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Marijuana Farm Cleared In Nevada

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 26 (UPI) — A marijuana farm on federal land in Nevada held almost 5,000 plants on 4 acres, the U.S. Forest Service says. Judy Suing, a spokesman for the agency, said 4,685 plants were removed by air from the site on Deer Creek in the Mount Charleston area northwest of Las Vegas, […]

Man Guilty Of Killing Family

LYNDON, Kan., Aug. 26 (UPI) — A man convicted of killing his wife, his two daughters and another relative could face the death penalty in Kansas. A jury deliberated for 2 hours Thursday before finding James Kraig Kahler guilty of capital murder and four counts of first-degree murder, the Columbia Missourian reported. The penalty phase […]

Oklahoma Man Supports Accused-killer Son

OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 26 (UPI) — An Oklahoma man says he is trying to help his long-lost son who is charged in the shaking death of his baby half-sister. Byron Rivera says he has been taking English classes and is lining up an attorney to defend his son, Crystian Rivera, 13, against a murder charge, […]

Census: Happy Marriages In North Dakota, Minority Babies Nearly Half Of All Born

The U.S. Census, in a first of its kind report, has named North Dakota as the top place in the country for successful marriages, reports the Daily Mail. The article notes that States in the South and West often have higher numbers of reported marriages (19 per 1000), though a record number of those also end in divorce (10 per 1000).

Bernanke Holds Back On New Initiatives

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Aug. 26 (UPI) — U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday the Fed would hold back on adding stimulus to overcome a sluggish economy. In a key speech at the Fed’s annual retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Bernanke said the economy was recovering at a pace that was slower than expected, […]

Second Quarter GDP Revised Lower

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — The Commerce Department Friday revised the U.S. real gross domestic product for the second quarter down to an annual rise of 1 percent. The preliminary estimate released a month ago pegged U.S. economic growth quarter-to-quarter at 1.3 percent. The Commerce Department, however, held onto its first-quarter GDP estimate of 0.4 […]

Corporations On Roll During Slump

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Corporate profits remain high while the U.S. economy struggles, the Commerce Department said Friday. The Bureau of Economic Analysis said corporate profits jumped by $57.3 billion in the second quarter after climbing by $19 billion in the previous quarter. The Commerce Department also said the economy grew at a sluggish […]

Markets Mixed On Bernanke Speech

NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (UPI) — U.S. markets posted solid gains Friday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank was in a wait-and-see mode concerning economic policy. Bernanke declined to announce a third round of quantitative easing, a program of buying securities that is also known as printing money, but did say […]

Dad Flees Foreclosure, Leaving Son

LAKEVILLE, Minn., Aug. 26 (UPI) — Investigators are trying to find a Minnesota architect facing foreclosure who left his 11-year-old son behind when he fled the state. Steven Alexander Cross, 60, has been charged with misdemeanor child neglect, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Friday. His son, Sebastian, is in foster care and is expected […]

Israel Seeks To Buy U.S. Equipment In Iraq

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Israel’s Defense Ministry is negotiating with the Pentagon to buy U.S. military equipment in Iraq that’s due to be shelved as surplus or sold as the last contingent of U.S. forces prepared to withdraw. The Jerusalem Post reported that the Israeli military “is looking to renew its aging […]

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