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Stars Turn Out For Obama’s 50th Birthday

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Comedian Chris Rock said via Twitter Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder helped President Barack Obama celebrate his 50th birthday at the White House. Politico said rapper Jay-Z, actors Tom Hanks and Hill Harper, actress Whoopi Goldberg and basketball stars Charles Barkley and Grant Hill also attended Thursday night’s bash. “Just […]

Deal Reached On Voting For 3 Trade Pacts

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — U.S. Senate leaders said they reached agreement to bring three long-delayed trade deals up for a vote when Congress returns from its August recess. As part of the deal, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also agreed to vote on the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which […]

Cobham Gets Missile Defense Awards

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 5 (UPI) — Cobham Analytic Solutions has been awarded nine task orders for engineering support to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. The orders carry a combined total of $227 million over two years. The task order awards were competed under the MDA Engineering and Support Services omnibus contract vehicle and covers support […]

IDPs In Georgia Worry Amnesty

LONDON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Though Georgia’s government has done more for the plight of internally displaced, they still make up 6 percent of the population, Amnesty International said. Amnesty International, in a report published Friday, highlighted what it said was a pattern of forced evictions of the internally displaced in Georgia. The advocacy group […]

Judicial Panel Hears Arguments Over Lesbian Juror

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 5 (UPI) — A U.S. appeals court in California is considering arguments in a case in which a lesbian potential juror was dismissed from a case regarding a gay inmate. Trial lawyers shouldn’t be able to dismiss potential jurors because of their sexual orientation, defense attorneys told a panel of the U.S. […]

China Has New Rules On Panda Exhibitions

BEIJING, Aug. 5 (UPI) — China’s State Forestry Administration, in a move aimed at protecting endangered pandas, announced new rules on exhibition of the animals. The SFA said on its Web site pandas under the age of 2 or older than 25 cannot be used for exhibition purposes, China’s official state news agency Xinhua reported […]

Polar Bear Kills 1, Injures 4 In Norway

TROMSO, Norway, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A polar bear killed one member of a British group traveling in Norway and seriously injured four others, authorities said. The bear attacked early Friday in a remote wilderness popular with tourists, researchers and adventurers, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office in the Svalbard district told the BBC. The […]

U.N. To Review Thai Trafficking Status

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The United Nations is interested to hear about Thailand’s progress in controlling the trafficking of people, a U.N. special envoy said. Joy Ngozi Ezelio, the U.N. special envoy on human trafficking, in a statement said she was visiting Thailand next week for meetings regarding human trafficking. “I look forward […]

IRS: 1,470 Millionaires Paid No Income Tax

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The Internal Revenue Service says 1,470 of 235,000 U.S. millionaires paid no income tax in 2009. The IRS said millionaires comprised less than 1 percent of the 140 million tax returns filed in 2009 and that 8,274 U.S. citizens claimed incomes of $10 million or more. The tax rate for […]

Conductor Forgiven For Ejecting Girl, 11

KUMLA, Sweden, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The adult sister of an 11-year-old girl kicked off a train in Sweden because she didn’t have a ticket says she has forgiven the conductor. “I forgive her for what she’s done and I ask SJ [the train company] to allow her to keep her job,” said Grace Kayenga, […]

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