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Report: New Stryker Protects Troops Better

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The latest model of Stryker combat vehicles used by the U.S. Army in Afghanistan protects troops better than older versions, military analysts say. The new design, with a V-shaped hull, reached army brigades in the spring, USA Today reported. A total of 37 soldiers have died and 239 have been […]

Conservatives Ask Widow To Stop Using Logo

MONTREAL, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The Conservative Party of Canada sent a letter to a Quebec widow, asking her to stop using the party’s logo on her anti-asbestos Web site. Michaela Keyserlingk, whose husband died of mesothelioma — a cancer of the lungs that is linked to asbestos poisoning — received the cease-and-desist letter by […]

7,000 In U.S. Die From ‘Culture Of Honor’

NORMAN, Okla., Aug. 16 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say people in so-called culture of honor states have a greater tendency than others to react to reputation threats with hostility and violence. Collin Barnes, Ryan Brown and Michael Tamborski of the University of Oklahoma say a culture of honor puts a high value on the defense […]

Tibetan Monk Immolates Self

BEIJING, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A 29-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk died after setting himself on fire in China to protest Chinese rule in Tibet, the Free Tibet advocacy group said. The incident, also reported by China’s official Xinhua news agency, occurred Monday in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, the second self-immolation incident in five months, which […]

Caffeine May Lower Risk Of Skin Cancer

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Aug. 16 (UPI) — In a study involving mice, U.S. researchers found caffeine applied directly to the skin helped prevent ultraviolet light from causing skin cancer. Allan Conney, director of the Susan Lehman Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and colleagues at the University of […]

Police: Son Kills Father With Weed Whacker

WOODRIDGE, Ill., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A Woodridge, Ill., man has been arrested on a charge of killing his father with a weed whacker, police said. Yashesh Desai, 21, allegedly beat his father, Sanjiv Desai, to death with a weed whacker Saturday while his father slept on a futon in their home, the Chicago Tribune […]

Administration Airs Plan For Rural America

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Initiatives offered by the White House Rural Council focus on increasing access to capital, job training and healthcare services, the administration said. “These are tough times for a lot of Americans — including those who live in our rural communities,” said President Obama said in a release announcing the initiatives […]

China’s Aircraft Carrier Ends Sea Trial

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (UPI) — China’s first aircraft carrier has completed its four-day maiden sea trial and returned to port for more refitting, Chinese media reported. The giant platform was pulled back by seven tugboats into the northeast Dalian port Sunday morning, Xinhua reported, noting that while the flight deck and the radar system could […]

Man Spends 5th Day Atop Tulsa Tower

TULSA, Okla., Aug. 15 (UPI) — A man police say has a history of mental illness Monday spent his fifth day atop a communications tower in Tulsa, Okla., as authorities waited below. Police said William Boyd Sturdivant II was first spotted on the roof of the Clear Channel Communications building Wednesday. He was chased off […]

Bataan Death March Survivor, 105, Dies

NASHVILLE, Ill., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Albert Brown, who survived the Bataan Death March in the Pacific Theater during World War II, has died at 105, his biographer said. Brown, of Pinckneyville, Ill., the oldest American survivor of the 1942 forced march that claimed the lives of as many as 11,000 Allied soldiers captured by […]

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