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CIA Disputes Civilian Drone Death Claims

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The U.S. government Friday disputed reports its drones in Pakistan have killed hundreds of civilians, including more than 160 children. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London this week said the CIA’s counter-terror drone program has killed 385 civilians, 168 of them children, in 291 strikes since 2004. The CIA […]

NASA Forms New Directorate

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — U.S. space agency NASA is creating a directorate that will focus on International Space Station operations and human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. The organization — the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate — combines the Space Operations and Exploration Systems mission directorates. “America is opening a bold new chapter […]

Court Rejects Mandatory Health Insurance

ATLANTA, Aug. 12 (UPI) — An appeals court in Atlanta said Friday President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law overstepped its boundaries and was, in part, unconstitutional. The 2-1 panel vote at the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which directly contrasts with a ruling in Cincinnati, said the federal mandate that requires individuals to either […]

Crew Member Missing After Tug Sinks

LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Authorities say they’re searching for a missing crew member after a tugboat sank Friday on the River Thames in London. The Port of London Authority said two other crew members were rescued after the tug, towing a barge carrying a crane, overturned off Greenwich Pier in south London just before […]

4 Killed In Polish Train Crash

LODZ, Poland, Aug. 12 (UPI) — At least four people were killed Friday when an intercity train derailed in central Poland en route from Katowice to Warsaw, rail officials said. The first carriage on the train overturned, Margaret Sitkowska, a spokeswoman for the rail company PKP, told TVN24. The other three left the tracks but […]

Ex-Tunisian Security Chief Faces 2nd Trial

TUNIS, Tunisia, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A Tunisian court acquitted Ali Seriati, former head of the presidential guard, of helping the ousted president escape Friday. Seriati’s acquittal on a charge of forging passports for President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his immediate family does not end his legal problems, the BBC reported. He is being […]

Gallup: House GOP Majority In Trouble

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 12 (UPI) — Republicans might find their grip on the U.S. House slipping with the latest Gallup poll indicating more than half of registered voters leaning Democratic. Fifty-one percent of those polled said if elections were held today, they would vote Democratic, with 44 percent saying they’d vote Republican. “The Democratic Party […]

Northrop, USO Team For Troops

COLORADO SPRINGS, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Northrop Grumman employees in Colorado worked with the United Service Organizations to provide 12,000 care packages for deploying service men and women. The company said about 250 employees from the company’s Colorado Springs, Boulder and Aurora locations volunteered at an Operation USO Care Package Stuffing Party to assemble deployment […]

Election Ruling Stokes Afghan Division

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Afghan lawmakers expressed division over a decision by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to order an election tribunal to finalize last year’s election. Lawmakers in Kabul have squared off over access to ballots from last year’s election for the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of Parliament. Election officials threw out […]

Training Wheels May Be Missing Girl’s

SENATH, Mo., Aug. 12 (UPI) — Training wheels found in Missouri may be those of a missing 3-year-old neighbors last saw riding her bike five days ago, authorities said. “We’ve still got a missing child and a missing bicycle and these wheels are similar to the ones that were on the bicycle,” said Senath, Mo., […]

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