage Association or the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., said […]

Mortgage Activity Down Slightly

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The Mortgage Bankers Association said U.S. mortgage activity fell in the week ending Friday as interest rates rose. Interest rates for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages rose from 4.32 percent to 4.39 percent with points rising from 0.86 to 0.88. Rates for 15-year, fixed-rate contracts rose from 3.47 percent to 3.56 percent […]

USPS Study Says Slower Deliveries Might Work

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A study says the U.S. Postal Service could save a bundle if it just took its time delivering first class and Priority Mail. Officials from the mail service said new schedules could be announced just after Labor Day, based on a study that said the USPS could save $1.5 billion […]

Tots Said To Have Grammar Sense

LIVERPOOL, England, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Two-year-old children can understand complex grammar even before they have learned to speak in complete sentences, British researchers say. Psychologists at the University of Liverpool say their study suggests infants understand more about language structure than they can actually articulate and that knowledge comes at a much earlier age […]

Human Motion Seen As Power Source

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 23 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say the day may come when your cellphone — or almost any other portable electronic device — could be powered just by taking a walk. University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have describe a new energy-harvesting technology that could dramatically reduce dependence on batteries by capturing the energy of […]

U.S. Funds Broadband In Rural Areas

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The U.S. Agriculture Department says it will provide $103 million to fund 23 projects for broadband services to unserved and underserved rural communities. “Without broadband, rural communities, agricultural producers and business owners face a substantial challenge,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “These loans and grants will bring the benefits of […]


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