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Court Nixes N.J. Health Law Challenge

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A U.S. appeals court Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling to toss a healthcare reform challenge filed by a New Jersey doctor and one of his patients. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in upholding a lower court decision, ruled he doctor and patient failed to show they would […]

Cocaine Seizure Called U.K.’s Biggest Ever

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Aug. 3 (UPI) — British authorities say they seized a record amount of cocaine aboard a luxury yacht in Southampton. The U.K. Border Agency helped Dutch police find six Dutch nationals believed to be members of an organized crime gang and they were arrested in morning raids Tuesday, officials said, the BBC reported. […]

Controls On Fertilizer Still Not In Effect

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A 3-year-old law mandating stricter controls on a fertilizer used by terrorists in explosives has yet to be implemented, officials say. Under the law, dealers and purchasers of the ammonium nitrate fertilizer, which terrorists mix with fuel to create explosives, would be required to register with the government and be […]

Mubarak’s Fate In Court’s Hands

Hosni Mubarak, on trial in Cairo for murder and fraud, may be a sacrificial lamb but he should have known what was going on during the revolution, experts say. Hundreds of people were killed and thousands were injured during protests that eventually forced Mubarak from power after nearly three decades as Egypt’s president. Mubarak appeared […]

Firm Holds 1 Million On Anti-terror List

WILMINGTON, Del., Aug. 3 (UPI) — U.S. security firm Regulatory DataCorp says it has more than 1 million people and groups on its anti-terror database that it wants to market to government and private-sector clients worldwide. The security industry has seen a dramatic surge in business since it expanded into data processing and intelligence gathering […]

Maliki Can Negotiate On U.S. Troops

BAGHDAD, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Iraqi leaders are considering the possibility that some U.S. military trainers will stay in the country after the withdrawal deadline, a statement said. Iraqi leaders met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani to consider the status of U.S. forces in the country. All U.S. forces under the terms of a bilateral […]

Libya’s TNC On Solid Ground

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Diplomatically speaking, the rebel-backed Transitional National Council in Libya has made tremendous progress, a U.S. special representative said. At a July contact group meeting in Istanbul, members of the NATO-led military effort in Libya said Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had lost his legitimacy to lead the country. London and other […]

U.N. Envoy Wants Inside Access To Iran

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A U.N. special envoy on human rights in Iran said he’d like permission to visit the country and hopes Tehran views his authority as legitimate. The U.N. Human Rights Council created a special envoy on human rights in Iran in March. Iranian leaders, however, objected to the measure. Ahmed […]

ADL Asks Rick Perry To Drop Prayer Rally

HOUSTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Texas religious leaders and civil liberties groups have urged Gov. Rick Perry to cut his ties to The Response, a prayer event scheduled in Houston this weekend. The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement signed by more than 50 leaders in the Houston area, the Houston Chronicle reported. The signatories included […]

Layoffs Rise For Third Month Running

CHICAGO, Aug. 3 (UPI) — U.S. companies announced 66,414 layoffs in July, the highest total in 16 months, a private consulting firm said Wednesday. After a first half of the year with announced job losses the lowest since 2000, international outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, said July’s announced layoffs rose 60 percent over the […]


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