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Mom Gets Stillborn’s Remains In Envelope

ESSEX, England, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A British mother has received damages from a hospital where a receptionist handed her an envelope containing skin and tissue from her stillborn baby. “I can’t believe anybody could be so unfeeling as to behave in this way,” Danielle Tivey, 27, said in a statement reported by the Daily […]

Kim Jong Il Takes Boat Ride In Russia

ULAN-UDE, Russia, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Kim Jong Il, the leader of North Korea who is on a tour of Russia, took a boat ride Tuesday on Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake. Kim’s day in Ulan-Ude, capital of the Russian Republic of Buryatin also included visits to an area aircraft factory and a resort […]

Report: China Trade Balance Likely In 2012

BEIJING, Aug. 23 (UPI) — China’s trade surplus may drop to $100 billion this year from last year’s $183 billion as imports rise and exports weaken, a trade expert said. There could even be a trade balance in 2012, China Daily reported Tuesday, quoting Wei Jianguo, secretary-general of the think tank China Center for International […]

Ex-Moody’s Exec: Ratings Agencies Corrupt

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — U.S. credit-ratings agencies have conflicts of interest because they’re paid by firms they’re supposed to rate neutrally, an ex-Moody’s Corp. executive said. “This conflict of interest permeates all levels of employment, from entry-level analyst to the chairman and chief executive officer of Moody’s Corp.,” William Harrington, a former Moody’s Investors […]

Retail Sees Slight Drop Week-To-Week

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Retail sales slid 1 percent in the week ending last Saturday with traffic down at U.S. discount stores, a trade group said Tuesday. The International Council of Shopping Centers said sales fell week-to-week, but rose 3 percent compared to the same week a year earlier. Apparel stores showed some “improvement […]

UBS Joins Bank Trend Of Layoffs

ZURICH, Switzerland, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Swiss bank UBS said a cost-trimming effort would result in the loss of 3,500 jobs in the next 30 months. The bank said it would take on a one-time charge of about $698 million connected to the layoffs, which it would put on its books this year, The New […]

Wedded Bliss Boosts Heart Surgery Survival

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 22 (UPI) — Being married to a supportive spouse is as good for one’s heart as quitting smoking or being obese, U.S. researchers suggest. The study, published in Health Psychology, found marriage in general is linked to higher survival rates for men, and the more satisfying the marriage, the higher the rate […]

‘Supermom’ Believers Apt To Be Depressed

SEATTLE, Aug. 22 (UPI) — U.S. workplaces are still designed for those without care-giving responsibilities, which can lead to depression, a researcher says. “Women are sold a story that they can do it all, but most workplaces are still designed for employees without child-care responsibilities,” study leader Katrina Leupp, a University of Washington sociology graduate […]

Scientists Find Why Stress Damages DNA

DURHAM, N.C., Aug. 22 (UPI) — For years, studies showed chronic stress creates chromosomal damage and now U.S. researchers say they know why. Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Duke University Medical Center, said in the study, mice were infused with an adrenaline-like compound that works through a receptor called […]

McCaul Tops Richest In Congress List

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, leads Roll Call’s annual survey of the richest members of Congress, with at least $294 million, bumping Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. Kerry became the third-richest member, with a minimum net worth of $193 million, Roll Call reported, while Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., retained second place with […]

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