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Social Security Disability Insurance Program Overwhelmed

The Social Security’s disability program has been flooded with requests and benefit claims from laid-off workers and an aging group of baby boomers, helping to push the system toward complete insolvency.

Representative Waters Making Waves With Comments

Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) made headlines across the country twice last week, first suggesting that President Barack Obama “get tough with Republicans” to create proposals that help the poor and African-Americans and later for calling out the Tea Party.

RFID Chips Gain Popularity In Mexico

Amid concerns of increasing incidents of kidnappings in Mexico, many residents of the country are turning to “under-the-skin” tracking devices for a sense of safety. Mexican citizens are seeking new means of protecting themselves in a country where firearm ownership is heavily regulated.

Oklahoma Governor To Resist ‘Obamacare’

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has rejected the grant that comes with the acceptance of the Federal Health Plan. She decided to turn down the $54 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Services, noting that the move would allow Oklahoma to bypass a Federal exchange when the State sets up a system that would be governed by the private sector.

Turkey To Press Attacks Against Kurds

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Turkish officials say the cross-border fighting against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Turkey and Iraq will go on until the militant group has been eliminated. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear Sunday that operations against the militant Kurdish group would persist, Today’s Zaman reported. “[Some people […]

Tainted Vinegar Kills 11 In China

BEIJING, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Tainted vinegar was blamed in the deaths of at least 11 people, and another 120 were sickened, in China’s northwest Xinjiang-Uighur region, authorities said. The incident occurred Friday at a large meal served during Muslims’ month-long observance of Ramadan in Sangzhu village, China Daily reported Tuesday, quoting local police. The […]

Atty. Gen.: No Probation For Casey Anthony

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) — The Florida State Attorney General’s Office has filed a response opposing Casey Anthony’s appeal to avoid probation in the death of her toddler daughter. Defense lawyers argued that Anthony, who served time in jail for check fraud and was released last month, served her probation time while in custody […]

Racism On The Rise Is Sweden

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Racism toward Jews and Muslims is growing in Sweden, a public agency that advocates for tolerance, democracy and human rights says in a report. The Living History Forum report indicates the number of racist Swedish Web sites has nearly doubled since 2009, the Swedish news agency TT reported. Web […]

French Businessman To Pay All Burqa Fines

PARIS, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A French businessman says he has started a $1.43 million fund to pay fines for women who choose to wear burqas in countries where it is illegal to do so. Rachid Nekkaz, 38, traveled from Paris to Belgium Wednesday to pay $143 in fines for two women who wore burqas […]

6-magnitude Quake Jolts Indonesia

JAKARTA, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A 6-magnitude undersea earthquake jolted southwest Sumatra, Indonesia, early Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Indonesia’s Antara news agency, quoting the Indonesian meteorological agency, reported the quake with a magnitude of 6.2 occurred at 3.12 […]

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