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Tea Party Cultural Characteristics Defined

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Aug. 24 (UPI) — Voters sympathetic to the Tea Party movement reflect four primary cultural and political beliefs to a greater degree than others do, U.S. researchers suggest. Lead author Andrew J. Perrin, an associate professor of sociology in the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences, and colleagues […]

Govt. Seeks Compromise As Hazare Fasts

NEW DELHI, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A 74-year-old anti-corruption crusader in India began his ninth day of fasting Wednesday as the government scrambled to meet his demands. The campaign of Anna Hazare, a follower of Mahatma Gandhi, has galvanized tens of thousands of people across the country, drawn attention around the world, and raised concerns […]

Russian President Urges War Crime Tribunal

MOSCOW, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says he believes Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili should face a war crimes tribunal, but he doubts that will happen. Medvedev made the comment during a news conference Thursday, as the third anniversary of the Georgia War nears, ITAR-Tass reported. “If you asked for my personal opinion, […]

Politicians Incite Violence Against Gays

BELGRADE, Serbia, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A gay rights organization has accused Serbian politicians of inciting violence against the gay community through statements made about a planned pride parade. The Gay-Lesbian Info Center says Police Minister Ivica Dacic, Belgrade City Mayor Dragan Djilas and Jagodina City Mayor Dragan Markovic Palma have made comments that may […]

U.S. Expands Air Passenger Rights

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — New airline passenger protections were put into effect nationwide Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation said. The customer protections include refunded baggage fees if bags are lost, larger compensation for passengers bumped from overbooked flight and expanded protections from long runway delays. “The Obama Administration believes consumers have the right […]

Mother’s Last Wish Helps FBI Find Fugitive

SALIDA, Calif., Aug. 23 (UPI) — The FBI says a mother’s dying wish to contact her fugitive son led them to him in California. William Walter Asher III was arrested Friday in Salida, Calif., years after his ailing, elderly mother contacted him, ABC News reported. Asher’s mother Mable Welch “asked various family members to assist […]

Lawmaker Calls For Investigation Of Graves

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The Turkish parliament should investigate mass graves found in the eastern part of the country, an opposition leader said Tuesday. Huseyin Agu of the Republican People’s Party, usually known by its Turkish acronym CHP, said at a news conference the country must “confront the reality of mass graves, which […]

Cypriot Leaders Back At Table

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The presidents of the Greek and Turkish sections of Cyprus returned to the negotiating table Tuesday after a three-week hiatus. The last session, scheduled for Aug. 5, was canceled because Cyprus President Demetris Christofias was in the midst of a political crisis, World Bulletin reported. Christofias has been under […]

Rising Number Of Squatters In Detroit

DETROIT, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Detroit officials say complaints about squatters have tripled in recent years but Michigan law makes it difficult to remove illegal residents. There are more than 100,000 vacant properties throughout Detroit, many of which are increasingly being taken over by squatters, The Detroit News reported Tuesday. City Ombudsman Durene Brown says […]

U.S. Releases Plan To Cut Red Tape

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The Obama administration introduced a plan Tuesday for U.S. regulatory reform that officials say would save $10 billion in the next five years. Among the 500 changes proposed are easing the visa application process, speeding up payment to Defense Department contractors and eliminating 100 regulations in the Department of Transportation, […]

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