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Mo. Lieutenant Gov Admits Foolishness

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says he was young and “foolish” when he became fascinated by an exotic dancer at a strip club in Sauget, Ill. Kinder, a Republican from Cape Girardeau, is expected to run for governor next year against Democratic incumbent Jay Nixon. On Wednesday, Kinder told […]

Suit: Lifeguard Fired Over Speedo Refusal

LONG BEACH, N.Y., Aug. 18 (UPI) — A 61-year-old man’s lawsuit against the state of New York claims he lost his job as a lifeguard because he refused to wear a Speedo during his annual swim test. Roy Lester of Long Beach said he was employed as a lifeguard for four decades at Jones Beach […]

Syrian Refugees Dig In For Long Haul

WADI KHALED, Lebanon, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Syrian refugees fleeing the violence of the 5-month-old uprising against the regime of President Bashar Assad say they have lost hope of returning home soon. Human rights organizations estimate 1,700 people have died in the fighting and nearly 3,000 are missing. Some 5,000 more have fled to a […]

Neighbors Complain About Noisy Tent Church

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Neighbors of a New York City tent church say they have had enough noise but a revival leader says the sponsoring church has “tried to keep our levels down.” The tent was set up in the Flatbush neighborhood by the Gospel Tabernacle Church and the congregation is holding spiritual […]

Amphibian Disease Hunt Heads To Asia

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 17 (UPI) –  Researchers, including U.S. scientists, have completed a first survey in Asia of a fungus that has wiped out more than 200 species of amphibians worldwide. The fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis causes a disease, chytridiomycosis, responsible for amphibian extinctions in Central, South and North America, Australia and Europe. The new Asian […]

White House To Agencies: Cut Budgets

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The White House asked agencies to cut budget requests by up to 10 percent on top of already reduced domestic appropriations as part of the debt reduction deal. In a memo to agencies this week, Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew said unless they are otherwise directed, departments […]

Venezuela Plans To Take Over Gold Mines

CARACAS, Venezuela, Aug. 18 (UPI) –  Venezuela is planning to take over the gold mining industry in the country as part of a wave of nationalizations and will also move the country’s gold reserves from foreign banks. Critics warned the strategy, a response from President Hugo Chavez to U.S. dollar fluctuations, was fraught with risks […]

Reward Offered In Sea Lion Killings

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 18 (UPI) — The head of Marine Mammal Rescue says many sea lions may have been shot off Southern California without detection. At least two sea lions are known to have died, the Los Angeles Times reported. An adult female washed ashore mortally wounded Aug. 3 on Venice Beach while a […]

Enbridge, EPA Cope With Michigan Oil Spill

MARSHALL, Mich., Aug. 18 (UPI) –  The problem with pollution from last year’s Enbridge oil spill in southern Michigan isn’t about what is seen but what isn’t seen, EPA officials said. More than a year after an oil spill near Marshall, Mich., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it was still working on remediation efforts […]

U.S. Looks To East Coast For Wind Energy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) –  U.S. regulators said they started the steps needed to advance offshore wind energy off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar joined Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director Michael Bromwich to announce from Washington that the government had taken preliminary steps to […]

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