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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. […]

Burgess: Impeachment ‘needs To Happen’

KELLER, Texas, Aug. 9 (UPI) — U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, told a Tea Party audience impeaching President Obama “needs to happen” to “tie things up” in Washington. Burgess’ comments came as he justified his vote for the debt ceiling deal to a group of Tea Party activists in Keller, Texas, Monday. The five-term congressman […]

Prosecutors Reject Terror Suspect’s Claim

BOWLING GREEN, Ky., Aug. 9 (UPI) — A judge in Kentucky is considering an Iraqi refugee’s assertion he can’t be prosecuted in a U.S. court on charges he conspired to commit terrorist acts in Iraq. Federal prosecutors reject Waad Ramadan Alwan’s claim the Geneva Convention protects him from prosecution in the United States, The (Louisville, […]

Gay Caregiver Spouse Ordered Deported

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The Obama administration ordered the expulsion of a gay man’s spouse who petitioned for permanent U.S. residency to care for his ailing partner. On July 26, the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, citing the Defense of Marriage Act, denied John Makk’s application for an I-130 visa, a spousal […]

Walgreens To Sell Health Insurance?

DEERFIELD, Ill., Aug. 9 (UPI) — U.S. drugstore chain Walgreens is expected to begin selling health insurance before the end of the year, sources told CNNMoney. Walgreens did not comment directly on the plan. Instead, a company spokesman said the retailer was “looking at a number of options in light of healthcare reform as we […]

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