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School Opens In Tornado-hit Joplin, Mo.

JOPLIN, Mo., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Just three months after a powerful tornado leveled one-third of the city, Wednesday was the first day of public school in Joplin, Mo. Teachers warmly welcomed hundreds of students back to classes at Stapleton Elementary and South Middle School, the Joplin Globe reported. Although neither building was damaged by […]

Bachmann Promises $2/gal Gas As President

GREENVILLE, S.C., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann promises voters gas prices would fall to $2 per gallon if she makes it to the White House in 2013. Speaking Tuesday at a town hall meeting in South Carolina, the Tea Party favorite said her energy policies would send gas prices plummeting, […]

Poll: Perry New Republican Frontrunner

ASBURY PARK, N.J., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the current frontrunner in the Republican race for U.S. president, a poll indicates. Rasmussen Reports surveyed likely Republican primary voters Monday night, two days after Perry formally entered the race for the GOP nomination and after U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s first-place finish in […]

Drug Dealer Responsible For ODs Gets Life

KANSAS CITY, Kan., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A Kansas drug trafficker has been sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison for selling heroin so pure it caused many users to overdose, killing some of them. Verdale Handy, who operated out of Kansas City, Kansas, appeared before a federal judge Tuesday, The Kansas City (Mo.) […]

Fortune-teller Family Charged In Huge Scam

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A family of fortune tellers in Florida and New York has been charged with swindling $40 million from customers during the last 20 years, officials said. For two decades, ABC News reported, the family allegedly has been telling customers seeking cures for illnesses that “money is the root […]

Study: U.S. Students Vary In Proficiency

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Massachusetts students have the same level of mathematics proficiency as South Korea while California is down with Greece, a study released Wednesday said. Researchers at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard analyzed data from the National Assessment for Educational Progress for the class of 2011. They found the […]

Salvador Priests’ Suspected Killer Found

EVERETT, Mass., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A human rights group says a former Salvadoran military officer accused in the 1989 killing of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador has been found in Massachusetts. Inocente Orlando Montano has been living in an apartment in Everett, Mass., for two decades under his own name, the Center for […]

Teen Guilty In Stabbing Attack On Parents

PORT HURON, Mich., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A Michigan teenager has been found guilty of plotting and orchestrating an attack that killed her father and wounded her mother. Tia Skinner, 18, of Yale was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder, the Port Huron Times Herald reported. Skinner was downstairs […]

U.N. Withdraws Some Staff From Syria

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The United Nations announced Wednesday it is temporarily withdrawing some staff from Syria in light of the government’s violent crackdown on demonstrators. Michael Williams, the U.N. special coordinator for Lebanon, said 26 non-essential international staff and their families are being relocated from Syria, the United Nations said in a […]

GOP Leaders: Obama Must Act On Debt

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The two top U.S. House Republicans said in an op-ed published Wednesday in USA Today President Obama needs to focus on real debt reduction. The op-ed by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., says, “The American people elected the new House Republican majority with orders to […]

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