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Buffett Says Congress Coddles The Rich

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Congress has for too long spared the wealthiest Americans from paying their fair share in U.S. taxes. “I know well many of the mega-rich and, by and large, they are very decent people. They love America and appreciate the opportunity this country has given […]

Woman Swept Over Niagara Falls Presumed Dead

BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Authorities in Canada a search is under way for a young woman swept over Niagara Falls but she has been presumed drowned. The Niagara Parks Police Service said the woman, in her 20s, was sitting on a railing at Table Rock, on the Canadian side, Sunday evening when she […]

Rats The Size Of Rabbits Overrun NYC Park

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) — People living and working near the Grand Army Plaza Park in New York said the property has become overrun with rabbit-sized rats. Reese Perez, 60, who operates a food cart near the park, which is across from The Plaza hotel, said the rats “look like rabbits” and he blames […]

Mass. Faces Cuts In HIV, AIDS Programs

BOSTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Boston officials say they fear a rise in HIV infections as cuts in federal spending force them to eliminate or reduce HIV and AIDS prevention services. City officials said those programs were responsible for driving human immunodeficiency virus infection rates down by 50 percent in the last decade. Community health […]

Florida Pastor Found Dead In N.Y. Hotel

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) — New York police say Pastor Zachery Tims, leader of one of the largest congregations in central Florida, was found dead in a Times Square hotel room. Tims, 42, the senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, was found in his room of the W Hotel on Broadway […]

Police Say Boyfriend Decapitated Seven-year-old Boy

THIBODAUX, La., Aug. 15 (UPI) — A 30-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder for allegedly decapitating his girlfriend’s disabled 7-year-old son, police in Louisiana said. Jori Lirette’s decapitated remains were found outside his home Sunday afternoon, the Thibodaux Daily Comet said. Police said Jeremiah Lee Wright is the live-in boyfriend of the victim’s […]

Kyrgyz Presidential Bidders Line Up

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, Aug. 15 (UPI) — The Kyrgyz prime minister entered the race to become the country’s next president in elections scheduled for October, his party said Monday. An April 2010 coup in Kyrgyzstan forced President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to flee his stronghold in the south of the country to Belarus. Since the 2010 coup, the […]

N.C. Gears Up For Same-sex Marriage Fight

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Groups across North Carolina say they expect a fight over a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage when lawmakers convene in September. Campaigns over the proposal for the constitutional amendment have sprung up across the state, including petition drives, postcard drives, messages from church pulpits, rallies, billboards and […]

HRW Blames Everyone For Crisis In Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Atrocities committed both by al-Shabaab and pro-government forces are making life even worse for the people of Somalia, Human Rights Watch said. A drought expected to last much of the year prompted humanitarian aid agencies to warn of a disaster unfolding in the Horn of Africa. Human Rights Watch […]

James Anderson Remembered In Candlelight Vigil

JACKSON, Miss., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Hundreds of people attended a vigil to remember James Craig Anderson, a black man allegedly run down by a white teenager, officials in Mississippi said. The vigil Sunday in the parking lot of the Metro Inn, where Anderson, 49, was allegedly run down June 26, attracted people of all […]

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