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Cost Of Part D Drug Plans To Decrease

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Medicare beneficiaries will see the average price of Part D drug plans drop next year, even as U.S. health costs continue to increase, officials say. The average Part D plan will cost seniors about $30 a month in 2012, down from $30.76 in 2011, the Department of Health and Human […]

White House Names New Technology Chief

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Former Microsoft executive Steven VanRoekel has been named U.S. technology chief, the White House announced. VanRoekel, 41, becomes chief information officer, succeeding Vivek Kundra, 36, who was the first to take on the IT position when it was created in 2009, a White House release said Friday. VanRoekel said he […]

Italian Police Seize $156M In Mob Assets

NAPLES, Italy, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Italian police say they seized 60 properties Friday from a mob boss in the Camorra’s Casalesi clan — among more than $156 million in assets seized. The seizures from one of the clan’s bosses, Salvatore Belforte, included a more than 13,123-square-foot villa, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. “This […]

Juno’s 5-year Trip To Jupiter Begins

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 5 (UPI) — NASA’s Juno scientific mission to Jupiter launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida Friday, the space agency announced. Juno lifted off atop an Atlas V rocket at 12:25 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 41, NASA said Originally scheduled for 11:34 a.m., the liftoff was accomplished within the 69-minute launch […]

Yulia Tymoshenko Taken To Jail

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Police officers Friday escorted a vehicle transporting Ukrainian opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to jail, her lawyer said. A court in Kiev backed a motion to arrest Tymoshenko for abuses and obstruction during her trial for alleged misdealing involving a 2009 natural gas deal with Russian […]

Chinese Parents Decry Child-quota Laws

BEIJING, Chile, Aug. 5 (UPI) — China’s preference for boys and strict controls on the number of births have combined to create a climate in which children are sometimes seized, observers say. The practice is especially bad in Longhui County, a poor rural area in Hunan, a southern Chinese province, where at least 16 children […]

Suit Challenges Low-income Housing Plan

CHICAGO, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The U.S. government says in a lawsuit condemning a low-income housing complex in Joliet, Ill., would force African-American residents to move to another town. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, charges Joliet violated federal housing laws and seeks to stop the condemnation unless the city “develops and […]

Muslim Brotherhood Hails Mubarak Trial

CAIRO, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s political party said the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak was a victory for the people. Mubarak appeared Wednesday on a hospital gurney before a court in Cairo on murder and corruption charges. The ailing 83-year-old president, along with his sons, former interior […]

U.S. Admits Iraq Might Need Some Help

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Iraqi security forces are strong enough to defend the country, though they may need additional U.S. support, a U.S. State Department official said. Iraqi political leaders gave Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki permission to negotiate the status of the remaining U.S. forces in the country. Baghdad said it would consider […]

One Dead, Five Hurt In Lightning Strike

FREDONIA, Ariz., Aug. 5 (UPI) — A 64-year-old German national was killed and five others injured after a lightning strike on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, officials said. By the time park rangers arrived on the scene, members of the vacationing party were performing CPR on the woman, who was later […]

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