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FDA Approves Scorpion Anti-venin Drug

PHOENIX, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A Mexican-made anti-venin that helps children recover from life-threatening reactions to scorpion stings has received U.S. approval, officials said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the antidote Anascorp to treat serious reaction to the stings of bark scorpions, common throughout Arizona and considered a major threat to young […]

Mortgage Rates Tumble In Week

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Long-term mortgage rates fell sharply in the week ending Thursday, pushed lower by a weak economy, the U.S. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. said. Average interest rates for 15-year loans fell to a historic low, while 30-year fixed-rate loans fell to a low for 2011, Freddie Mac said. Interest rates […]

Better Nutrition Too Expensive For Some

SEATTLE, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Healthier diets including vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy products may be too expensive for many U.S. families, researchers say. New federal dietary guidelines for Americans stress the need for Americans to consume more potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium and get fewer calories from saturated fat and […]

Poll On Congress: Throw The Rascals Out!

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — The “throw the rascals out” sentiment runs deep in the majority of U.S. voters who say they would replace every member of Congress, Rasmussen Reports said. Survey results released Thursday indicate 62 percent of likely voters would dump all the current congressional members and start over. A mere 15 percent […]

Buildings’ Concrete Tests Allegedly Faked

NEW YORK, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A testing lab skipped concrete-strength tests and created false reports for hundreds of New York projects, including Yankee Stadium, an indictment alleges. Officials at American Standard Testing and Consulting Laboratories Inc., based in New Hyde Park, N.Y., “regularly skipped vital safety tests and created false reports to create the […]

Poll: Majority Oppose Automatic Cuts

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A majority of U.S. voters oppose the triggering of automatic cuts if Congress doesn’t reach its reduction goals, Rasmussen Reports said Thursday. Twenty-nine percent of voters said they favor automatic spending cuts — including cuts from defense spending and Medicare — if Congress doesn’t reduce spending by $1.5 trillion over […]

Houston Protects Cafes From Beggars

HOUSTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — The Houston City Council has approved an ordinance that requires panhandlers to stay at least 8 feet away from sidewalk cafes. The city already has similar buffer zones for gas pumps, bus shelters, ATM machines and parking meters. The council added outdoor eateries to the list Wednesday, The Houston Chronicle […]

South African Troops To Remain In Sudan

PRETORIA, South Africa, Aug. 4 (UPI) — South Africa will continue to maintain its troop deployment in Sudan’s contested Darfur’s province. South African Ambassador to the United Nations Baso Sangqu said he hoped the action would help the people of Darfur “move rapidly toward peace.” U.N. Resolution 2003 was accepted by the membership, extending the […]

Miami Mayor Seeks Federal Probe Of Police

MIAMI, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Miami’s mayor asked the Justice Department to probe the city’s Police Department after seven deadly police shootings of black men rocked Miami’s inner city. “In light of the growing concern in the community regarding police practices and police accountability, I have concluded that an external investigation by [the Justice Department] […]

Chieko Okazaki, Mormon Writer, Dies At 84

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Chieko Okazaki, a popular Mormon writer and speaker, has died at the age of 84 in Salt Lake City. Okazaki died of congestive heart failure Monday, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. She spent the last few months of her life in an assisted living facility. A convert to […]

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