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Iraq To Scale Back Cabinet

BAGHDAD, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A Kurdish lawmaker in Iraq said he received a letter from the country’s prime minister on the size of the Cabinet but lingering, and basic, concerns remain. A 46-member Cabinet for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was approved in December after a lengthy political fight following parliamentary elections in March […]

Long, Hot Days A Challenge During Ramadan

HOUSTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Houston’s heat wave, a trial for all residents, will be a special challenge for Muslims observing Ramadan, which began Monday. During the holy month, food and drink, even water, is forbidden during daylight, which is 14 to 15 hours because it is midsummer. Ramadan follows a lunar calendar and moves […]

Manufacturing Growth Slows To A Crawl

TEMPE, Ariz., Aug. 1 (UPI) — U.S. manufacturing activity slowed further in July, making gains, but at a slow pace, the Institute of Supply Management said Monday. The headline index (the Purchasing Manager’s Index) dropped from 55.3 in June to 50.9, just above 50, which is the dividing line between growth and contraction. The institute […]

ID Thieves Target Pittsburgh City Staff

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Identity thieves have stolen information from at least 29 Pittsburgh city employees, police say. Detective Christopher Jordan informed Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and other officials of the breach in an e-mail over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The workers, who were not identified, got PayPal bills for purchases they never […]

Lifeguard Truck Hits Sunbather

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Aug. 1 (UPI) — A Kansas woman sustained head injuries when she was struck by a truck driven by a Daytona Beach lifeguard, officials in Florida said. A nursing supervisor at Halifax Health Medical Center said Erin Joynt, 33, of Wichita, Kan., was in stable condition Monday, the Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal […]

Police, Protesters Clear Tahrir Square

CAIRO, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Military personnel, helped by civilians, broke down tents and dispersed protesters to clear Tahrir Square in Cairo to traffic Monday, officials said. Witnesses said army forces fired warning shots in the air and protesters responded by hurling stones before the square was cleared, al-Masry al-Youm reported. Local business owners cheered […]

Critical Decisions Needed In Yemen

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 1 (UPI) — It’s time for all parties to the conflict in Yemen to make the decisions necessary to end the country’s political crisis, a U.N. special envoy said. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has faced international pressure to resign for much of the year. Convalescing in a Saudi hospital since an […]

U.S. Army Orders 7,000 More Trucks

OSHKOSH, Wis., Aug. 1 (UPI) — Oshkosh Defense says it will deliver nearly 7,000 additional Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles trucks and trailers to the U.S. Army. The order for the vehicles — from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command – brings Army orders for FMTV truck and trailers to nearly 26,000. “We […]

U.S. Soldier Charged For Planned Attack

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A U.S. soldier who allegedly planned a bombing and shooting attack on troops from Fort Hood, Texas, has been charged in U.S. District Court. U.S. Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, an infantryman with the 101st Airborne, has initially been charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device. Abdo, 21, of […]

July Heat Set Record Highs Across U.S

CINCINNATI, Aug. 1 (UPI) — July wrapped up pretty much as it began for much of United States — blistering hot with more than 2,600 daily record highs broken, meteorologists say. The record-breaking heat ushered in August Monday, with AccuWeather.com forecasters saying a dome of high pressure that cooked the nation during July will remain […]

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