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Tornado Kills 1, Brings Rain To Tulsa

TULSA, Okla., Aug. 11 (UPI) — A tornado that moved through the Locust Grove, Okla., area killed one person and injured two others, while bringing rain to the parched area, police said. Mayes County Emergency Management said the woman, 82-year-old Beverly Reed, was killed Wednesday when her mobile home was destroyed by the tornado that […]

Six NATO Troops Killed In Afghan Bombings

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Six Western soldiers were killed in bombings in Afghanistan Thursday, five of them in a single attack, NATO said. The nationalities of the victims were not released, although most foreign forces serving in southern Afghanistan where the bombings took place are either American or British. Improvised explosive devices remain […]

U.S. Defends Stance On Egypt

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Washington said it was concerned with anti-American sentiment developing in Egypt, saying accusations targeting its envoy to Cairo are off the mark. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that anti-American sentiment in post-revolution Egypt was at a high. The report points to a cover of a July edition of a […]

Group Sues Over Florida’s New Textbook Law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) — A group tracking national security has filed a lawsuit against Florida Gov. Rick Scott over a new law that streamlines the state’s textbook selection. Citizens for National Security, based in Boca Raton, Fla., said Wednesday the new procedure does not provide for careful review of textbooks, The Orlando (Fla.) […]

U.S. Trade Gap Jumps By $2.3 Billion

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The U.S. international trade deficit rose to $53.1 billion in June, up from an upwardly revised $50.8 billion in May, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday. The previous estimate for May was $50.2 billion. For June, exports totaled $170.9 billion, while imports totaled $223.9 billion. Exports, at $170.9 billion, were […]

Canadian Trade Deficit Widens In June

OTTAWA, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Canada’s international trade deficit widened to $1.6 billion in June with a 1.7 percent decrease in exports, Statistics Canada reported from Ottawa Thursday. “Exports fell to $36.5 billion, largely the result of declines in energy products and automotive products,” the agency said. “Exports of energy products declined 5.1 percent to […]

Former Philippine President Arroyo Has Surgery

MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was recovering from surgery to remove an infected cervical spine implant, officials said. Doctors said they were unable to reconstruct the infected implant and the former president will be required to wear external support to compensate for its failure, Philippine Inquirer.net reported Thursday. Arroyo’s […]

Poll: Hawaii Bluest State, Utah Reddest

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 11 (UPI) — Hawaii and the District of Columbia were most Democratic so far this year while Utah was the most Republican, a Gallup poll survey indicated. Nationwide, Democrats held a slight advantage in the first half of 2011 in the Gallup tracking data released Wednesday, with 44 percent of Americans identifying […]

Parents Of Japanese Tsunami Victims Sue School

SENDAI, Japan, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The parents of Japanese children killed when a tsunami hit their school bus have sued the private school they claim ignored warnings, officials said. Parents of four of the dead children filed a lawsuit against Hiyori Kindergarten, a private school in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Thursday. […]

Belgrade Negotiator: Kosovo Crisis Is Over

BELGRADE, Serbia, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The crisis in Kosovo is over, said Belgrade team leader Borislav Stefanovic, if Pristina is barred from setting up operations in the north. “The crisis is over, and we are about to enter the dialogue in Brussels,” Stefanovic said in a B92 report. Serbia protested when Kosovo set up […]

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