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Study: Graphic Warnings To Reduce Smoking

SELINSGROVE, Pa., Aug. 9 (UPI) — A U.S. study suggests the new health warnings with graphic pictures on cigarette packages will reduce demand for cigarettes, researchers say. Study co-author Matthew Rousu, a professor of economics at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., and colleagues say the study involved a sample of 404 adult smokers from four […]

Baucus, Kerry, Murray On ‘supercommittee’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Majority Leader Harry Reid Tuesday named three U.S. Senate colleagues to serve on a so-called supercommittee to come up with further debt reduction this year. The Nevada Democrat chose Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., along with Democrats John Kerry of Massachusetts and Patty Murray of Washington, to serve […]

Study: Chimpanzees Are Naturally Generous

ATLANTA, Aug. 9 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say chimpanzees have shown a significant bias toward prosocial, or altruistic, behavior among themselves, contradicting some earlier studies. Scientists as Emory University said their study is in contrast to previous studies that had characterized chimpanzees as reluctant altruists and led to the widely held belief that human altruism […]

Falklands’ New Oil Find Seen As Viable

STANLEY, Falkland Islands, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The latest offshore oil discovery in the Falkland Islands waters is seen as a viable proposition, encouraging news for investors who have staked millions into developing the British overseas territories as a major energy hub. Rockhopper Exploration, one of the prospecting firms with financial interests closely tied to […]

Teenage Pregnancy May Be ‘contagious’

BRISTOL, England, Aug. 9 (UPI) — A study of about 42,000 Norwegian teen girls suggests those who had an older sister who had been pregnant are more likely to become pregnant, researchers say. Professor Carol Propper of the University of Bristol and colleagues in Norway examined data of children born between 1947 and 1958 to […]

Bomb At Teacher’s Home Investigated

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Six North Carolina high school students are suspected of putting a bottle bomb in a teacher’s mailbox, police say. No one was hurt by the device, comprised of Drano and aluminum foil in a plastic bottle, found last week, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reported Tuesday. Bud Cesena, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ […]

Teens Charged In Vandalism Spree

CLOTS NECK, N.J., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Four juveniles are accused of stretching plastic wrap across two roads in Colts Neck, N.J., which a motorcyclist hit, police say. The youths, 13- and 14-year-olds from Colts Neck, who allegedly stretched industrial-grade plastic packaging wrap and duct tape across the roads, were arrested Saturday, the Asbury Park […]

‘Housekeeping’ Could Solve Space Junk Mess

ROME, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The growing problem of space junk orbiting Earth could be tackled by specialized “housekeeping” spacecraft, an Italian researcher has proposed. The process would involve launching a specialized satellite that would rendezvous with the largest examples of space debris, like spent rocket bodies, and attach a small propellant kit that would […]

Known Crewmember Launches At O’Hare

CHICAGO, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The U.S. Transportation Security Administration Tuesday began the Known Crewmember program at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, eliminating some screening procedures. In a joint test with the Air Line Pilots Association International union and the Air Transport Association of America, TSA officials verified pilots’ identities with photos and airline data. The pilots […]

Obama Vacation Spot Withstands Small Fire

CHILMARK, Mass., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Firefighters put out a small fire at Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, Mass., where President Obama is to vacation next week, fire chief says. Chilmark firefighters extinguished the fire, caused by a gas grill, early Tuesday in a matter of minutes, the Vineyard Gazette in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., reported. […]

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