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Britain’s Hedgehogs Threatened

LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Hedgehogs, once common across Britain, have suffered a dramatic decline and could disappear from the country within 15 years, a study says. A 25 percent decline in their numbers has left around a million hedgehogs in Britain and in some areas the decline has been closer to 50 percent, the […]

Italian Official: ‘Blood And Tears’ Needed

ROME, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi held several meetings Friday to work on an austerity plan to keep a financial crisis from worsening, his office said. The government is looking for $29 billion in savings and revenue to try to balance the budget by 2013 and reassure global markets about its […]

Germany To Mark Berlin Wall’s Construction

BERLIN, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Germany on Saturday will mark the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall. On the morning of Aug. 13, 1961, Berliners awoke to learn soldiers had erected barbed-wire barricades, closed down roads and blocked railways linking East Berlin and West Berlin. The wall lasted until 1989. The daily […]

Group Wins Jackpot On Day Of Layoffs

OTTAWA, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A group of 18 workers at a Canadian manufacturing plant said they won a $7.09 million lottery jackpot on the same day many of them were laid off by the company. The employees of SMART technologies in Ottawa, Ontario, said they won the jackpot from the Lotto 6/49 drawing Wednesday, […]

Aron: ‘It Hurts’ To Talk About Boy’s Death

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A New York man charged with killing and dismembering an 8-year-old boy in July says it is hard for him to discuss the killing because “It hurts too much.” Levi Aron, 35, was charged with murder in the death of Leiby Kletzky, whose feet were found in a plastic […]

One In Five Students Drop Out In California

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Nearly 94,000 students in California’s class of 2010 dropped out of high school and 17,000 eighth-grade students quit without attending one day, data indicated. The state’s Department of Education said the numbers may be California’s first accurate assessment of dropout and graduation rates using a system that tracks individual students […]

U.N.’s Ban Frustrated With Libyan Conflict

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 12 (UPI) — With U.N. members expressing concern over the protracted military conflict in Libya, the U.N. secretary-general said it was time for political solutions. NATO forces in March started enforcing a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone over Libya to protect civilians from attacks by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The International […]

U.S. Hails Move To End Cairo’s Emergency

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Egyptian moves toward lifting a state of emergency declared some 30 years ago is a step in the right direction, the U.S. State Department said. Cairo enacted a series of political restrictions under a state of emergency declared in the wake of the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. […]

Pastor: Willow Creek Church Not Anti-gay

CHICAGO, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The pastor of a suburban Chicago mega-church says it isn’t anti-gay — it doesn’t accept any sex outside of marriage, gay or heterosexual. “We challenge homosexuals and heterosexuals to live out the sexual ethics taught in scriptures, which encourage sexual expression between a man and a woman in the context […]

July Retail Up Higher Than Expected

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Retail sales in July rose a slim 0.5 percent, one tick higher than expected, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Friday. Retail sales, including food service sales, adjusted for seasonal variations but not for prices, were $390.4 billion, an 8.5 percent increase from July 2010, the bureau said in a release. […]

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