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School Board Accepts, Then Rejects, Reading List That Includes Books On Drug Use, Gay Sex

Who will edit the books listed on New Jersey’s Monroe Township school district’s required reading list? The school district had on its required reading list novels depicting graphic sexual scenes including homosexual orgies.

Obama Oversees The Most Rapid Increase Of Debt Under Any U.S. President

President Barack Obama has often noted that when he took office he inherited a huge national debt as a result of President George W. Bush’s two wars, his tax cuts and a prescription drug program that the country did not pay for, according to CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller.

Former Home Secretary Used Inmate Labor

LONDON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The British Prison Service is investigating why two inmates on work release painted the house of former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, officials said Wednesday. Smith, a former Labor member of Parliament, said the work was legitimate and that she and her husband, Richard Timney, had made a donation to a […]

Truckers Union Blocks Sydney Thoroughfare

SYDNEY, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Hundreds of union officials representing truckers and bus drivers stopped traffic on a major thoroughfare Thursday in Australia’s largest city. The protest in the Sydney district of Rose Hill was aimed at working conditions, The Daily Telegraph of Sydney reported. The shop stewards, who had been attending a conference at […]

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Top Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Afghan and coalition forces killed a senior Taliban leader during a joint operation in north Afghanistan’s Faryab Province, NATO said. A Taliban subordinate was also killed in the operation in the province’s Ghormach district, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force reported on its Web site. The Taliban leader was identified […]

Chinese Media React To Pentagon Report

BEIJING, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The U.S. Pentagon’s latest annual report on China’s military overlooked its peaceful defense policy, the official media said Thursday. Pentagon official Michael Schiffer, in a media briefing on the Pentagon report, noted China’s expanding military capabilities have allowed it contribute to activities such as international peacekeeping and fighting piracy, but […]

China Military Buildup Raises Concerns

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — China’s military buildup is “potentially destabilizing” to regional military balances, a U.S. Pentagon official warned. The warning came from Michael Schiffer, deputy assistant defense secretary for East, during a media briefing on the annual report on military developments in China, prepared by the defense secretary for Congress. Schiffer said China’s […]

Couple Gets 12 Years In Python Killing

BUSHNELL, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) — A Florida woman and her boyfriend were sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison for the death of her daughter, who was killed by her pet Burmese python. Lawyers for Jaren Hare, 21, and Charles Darnell, 34, argued at the sentencing — as they did at trial — that […]

Man Survives Attack By Swarm Of Bees

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Aug. 25 (UPI) — A 95-year-old man in Southern California survived an attack by bees that stung him hundreds of times Wednesday, authorities said. Police said an exterminator was trying to remove the bees, believed to be Africanized honeybees, from an apartment in Redondo Beach, the Los Angeles Times reported. That apparently […]

TV Footage Shows Cyber Attack Potential

BEIJING, Aug. 24 (UPI) — China denies involvement in cyber attacks, officials saying that would violate Chinese law, but video aired recently on state TV demonstrated such an attack. Viewers of a brief clip on China Central Television last month saw a military computer program in which the target — a Falun Gong Web site […]

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