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Greek Cabbies Suspend 19-day Strike

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Greek cab drivers halted a 19-day strike Friday after the government agreed to temporarily limit the number of new taxi licenses. After several hours of negotiations, taxi owners and drivers voted to suspend the strike against a government deregulation plan until Sept. 5, Ekathimerini.com reported. The vote came after […]

‘Rent Is Too Damn High’ Man Being Evicted

NEW YORK, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The New York man who ran for governor on the “Rent is Too Damn High” platform says his landlord company is trying to have him evicted so it can raise the rent. Jimmy McMillan said he paid about $275 a month for his rent-controlled ground-floor apartment on St. Marks […]

Florida Teacher Admits To Sex With Teen

MIAMI, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A Florida teacher was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old high school student, authorities said. Waleska Velasquez, 29, a science teacher at Miami Jackson Senior High, was arrested Wednesday and release on bond Thursday, The Miami Herald reported. Police say Velasquez, charged with three counts of having sex […]

Obama’s Birthday The Subject Of ‘Late Show’ Top 10

NEW YORK, Aug. 5 (UPI) — David Letterman read a “Late Show” Top 10 list in honor of U.S. President Barack Obama’s 50th birthday. The commander in chief celebrated the milestone Thursday with a party featuring performances by Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock. Jay-Z and Chris Rock were among the guests who attended. To mark […]

Widespread Support For A ‘Caylee’s Law’

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 5 (UPI) — Florida voters would overwhelmingly support a proposed “Caylee’s Law” that would make it a felony not to report a dead or missing child, a poll indicates. Following the Casey Anthony murder trial, a survey by Quinnipiac University of 1,417 Florida voters found 83 percent supported proposed legislation that would […]

Oil Spill Impacts On Nigeria Studied

ABUJA, Nigeria, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Oil spills have made Nigeria’s troubled Niger Delta one of the most polluted places on Earth, requiring $1 billion and 30 years to clean up, a U.N. report says. The Nigerian government commissioned a study by the U.N. Environment Program that looked at 200 locations and 75 miles of […]

‘Bendable’ Computer Developed In Canada

KINGSTON, Ontario, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Researchers in Canada say they’ve developed a paper-thin computer so flexible it can be rolled up and carried in a pocket. Computer scientists at Queens University in Ontario say their prototype computer utilizes a flexible, touch-screen display that is completely bendable, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. A university […]

Russian Buddhists Request Dalai Lama Visit

ELISTA, Russia, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Russian Buddhists have asked the country to let the Dalai Lama visit, a request Russia has consistently denied. The request to the Foreign Ministry came from Buddhists in the Caspian north coast region of Kalmykia, European Russia’s only Buddhist-dominated region, a representative of a Kalmykia central temple said, RIA […]

USPS Posts $3.1 Billion Loss In Latest Quarter

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The U.S. Postal Service said it lost $3.1 billion in the third quarter and warned a default on federal payments was possible without congressional action. The third-quarter financial statement reflected the “anemic state of the economy” of the past three months and the growth of electronic communication at the expense […]

Opponents Say Zambian President Can’t Run

LUSAKA, Zambia, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Zambian President Rupiah Banda is not eligible to serve because his father was born in an area now in Malawi, an opposition party says. Banda and the ruling Movement for Multi-Party Democracy say his father was a Zambian citizen, born in Chipata, the BBC reported. According to the Zambian […]

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