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Obama Seeks Expedited Project Process

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — President Obama issued a memorandum Wednesday directing U.S. departments and agencies to expedite high-impact infrastructure projects to create jobs. Obama announced his action during a public statement calling on Congress to pass clean extensions of the federal highways bill and the Federal Aviation Administration authorization. The departments of Agriculture, Commerce, […]

Texas Sues ‘naturopathic’ Doctor

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Texas authorities said they’re suing a Fort Worth “naturopathic doctor,” accusing her of unlawfully marketing and promoting dietary supplements. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday against Valerie Saxion, 49, and her company, Valerie Saxion Inc., Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott alleges she claimed the supplements could treat illnesses, including […]

Mom Arrested For Blowing Pot Smoke At Baby

GIBERT, Ariz., Aug. 31 (UPI) — Police in Arizona say a woman arrested on suspicion of child abuse blew marijuana smoke into the mouth of her 10-month-old daughter to stop her from crying. Authorities said Jessica Callaway, 21, of Gilbert was arrested after she was videotaped on her roommate’s cellphone hitting her baby, The Arizona […]

Father, Son Die Of Heart Attacks Same Day

NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa., Aug. 31 (UPI) — A Pittsburgh-area man hurrying home because his father had just died of a heart attack suffered a fatal heart attack on the way, friends say. Charles G. McCauley Sr., 83, and Charles Jr., 54, died about an hour apart Saturday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. Both were watching the […]

HHS Grants To Better Public Health Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced awards of more than $40 million in grants to improve public health infrastructure and workforce. “These funds will help health departments around the country maximize the impact of the essential services they provide every day, and build the public health workforce […]

Herbicide At Center Of Legal Wrangle

DETROIT, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A motion to force DuPont to notify U.S. property owners how to preserve evidence of tree damage from a banned herbicide will be argued Sept. 20, a judge ruled. The chemical company stopped selling the herbicide Imprelis in August after acknowledging it caused certain species of trees to curl and […]

Grandpa Allegedly Forces Grandkids To Hike

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Aug. 31 (UPI) — An Indiana man faces federal charges he forced his three young grandsons to hike the Grand Canyon in brutal heat this month, prosecutors said. Christopher A. Carlson was named in a federal complaint filed by the U.S. attorney’s office in Flagstaff, Ariz., accused of abusing his grandsons, ages 8, […]

Training Missile Lands In Marine’s Yard

JACKSONVILLE, N.C., Aug. 31 (UPI) — A Marine sergeant stationed at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina discovered a 6-foot training missile in his yard last week as he prepared for Hurricane Irene. Sgt. Parker Radcliffe told the Jacksonville (N.C.) Daily News he and his wife had heard a loud noise the night before. When he […]

Blazes Started By Lightning 90 Percent Contained

CEDAR CITY, Utah, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Eight blazes sparked by lightning along the Utah-Arizona border have been mostly contained, officials said Wednesday. The 750-acre Scenic fire complex, which comprises the blazes, had been 90 percent contained, and about 150 firefighters, with support from helicopters carrying water and air tankers with fire retardant, were battling […]

Political Committees Raise $242M So Far

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — The major U.S. political party committees raised more than $242 million in the first half of 2011, the Federal Election Commission said Wednesday. From Jan. 1 to June 30, the Democratic National Committee reported receipts of $57.8 million, $11.8 million in debts and $21.4 million in cash on hand. The […]


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