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GOP: Balanced Budget Centuries Overdue

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (UPI) — The United States needs a constitutionally mandated balanced budget as first proposed in 1798, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said Saturday in the party’s address. The congressman said President Barack Obama’s policies were “counter-productive” and leading the country into a financial abyss. “Our national debt — much of which is owed […]

Obama Urges Transportation Bill Extension

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday urged Congress to pass a so-called clean extension of a transportation bill, calling it a “no-brainer.” In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president noted that funding for highway construction, bridge repair, mass transit systems and “other important projects that keep our country moving […]

Report: Immigration Good For Australia

SYDNEY, Sept. 3 (UPI) — A report on population in New South Wales suggests immigration has helped Australia by bringing in more working-age residents. The intergenerational report is scheduled to be released Tuesday with the New South Wales budget, The Australian said. The state is the most populous in Australia and its capital, Sydney, is […]

TSA Shows Off New Body Scanning Software

NEWARK, N.J., Sept. 3 (UPI) — The Transportation Security Administration unveiled less revealing full-body scanners Friday at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. The first generation of scanners showed detailed images of the person being scanned, angering many airline passengers. The new ones have an image of a genderless human figure with yellow boxes […]

Memoir Details Troubles With Gordon Brown

LONDON, Sept. 3 (UPI) — Leaked extracts from Alistair Darling’s upcoming memoir suggest everyone had trouble with his predecessor as British chancellor, Gordon Brown. The memoir, “Back from the Brink,” is to be published next week. The leaks suggest Darling paints a portrait of a Labor government troubled by Prime Minister Tony Blair’s bad relationship […]

Lee Moving North With Heavy Rains

MIAMI, Sept. 3 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Lee was dumping heavy rains on portions of the northern gulf coast as it slowly moved north late Friday, forecasters in Miami said. In its 11 p.m. EDT update, the National Hurricane Center said Lee was about 165 miles west-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and […]

Homicide Charges Dropped Against Nurse

MANCHESTER, England, Sept. 2 (UPI) — A nurse arrested on suspicion of killing patients at an English hospital was released from custody Friday as the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the charges. Greater Manchester Police said the investigation into the deaths at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport remains open, the Manchester Evening News reported. Assistant Chief […]

Retrial Sought In Gay Student’s Slaying

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Prosecutors said Friday they plan to retry a student who fatally shot a gay classmate at a California junior high school. Ventura County prosecutors called the shooting a premeditated murder and a hate crime, a day after a judge declared a mistrial in the case against 17-year-old Brandon McInerney […]

Bad Weather Diverts Obama Helicopter

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama’s helicopter had to be diverted on its flight to Camp David, Md., Friday because of bad weather, the White House said. Josh Earnest, deputy press secretary, said in a statement Obama was en route from Washington to the presidential retreat aboard Marine One, the presidential helicopter, […]

Police Unsure Attacks On Gays Hate Crimes

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Salt Lake City police said Friday they’re investigating two downtown attacks on gay men but don’t believe they’re related. Detective Cary Wichmann said both attacks are being treated as aggravated assaults but not as hate crimes, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Dane Hall, 20, said four men attacked […]

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