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Role-playing Makes Video Games Popular

ESSEX, England, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Many people like playing video games because they can try out other identities, which makes them feel better about themselves, a researcher in Britain says. Dr. Andy Przybylski, a visiting research fellow at the University of Essex, says he and his fellow researchers wanted to find why people find […]

Brazil’s Arms Buying Up For Review Again

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Brazil’s multibillion-dollar defense acquisition program is up for review again after the latest high-profile departure from President Dilma Rousseff ‘s Cabinet. Defense Minister Nelson Jobim, who resigned after criticizing the government, was promptly replaced by former Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, heralding further change in the Latin American country’s […]

Man With Breast Cancer Denied Coverage

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 8 (UPI) — A South Carolina construction worker with breast cancer and no insurance says he’s been denied Medicaid coverage because he’s not a woman. Raymond Johnson had ignored the lump in his breast, thinking it was a cyst, until the pain prompted a July 4 weekend run to a Charleston emergency […]

Travel Warning Issued For Pakistan

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department Monday issued a travel warning for Pakistan, reminding U.S. citizens of ongoing security concerns in that country. Although Pakistan has upgraded security measures, especially in major cities, the State Department warned the presence of al-Qaida, Taliban and other militant terrorists pose a danger to U.S. citizens. […]

U.S. Special Ops Command Change

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 8 (UPI) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta presided over a closed ceremony in Florida Monday giving Adm. William McRaven control of the U.S. Special Operations Command. McRaven, by reputation one of the most experienced terrorist hunters in the United States military, took over from Adm. Eric T. Olson. Both admirals have extensive […]

Court Won’t Dismiss Rumsfeld From Suit

CHICAGO, Aug. 8 (UPI) — A federal appeals court in Chicago ruled 2-1 Monday not to remove former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as a defendant in a torture lawsuit. The suit was brought by two employees of Shield Group Security, Nathan Vance and Nathan Ertel, who say they were imprisoned in Iraq without charge […]

Index: Job Growth Looks Weak For 2011

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Weak employment growth is expected through 2011, the Conference Board said, citing the Employment Trends Index’s slide in recent months. The Conference Board Employment Trends Index fell slightly in July to 100.6, down from June’s revised figure of 100.9, the board said Monday in a release. The July figure […]

ECB To Buy Italian, Spanish Bonds

BRUSSELS, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The European Central Bank said it would buy Italian and Spanish bonds and eurozone countries would have to call legislative sessions on the financial crisis. In a series of telephone conference calls in the past three days, ECB officials and EU ministers discussed ways to calm market fears after the […]

Whale Caught In Fishing Lines Rescued

TOFINO, British Columbia, Aug. 8 (UPI) — A Canadian wildlife group has been credited with saving the life of a humpback whale that had become entangled in crab trap lines, officials said. The distressed adult whale was discovered by John Forde of the Whale Center in Tofino, British Columbia, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday. […]

Thefts Climb At JFK Airport

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Reported larcenies at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport rose 30 percent in the first half of this year compared with the same period last year, officials say. But the 299 complaints this year have led to only 28 arrests, a 9 percent arrest rate, The New York Post […]

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