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Geithner Likely To Stay After Strong Pleas

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Timothy Geithner is expected to stay on as U.S. Treasury Secretary through President Barack Obama’s term after receiving White House pleas, officials said. Geithner, who turns 50 Aug. 18, has not yet notified the White House of his intentions, and family considerations could still win out, advisers tell The New […]

Washington Prepares New Syrian Sanctions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Washington is readying new Syrian sanctions, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said as the United Nations censured Assad-regime violence against civilians. “We are exploring broader sanctions that will isolate the Assad regime politically and deny it revenue with which to sustain its brutality,” Clinton said of new targeted sanctions being […]

Obama: Limiting Debt And Spending Is Good

CHICAGO, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Liberal Democrats must understand the importance of limiting U.S. debt and government spending, President Barack Obama told his re-election campaign supporters. “All the progressives out there — I want you to understand, we can’t just ignore this debt and deficit,” he said in Chicago during the largest of three fundraising […]

Fears Euro System Will Collapse In Debt

ROME, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Fears mounted Thursday the system sustaining Europe’s debt crisis would collapse amid alarm Italy and Spain were sliding into debt that couldn’t be bailed out. Italy and Spain — the eurozone’s third- and fourth-largest economies and the world’s seventh- and 10th-largest — opened the bond markets Thursday with borrowing rates […]

Three NATO Soldiers Die In Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Two NATO soldiers were killed by an improvised explosive device in eastern Afghanistan, the military said. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said the two died Wednesday but gave no other details, CNN reported. Also on Wednesday, another NATO solider died but CNN reported it was from non-battle related injuries. […]

Copter Crash In Indonesia, At Least 9 Dead

JAKARTA, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A helicopter, chartered by a mining company and carrying 10 people, crashed in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province, authorities said. China’s state-run Xinhua news agency, quoting a rescuer, said all 10 died in the crash Wednesday. “Nine people were found dead (at) the scene and another was in critical condition, the […]

China Calls White Paper ‘irresponsible’

BEIJING, Aug. 4 (UPI) — China termed as “irresponsible” Japan’s expressions of concerns about Chinese military’s recent maritime activities. The Japanese concerns were expressed in its 2011 defense white paper released Tuesday by its Defense Ministry, calling attention to Chinese naval operations near Japan and the development of bases. “The Japanese 2011 defense white paper […]

Tent City Prison Turns 18

PHOENIX, Aug. 3 (UPI) — The Tent City prison compound set up by Maricopa (Ariz.) County Sheriff Joe Arpaio commemorated its 18th year in operation Wednesday. The compound is comprised of military-style tents and can house as many as 1,000 inmates at a time, The Arizona Republic reported. The facility is for minimal to medium […]

Rosa Parks’ Estate To Be Auctioned

NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (UPI) — An attorney for an organization named for Rosa Parks says the U.S. civil rights icon’s friend are “mortified” that her personal letters are to be auctioned. The battle between Parks’ relatives and the Rosa and Raymond Institute for Self Development over her estate has been ongoing since Parks’ death […]

Man Bought Puffer Fish Poison To Kill Wife

CHICAGO, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A Chicago-area man pleaded guilty to attempting to kill his wife with poison from a puffer fish, court records show. Edward F. Bachner IV, of Lake in the Hills, was trying to cash in on his wife’s $20 million life insurance policy, WBBM, Chicago, reported. Bachner was arrested in July […]

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