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Deficit Reduction: Common Cents Or Common Sense?

Solving the U.S. deficit crisis may be more a matter of common sense than dollars and cents. A Democrat and a Republican unveiled propositions for reducing the deficit — an imbroglio before President Obama and Congress reached a plan as part of raising the debt ceiling — in recent weeks: One would change budgeting while […]

Under The U.S. Supreme Court: Will Funny Money Elect The Next President?

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) — Is the American political process drowning in corporate money, dammed-up funds in long confinement finally set loose by a U.S. Supreme Court decision so controversial even its supporters defend it with a wink and a smirk? As you read this, tens of millions of dollars, much of it from secret […]

Woman, Mother, Grandmother Die In Wreck

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 21 (UPI) — A sport utility vehicle blew a tire and overturned in North Carolina Saturday, killing a New York woman, her mother and grandmother, authorities said. The North Carolina Highway Patrol identified the victims as Rosanny Marte, 22, Angela Marte, 46, and Rosa Marte, 71, all of New York City, the […]

2 Colo. Bear Attacks Under Investigation

PITKIN COUNTY, Colo., Aug. 21 (UPI) — Colorado officials are investigating two separate bear attacks on campers in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass wilderness area. The first attack involved a bear biting a man camping in the Crater Lake area early Friday, KMGH-TV of Denver reported. The victim told officials he and another camper didn’t have any […]

Giffords Told About Shooting Spree Victims

TUCSON, Aug. 21 (UPI) — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, severely wounded in a shooting spree in January, has now been given details about the other 18 victims, her staff says. The Arizona Democrat, who is recovering from a bullet wound to the head that nearly took her life, learned last month that the six victims […]

Pilot Killed During Aerobatic Practice

HAMMONTON, N.J., Aug. 21 (UPI) — Two small planes collided in midair over the Hammonton Municipal Airport in New Jersey Saturday, killing one of the pilots, officials say. The two planes were performing aerobatic maneuvers when the mishap happened, The (Newark, N.J.) News-Ledger reported. The names of the two pilots had not been released. The […]

Family Fight Leaves 1 Dead, Others Injured

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug. 21 (UPI) — A domestic dispute in Winnipeg, Manitoba, escalated into a street brawl with a car-ramming finale that left about 10 people injured and one dead, police say. Police showed up at the scene early Saturday after receiving reports of 15 to 20 people fighting in the street, the Canadian Broadcasting […]

Elderly Brit To Lose Cheap Bus Travel

In an effort to cut costs, the British government will be disbanding its coach bus concessions for the elderly and disabled, officials say. Pensioners will lose their right to discounted long-distance coach travel this year, The Daily Telegraph reported. Their free local bus travel will remain in place. The motion will save England $28.8 million […]

Quartet Condemns Mideast Violence

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) — The Middle East Quartet Saturday condemned this week’s terror attacks on Israel as “cowardly.” Israeli authorities said five men and three women were killed Thursday in gunfire and rocket or bomb attacks on the roads into Eilat, a resort on the Red Sea and the southernmost city in Israel. The […]

D.C. Mayor Wants End To Flash Mob Thefts

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) — The mayor of Washington, D.C., has denounced flash mob shoplifting after two instances of the mass thievery at convenience stores. The two stores were taken for mostly snack food, The Washington Post reported Friday. On Aug. 12 a 7-Eleven was robbed by about 25 people of about $450 worth of […]

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