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Woman’s Death Follows Spa Treatment

MONTREAL, Aug. 1 (UPI) — The death of a 35-year-old Quebec woman following a detoxification session at a spa shows such facilities need regulation, health experts say. Just because a spa offers a particular service “doesn’t mean its safe,” said Louis Francescutti, a University of Alberta professor of emergency medicine and public health. “Most Canadians […]

Prayer Rally Puts Perry On Spot

HOUSTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — As Texas Gov. Rick Perry gives more signs of running for president, his participation in a prayer rally is drawing attention and criticism. The Republican governor plans to join thousands of fellow Christians Saturday in The Response, a day of prayer, fasting and repentance at Reliant Stadium in Houston. America […]

Oil Spill Aid Diverted To Child Support

BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 1 (UPI) — Louisiana says it is intercepting millions in oil spill payments to collect back child support. Lisa Andry, head of child support enforcement at the Department of Children and Family Services, told the Baton Rouge Advocate $5.5 million in payments for last year’s Deepwater Horizon disaster has been intercepted. […]

U.S. Markets Slip On Manufacturing Data

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Manufacturing data trumped news of a debt-ceiling compromise struck in Washington and sent U.S. stocks down Monday morning. The Institute of Supply Management said its headline index measuring manufacturing activity dropped from 55.3 in June to 50.9 in July, marginally above the break-even point of 50. The news sent […]

UNIFIL Breaks Up Israeli, Lebanese Clash

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 1 (UPI) — U.N. peacekeepers scrambled to Lebanon’s border with Israel in response to a brief exchange of gunfire between both sides, the United Nations reported Monday. The U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon confirmed a “brief exchange” of gunfire between Israeli and Lebanese forces along the so-called Blue Line separating the countries. […]

Ankara Deeply Disappointed With Syria

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Ankara said it was deeply disappointed about the lack of peace in Syria as violence continued Monday into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Syrian troops renewed attacks Monday on Hama. Germany and Italy called for an urgent U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss the bloodshed. Hama residents told […]

LaHood, Babbitt Urge Passage Of FAA Bill

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Members of Congress shouldn’t go on recess before extending the Federal Aviation Administration’s operating authority, transportation chief Ray LaHood said. After Congress allowed the FAA’s last extension to expire July 22, the agency was forced into a partial shutdown that temporarily put about 4,000 employees out of work and […]

Sex Offender Sues Over Residency Ordinance

ELK GROVE, Calif., Aug. 1 (UPI) — A registered sex offender is suing a California city, saying the city’s ordinance restricting where he can live violates state and federal constitutions. Michael Steven Escobar, a registered sex offender on parole for child molestation, has sued the city of Elk Grove, near Sacramento, saying its ordinance would […]

Prosecutor Sought In Wisconsin Supreme Court Spat

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 1 (UPI) — A Wisconsin district attorney called Monday for a special prosecutor in a dispute between two state Supreme Court justices. Justice Ann Walsh Bradley accuses Justice David Prosser of physically attacking her during an argument in her office June 13, just before the court ruled on a bitterly divisive labor […]

Bus Driver Found Dead Behind The Wheel

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A New Jersey bus driver was found dead at the wheel of his vehicle, which had been missing for almost 5 hours, authorities said. Thomas Truex, 26, of Edison, a driver for NJ Transit, was supposed to deliver the bus to a Meadowlands garage after dropping off his last […]

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