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Peru Goes Slow On Uprooting Coca Plantations

LIMA, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Peru is going slow on uprooting coca plantations as part of a revived government plan to restore the thumb-shaped green leaf its historical role in Inca times, even if that opens the country to risks of uncontrolled cocaine production. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala is the second regional leader to embrace […]

Drought Brings ‘Toilet To Tap’ To Fore

BIG SPRING, Texas, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Drought in the U.S. West is leading many cities to join a growing trend of using recycled sewage water for drinking water — a practice dubbed “toilet to tap.” Big Spring, Texas, is building a $13 million wastewater-to-drinking water treatment plant that, beginning next year, will produce 2 […]

Named Storms In Atlantic On Record Pace

MIAMI, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The number of named storms in the Atlantic this year has already outpaced last year’s, which had the third-highest-ever total, forecasters say. Tropical storm Harvey, which formed last week and is expected to drench Central America, was this year’s eighth named storm while 2010 only had four at this point […]

Freshmen ‘Mindset List’ Released

BELOIT, Wis., Aug. 23 (UPI) — Wisconsin’s Beloit College released its annual “Mindset List” for the incoming freshman class, reminding the staff that the students likely don’t know cursive. The list, which began in 1998 as a way to “look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall,” documents […]

Dictionary Adds ‘Auto-Complete’

OXFORD, England, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The Oxford English Dictionary, published in Britain, said 1,800 new words and meanings have been added to the online version, including “auto-complete.” The Oxford University Press said the word, defined as “a software feature that uses text already entered in a given field to predict or generate the characters […]

Landlord Struggles To Get Rid Of Squatter

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A New York landlord trying to get rid of a squatter in one of his apartments said the man has so far cost him $6,400 in lost rent. Tibor Karakas said Brian Wiley, 33, moved into the apartment when the previous tenant took him on as a roommate earlier […]

Jeffs To Be In Protective Solitary

PALESTINE, Texas, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Polygamist sect leader and convicted child rapist Warren Jeffs, 55, will be jailed in solitary for his own protection, Texas officials said Tuesday. Two weeks ago, a jury found Jeffs guilty of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 12 and 15, whom he took as polygamous wives, and sentenced him […]

Bank: Early Payment Foreclosure A Mistake

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) — Bank of America said it made a mistake in filing to foreclose on a retired Florida couple who made their mortgage payment a week early. The bank said Monday James Bullington, 78, of New Port Richey, and his wife Sharon, 70, will be returned to their loan […]

Hawk Flies Into N.Y. Apartment Building

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Animal rescuers in New York said a red-tailed hawk that entered an apartment building through an open third-story window has been released. Joe Moderski, a resident of the West 80th Street walkup, said he found the hawk in the hallway outside of his fifth-floor apartment when he arrived home […]

Va. Quake Rattles Eastern Seaboard

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 23 (UPI) — An earthquake rattled Northern Virginia Tuesday, briefly causing a power shutdown at a nuclear plant and emptying the White House in nearby Washington. The 5.9-magnitude quake was the strongest in Virginia in more than a century, and shook cities all along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. U.S. […]

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