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Thai Human Rights Record Under Microscope

BANGKOK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Thailand needs to do more to address demands for exploitative labor, a root cause of human trafficking, a U.N. official said after a visit. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, the U.N. special envoy on human trafficking, has concluded a visit to Thailand to examine the country’s human rights record. Reports indicate that […]

U.S. Senate Control May Be In Play

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Enough U.S. Senate seats now occupied by Democrats are in play that a shift in control could occur in the 2012 elections, observers said. Republicans need to pick up four seats to claim control of the chamber, an attainable effort, some analysts said, because 23 of the 33 seats up […]

Financial Watchdog Warren May Face Dilemma

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Former Obama administration adviser Elizabeth Warren will have to walk a fine line as she tries to raise funds for a possible U.S. Senate bid, observers said. Warren’s appeal to the left, forged during her work as the Troubled Asset Relief Program watchdog and as the developer of the Consumer […]

Infant Critical After Four-story Fall

ORANGE, Calif., Aug. 23 (UPI) — An infant was critically injured in a four-story fall from a parking garage in California and police said they were trying to determine how it happened. Sgt. Dan Adams of the Orange County Police Department said a witness saw the 3-month-old baby falling from the structure at a hospital […]

Town Halls Not Popular Forum This Recess

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The majority of U.S. House lawmakers aren’t conducting town halls open to the public during their August break, a survey by a non-partisan group indicated. The group No Labels said its members phoned every House member’s office and learned that 174 — about 40.5 percent — were conducting public events, […]

Obama Gets Advice On Jobs Plan

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass., Aug. 23 (UPI) — President Barack Obama got advice for his jobs plan from billionaire investor Warren Buffett and Ford chief Alan Mulally, a White House spokesman said. Josh Earnest told The Hill the president took time from his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Monday to talk with Buffett about possible measures that […]

The Atlantic Magazine Investigates Ties To U.K. Firm

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The Atlantic says it has launched an internal investigation into its ties with a British firm that provided editorial content on foreign subjects. A spokeswoman for Atlantic Media Co., which publishes the magazine, told Politico that FBC Media was doing public relations work for some of the same governments on […]

Six Wounded At Rec Center Basketball Game

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Police were investigating a shooting at a Philadelphia recreation center basketball game in which six people were shot, officials said. Officials said a man at the game opened fire, apparently aiming for someone specific, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Tuesday. Officials said five men and one woman sustained gunshot wounds. […]

Canada Sets State Funeral For Jack Layton

OTTAWA, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The Canadian government will conduct an unprecedented state funeral for the leader of the socialist opposition party who died of cancer in Toronto. Jack Layton, 61, battled prostate cancer last year, but announced last month a second, undisclosed cancer had been diagnosed. He died Monday. Since Canada was formed in […]

Hurricane Irene Moves Through Caribbean

MIAMI, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Hurricane Irene, with 100 mph winds, bore down on the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said. The Category 2 storm was expected to gather strength during the next two days and could become a major hurricane later Tuesday or Wednesday, the NHC […]

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