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Obama: ‘Let Them Know’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday urged Americans who have “had it with (political) gridlock” to contract members of Congress to “let them know.” In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president talked about steps the United States could take immediately to increase employment, including extending a payroll tax cut, […]

Police: Man Swindled $600K To Buy Car

ENGLEWOOD, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) — Police in Florida said they arrested a 69-year-old man accused of scamming about $600,000 from a 97-year-old woman who was under his care to buy a Lamborghini. Investigators said Joseph Cirillo, 69, who became a roommate of Depaulis Seidel, 97, eight years ago at the Boca Royale Golf and […]

Rep. Rogers: Cyber Espionage Major Threat

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) — The head of the House Intelligence Committee says cyber espionage is one of the greatest challenges facing U.S. intelligence agencies today. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., told retired U.S. intelligence officers in a speech Friday in Washington that Russia and China appear to be the major players in state-sponsored espionage, the […]

Program: Teen Depression, Suicide Drops

CINCINNATI, Aug. 13 (UPI) — A suicide prevention program has significantly helped teens overcome depression and thoughts of suicide, U.S. researchers say. Cathy Strunk, a registered nurse and suicide prevention expert at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, developed Surviving the Teens, a curriculum that focuses on educating students about the warning signs of suicide in […]

Hot Dog Stand Now Has ‘Felony Franks’ Sign

CHICA, Ill., Aug. 13 (UPI) — The owner of a Chicago hot-dog stand has finally been allowed to post his “Felony Franks” sign, after two years of opposition by some city officials. Jim Andrews, purveyor of the ‘misdemeanor wiener” hires released prison inmates, WGN-TV, Chicago, reported. He wanted a sign to match. The sign went […]

Marine To Receive Medal Off Honor

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) — A former corporal is to be the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq, the White House announced. Dakota Meyer, now a sergeant in the inactive ready reserve, is to receive the highest U.S. military honor from President Barack Obama at a […]

Verizon Strike Enters Second Week

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The first week of a strike at Verizon ended Friday with thousands of employees walking picket lines at facilities in the northeastern United States. Officials with the Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers say the telecommunications company is demanding concessions that would cost their […]

Taking The Sting Out Of Jellyfish

DALLAS, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The ocean in the summer is fun but jellyfish can sting as vacationers wade into the waves or walk along the shore, U.S. emergency medicine physicians caution. Dr. Kurt Kleinschmidt, chief of medical toxicology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, says the invertebrates use a net […]

BART Blacks Out Cellphone Service

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Officials with San Francisco’s rapid transit system said Friday cellphone service was shut down during a planned protest, but only to protect the public. The disruption of cellphone and other wireless communications occurred Thursday in the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Organizers planned to […]

Teen Dies After Fall In Yosemite Park

MODESTO, Calif., Aug. 12 (UPI) — A 17-year-old has died at a California hospital after falling on the Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park and injuring his head severely, authorities said. Kao Kue was airlifted to Doctor’s Medical Center after the fall Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported. He died Thursday. Fourteen people have died […]

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