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Irene Punishes East Coast

MIAMI, Aug. 28 (UPI) — Deadly Hurricane Irene rumbled up the U.S. East Coast toward New York City Sunday, knocking out power to millions and sending others fleeing, authorities said. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 2 a.m. advisory that Irene was still a Category 1 storm with 80 mph sustained winds […]

Explorer Franklin’s Ships Remain Lost

OTTAWA, Aug. 28 (UPI) — The latest effort to find the doomed ships of 19th century British arctic explorer Sir John Franklin ended in failure, Canadian officials say. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Saturday archaeologists who spent six days searching an area west of King William Island found no sign of the shipwrecks HMS Erebus […]

Off-duty Policeman Hit By Suspects’ Car

MISSOURI CITY, Texas, Aug. 27 (UPI) — An off-duty police officer in Texas is recovering after being hit by a car carrying two alleged burglars who got away despite his shooting at them, police say. The unidentified Missouri City police officer was working a side job as security for a jewelry store Saturday when the […]

Stetson Kennedy Dies At 95

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 27 (UPI) — Stetson Kennedy, an author and civil rights activist, has died at the age of 95. Kennedy, a Jacksonville, Fla., native, passed Saturday morning at Baptist Medical Center South, The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union reported. Kennedy checked in to the hospital earlier this week for palliative care, which is treatment of […]

2,400 Attend Layton Funeral

TORONTO, Aug. 27 (UPI) — Powerful politicians of all stripes put politics aside in Toronto Saturday for the funeral of New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton. “Supporters and opponents alike have had an opportunity to pay honor, to express their gratitude for Jack Layton’s contribution to public life,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a Conservative, said […]

5 Vie To Be Japanese Prime Minister

TOKYO, Aug. 27 (UPI) — Five members or former members of the Cabinet hope to succeed Naoto Kan as prime minister and head of the Democratic Party of Japan. Kan, under fire for his handling of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant crisis this spring, announced his resignation Aug. 10. The field is the largest […]

Indian Parliament Moves On Corruption Bill

NEW DELHI, Aug. 27 (UPI) — The Indian Parliament approved an anti-corruption resolution Saturday in an effort to get an activist to end his hunger strike. Anna Hazare said he would break his fast at 10 a.m. Sunday, The Times of India reported. Hazare, 74, a follower of Mohandas Gandhi, said the unanimous passage of […]

Hospital Can Continue To Medicate Loughner

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 27 (UPI) — A federal judge has effectively approved a U.S. prison hospital’s decision to medicate accused Tucson shooter Jared Loughner without his consent. Loughner, who allegedly killed six people and wounded 13 in a spree aimed at U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., has been found incompetent to stand trial. He is […]

Body Found In Yellowstone, Possible Grizzly Victim

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo., Aug. 27 (UPI) — The body of a hiker was found along the Mary Mountain Trail in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park, officials said. An investigation to determine the cause of death was under way after a pair of hikers found the body Friday along the eastern section of the 21-mile trail […]

New York Shuts Down Subway Ahead Of Irene

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (UPI) — New York City prepared for a surge of water from Hurricane Irene Saturday, shutting down the subway and evacuating 370,000 residents in low-lying neighborhoods. Transit workers moved trains from outdoor yards, parking them in tunnels around the city to protect them from the up to 12 inches of rain […]

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