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Poll: Americans Unhappy With Congress

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Just 14 percent of Americans approve of how Congress handled the debt-ceiling crisis, a New York Times/CBS News poll indicates. Eighty-two percent disapproved of Congress’ performance in the survey released Friday. The debt-battle brought the United States within hours of defaulting on its obligations for the first time. Seventy-four percent […]

U.S. Unemployment Dips To 9.1 Percent

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The United States added 117,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate dropped from 9.2 percent to 9.1 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. Job gains in May and June were revised upward by a combined 56,000, the department said. Private-sector companies hired 154,000 workers but governments at all levels […]

Famine Relief Hurt By Food Delays

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Famine relief efforts in Somalia are hampered more by delays in procuring food and funds than by militants banning access to certain areas, organizers said. Staff members at relief organizations said a huge problem in responding to the crisis is the time it takes to buy food abroad and […]

33 Trapped Chilean Miners – Revisited

COPIAPO, Chile, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Most of the 33 Chilean miners who became celebrities after spending 69 days trapped in an underground mine are still trying to cope, a review indicates. After captivating a world audience, guest appearances on television shows and sporting events, an exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington and even a […]

Panetta: Cuts Could Damage U.S. Defense

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Congress must look at ways to increase revenue because the military could be crippled from further cuts, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. Panetta said Thursday cuts beyond the $400 billion in savings planned over the next decade could weaken the military and make it difficult to defend the United […]

Rain, Flooding Threaten Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Heavy rain and possible flooding from dissipating Tropical Storm Emily threatened thousands of Haitians living in temporary shelters Friday, forecasters said. In Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, about 12,000 U.N. peacekeepers were on emergency standby. People living in locations where the worst of the storm was expected were relocated into shelters, […]

People’s Daily Rips Cyberattack Charges

BEIJING, Aug. 5 (UPI) — China’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily, denounced reports that China was behind cyberattacks of government and corporate systems. Computer system security giant McAfee said it discovered a years-long campaign of cyberattacks on the networks of governments, organizations and businesses, mainly in the United States. It said a “state actor” was […]

Yingluck Becomes Thai PM-elect

BANGKOK, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Yingluck Shinawatra became Thailand’s prime minister-elect Friday following a vote in Parliament, officials said. Yingluck, the first woman to become prime minister in the country, received 296 votes, enough to take the position, a month after her Pheu Thai party won in national elections, the Bangkok Post reported. She is […]

Doctor Convicted In Surgery Scam Case

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A doctor in California’s Orange County was convicted of performing unnecessary surgeries on more than 160 people in an insurance scam case, officials said. Dr. Michael Chan, 65, of Cerritos, one of 19 defendants accused in the case, faces up to 28 years in state prison on 40 felony […]

U.S.: Decision By Year’s End On Keystone

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The U.S. government expects to make a decision on a permit for an extension to the Keystone pipeline from Canada by the end of the year, an official said. Canadian pipeline company TransCanada wants to build Keystone XL to supplement its existing pipeline carrying tar sands oil from Alberta. The […]


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