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Air France Report Cites Pilots And Gear

PARIS, July 29 (UPI) — The French agency investigating the crash of an Air France jet into the Atlantic Ocean called Friday for better pilot training and equipment upgrades. An interim report cites both gear malfunctions and pilot error in the June 1, 2009, Rio-to-Paris Flight 447 crash, which killed all 228 people aboard. The […]

Autos To Average 54.5 Mpg By 2025

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama announced fuel economy standards Friday that would push the average rate to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Thirteen major automakers embraced the new standards, which Obama called “the single most important step we’ve ever taken as a nation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.” […]

Poll: Bicycle Helmets Should Not Be Forced

LONDON, July 29 (UPI) — Forcing people to wear bicycle helmets may cause people to give up cycling altogether and lose the health benefits of regular exercise, a British journal says. In a poll published in the British Medical Journal, two thirds of the publication’s readers said they opposed compulsory helmets for adults, The Daily […]

Kerry Releases Funds For Cuban Dissidents

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — A key U.S. senator has stopped blocking $20 million in aid to Cuban dissidents, a spokesman said. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, officially lifted his hold on the funds Thursday after the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development agreed to a “thorough […]

Chicago Adopts New Curfews For Children

CHICAGO, July 29 (UPI) — The Chicago City Council has established new curfews for children under 12 and parents of repeat violators could pay heavy fines, officials in City Hall said. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has given his blessing to the curfews, which require the young children to be inside by 8:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 […]

Newspaper Defends Muslim Terror Cartoon

SYDNEY, Nova Scotia, July 29 (UPI) — The editor of a Canadian newspaper is refusing to apologize for an editorial cartoon showing two Muslim men commenting on last week’s Oslo terror attacks. Tuesday, artist Sean Casey’s cartoon ran in The Cape Breton Post in Sydney, Nova Scotia. It shows two bearded men in turbans and […]

Peres, Palestinians Discuss State Borders

RAMALLAH, West Bank, July 29 (UPI) — Israeli President Shimon Peres has been holding secret talks with the Palestinians this week to head off a confrontation at the United Nations, diplomats said. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that Peres, an architect, as foreign minister, of the 1993 Oslo accords, met with top Palestinian negotiator Saeb […]

F-16 Damaged At Wisconsin Air Show

OSHKOSH, Wis., July 29 (UPI) — An F-16 fighter jet was damaged after running off the end of a runway at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., officials said. A witness said the jet appeared to run out of runway after landing at Wittman Regional Airport Thursday. Wittman is a public airport about […]

Storms Halt Traffic, Cut Power In Midwest

DETROIT, July 29 (UPI) — Highway flooding snarled morning commutes in the Detroit area Friday, a day after a record rainfall, authorities said. A rash of accidents by 7 a.m. EDT had troopers “just running from one to another,” Michigan State Police Sgt. David Stokes told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s just flooding all over […]

Repairing Border Fence Can Be Costly

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — Most of the debate on a fence between the United States and Mexico is about building it but maintaining it can be costly, federal officials said. The office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., announced Thursday that Kellogg Brown & Root of Houston has won a $24.4 million contract for […]

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