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Banks Prepare For Federal Cash Crunch

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) — U.S. banks are preparing for the possibility that millions of federal checks will be delayed if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling, officials say. “Every bank is doing things their own way to take care of their customers,” Richard Hunt, president of the Consumer Bankers Association, told The Washington […]

Nock-Ten Passes Over Hainan In S. China

HAIKOU, China, July 30 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Nock-Ten, which killed at least 50 people in the Philippines, did little damage in Hainan in South China, officials said. The storm hit the island province Friday afternoon, Xinhua, the official news agency, reported. By Saturday morning, Nock-Ten was over Beibu Bay and expected to come ashore […]

Syrian Oil Pipeline Bombed

TALKALAKH, Syria, July 30 (UPI) — Saboteurs exploded a bomb on an oil pipeline near the town of Talkalakh, near Syria’s border with Lebanon, leaving a deep crater, officials said. The explosion left a crater about 30 feet deep and 50 feet across, causing an undetermined amount of raw oil to spill into the environment, […]

U.K. Tabloids Fined Over Reporting Style

LONDON, July 30 (UPI) — Two British tabloid newspapers have been fined for contempt for their reports on a murder suspect who was acquitted. A London court fined The Daily Mirror $24,500 and the Sun $29,500 for their reporting earlier this year on Christopher Jefferies, who was a suspect in the 2010 murder of landscape […]

Israeli Students Angry About Economy

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 30 (UPI) — Israeli student protests over rising tuition and the economy have spread from Tel Aviv to at least a half-dozen other cities, officials said. The protests started small about two weeks ago in Tel Aviv, the Israel capital, but the number of tents along the city’s Rothschild Boulevard is […]

Police: Oslo Suspect Planned Other Attacks

OSLO, Norway, July 30 (UPI) — The man who admitted to killing more than 70 people in two attacks in Norway planned to attack the royal palace and other government locations, officials said. Views and News From Norway reported Anders Behring Breivik, who confessed to a car bombing in Oslo and shooting deaths on a […]

Senate To Vote On Reid Debt Plan

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) — The stalemate over raising the debt ceiling continued Saturday in Washington as the U.S. Senate prepared to vote on a Democratic plan for deficit reduction. The vote on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bill was scheduled for early Sunday because Reid, D-Nev., only introduced it Friday night, The New York Times […]

Woman Learns Of Daughter’s Death Online

PHOENIX, July 30 (UPI) — An Iola, Kan., woman says she was mortified to read about the death a 10-year-old daughter she left behind after fleeing an abusive relationship. Shirley Deal said she fled an abusive household in Midland, Texas, several years ago, leaving behind her daughter Ame, who was found dead July 12, stuffed […]

Marines Counter Nudist Beach Invasion

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., July 30 (UPI) — The Marines say the beach at Camp Pendleton in San Diego is off limits to civilians whether they are wearing clothes or not. The Los Angeles Times said the Corps has found itself in the middle of a beef between civilian nude sunbathers who say California state park […]

Amazon Capitulates On State Taxes

SEATTLE, July 30 (UPI) — U.S. Internet giant Amazon said it would support an even-handed approach to online businesses collecting state sales taxes. In a letter to Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Amazon said, “a simple nationwide system of state and local sales-tax collection, evenhandedly applied to all sellers no matter their business model, location of […]

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