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Obama Gets Advice On Jobs Plan

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass., Aug. 23 (UPI) — President Barack Obama got advice for his jobs plan from billionaire investor Warren Buffett and Ford chief Alan Mulally, a White House spokesman said. Josh Earnest told The Hill the president took time from his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Monday to talk with Buffett about possible measures that […]

The Atlantic Magazine Investigates Ties To U.K. Firm

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The Atlantic says it has launched an internal investigation into its ties with a British firm that provided editorial content on foreign subjects. A spokeswoman for Atlantic Media Co., which publishes the magazine, told Politico that FBC Media was doing public relations work for some of the same governments on […]

Six Wounded At Rec Center Basketball Game

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Police were investigating a shooting at a Philadelphia recreation center basketball game in which six people were shot, officials said. Officials said a man at the game opened fire, apparently aiming for someone specific, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Tuesday. Officials said five men and one woman sustained gunshot wounds. […]

Canada Sets State Funeral For Jack Layton

OTTAWA, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The Canadian government will conduct an unprecedented state funeral for the leader of the socialist opposition party who died of cancer in Toronto. Jack Layton, 61, battled prostate cancer last year, but announced last month a second, undisclosed cancer had been diagnosed. He died Monday. Since Canada was formed in […]

Hurricane Irene Moves Through Caribbean

MIAMI, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Hurricane Irene, with 100 mph winds, bore down on the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said. The Category 2 storm was expected to gather strength during the next two days and could become a major hurricane later Tuesday or Wednesday, the NHC […]

MP Accused Of Coverup In Sex Scandal

SYDNEY, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Australian lawmaker Craig Thomson tried to cover up payments to prostitutes in 2005 by reversing the charges on a union credit card, court documents indicate. Several days later, the reversed charges were reprocessed on a personal credit card, The (Sydney) Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday. At the time, Thomson, a member […]

Indiana Victim’s Organs To Be Donated

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The family of a woman who died of injuries from the collapse of a stage in Indiana said her organs will be donated so she can touch lives “through her passing.” Meagan Toothman, 24, a cheerleading coach from the Cincinnati area, died Monday after her family arranged to donate her […]

Biden Praises Japan’s Courage

TOKYO, Aug. 23 (UPI) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, visiting areas of Japan rebuilding from a monstrous earthquake and tsunami, hailed the courage of the Japanese people. Biden, while touring Sendai, spoke Tuesday of how much Americans admire the “stamina and resolve” of the survivors of the March 11 disaster and subsequent crisis at […]

Thailand’s Human Trafficking Rising

BANGKOK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Thailand faces a rise in human trafficking, a United Nations expert said, urging the country to fight the corruption blamed for the problem. Joy Ezeilo, speaking in Bangkok at the end of a 12-day trip, said she found that “internal trafficking in children is rampant” and that migrant, stateless and […]

Ban Encouraged By Myanmar Meeting

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said a recent meeting between Myanmar’s new president and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was a hopeful sign. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and pro-democracy leader in her country, met with President Thein Sein Friday for discussions on finding common ground on […]

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