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Abbas Opts For Statehood Not Talks

JERUSALEM, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to avoid negotiating with Israel and seek statehood is “regrettable,” the Israeli prime minister’s bureau said. The statement released by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office Saturday night was in response to reports that Abbas will seek recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations […]

Afghan Suicide Bombers Kill 19

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 14 (UPI) — A coordinated attack by six suicide bombers killed 19 people and injured 20 others Sunday at a regional governor’s compound in Afghanistan, police said. Officials said security was first breached at the governor’s residence in Charikar by a suicide car bomber. In the ensuing mayhem, five other men wearing […]

Politics, Money, Unions And The Wisconsin Recall Elections

Democrats and public unions may not be dancing in the streets after picking up two of six Republican Senate seats in last week’s recall election, but they may be smirking a little — or not. The recall elections for nine state senators — six Republicans and three Democrats in what some observers said was more […]

School Reform: Teachers, Public At Odds On What To Do To Improve Schools

CHICAGO, Aug. 14 (UPI) — With states scrambling to get out of No Child Left Behind benchmarks, anemic tax collections decimating education budgets and test scores indicating U.S. students are losing ground to students in other countries, how are Americans reacting to these developments and are they pushing for effective reforms or out to punish […]

Under The U.S. Supreme Court: Cracking The Housing Bust Conspiracy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Conspiracy theorists ran into a brick wall earlier this month in efforts to connect the collapse of the mortgage industry to politicians — a controversial quest because most agree the housing bust was one of the first indicators, and one of the first causes, of the lagging U.S. economy. Judicial […]

4 Die, 40 Hurt In Fair Stage Collapse

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Storm winds slammed the Indiana State Fair grandstand Saturday night, killing at least four people and injuring 40 when the stage collapsed, authorities said. The death toll from the collapse at the fairgrounds in Indianapolis, which occurred as a crowd of about 12,000 waited for a performance by the country […]

Mississippi Mother, 4 Children Die In Fire

JACKSON, Miss., Aug. 14 (UPI) — An apartment fire in Jackson, Miss., Saturday killed a mother and her four children despite neighbors’ and firefighters’ efforts to save them, authorities said. The victims were Dominique Henderson, 28, and her children, ages 7, 5, 3 and 2, Jackson’s WAPT-TV reported. Jackson Fire Chief Greg Travis said the […]

Tropical Storm Franklin Lasts Just 1 Day

MIAMI, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Tropical storm Franklin came and went in just one day, U.S. forecasters said Saturday. Franklin became the sixth named storm of the 2011 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 5 a.m. advisory. By 11 a.m. it had winds of up 45 mph but […]

Palestinians To Go To U.N. Sept. 20

JERUSALEM, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni blamed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Saturday for Palestine’s decision to seek U.N. approval for statehood status. Palestinian officials said they would apply for the United Nations’ recognition of Palestine as an independent state on Sept. 20, due to stalled peace talks with Israel, Ynetnews reported. […]

Head-on Collision Kills 3 In Canada

SURREY, British Columbia, Aug. 13 (UPI) — A head-on collision on a British Columbia highway Saturday left three men dead, police said. Police said a man speeding against traffic Highway 10 in Surrey killed himself and two other men about 1:45 a.m., the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. A woman survived the crash and was listed […]

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