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Two Die In Wisconsin Ultralight Crash

REEDSBURG, Wis., Aug. 4 (UPI) — A pilot and a passenger in an ultralight aircraft died Wednesday when they crashed shortly after takeoff from a municipal airport in Wisconsin, police said. The single-engine Quad Cities Challenger II aircraft took off from Reedsburg Municipal Airport at 11:16 a.m. before crashing, Reedsburg police told the Chicago Tribune. […]

Study: U.S. Health Insurance Red Tape Costs $27 Billion

ITHACA, N.Y., Aug. 4 (UPI) — The U.S. health insurance bureaucracy costs doctors some $27 billion extra per year compared with Canada’s single-payer system, researchers found. The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, found per-physician costs in the United States averaged $82,975 annually, while physicians in Ontario averaged $22,205 — primarily because Canada’s single-payer […]

Man Gets Year For Fondling Coma Patient

DETROIT, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A recently released sex offender was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail for fondling a comatose woman in a Detroit nursing home. Cornell Lowman was also ordered to serve three years probation once he completes his term, The Detroit News reported. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy urged Circuit Judge […]

Teens Killed In Apparent Murder-suicide

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio, Aug. 4 (UPI) — An 18-year-old Ohio man fatally shot his former girlfriend at a pet care store where she worked before killing himself, police said. Amanda Borsos, of Salem Township, died at a hospital after being shot in the torso on her 17th birthday Wednesday while working in an outdoor dog […]

Mental Health Groups Eye Loughner Case

TUCSON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Two national psychiatric groups want a voice in the jail treatment of Jared Loughner, accused of shooting U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in January. The American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry submitted a request Wednesday to become parties in the case, KTAR-TV, Tucson, reported. The groups say they […]

U.N. Plan Provides Mobile Numbers To Poor

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Millions of poor people will get mobile phone numbers under a plan between the United Nations and a private technology firm, U.N. officials said Thursday. Three million poor people, the majority of them women, in Africa and South American will receive low-cost mobile phone numbers under the Business Call […]

FDA Approves Scorpion Anti-venin Drug

PHOENIX, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A Mexican-made anti-venin that helps children recover from life-threatening reactions to scorpion stings has received U.S. approval, officials said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the antidote Anascorp to treat serious reaction to the stings of bark scorpions, common throughout Arizona and considered a major threat to young […]

Mortgage Rates Tumble In Week

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Long-term mortgage rates fell sharply in the week ending Thursday, pushed lower by a weak economy, the U.S. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. said. Average interest rates for 15-year loans fell to a historic low, while 30-year fixed-rate loans fell to a low for 2011, Freddie Mac said. Interest rates […]

Better Nutrition Too Expensive For Some

SEATTLE, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Healthier diets including vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy products may be too expensive for many U.S. families, researchers say. New federal dietary guidelines for Americans stress the need for Americans to consume more potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium and get fewer calories from saturated fat and […]

Poll On Congress: Throw The Rascals Out!

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — The “throw the rascals out” sentiment runs deep in the majority of U.S. voters who say they would replace every member of Congress, Rasmussen Reports said. Survey results released Thursday indicate 62 percent of likely voters would dump all the current congressional members and start over. A mere 15 percent […]

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