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U.S. Touts Benefits Of Envoy To Damascus

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford is challenging the Syrian regime about its unfulfilled promises of reform, the U.S. State Department said. Syrian President Bashar Assad has rolled out a series of political reforms his regime claims address concerns expressed by anti-government protesters in recent months. The official Syrian Arab […]

Shuttles Prepare For New Display Homes

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) — In a rare sight, two of NASA’s space shuttle orbiters were together as their decommissioning continued at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. The retired shuttles Discovery and Endeavour presented a rare photo opportunity Thursday as they passed each other while swapping buildings in the ongoing process of being prepared […]

Serial Killer Sowell Sentenced To Death

CLEVELAND, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A judge in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County imposed the death sentence Friday on serial killer Anthony Sowell on the recommendation of a jury. Sowell, convicted in the murders of 11 women, listened for an hour to statements from family members of victims before Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Dick […]

Perseid Meteor Shower To Peak Overnight

MELBOURNE, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) — The annual Perseid meteor shower, one of the most well-known and reliable meteor showers, will peak Friday night and into early Saturday, U.S. astronomers say. The Perseid shower is a yearly event as Earth passes through a stream of dust particles and debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, SPACE.com reported. […]

Suspected Encephalitis Case In Florida

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) — Officials say they’re awaiting test results that could confirm whether a 16-year-old Florida girl in critical condition has contracted amoebic encephalitis. The girl from Mims who had gone swimming in a lake near the Brevard-Volusia county line was rushed to a local hospital after experiencing headache and fever, Florida […]

Cruise Lines Limit Onboard Smoking

MIAMI, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Smokers will have fewer places to light up on cruises because U.S. cruise lines are cracking down on smoking in many areas of their ships, officials say. Norwegian Cruise Line of Florida has announced smoking will be banned inside cabins on all 11 of its ships starting in January, The […]

Heart Risk From Smoking Higher In Women

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Women who smoke have a higher risk of developing heart disease than men, an international study published in a British medical journal says. The study, using data collected on more than 2 million people, found smoking increased the risk of heart disease for women 1.25 times over that for men […]

Ethnic Tensions Linger In Kyrgyzstan

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) — An ethnic Uzbek accused of having ties to ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan in 2010 died after he was allegedly tortured by police, Human Rights Watch said. A Kyrgyz investigation, looking into ethnic violence that gripped parts of southern Kyrgyzstan after an April 2010 coup led President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to […]

Researcher Has ‘Baldness Calculator’

BIELEFELD, Germany, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A German hair loss specialist said his online calculator can help men predict the approximate age when they will go bald. Dr. Adolf Klenk of the Alpecin research institute in Bielefeld said the baldness calculator uses a series of questions answered by users to calculate approximately when they will […]

U.S. Urges Russia To End Syrian Arms Sales

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Russia to stop selling arms to Syria, where a crackdown by President Bashar Assad’s regime claimed 2,000 lives. “We want to see Russia cease selling arms to the Assad regime,” Clinton said in an interview with CBS News Thursday. Earlier this month, Russia […]

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