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Debt Deal No Help To Congress Budget Work

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Congress may be late in funding the U.S. government despite the debt ceiling deal that provides appropriators with an overall 2012 spending level, aides said. Part of issue is the “supercommittee” established by the debt ceiling-deficit reduction deal, The Hill reported. Congressional leaders may opt to wait until after Congress […]

Wall St. Donors Move From Obama To Romney

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Many Wall Street leaders who backed Barack Obama in his 2008 presidential bid now are donating to Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, a review shows. The review of fundraising data indicates 67 people working in the financial sector and living in the New York metropolitan area donated to Obama in […]

Dems Skeptical Of GOP Governors’ Overtures

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 22 (UPI) — Republican governors of Wisconsin and Ohio, after intense partisan battles, signaled a willingness to work with Democrats for the public good, observers say. But Democrats say such overtures are more smoke and mirrors rather than a desire for substantive discussions about the direction of their states, The New York […]

Obama To Speak At MLK Memorial Dedication

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — President Obama will speak Sunday at the dedication of a Washington memorial to Martin Luther King Jr.. Up to 200,000 people may attend, officials said. The $120 million Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial will open on the anniversary of King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech. The dedication ceremony […]

Bomb-sniffing Dog/human Teams Growing

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — The number of bomb-sniffing dogs since the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001 has grown dramatically, officials said. Before those attacks there were fewer than 200 dog-handler teams looking for explosives at airports and train stations — that number has now increased to more than 800 — and […]

Rebels, ICC To Meet On Saif Gadhafi

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Libyan rebel leaders hadn’t said Monday if they’d transfer Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, who was captured, to the International Criminal Court on an arrest warrant. Saif, Saadi and Mohammed Gadhafi, sons of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, were captured Sunday by rebels who stormed Tripoli in their quest to overthrow the […]

Iran Transferring Centrifuges To Bunker

TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Iran is transferring centrifuges from its Natanz nuclear facility to the Fordow nuclear enrichment plant in the north, the country’s atomic energy chief said. The centrifuges are being taken to an underground bunker at the recently constructed plant, Britain’s Telegraph reported. “Transferring the centrifuges of the Natanz site to Fordow […]

Official: Human Tracking Chips Don’t Work

RESTON, Va., Aug. 22 (UPI) — A U.S.-based security official says the technology needed to make human-implantable tracking devices work “just isn’t there.” That’s information thousands of Mexicans could use because the practice of implanting the small radio frequency identification chips has climbed 317 percent in five years because of an increase in kidnappings, The […]

Muslim Leader: Put Islam Into U.S. Context

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — If Islam is to be understood in the United States, it must be put “into an “American context,” Muslim leader Iqbal Unus said in Washington. Unus, whose home and workplace were raided by federal agents in the months after the terrorist attacks on the United States Sept. 11, 2001, said […]

Hurricane Irene Near Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Irene strengthened into a hurricane Monday and warnings were posted for several Caribbean Islands, the National Hurricane Center said. Irene, the first hurricane of the 2011 hurricane season, prompted hurricane warnings for Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra and the northern coast of the Dominican Republic from the […]

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