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Hurricane Eugene Strengthens But Expected To Weaken

MIAMI, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Hurricane Eugene strengthened Tuesday as it moved across open water in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. Eugene, a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 90 mph, was about 445 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico and about 635 miles south of the southern tip […]

Tropical Storm Emily Moving Slowly In Caribbean Sea

MIAMI, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Tropical storm warnings and watches were posted for several Caribbean islands as Tropical Storm Emily moved west Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said. Emily, with sustained winds of 40 mph, was expected to move across the northeastern Caribbean Sea Tuesday and approach the island of Hispaniola Tuesday night or Wednesday, […]

Obama’s Schedule For Tuesday, Aug. 2

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — President Obama meets with labor leaders and the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour Tuesday, the White House said. The daily schedule indicates Obama will: – Meet with the AFL-CIO Executive Committee to discuss how to keep growing the economy and putting people back to work. – Receive the daily […]

Beijing Cracks Down In Uighur Region

BEIJING, Aug. 2 (UPI) — The head of the regional Xinjiang communist party ordered a crackdown by police on suspicious activities including religious ceremonies after a weekend of deadly violence. Kashgar, a city of 350,000 in the western part of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, and close to the border with Tajikistan, was rocked by […]

Germany Fears Norway Massacre Copycats

BERLIN, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Last month’s attacks by a right-wing extremist in Norway could inspire copycat killings by anti-Islamic zealots, a top German security official says. Alexander Eisvogel, vice president of Germany’s domestic anti-terrorist agency, the Federal Office for Constitutional Protection, told Der Spiegel magazine Sunday the killing spree perpetrated by Anders Breivik in […]

Congress May Vacate Without Funding FAA

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Congress will likely leave Washington for a month without resolving a funding standoff that partly shut down the Federal Aviation Administration, aides said. The collapse of a bipartisan Senate plan to end the funding dispute could leave 4,000 furloughed FAA employees and about 70,000 laid-off airport construction workers without paychecks […]

Aquarium Weens Fish Off Kit Kat Habit

LONDON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Workers at a London aquarium said they have successfully broken an 8.8-pound fish of its addiction to Kit Kat chocolate bars. Rebecca Carter of the Sea Life London Aquarium said Gary the gourami had been raised on a diet of Kit Kat pieces by his former owners but she and […]

Reid: No One Happy With Budget-debt Deal

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — No one’s happy with the budget deal to raise the U.S. debt limit and cut spending, the Senate majority leader said ahead of his chamber’s vote on the measure. “Everybody had to give something up,” said Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. “People on the right are upset. People on the left […]

Officer: Raid Was Always To Kill Bin Laden

NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (UPI) — The raid that killed Osama bin Laden was always meant to kill him, and capturing him alive was never an option, a U.S. Navy special-operations officer claims. “There was never any question of detaining or capturing him,” the officer told The New Yorker. “It wasn’t a split-second decision. No […]

Netanyahu: 1967 Border OK, With Conditions

JERUSALEM, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Israel will resume peace talks based on its 1967 borders if the Palestinian Authority stops seeking U.N. Palestinian state recognition, Israel’s leader said. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said his organization would abandon its efforts for a statehood vote if Israel agrees to the 1967 borders and the right […]

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