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Palin To Appear In Iowa After GOP Debate

AMES, Iowa, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is to visit the Iowa State Fair after GOP presidential hopefuls debate but before Saturday’s Iowa straw poll, her office said. “We accept with gratefulness an invitation to meet folks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines,” she said in an e-mail her political […]

Obama Ready To Call On Assad To Resign

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The Obama administration is poised to harden its position and call on Syrian President Bashar Assad to give up power, administration officials said. President Barack Obama “believes that Syria will be better off … without President Assad,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday. The administration will cite the brutality […]

Many British Rioters Had Regular Jobs

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Many of the 1,200 people arrested in Britain’s melee held jobs and some came from well-off families, court records of round-the-clock arraignments indicated. A graphic designer, postal employee, dental assistant, teaching aide and forklift driver were among the occupations people being arraigned listed, the records indicated. One woman, Laura Johnson, […]

49 Carrots Dance For Marriage Proposal

QINGDAO, China, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A Chinese man surprised his girlfriend by proposing marriage after he and 48 friends performed a dance routine while dressed as giant carrots. Pan Kun recruited friends to join him Saturday for the dance in the city of Qingdao’s Aofan Square and his girlfriend, Zhang Xinyu, initially thought she […]

Statue Of Liberty To Close For A Year

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The Statue of Liberty will close in October, the day after its 125th anniversary, for a year’s worth of safety upgrades, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the $27.5 million project was delayed by planning and getting funding in place, The New York Times reported Thursday. […]

Man Sues Over Police Dog Bite To Groin

A man says his civil rights were violated by a Gretna, La., police officer whose police dog bit into his groin area and virtually severed his penis. Cody Melancon filed a lawsuit against the Gretna Police Department alleging the injury occurred when the officer loosed his dog onto Melancon without provocation.

Study: Graphic Warnings To Reduce Smoking

Beginning in September 2012, the FDA will require larger, more prominent warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the U.S. Now, a U.S. study suggests the new health warnings with graphic pictures on cigarette packages will reduce demand for cigarettes, researchers say.

Study: Education Has Positive Impact On Religious Participation

Conventional wisdom holds that the more education one has, the more likely he is to question his faith or stop attending church. However, a recent University of Nebraska-Lincoln study, soon to be reported in Review of Religious Research, found that higher education may actually have a positive impact on one’s faith.

US Airstrike Kills Chinook Attackers

A U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan killed the insurgents thought to be responsible for an attack on a helicopter that killed 38 people, officials said Wednesday. Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen said the military in Afghanistan tracked the insurgents after they shot down the NATO Chinook helicopter during the weekend.

Kids Improve Reading By Reading To Dogs

BOSTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The dog days of summer may go by more quickly and reading levels may improve if children read aloud to a dog, U.S. researchers suggest. Researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University say second-grade students who read aloud to a dog during the summer seem to […]

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