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Obama: 2012 ‘more Important’ Than 2008

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) — President Barack Obama said Thursday the U.S. political system is “broken” and that makes the 2012 election “more important than 2008.” Speaking at a fundraiser at the New York home of film producer Harvey Weinstein, Obama reflected on an appearance earlier in the day in Michigan, where he said […]

Owner Could Get Deadly Snakes Back

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C., Aug. 11 (UPI) — The owner of 60 venomous reptiles that were seized from his home by authorities in North Carolina will get them back if he is not charged, officials say. The snakes and lizards, along with nearly 100 frozen dead reptiles, were confiscated from Walter Kidd’s mobile home last week after […]

Kinder Denies Dancer’s Allegations

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said Thursday he frequently visited a strip club years ago but denied a former dancer’s claims he was one of her customers. “Like most people, I am not proud of every place I have been. But this woman’s bizarre story is not true,” Kinder, […]

Aruba Asks FBI For Help In Missing Woman Case

ORANJESTAD, Aruba, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Aruba officials are asking the FBI for information on a man being held as a suspect in the disappearance of a woman off the shore of Aruba. Gary Giordano, 50, was initially considered a witness in the disappearance of Robyn Gardner, 35, of Frederick, Md., but after an investigation, […]

Bulger Girlfriend Indicted On Conspiracy

BOSTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Catherine Greig, girlfriend of Boston gangster James Whitey Bulger, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on conspiracy charges, prosecutors said. Greig, 60, of Quincy, Mass., was charged with conspiracy to harbor and conceal a fugitive, The Boston Globe reported. The U.S. attorney’s office said Greig knew of a […]

Poll: Voters Want To End Afghan Mission

ASBURY PARK, N.J., Aug. 11 (UPI) — A majority of likely U.S. voters say U.S. forces should be out of Afghanistan either immediately or within a year, a poll released Thursday reported. Rasmussen Reports said 59 percent of those surveyed want the troops home, 28 percent say there should not be a timetable for withdrawal […]

Hacker Invades U. Of Wisconsin System

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A hacker may have compromised the names and Social Security numbers of 75,000 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students and employees, the school said. Tom Luljak, the vice chancellor for university relations, said there is no proof anyone has been misusing the data, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday. He said investigators […]

U.S. Threatens Gaza Aid

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department Thursday warned Hamas leaders in Gaza their demands to audit American-financed charities could cost them $100 million in aid. The message was prompted after Hamas suspended International Medical Corps’ operations in Gaza because IMC refused an onsite audit by Hamas, The New York Times reported. Most […]

Lawsuit: Bureaucracy Helped Kill Boy

DENVER, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A Colorado woman filed suit over her son’s death from asthma, charging he was mistakenly denied Medicaid for the drugs he needed to control the disease. The plaintiffs named in Zuton Lucero-Mills’ lawsuit include the city and county of Denver and three employees of the county Department of Human Services, […]

Elizabeth Warren To Challenge Scott Brown In U.S. Senate?

BOSTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — An aide to Elizabeth Warren, who has taken heat as a presidential economic adviser, says the Harvard Law professor may make a U.S. Senate run in Massachusetts. Warren would face freshman Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican, in 2012. A Massachusetts Democrat assisting her possible campaign told The Hill Warren would […]

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