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Companies Spending On Picnics, Again

TREVOSE, Pa., July 31 (UPI) — After the economic downturn, many U.S. companies scaled back morale boosting pursuits, but a survey indicates that at least the company picnic is back. A survey by the Advertising Specialty Institute of 400 individuals working at companies indicates 41 percent say they’re planning a company picnic this summer and […]

Afghan Teens Face Death For Illicit Love

HERAT, Afghanistan, July 31 (UPI) — A teenage couple are in an Afghan jail and facing death threats from their own families for trying to marry across ethnic lines. The girl, Halima Mohammedi, and the boy, Rafi Mohammed, both 17, met last year at an ice cream factory where she worked in the western city […]

Philly Priest Ordered To Stand Trial

PHILADELPHIA, July 31 (UPI) — Defense attorneys under a gag order could not comment on a ruling that allows a Roman Catholic priest to face trial in a Philadelphia sexual abuse case. A gag order prevents comment on the case of Monsignor William Lynn, a former ranking official at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who is […]

Psychology Colors Debt Management

ST. LOUIS, July 31 (UPI) — The best way to end debt is to make minimum payments except for one loan with the highest interest rate, but most tend not to do this, U.S. researchers say. Cynthia Cryder, a consumer behavior expert at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, and co-authors Shahar Ayal, […]

‘Slutwalk’ Movement Hits Streets Of India

NEW DELHI, July 31 (UPI) — A “Slutwalk” to assert women’s rights be free of sexual harassment in India drew hundreds in New Delhi, Sunday. Organizers of the march, which began and ended at the Jantar Mantar observatory, estimated the turnout at 700 to 800 and claimed a success, the Hindustan Times reported. Umang Sabarwal, […]

Don A Dud; Texas Heat, Drought Continue

FORT WORTH, Texas, July 31 (UPI) — Texas sizzled again Sunday after the remnants of Tropical Storm Don failed to ease an ongoing drought and 100-degree temperatures, forecasters said. Fort Worth almost saw its century-mark streak end Saturday but the mercury crept into triple digits late in the afternoon, making it 29 consecutive days Dallas-Fort […]

Ukraine Mourns 37 Mine Accident Victims

KIEV, Ukraine, July 31 (UPI) — Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych declared Sunday a national day of mourning, two days after 37 miners died in two accidents. The Emergencies Ministry said an explosion 3,000 feet underground at the Sukhodilska-Vostochnaya mine in the east of the country killed 26 people and injured two Friday, CNN said. On […]

‘Mr. Rogers’ Series Set For New Generation

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 31 (UPI) — The classic U.S. children’s television “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” is getting a 21st Century overhaul, the Public Television System announced Sunday. The “new animated multi-platform series” is called “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and will debut in Autumn 2012 with a 4-year-old Daniel Tiger in the lead role. “‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ […]

News Blackout Placed On China Train Wreck

BEIJING, July 31 (UPI) — China says it has implemented a blackout on news coverage of the deadly high-speed train wreck that has resulted in some critical newspaper articles. The Chinese Communist Party fired off a directive this weekend limiting coverage of the disaster to positive stories. The New York Times said Sunday the order […]

Juarez Cartel Leader Under Arrest

JUAREZ, Mexico, July 31 (UPI) — Law enforcement officials in the United States said a reputed leader of a Juarez drug cartel was in the custody of Mexican authorities this weekend. The El Paso (Texas) Times said U.S. officials did not provide any details on the arrest of Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, a ranking leader […]

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