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Two Iraq Bombings Kill 7, Wound 16

BAGHDAD, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Two separate insurgent bombings killed seven people in Iraq Sunday, among them a Sunni Muslim paramilitary leader, security officials said. Police told China’s state news agency Xinhua multiple bombs were planted in the home of an unidentified leader of the Sunni Awakening Council group in the Abu Ghraib district, about […]

Students Get Degrees Posthumously

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Aug. 7 (UPI) — The families of five of six students killed in an April tornado accepted their posthumous degrees from the University of Alabama, officials said. Family members walked across the stage Saturday to receive degrees for students killed when a tornado struck Tuscaloosa and the university April 27, the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) […]

Oil Leaking From Sunken Ship Off Mumbai

MUMBAI, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Oil leaking from a sunken cargo ship near the Mumbai harbor had spread at least 7 miles from the site Sunday, the Indian coast guard reported. The Panamanian-flagged MT Rak Carrier sank Thursday, but there were few details released about the cause. All 30 crew members were rescued. Navy and […]

Libyan Rebels Claim Western Town

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Libyan rebels claimed victory over government forces after a heavy weekend battle for the western town of Bir al-Ghanam, 50 miles from Tripoli. Soldiers loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi flanked the town from three sides and exchanged rocket fire with the rebels for five hours, CNN reported Sunday. Medical […]

NATO Recovers Bodies From Downed ‘copter

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 7 (UPI) — The bodies of 38 U.S. and Afghan soldiers were removed from the wreckage of a downed helicopter southwest of Afghanistan’s capital, officials said Sunday. International Security Assistance Force spokesman Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings told CNN the process of notifying U.S. families of the deaths had begun. The large CH-47 […]

North London Erupts In Fiery Rioting

LONDON, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Police in the North London district of Tottenham said 26 of its officers were injured in rioting that began Saturday night and spilled into Sunday morning. Much of the district was cordoned off Sunday as investigators combed through burned out buildings and cars and smashed windows were boarded up, the […]

Netanyahu Forms Team To Deal With Demands

JERUSALEM, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Hours after some 300,000 Israelis took to the streets demanding social justice, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu formed a task force to deal with the demands. “We must provide a real solution,” Ynetnews.com quoted Netanyahu saying Sunday morning. “We cannot ignore the voices rising from the public. We must give real […]

Syrian Army, Tanks Operating In City

DEIR EZZOR, Syria, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Syrian troops and tanks were deployed in Deir Ezzor Sunday, a day after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern about rising violence. An opposition activist told CNN loud explosions could be heard in a number of neighborhoods after troops entered the city located in northeastern Syria. The unnamed […]

Under The U.S. Supreme Court: Race-based Affirmative Action In Peril

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Two cases are pushing affirmative action toward the U.S. Supreme Court again where simple arithmetic suggests it might snap like a board under too much pressure. The high court ruled on race-based affirmative action in two landmark cases in 2003. Then, like now, the court was divided into a conservative […]

Record 45.8 Million Receiving Food Stamps

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Alabama, hit by severe storms, pushed the total number of U.S. food stamp recipients to an all-time high of 45.8 million people in May, officials say. Food stamp use — officially known as the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — surged in Alabama from 868,813 in April to 1,762,481 in […]

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