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Spaceraft Begins Survey Of Asteroid

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 12 (UPI) — NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has entered the first of four planned science orbits during the craft’s year-long visit to the asteroid Vesta, the space agency said. Dawn started making detailed observations Thursday at 12:13 p.m. EDT, marking the official start of the first science-collecting orbit phase at Vesta, also known […]

Two Galaxies Caught On Collision Course

GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 12 (UPI) — U.S. astronomers have released a dramatic image of two galaxies heading for a collision about 450 million light years from Earth. The image of the galaxies, in the constellation Bootes in the Northern Hemisphere, is a composition of optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope and X-ray data from […]

University Takes Possession Of Coral Haul

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) — A Florida university says hundreds of seized coral skeletons illegally poached in the Solomon Islands will be used for research and educational purposes. Nova Southeastern University says it has been given 22 pallets of the confiscated corals by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Fish […]

Obama Meets With Top CEOs At White House

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — President Barack Obama met at the White House Friday with top executives from eight major U.S. companies to talk about the economy and jobs. The meeting came at the end of a volatile week on world financial markets, stoked largely by concern about a global economic turndown and the prospect […]

FBI: Mortgage Fraud A Long-term Concern

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The FBI said Friday the high levels of U.S. mortgage fraud seen in 2009 extended into 2010, with schemes being readily adaptive and resilient. The FBI released its 2010 Mortgage Fraud Report Year in Review, saying both licensed and non-licensed brokers, lenders, appraisers, underwriters, accountants, real estate agents, developers, investors, […]

Obama Congratulates Packers, Reluctantly

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — President Barack Obama welcomed the Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packers to the White House Friday, saying he’s pleased the NFL lockout is over. “This hurts a little bit. This is a hard thing for a Bears fan to do,” Obama said. “But in the interest of good sportsmanship, […]

NATO Arming Of Libyan Rebels On The Rise?

BRUSSELS, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Amid renewed diplomatic flurry over finding a negotiated end to the military stalemate in Libya, reports of consistent European arming of the rebels are gaining more currency. Officials remain tight-lipped over speculative reporting of a recent buildup in heavy arms shipments to the Libyan strongholds, the only confirmation so far […]

Australian Schools Monitor Students’ Posts

SYDNEY, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Australian schools say they are using Internet monitoring companies to read what students are saying on social networking sites. The typical service used by schools looks at publicly available material posted on sites such as Facebook to monitor the use of the social media sites by students, the Sydney Morning […]

Hidden Camera Found In Starbucks Bathroom

WEST HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 12 (UPI) — A plumber says he was surprised to find a camera when he checked under a Connecticut Starbucks bathroom sink to figure out why he couldn’t get hot water. Rafael Zeligzon, 57, discovered the camera at a Starbucks in West Hartford July 27 when he reached under the sink […]

Appeals Court: Obamacare Individual Mandate UnConstitutional

The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, which is in Atlanta, ruled Friday that the so-called individual mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unConstitutional.

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