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Huge Majority Dissatisfied With Congress

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 16 (UPI) — An overwhelming majority think Congress is doing the worst job Gallup said it has ever measured, survey results released Tuesday indicate. A resounding 84 percent of Americans said they disapprove of the job Congress is doing, while just 13 percent said they approve, tying the all-time low approval of […]

Second Oil Spill At Shell North Sea Platform

ABERDEEN, Scotland, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Authorities in Scotland say a second oil leak from a drilling platform in the North Sea has been confirmed. In the initial spill at Shell’s Gannet Alpha platform 112 miles east of Aberdeen last Wednesday, an estimated 216 tons of oil spilled into the sea, The Scotsman in Edinburgh […]

U.S. Official: Iraq Can Deal With Threats

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Iraq has focused its national defense almost exclusively on addressing internal threats, a U.S. military official said. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan in an interview with the Pentagon Channel said the Iraqi military has made impressive gains since it was dismantled during the 2003 invasion. “The size has increased […]

New Trial Sought In Sweat Lodge Deaths

SEDONA, Ariz., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Attorneys for a self-help guru convicted in three deaths in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony say he deserves a new trial because of prosecutorial misconduct. Lawyers for James Arthur Ray, found guilty of negligent homicide in the deaths of the participants, argue the prosecution did not disclose evidence in […]

Two Dead In Car Bombing Of Convoy In Philippines

MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The Philippine military was on high alert Tuesday following the bombing of a convoy carrying the governor of Maguindanao, authorities said. Two people were killed and six others were injured when Gov. Esmail “Toto” Mangudadatu’s convoy was attacked in Tacurong City Monday, the Philippine reported. Investigators were combing […]

NY State Employees Union Accepts Wage Cuts

ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Members of New York’s largest state employees union agreed to accept wage and benefits concessions sought by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the union announced. The Civil Service Employees Association announced Monday its members voted to approve the contract agreement reached by Cuomo and union leaders in June, The New York […]

Calif. Seeks Help For Hotel Maids

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A proposed California law would require hotels and motels to equip housekeepers with special implements to avoid injuries from stooping to clean bathrooms. State Senate Bill 432 would require innkeepers to provide hotel maids with long-handled cleaning tools so they will not have to stoop or squat to clean bathroom […]

Yemen In The Red Because Of Protests

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Protests that erupted in Yemen as part of the so-called Arab Spring have cost the country billions in revenue, an official said. Following revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, protesters took to the streets of Yemen calling on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to give up power after serving as head […]

Immigration Program Faces Protests

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Hundreds of protesters gathered in Los Angeles Monday to protest a controversial immigration enforcement program, authorities said. The demonstrators came to address a federal task force considering changes to the Secure Communities program, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security procedure that distributes fingerprints collected by state and local police […]

Two Democrats Up For Recall In Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Wisconsin voters Tuesday decide the final two recalls, determining if Sens. Jim Holperin of Conover and Bob Wirch of Pleasant Prairie remain in office. Challenging Holperin is Tea Party activist Kim Simac while Wirch faces attorney Jonathan Steitz. In last week’s recall elections for six Republican candidates, Democrats picked […]


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