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China Closes 1,289 Illegal Coal Mines

BEIJING, Aug. 26 (UPI) — China, cracking down on illegal coal mines blamed for a large number of deadly disasters, shut down 1,289 of them during the past year, authorities said. The nationwide effort is designed to end the illegal production of coal, Zhao Tiechui, deputy head of the State Administration of Work Safety, told […]

Irene Targets N.C Coast

MIAMI, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Hurricane conditions were subsiding over the Bahamas but forecasters in Miami said Friday Hurricane Irene was set to bear down on the North Carolina coast. In its 2 a.m. EDT update, the National Hurricane Center said the storm, a Category 3 hurricane, was about 460 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, […]

Japanese PM Naoto Kan Resigns

TOKYO, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, in office only since June 2010, resigned Friday, a move that had been widely anticipated. Kan resigned as president of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, which in effect meant leaving the office of prime minister. Kan, who had been under intense pressure since the […]

Gunmen Set Deadly Fire At Mexican Casino

MONTERREY, Mexico, Aug. 26 (UPI) — At least 50 people died in a Mexican casino Thursday when armed men used gasoline to set a fire that gutted the building, officials in Monterrey said. The death toll, already the highest from any single incident in Monterrey, was expected to rise, The Wall Street Journal reported. Investigators […]

China Says It Will Improve Human Rights

BEIJING, Aug. 26 (UPI) — China plans a three-year national program beginning next year for human rights development, a top Cabinet official said. The national human rights action plan is designed to improve people’s basic rights, China Daily reported, quoting Wang Chen, minister of the State Council Information Office. Wang said the program will set […]

Hu Expresses Chinese Confidence In Europe

BEIJING, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Chinese President Hu Jintao told French President Nicolas Sarkozy Beijing remains confident about the economy of Europe, where China has large investments. Sarkozy, who stopped in Beijing for 5 hours Thursday before flying to France’s Pacific territory of New Caledonia, was assured by Hu that China is confident Europe will […]

Claim: Social Worker Called Family Fat

SKOVDE, Sweden, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Swedish investigators said they were looking into a complaint that a social worker criticizing the eating habits and weight of a family awaiting deportation. The unidentified social services investigator visited a family in western Sweden in need of assistance during its extended wait for deportation, The Local reported Wednesday. […]

Fla. District Overpaid Teachers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 26 (UPI) — A Florida school district plans to monitor pay for teachers and other employees more closely following disclosure of persistent problems with overpayments. In the latest case in the Broward County district, officials said 158 teachers were mistakenly overpaid a total of $193,551, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. The […]

Report Finds ‘skills Gap’ In U.S. Workers

IOWA CITY, Iowa, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Analysts trying to determine whether U.S. workers possess needed skills should look at those required by specific jobs, a testing service said Thursday. ACT, an organization based in Iowa City that publishes one of the major college admissions tests, released a report, “A Better Measure of Skills Gaps.” […]

Number Of U.S. Hispanic Students Hits High

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Enrollment of Hispanic students attending college in the United States surged 24 percent from 2009 to 2010, narrowing gaps with other groups, a think tank says. The number of Hispanic 18- to 24-year-olds attending college rose by 349,000 to reach 1.8 million, the Pew Hispanic Center said in a release […]

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