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Parade Dispute May Cost Unions

WAUSAU, Wis., Aug. 30 (UPI) — A Wisconsin mayor says his city won’t pay for the annual Labor Day parade if organized labor goes ahead with plans to bar Republicans from the event. The office of Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple said the Marathon County Labor Council will have to reimburse the city for all expenses […]

Michigan Muslims Invite Terry Jones To Dinner

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 30 (UPI) — A Michigan Islamic society says it has issued a dinner invitation to Terry Jones, the Florida pastor whose support of Koran-burning caused a national uproar. “As a man of God, hopefully he understands that part of being godly is extending a hand in friendship,” Abdalmajid Katranji, spokesman for the […]

Schools Looking To ‘fracking’ Revenues

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 30 (UPI) — A school district in Pennsylvania is looking to the land beneath it to fill budget holes by tapping into potential natural gas “fracking” revenues. Blackhawk School District, 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, has joined a handful of other school districts hoping to cash in on the state’s “hydraulic fracturing” natural […]

Obama’s Illegal Immigrant Uncle Had Social Security Number

BOSTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — An uncle of U.S. President Barack Obama has a valid Social Security number and driver’s license despite being an illegal immigrant, records indicate. Obama Onyango, 67, was arrested on drunken driving charges last week after he failed a Breathalyzer test in Framingham, Mass, The Boston Globe reported Tuesday. He was […]

Tropical Storm Katia Advances In Atlantic

MIAMI, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Katia was gaining strength over the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday and could become a hurricane within a day or two, U.S. forecasters said. The National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. EDT advisory the storm, moving west-northwest at about 18 mph with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph […]

Feds Drop Street-sign Replacement Deadline

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — The federal government says it’s dropping a 2015 deadline for local governments to begin replacing street-name and road signs with easier-to-read versions. Under a proposal announced by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, local governments will be allowed to switch them for reflective, easier-to-read replacements as they wear out, USA Today reported […]

U.S. Muslims: Challenge Islamic Extremists

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Nearly half of American Muslims say Muslim leaders in the United States have not done enough to challenge Islamic extremists, a survey found. The Pew Research Center survey showed 48 percent of U.S. Muslims don’t believe American Muslim leaders have spoken out enough against Islamic extremists, compared with 34 percent […]

London Praises End To Karzai Presidency

LONDON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Though London said the memo was routine, a Cabinet secretary was seen with a document saying the Afghan president’s departure was good for the country. Interior Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell was photographed leaving government offices with a sensitive memo stating Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s decision not to seek a third […]

Healthcare Fraud Prosecutions Rising

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Federal prosecutions for healthcare fraud are up 85 percent from last year, U.S. Justice Department data shows. The data, obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, shows the government has reported 903 new healthcare fraud prosecutions so far this year, more than the total number prosecuted last […]

Arab Spring An ‘intel Disaster’ For West

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 30 (UPI) — The Arab Spring has been “an intelligence disaster” for Western security services because of the fall of Middle Eastern leaders working with the United States and Europe, says a former Central Intelligence Agency chief. “The help we were getting from the Egyptian intelligence service, less so from the Tunisians […]


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