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Dramatic Images Show Martian Water Cycle

PARIS, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Images from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter show changes in the planet’s north pole as the martian summer begins, astronomers say. As the planet’s summer solstice approached, all the carbon dioxide ice that covers the area in winter and spring had gone, leaving just a bright cap of […]

‘Rock Rabbits’ Becoming A Pest In Israel

NAZARETH, Israel, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Hyraxes, sometimes knows as rock rabbits, are fuzzy, cute and, in Israel at least, becoming a serious pest in residential areas, scientists say. The animals have moved into neighborhoods of Galilee and have been destroying people’s gardens. “They’re coming into the villages and eating everything they can find,” University […]

Roman Settlement Found In Western Britain

EXETER, England, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The discovery of a Roman settlement in Devon in western Britain suggests Roman civilization extended farther than history books have it, archaeologists say. University of Exeter archaeologists have uncovered the largest Roman settlement ever found in Devon, a discovery they say could rewrite the history of the Romans in […]

Carney: ‘The White House Doesn’t Create Jobs’

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney faced multiple tough questions about the economy and job creation at Thursday’s press briefing. However, when pressed on jobs, he gave a very peculiar answer.

Pipeline Blaze Extinguished In Iran

AHVAZ, Iran, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Firefighters say they have extinguished a massive fire that raged for hours after an oil pipeline exploded in Iran’s Khuzestan province. The fire broke out early Friday in a pipeline transporting crude oil to the provincial capital of Ahvaz, 543 miles southwest of Tehran, PressTV reported. The pipeline, one […]

Gold, Silver Lose Luster

NEW YORK, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Gold futures settled lower Friday on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange but still finished up for the week. Gold fell $7.20, or 0.4 percent, to $1,651.80 an ounce. However, for the week, gold prices gained 1.3 percent as investors worried about whether the global economy […]

Bell Boeing Submits New Osprey Proposal

PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Aug. 5 (UPI) — The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey program has submitted a proposal to the U.S. government for a second multiyear contract to produce the aircraft. Work on the V-22 under the first award, which runs to fiscal year 2012, is on-time and under budget the company said. Under that contract, […]

Seattle Bankers Indicted Over Home Loans

SEATTLE, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Four people were indicted in an alleged loan-fraud scheme that federal prosecutors said led to the collapse of a Seattle-area bank. Two of the defendants were former vice presidents of the now-defunct Pierce Commercial Bank and allegedly helped steer mortgage loans to unqualified buyers who wound up defaulting. The defendants […]

Meth Breastfeeding-death Charges Filed

EUREKA, Calif., Aug. 5 (UPI) — Prosecutors say a California mother knowingly endangered her infant’s life by breastfeeding while using methamphetamine and has been charged in his death. Six-week-old Anthony Acosta III died last year after an allegedly fatal level of the drug was passed to him by his mother, Maggie Jean Wortman, 26, who […]

Last Gay Concentration Camp Survivor Dies

PARIS, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Rudolf Brazda, who served 32 months in Buchenwald concentration camp for homosexuality and was the last survivor of Nazi persecution of gays, died in France. He was 98. Brazda had served two prison sentences for “debauchery between men” and was among 10,000 people the Nazis interned for homosexuality, Radio France […]

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