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Nat’l Cathedral Quake Damage In Millions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The National Cathedral in Washington sustained millions of dollars in damage in the earthquake that hit the U.S. East Coast, officials said Wednesday. Officials said three of four spires topping the now-closed church’s central tower lost their capstones when the 5.8-magnitude temblor stuck Tuesday, CNN reported. The Washington Times said […]

Palestinian Unemployment At 30 Percent

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Despite economic gains last year, the occupied Palestinian territory still has an unemployment rate of 30 percent, the United Nations said Wednesday. The territory’s economy grew by 9.3 percent, with Gaza’s increasing 15 percent and the West Bank’s rising 7.6 percent, the U.N. Conference of Trade and Development said […]

Brazil’s War On Corruption Causes Disarray

BRASILIA, Brazil, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s war on corruption — right up to the ministerial and congressional level — has caused unexpected disarray in the Latin American country’s political life as her initiatives threaten to spin out of control. Rousseff launched a campaign to clean her administration, prompting several high-profile resignations. […]

7-magnitude Quake Hits Peru

LIMA, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A 7-magnitude earthquake shook northern Peru Wednesday, U.S. seismologists said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, registered at 12:45 p.m. local time, occurred at a depth of 90.2 miles. Its epicenter was 50 miles north of Pucllpa, Peru, 130 miles west of Cruzeiro do Sul, Brazil, 195 miles northeast […]

Bank Shutting Out Marijuana Dispensaries

DENVER, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Colorado Springs State Bank, the last bank in the state willing to do business openly with medical marijuana suppliers, has asked them to close their accounts. Senior Vice President John Whitten said the bank’s parent company, Herring Bank, does business in Oklahoma and Texas, both states where medical marijuana is […]

Ship Owners: Foreign Ships Carry U.S. Oil

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — U.S. ship owners complain the Obama administration has routinely let oil from federal stockpiles be shipped on foreign-owned vessels, sidestepping federal law. As it rushed to transport millions of barrels to stabilize world oil prices earlier this summer, the administration has waived the 90-year-old Jones Act 46 times, The New […]

New Sentencing Ordered For Pa. Politician

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A federal appeals court says the 55-month sentence given former Pennsylvania state Sen. Vincent Fumo of Philadelphia does not reflect the damage he did. In a ruling handed down Tuesday, the appellate court said U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter did not do the right arithmetic when calculating the financial loss […]

Teen To Be Tried As Juvenile For Killing

NEW CASTLE, Pa., Aug. 24 (UPI) — A Pennsylvania teenager charged with shooting his father’s fiancee when he was 11, killing her and her unborn child, will be tried as a juvenile, a judge said. Common Pleas Judge Dominick Motto reversed a decision he made last year that Jordan Brown, now 13, should be tried […]

North Korea May Return To 6-party Talks

MOSCOW, Aug. 24 (UPI) — North Korea is willing to return to the six-party talks and to consider a moratorium on nuclear testing, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday. Medvedev and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il met in Sosnovy Bor, a garrison town in the Russian Republic of Buryatia in South Siberia, RIA Novosti […]

Salvadoran Wanted In Priest Slayings Held

BOSTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A former Salvadoran military colonel accused in the 1989 killing of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador has been arrested in Massachusetts, authorities said. Inocente Orlando Montano, 69, who had been living in an apartment in Everett, Mass., for two decades under his own name, was arrested Tuesday by federal […]

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