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‘Housekeeping’ Could Solve Space Junk Mess

ROME, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The growing problem of space junk orbiting Earth could be tackled by specialized “housekeeping” spacecraft, an Italian researcher has proposed. The process would involve launching a specialized satellite that would rendezvous with the largest examples of space debris, like spent rocket bodies, and attach a small propellant kit that would […]

Known Crewmember Launches At O’Hare

CHICAGO, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The U.S. Transportation Security Administration Tuesday began the Known Crewmember program at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, eliminating some screening procedures. In a joint test with the Air Line Pilots Association International union and the Air Transport Association of America, TSA officials verified pilots’ identities with photos and airline data. The pilots […]

Obama Vacation Spot Withstands Small Fire

CHILMARK, Mass., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Firefighters put out a small fire at Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, Mass., where President Obama is to vacation next week, fire chief says. Chilmark firefighters extinguished the fire, caused by a gas grill, early Tuesday in a matter of minutes, the Vineyard Gazette in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., reported. […]

Burgess: Impeachment ‘needs To Happen’

KELLER, Texas, Aug. 9 (UPI) — U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, told a Tea Party audience impeaching President Obama “needs to happen” to “tie things up” in Washington. Burgess’ comments came as he justified his vote for the debt ceiling deal to a group of Tea Party activists in Keller, Texas, Monday. The five-term congressman […]

Prosecutors Reject Terror Suspect’s Claim

BOWLING GREEN, Ky., Aug. 9 (UPI) — A judge in Kentucky is considering an Iraqi refugee’s assertion he can’t be prosecuted in a U.S. court on charges he conspired to commit terrorist acts in Iraq. Federal prosecutors reject Waad Ramadan Alwan’s claim the Geneva Convention protects him from prosecution in the United States, The (Louisville, […]

Gay Caregiver Spouse Ordered Deported

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The Obama administration ordered the expulsion of a gay man’s spouse who petitioned for permanent U.S. residency to care for his ailing partner. On July 26, the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, citing the Defense of Marriage Act, denied John Makk’s application for an I-130 visa, a spousal […]

Walgreens To Sell Health Insurance?

DEERFIELD, Ill., Aug. 9 (UPI) — U.S. drugstore chain Walgreens is expected to begin selling health insurance before the end of the year, sources told CNNMoney. Walgreens did not comment directly on the plan. Instead, a company spokesman said the retailer was “looking at a number of options in light of healthcare reform as we […]

Strongest Solar Flare In Four Years

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The largest solar flare in four years erupted from the sun Tuesday, but it is unlikely to cause any problems on Earth, U.S. scientists say. A National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration satellite recorded the flare at 3:48 a.m. EDT, a NASA release said. “It was a big flare,” Joe Kunches, […]

Poll: Business Leaders Better Job Creators

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — U.S. voters say they think the U.S. government should help create jobs, but said the matter would be better left to business leaders, Rasmussen Reports said. Results released Tuesday indicate 75 percent of likely voters think it is at least somewhat important for the government to undertake a new program […]

House To Consider Back Pay For FAA Workers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Thousands of Federal Aviation Administration workers idled by a two-week shutdown would get back pay under a bill introduced Tuesday in the U.S. House. The measure authorizing the payment of wages and benefits to about 4,000 FAA employees for the time they were off during the agency’s partial shutdown was […]

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