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Obama: Waffles … Pie … Yum …

MATKINSON, Ill., Aug. 17 (UPI) — President Obama had more on his mind than the economy and jobs during a town hall meeting in Illinois Wednesday: He was thinking of food. It started with acknowledgements before Obama began his introductory remarks. “I want to thank the Waffle family — the Wyffels family, I haven’t had […]

U.N. Peacekeeper Chained For 3 Months

EL FASHER, Sudan, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A U.N. peacekeeper spent three months chained to a tree in Sudan before finally being freed by his captors in January, the United Nations revealed Thursday. Istvan Papp, 55, was working with the U.N.-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfar, where he oversaw the disarmament program, when kidnappers appeared […]

Police: Man Arrested For Fake Crack

GASTONIA, N.C., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Police in North Carolina said they arrested a man who allegedly packaged rocks of soap to resemble crack cocaine. Gastonia police said Victor White, 51, was confronted by an officer who saw him leave an open container of alcohol on a sidewalk early Tuesday and the officer noticed White […]

$640K Hidden In Tortilla Press Machines

HEBRON, Ky., Aug. 17 (UPI) — U.S. Customs officers at a Kentucky airport said they found nearly $640,000 concealed in tortilla press machines shipped from Mexico. Brian Bell, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said officers at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport drilled into one of the presses’ rollers Saturday when the X-ray […]

White Sox Play Video Games With Soldiers

CHICAGO, Aug. 17 (UPI) —  Chicago White Sox players linked up online to U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to play a few rounds of “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” Players Matt Thornton, Chris Sale and A.J. Pierzynski were joined by several soldiers at U.S. Cellular Field and linked up to those serving in […]

Few Babies Born To ‘birth Tourists’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — While thousands of women come to the United States to deliver babies, “birth tourism” represents only a tiny fraction of births, figures show. In Arizona last year, only 2 percent of the children born in the state had mothers who lived elsewhere, The Arizona Republic reported. That included women from […]

Man Facing Charges Over Pigeons

AMBROOKLINE, Mass., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A Massachusetts man accused of failing to get rid of hundreds of pigeons said he got rid of the coops but the birds came back on their own. Edwin Alexanderian, 50, who is due to be arraigned Aug. 24 on charges of failure to eliminate a public health nuisance, […]

Network Could Help Disaster Communications

ATLANTA, Aug. 16 (UPI) — In disasters like the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks or the earthquake in Japan, communications are often overwhelmed when most needed, U.S. researchers say. Scientists at Georgia Tech College of Computing say they’ve developed a possible solution, dubbed LifeNet, a mobile ad-hoc network designed for use in highly transient conditions […]

Yahoo! Asks If It’s Really A Small World

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Yahoo! and Facebook are partnering to test one of the most famous U.S. social psychology experiments of the 1960s, the “Small World” hypothesis. The 1967 experiment was carried out by Stanley Milgram, a professor at Yale University. Milgram sent packages to 160 random residents of Omaha, Neb., and […]

Sri Lanka Completes Elephant Count

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Sri Lanka says it has completed the first nationwide survey of its elephant population, intended to increase protection of the animals and their habitat. The results of the survey in which 3.500 people counted the pachyderms from watchtowers near 1,500 watering holes and lakes will be released in […]


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