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Suspect In Slayings Jumps From Bridge

KENNER, La., Aug. 24 (UPI) — A man who jumped off a Louisiana bridge into the Mississippi River is a suspect in one prostitute’s slaying and a “person of interest” in another’s, police say. Authorities in seven boats were searching the waters Wednesday for Kylan M. Laurent, 22, of Vacherie, La., The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune […]

Western Canadian Ferries Losing Money

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The provincially contracted British Columbia Ferries is losing money and wants to cut 400 sailings per year, the company said Wednesday. At its annual meeting in Vancouver Wednesday, Chief Executive Officer David Hahn said BC Ferries lost $5.5 million in the first quarter as of the end of […]

CBO: Growth Will Be Stunted For Years

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday U.S. economic growth will stay “well below” its potential for several years. The CBO said in its Budget and Economic Outlook Update the $1.3 trillion budget deficit for 2011 is the third-largest shortfall in 65 years — eclipsed only by the deficits of the […]

Judge’s Son Gets Prison For Casino Heist

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The son of a former Las Vegas judge was sentenced to three to 11 years in prison for robbing the Bellagio Casino of $1.5 million in chips. Anthony Carleo, 29, who admitted both robberies, faces a second sentencing Thursday for a heist at the Suncoast that brought him almost […]

Nat’l Cathedral Quake Damage In Millions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The National Cathedral in Washington sustained millions of dollars in damage in the earthquake that hit the U.S. East Coast, officials said Wednesday. Officials said three of four spires topping the now-closed church’s central tower lost their capstones when the 5.8-magnitude temblor stuck Tuesday, CNN reported. The Washington Times said […]

Palestinian Unemployment At 30 Percent

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Despite economic gains last year, the occupied Palestinian territory still has an unemployment rate of 30 percent, the United Nations said Wednesday. The territory’s economy grew by 9.3 percent, with Gaza’s increasing 15 percent and the West Bank’s rising 7.6 percent, the U.N. Conference of Trade and Development said […]

Brazil’s War On Corruption Causes Disarray

BRASILIA, Brazil, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s war on corruption — right up to the ministerial and congressional level — has caused unexpected disarray in the Latin American country’s political life as her initiatives threaten to spin out of control. Rousseff launched a campaign to clean her administration, prompting several high-profile resignations. […]

7-magnitude Quake Hits Peru

LIMA, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A 7-magnitude earthquake shook northern Peru Wednesday, U.S. seismologists said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, registered at 12:45 p.m. local time, occurred at a depth of 90.2 miles. Its epicenter was 50 miles north of Pucllpa, Peru, 130 miles west of Cruzeiro do Sul, Brazil, 195 miles northeast […]

Bank Shutting Out Marijuana Dispensaries

DENVER, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Colorado Springs State Bank, the last bank in the state willing to do business openly with medical marijuana suppliers, has asked them to close their accounts. Senior Vice President John Whitten said the bank’s parent company, Herring Bank, does business in Oklahoma and Texas, both states where medical marijuana is […]

Ship Owners: Foreign Ships Carry U.S. Oil

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — U.S. ship owners complain the Obama administration has routinely let oil from federal stockpiles be shipped on foreign-owned vessels, sidestepping federal law. As it rushed to transport millions of barrels to stabilize world oil prices earlier this summer, the administration has waived the 90-year-old Jones Act 46 times, The New […]

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