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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 […]

Data: Healthcare Law Saved Seniors Money

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Seventeen million Medicare recipients got free preventive services and 900,000 got a 50 percent break on prescription costs under healthcare reform, data show. “The Affordable Care Act is delivering on its promise of better healthcare for people with Medicare,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday in a […]

DOT Fines United Airlines $20,000

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — U.S. Department of Transportation said it fined United Airlines for failing to inform passengers correctly of compensation allowed for luggage problems. The department said it had fined the airline $20,000 for failing to inform customers of an increase in the amount allowed for delayed or lost baggage per passenger, which […]

Kosovo Says Border Deal Unacceptable

PRISTINA, Kosovo, Aug. 4 (UPI) — The government in Kosovo announced it didn’t back a NATO plan to have its forces in control of border checkpoints through the middle of September. Erhard Buehler, the commander of NATO’s Kosovo police force, or KFOR, reached a preliminary agreement that would give KFOR control over checkpoints between Kosovo […]


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