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North Korea: No Shells Fired

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Aug. 11 (UPI) — North Korea denied firing artillery into the waters near South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island, saying the shelling sound was actually construction work blasts. The South Korean Defense Ministry said Wednesday its military fired back after the North fired three shells into waters near the Northern Limit Line northeast of […]

Spices Reduce Triglyceride Response

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Aug. 11 (UPI) — Adding spices to a high-fat meal reduces triglyceride response by about 30 percent, compared to a similar meal with no added spices, U.S. researchers say. Study leader Sheila West of Pennsylvania State University, says eating a diet rich in spices, such as turmeric and cinnamon, reduces the body’s […]

Harper In Alleged Huff Over Protocol

BRASILIA, Brazil, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The Canadian Embassy denies Prime Minister Stephen Harper locked himself in a bathroom while officials argued over protocol for an official lunch in Brazil. The Brazilian newspaper Folha reported diplomats whose names were not reported told it the incident occurred Monday at the Brazilian Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Canadian […]

U.S. Dismayed Over Conviction Of Blogger

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The United States is “dismayed” over a Vietnamese court’s sentencing of French-Vietnamese blogger to three years in prison, the State Department said. The Vietnamese court Wednesday sentenced activist Pham Minh Hoang on charge of subversion. “We are dismayed by Vietnam’s conviction of French-Vietnamese blogger Pham Minh […]

Judge: Extradite Alleged Honeymoon Killer

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A British judge ruled Wednesday that Shrien Dewani should be extradited to South Africa to face charges of arranging his wife’s killing. The final decision is in the hands of Immigration Minister Damien Green, The Independent reported. Dewani’s lawyers argued their client would be subject to violence in a South […]

High Food Prices Exacerbate Drought Victims

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) — The United Nations says grain and milk prices in the Horn of Africa have hit record highs, worsening the hardship for people in the drought-affected region. The August food price monitor of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization indicated the high price of cereals such as sorghum and maize […]

Vigil Held For 3 Killed In Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, England, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A vigil was held Wednesday night in Britain’s second-largest city for three young Asian men run down by a car as they patrolled the city. Tariq Jahan, father of one of the men, said Birmingham must come together, The Independent reported. “People have been hurt, families have been hurt, […]

Displaced Pelicans Shipped To San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Eight brown pelicans, displaced by monsoon winds, were sent to SeaWorld in San Diego before being released back into their natural habitat, officials say. The birds were carried by monsoon weather to Arizona in July, stranded far from their natural Pacific Coast habitat, The Arizona Republic reported. They were […]

Social Protests Held Across Israel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Demonstrators in several Israeli cities are protesting against the rising cost of living and the limited supply of housing, organizers said. Homeless residents in Holon burned tires and blocked roads on Wednesday after city inspectors mandated they take down their tents, Haaretz reported. “The banks won’t give mortgages to people […]

Retail Liability May Reduce Alcohol Deaths

ATLANTA, Aug. 10 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say deaths, homicides and injuries drop when retail alcohol establishments are liable for injuries from their intoxicated customers or minors. The Community Preventive Services Task Force — an independent volunteer body of public health and prevention experts — determined commercial host liability, otherwise known as dram shop liability, […]

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