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Earth ‘recyles’ Itself Faster Than Thought

MAINZ, Germany, Aug. 10 (UPI) — The volcanic recycling of crust that sinks due to the movement of Earth’s tectonic plates happens faster than previously thought, German researchers say. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz say sunken oceanic crust resurfaces from Earth’s mantle through volcanic eruptions after only 500 million years, […]

8-foot Pot Plant In Blind Woman’s Yard

ROCK HILL, S.C., Aug. 10 (UPI) — While searching for two suspects, detectives in South Carolina discovered an 8-foot tall marijuana plant growing in a blind woman’s yard, police said. Sheriffs came across the plant growing near a shed in the 57-year-old homeowner’s yard while tracking down suspects in an unrelated case Monday in Rock […]

Colbert Iowa Ad: Write In ‘Rick Parry’

AMES, Iowa, Aug. 10 (UPI) — U.S. comedian Stephen Colbert’s political action committee released a TV ad Wednesday urging Ames Straw Poll voters to write in “Rick Parry,” not Rick Perry. “A storm is gathering over Iowa, a money storm. Out-of-state groups like Grow PAC and Jobs for Iowa PAC are flooding the Iowa airwaves, […]

U.S. Deficit $1.1 Trillion Through July

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — The U.S. Treasury Department said Wednesday the budget deficit through July has reached $1.099 trillion, $70 billion less than the same time last year. The small closure in the gap was due to more government revenues, the department said in a statement. Total spending was up from $2.921 trillion to […]

King Seeks Investigation Of Bin Laden Film

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Rep. Peter King said Wednesday he wants an investigation into whether the White House is providing filmmakers with secret information on the bin Laden raid. King, R-N.Y., Wednesday released a letter to inspectors general for the CIA and Pentagon asking for an investigation and a classified briefing on whether the […]

Poll: Americans Agree With S&P

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Most Americans agree with S&P’s downgrade of U.S. government debt, and barely a quarter are confident the government can improve the economy, a poll indicates. Just 26 percent of respondents in a Washington Post poll said they believe policymakers can right the national economic ship, a sharp drop from 47 […]

Gizmodo Cleared, 2 Charged In IPhone Sale

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 10 (UPI) — The San Mateo County, Calif., district attorney Wednesday filed misdemeanor charges against two men accused of selling a lost iPhone 4 prototype in 2010. However, no one at Gizmodo, the Web site that bought the prototype before it was released by Apple, will be charged, Ars Technica reported. […]

Bachmann, Pawlenty Woo Iowa Primary Voters

CLIVE, Iowa, Aug. 10 (UPI) — U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., toured an advertising firm in Iowa Wednesday, calling for lower taxes and less regulation. Bachmann, a presidential hopeful who was born in Iowa, said Americans need more healthcare choices and blamed the stock market’s recent wild ride on Democratic President Barack Obama and members […]

Palestinians Urged To Talk To Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 10 (UPI) — The Palestinian Authority plan to seek recognition from the U.N. General Assembly will fray its ties to the United States, a diplomat said Wednesday. The diplomat, described as a senior Western representative, met with reporters in Tel Aviv for a not-for-attribution briefing, Haaretz reported. The United States hopes […]

Ex-TSA Employee Pleads Guilty To Hate Crime

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A former Transportation Security Administration employee in Minneapolis pleaded guilty to a hate crime Wednesday in assaulting an elderly Somali man. TSA employees provide security at the nation’s airports. The former TSA employee, George Thompson, 64, pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. […]

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