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Democrats Outpace GOP In Fundraising

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Democratic Party committees have raised $24 million more than their Republican counterparts for the 2012 U.S. elections, records show. That’s more than twice as big a lead as Democrats held at comparable points in the past two election cycles, Politico reports. Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show the […]

SoCal Mom Faces Charges In Baby’s Fall

SANTA ANA, Calif., Aug. 24 (UPI) — Prosecutors said a Southern California mother allegedly shoved her baby from a hospital parking garage and then left after having her ticket validated. Sonia Hermosillo, 31, of La Habra was arrested this week after a witness reported seeing her pushing her 7-month-old son from the fourth floor of […]

U.S.: Canada’s China Trade Policy Weak

OTTAWA, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A U.S. diplomatic note leaked Wednesday said Canada’s business courtship of China in 2007 “resulted in no apparent deliverables,” but good press. The WikiLeaks Web site released some 5,000 diplomatic communications, among them some written by David Wilkins, who was the U.S. ambassador to Canada in 2007, the Globe and […]

New Trial Sought For ‘Liberty City’ Men

MIAMI, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Removal of a federal juror prevented a third mistrial in the case against five Miami men convicted of conspiring to aid al-Qaida, defense attorneys said. The attorneys argued that the dismissal of Juror No. 4. by U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard in April 2009 was a major error and led […]

Iowa To Allow Lead Shot In Dove Hunting

DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Iowa lawmakers, going against a national trend, say they will allow lead ammunition for dove hunting in the season set to open Sept. 1. Environmentalists and wildlife experts have been locked in a nationwide battle with hunters and gun groups over whether hunters should be permitted to use […]

Mexico Arrests Suspected Cartel Leader

CHIHUAHUA CITY, Mexico, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Mexican authorities say they’ve arrested a man believed to be the successor to “El Diego,” a Juarez drug cartel leader captured earlier this month. Jesus Antonio Rincon Chavero was arrested Aug. 16 by the Mexican army in Chihuahua City and handed over to a federal organized crime unit, […]

Dating Site Will Screen Out Sex Offenders

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The online dating Web site Match.com has settled a California lawsuit by agreeing to screen known sex offenders from membership. The suit, filed by screenwriter Carole Markin, placed a spotlight on the perils of computer-generated dating, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. Markin, 54, was attacked on a second […]

Poll: Romney, Obama Tied In Popular Vote

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 24 (UPI) — Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is tied with President Obama in the popular vote and Texas Gov. Rick Perry is 6 points back, a new poll showed. The latest Public Politic Polling indicated Obama is tied with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 45 percent, the same as […]

Feds Break Up Florida Pill Mill Operation

MIAMI, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Federal authorities used racketeering statutes to charge 32 people with operating Florida pill mills that racked up profits of more than $40 million. FBI Special Agent in Charge John V. Gillies said law enforcement dismantled the nation’s largest criminal organization that was illegally distributing painkillers and steroids, The Miami Herald […]

A Third Say Race Relations Have Improved

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 24 (UPI) — A third of Americans say race relations have improved under President Obama but a plurality say they haven’t changed, a Gallup-USA Today poll indicated. Thirty-five percent said they think race relations improved while 23 percent said relations got worse, results released Wednesday indicated. Forty-one percent said they thought race […]

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