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Under The U.S. Supreme Court: Race-based Affirmative Action In Peril

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Two cases are pushing affirmative action toward the U.S. Supreme Court again where simple arithmetic suggests it might snap like a board under too much pressure. The high court ruled on race-based affirmative action in two landmark cases in 2003. Then, like now, the court was divided into a conservative […]

Record 45.8 Million Receiving Food Stamps

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Alabama, hit by severe storms, pushed the total number of U.S. food stamp recipients to an all-time high of 45.8 million people in May, officials say. Food stamp use — officially known as the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — surged in Alabama from 868,813 in April to 1,762,481 in […]

2 Yemeni Leaders Leave Saudi Hospital

RIDYAH, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Mujawar left a hospital in Saudi Arabia Saturday, a Saudi official said. “The Yemeni president left the military hospital this evening at 9 p.m. after receiving the necessary treatment and was taken to a temporary residence for a […]

China Braces For Typhoon Muifa

SHANGHAI, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Typhoon Muifa was still a day from landfall but was already impacting China Sunday, officials said. Shanghai closed two major sea bridges as wind gusts buffeted the region, Xinhua reported. Authorities also imposed speed limits on highways and were conducting safety inspections of transportation infrastructure, the state-run news agency said. […]

Mobile Home Tips, Kills Two

ST. AMABLE, Quebec, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Two men died and a third was seriously injured when the mobile home they were moving in St. Amable, Quebec, tipped over on them, officials say. Capt. Yannick Parent of the Richelieu-Saint-Laurent Regional Police said the three men were moving the home for their friend and neighbor when […]

Montreal Tunnel Reopened

MONTREAL, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Ville Marie Tunnel in Montreal was reopened to traffic Saturday after being shutdown for almost a week, officials say. The tunnel reopened after a 27.5 ton section of the roof of the eastbound side collapsed, barely missing traffic, The (Montreal) Gazette reported. The 50-foot slab, meant to keep sunlight from […]

Arrest Made In Detroit Girl’s Death

DETROIT, Minn., Aug. 6 (UPI) — Detroit police say they have a man into custody in the slaying of a 5-year-old girl. The Detroit News reported Saturday a source said the unidentified man arrested Friday afternoon is believed to be the boyfriend of an aunt of the victim, Mariha Smith, 5. “We have a person […]

Canadian Roads Being Closed For Toads

CHILLIWICK, British Columbia, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Two roads Canada’s British Columbia, are being closed for the annual migration of baby western toads, officials say. Ryder Lake and Elk View roads in Chilliwack will be closed with what locals call “toad blocks” for a few hours each day for the next two weeks, the Canadian […]

Abu Ghraib Guard Freed From Prison

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan., Aug. 6 (UPI) — Charles Graner Jr., a guard convicted in the abuse of Abu Ghraib prison inmates in Irag, was released from military prison Saturday, an Army spokeswoman said. Rebecca Steed said the Army reservist served 6 1/2 years of his 10-year term at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., CNN reported. Steed told […]

U.S. Farmers Markets On The Rise

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) — More than 1,000 new farmers markets dot the U.S. landscape this year, bringing the total number to more than 7,000, federal officials say. The current U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Farmers Market Directory says a total of 7,175 farmers markets operate throughout the United States as more farmers are marketing […]

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