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Lagarde’s Speech Challenged In Europe

BRUSSELS, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A high-profile speech by the new director of the International Monetary Fund was met by a call for clarity, a bank official said. The Financial Times reported Monday that European officials “rounded on” Christine Lagarde after a speech she made in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Saturday. Lagarde cited an “urgent” need […]

Italians Expect Quality Wines For 2011

ROME, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Vintners in Europe’s largest wine-producing nation, Italy, are forecasting high-quality grapes for 2011, despite high summer temperatures. “There is a certain homogeneity in almost all the regions in 2011, but it’s possible we’ll produce a high-quality harvest,” said Giuseppe Martelli, director general of Assoenologi, which is the Italian association of […]

Irene Coincides With Spurt Of Babies

WILMINGTON, N.C., Aug. 28 (UPI) — As Hurricane Irene roared over North Carolina this weekend, the staff at a Wilmington hospital was kept busy delivering dozen babies, officials say. New Hanover Regional Medical Center officials said the babies were born during a 17-hour lockdown as the storm swirled, and another eight women were in labor, […]

Happy Feet The Penguin Headed Home

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Officials with the Wellington Zoo in New Zealand said the emperor penguin that recently showed up on the country’s North Island shore was on its way back home. Lisa Argilla, manager of veterinary science at Wellington Zoo, said Happy Feet, the penguin found on Peka Peka beach two […]

Prosthetic Leg Used To Trick Tracking Tag

ROCHDALE, England, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A British security firm said it fired two employees who attached a tracking tag to a suspect’s prosthetic leg, allowing him to violate his curfew. The firm, G4S, said the staff members were dismissed after they attached the tag to the false leg of Christopher Lowcock, 29, of Rochdale, […]

Turkish Doctors Use Music As Medicine

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Doctors at a Turkish hospital said they are having success with Islamic music therapy, a centuries-old technique using Arabesque scales and modes in healing. Dr. Bingur Sonmez and Dr. Erol Can at the Memorial Hospital in Istanbul said they have found music therapy produced significant psychological and physiological outcomes […]

Paintings Depict Muscular Jesus

VERSAILLES, Ky., Aug. 29 (UPI) — A Kentucky artist is taking a page from Rembrandt’s book by giving a makeover to the image of Jesus Christ, this time by adding muscles and tattoos. Stephen Sawyer, 58, said his Jesus paintings, which he created using a muscular surfer as a model, are aimed at giving masculine […]

Putin, Medvedev Photos Put In Gonorrhea Ad

MOSCOW, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Siberian police say they’re seeking prison for three men suspected of placing photos of Russian officials on a billboard for a clinic that treats gonorrhea. The Moscow Times said the billboard for the Barnaul medical clinic originally depicted gonorrhea and other ailments as ugly monsters and sported the slogan “Do […]

Report: Land Deals Helped Make Perry Rich

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Critics say Texas Gov. Rick Perry has become a millionaire while in office largely through a handful of real estate deals owing to political connections. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Republican presidential candidate’s bank account belies his continual emphasis on his roots as a rural farmer. Among […]

Miami-Dade Jails Found To Abuse Prisoners

MIAMI, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Federal investigators say they found a pattern of constitutional violations at Miami-Dade County jails, the eighth-largest jail system in the country. In findings included in a report issued Monday by the U.S. Justice Department, the Miami-Dade County jail system, which holds about 7,000 inmates on any given day, was found […]

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