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Default Could Spell Chaos For States, Too

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — As the U.S. heads for possible default within days, the effects on states would depend on which bills the Treasury pays, an analysis shows. States rely on federal aid for one-third of their budgets — mostly funding for Medicaid, welfare, education and transportation, Stateline.org reports. If the federal government runs […]

Feds Suspend Author Of Polar Bear Report

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — The U.S. government suspended a wildlife biologist whose sightings of dead polar bears became a rallying point for environmental campaigners, documents show. Biologist Charles Monnett was notified July 18 by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement he had been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation […]

Turkish Military Heads Resign

ANKARA, Turkey, July 29 (UPI) — High-ranking members of the Turkish military resigned Friday over apparent controversy surrounding the appointment of generals, state media reports. Turkish Chief of Staff Isik Kosaner and the top commanders in the Turkish air force, navy and army announced they have resigned, Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman reports. The newspaper reports […]

Chicago Dedicates Library To Daley

CHICAGO, July 29 (UPI) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined former Mayor Richard M. Daley and other city leaders for a ceremony renaming a library after Daley. The library in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood became the first public building named after Daley, who had served 22 years, the Chicago Tribune reported. The Thursday ceremony […]

Report: Cost Cuts Threaten U.K. Patients

LONDON, July 29 (UPI) — Managers in Britain’s public health service are deliberately delaying operations to save money, an official report says. The report by the Cooperation and Competition Panel, an independent watchdog that advises the National Health Service, said operations are being delayed in hopes patients will opt for private treatment, The Daily Telegraph […]

South Sudan Becomes Newest Member Of AU

LONDON, July 29 (UPI) — The decision to accept South Sudan into the African Union demonstrates the country is taking its place on the international stage, a British official said. The African Union announced this week that it received the requisite number of written approvals for the admission of South Sudan following the country’s request […]

U.N. Official Urges Transition In Libya

UNITED NATIONS, July 29 (UPI) — A cease-fire that leads to political transition is the only sustainable way to end the crisis in Libya, a U.N. official told the U.N. Security Council. Members of the NATO-led military intervention in Libya are lining up behind the rebel-backed Transitional National Council. London this week said the TNC […]

Air France Report Cites Pilots And Gear

PARIS, July 29 (UPI) — The French agency investigating the crash of an Air France jet into the Atlantic Ocean called Friday for better pilot training and equipment upgrades. An interim report cites both gear malfunctions and pilot error in the June 1, 2009, Rio-to-Paris Flight 447 crash, which killed all 228 people aboard. The […]

Autos To Average 54.5 Mpg By 2025

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama announced fuel economy standards Friday that would push the average rate to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Thirteen major automakers embraced the new standards, which Obama called “the single most important step we’ve ever taken as a nation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.” […]

Poll: Bicycle Helmets Should Not Be Forced

LONDON, July 29 (UPI) — Forcing people to wear bicycle helmets may cause people to give up cycling altogether and lose the health benefits of regular exercise, a British journal says. In a poll published in the British Medical Journal, two thirds of the publication’s readers said they opposed compulsory helmets for adults, The Daily […]

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