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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 […]

Famine Worries Linger In Horn Of Africa

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (UPI) — With more than 3 million people on the verge of starvation in Somalia, the United Nations said more help is needed to stem the humanitarian crisis. A drought plaguing much of the Horn of Africa is creating widespread famine. U.N. humanitarian officials said 3.2 million people in Somalia are […]

Police Check Out Lead In Missing Mom Case

WEST VALLEY, Utah, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Detectives investigating the disappearance of a Utah mother of two plan to travel to Ely, Nev., to check out a possible lead, police said Thursday. Sgt. Mike Powell of the West Valley Police issued a brief statement that said the department had received “information in regard to the […]

Conn. State Workers Approve Concessions

HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 18 (UPI) — Connecticut state employees Thursday ratified a concessions agreement that will save the state $1.6 billion in two years, averting layoffs, union leaders said. The agreement had been rejected in June, but Department of Social Services employee Dawn Tyson told a news conference a second vote, which ended Wednesday, was […]

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