According to Fox News, the government sends out about 212 million checks and electronic payments each month, 80 million of which come from the Treasury Department.
The House of Representatives postponed the vote on Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) much-discussed debt ceiling plan as there was not enough support for it to pass.
WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — Eleven religious leaders were arrested staging a sit-in in the Capitol rotunda to protest budget cuts, U.S. Capitol Police said. The Christian and Jewish leaders urged the administration and Congress not to “balance the budget on the backs of the poor” as they propose trillions of dollars in cutbacks, they […]
KABUL, Afghanistan, July 29 (UPI) — A passenger bus struck an improvised explosive device Friday in south Afghanistan’s Helmand province, leaving at least 18 people dead, an official said. The bus was traveling from Nahr-e-Saraj to the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah when the bomb went off, CNN reported, quoting Dawood Ahmadi, a spokesman for […]
SEOUL, July 29 (UPI) — South Korea’s government told Japan’s ambassador Friday it will ban a visit by Japanese lawmakers to an island near the East Sea islets claimed by Seoul. South Korea’s Yonhap News agency reported the action was in response to plans by four lawmakers from Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party for a visit […]
JAKARTA, July 29 (UPI) — Civil rights groups in Indonesia heavily criticized the jail sentences given to 12 men accused of involvement in the deaths of minority Muslim sect members. A court in Serang, the capital of Banten province on the western tip of Java island, handed down the sentences for the brutal killing by […]
SEOUL, July 29 (UPI) — Record-breaking rains in South Korea set off landslides and floods that killed at least 59 people and left another 10 missing, officials said Friday. Rescue workers were joined by volunteers from across the country in massive humanitarian and cleanup efforts in Seoul and neighboring areas in the aftermath of record […]
BENGHAZI, Libya, July 29 (UPI) — Libya’s rebel army head was killed by attackers loyal to Moammar Gadhafi or by his own troops on suspicion of being a double agent, differing accounts said. Gen. Abdul Fattah Younis — a longtime Gadhafi confidant who had been Libya’s interior minister and a senior military officer before announcing […]
BEIJING, July 29 (UPI) — China needs aircraft carriers as it is surrounded by foreign warships, its military experts said after Beijing confirmed refitting a Soviet-era carrier. The experts said China must have its own carriers to safeguard national security and development, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The experts said China is the only […]
DOVER, Del., July 29 (UPI) — Delaware held its first execution in more than five years early Friday, putting Robert Jackson III to death for a 1992 murder during a burglary. The execution went forward after Gov. Jack Markell refused a reprieve late Thursday, The Wilmington News-Journal reported. Earlier, a federal appeals court refused a […]