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Israel Denies Invite To Nuke Conference

JERUSALEM, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Israel denied it received an invitation to a conference on a nuclear free Middle East sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency. A source at Israel’s Nuclear Agency told Haaretz no invitation had been received. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office Wednesday denied a report Israel and other Arab countries had […]

Gbagbo’s Son Charged In Violence

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The son of Ivory Coast’s former president is among 12 people charged in the post-election violence in which an estimated 3,000 people died, officials said. Michel Gbagbo was charged with other allies of his father, Laurent Gbagbo, including Pascal Affi N’Guessan, the former prime minister and leader of […]

Jerusalem To Get Thousands Of New Units

JERUSALEM, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai approved the construction of 1,600 housing units in Jerusalem and plans to okay 2,700 more next week, officials said. Aides close to Yishai said the minister is trying to ease the housing shortage in the capital, Ynetnews.com said Thursday. The move to approve 4,300 housing […]

Twin Blasts Kill Several In Peshawar

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Two blasts Thursday in Peshawar, Pakistan, one of them by a teenage girl suicide attacker at a police checkpoint, killed several people, police said. The blasts ended nearly two months of calm in the violence ravaged city, capital of the northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province near the country’s tense tribal region […]

N.Y. State Lawmaker’s Car Hit By Gunfire

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A New York state lawmaker and his son were unharmed after the vehicle they were riding in was hit by gunfire, a police spokeswoman said. Deputy Inspector Kim Royster said police do not believe Assemblyman William F. Boyland Jr., who represents part of Brooklyn, was the intended target in […]

Obama’s Schedule For Thursday, Aug. 11

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — President Obama will discuss the role innovative technologies will play in helping automakers achieve fuel efficiency standards Thursday, the White House said. The daily schedule indicates Obama will: – Travel to Holland, Mich., where he will tour the Johnson Controls Inc. advanced battery facility and speak about innovative technology’s role […]

U.S. Pumps $175 Million Into Vehicle Tech

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — More than $175 million during the next five years would help manufacturers develop more advanced and fuel-efficient vehicles, the U.S. Energy Department said. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that about 40 efforts across 15 states would target projects ranging from better fuels to lighter materials and longer-lasting batteries. “Investments […]

No Jail For California Woman Who Fed Bears

LAYTONVILLE, Calif., Aug. 11 (UPI) — Prosecutors in California agreed to drop charges against a woman who fed bears on her property if she stays away from the animals for three years. The prosecutors said Lynne Gravier, 77, of Laytonville, who pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of feeding big game, will be cleared […]

Obama: High-tech Automaking Creates Jobs

HOLLAND, Mich., Aug. 11 (UPI) — New auto technologies will create jobs and help automakers meet higher mileage requirements and lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil, the White House said. Technological advances, combined with new mandates requiring automakers to bring their average fuel mileage for passenger cars to 55.4 miles per gallon by 2025 from […]

Palin To Appear In Iowa After GOP Debate

AMES, Iowa, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is to visit the Iowa State Fair after GOP presidential hopefuls debate but before Saturday’s Iowa straw poll, her office said. “We accept with gratefulness an invitation to meet folks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines,” she said in an e-mail her political […]

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