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House To End Page Program

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The two most ideologically opposite but powerful House leaders jointly announced the end of the congressional page program that goes back more than 200 years. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif., said Monday the House page program, which can be traced back to the First […]

Mars Rover In Final Approach To Goal

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 8 (UPI) — NASA says its Mars rover Opportunity has gained a view of the Endeavour crater, the mission’s long-term goal since mid-2008, from just a short distance away. As it approaches the 14-mile wide crater, scientists hope to gather data from exposed rock on the crater’s western rim far older than […]

Role-playing Makes Video Games Popular

ESSEX, England, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Many people like playing video games because they can try out other identities, which makes them feel better about themselves, a researcher in Britain says. Dr. Andy Przybylski, a visiting research fellow at the University of Essex, says he and his fellow researchers wanted to find why people find […]

US Credit Downgraded, Obama Economic Adviser Blames ‘Questionable Mathematics’

On Friday, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) lowered its long-term sovereign credit rating on the United States from AAA to AA+. “The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government’s medium-term debt dynamics,” read a report released by the ratings agency.

Brazil’s Arms Buying Up For Review Again

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Brazil’s multibillion-dollar defense acquisition program is up for review again after the latest high-profile departure from President Dilma Rousseff ‘s Cabinet. Defense Minister Nelson Jobim, who resigned after criticizing the government, was promptly replaced by former Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, heralding further change in the Latin American country’s […]

Man With Breast Cancer Denied Coverage

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 8 (UPI) — A South Carolina construction worker with breast cancer and no insurance says he’s been denied Medicaid coverage because he’s not a woman. Raymond Johnson had ignored the lump in his breast, thinking it was a cyst, until the pain prompted a July 4 weekend run to a Charleston emergency […]

Travel Warning Issued For Pakistan

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department Monday issued a travel warning for Pakistan, reminding U.S. citizens of ongoing security concerns in that country. Although Pakistan has upgraded security measures, especially in major cities, the State Department warned the presence of al-Qaida, Taliban and other militant terrorists pose a danger to U.S. citizens. […]

U.S. Special Ops Command Change

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 8 (UPI) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta presided over a closed ceremony in Florida Monday giving Adm. William McRaven control of the U.S. Special Operations Command. McRaven, by reputation one of the most experienced terrorist hunters in the United States military, took over from Adm. Eric T. Olson. Both admirals have extensive […]

Court Won’t Dismiss Rumsfeld From Suit

CHICAGO, Aug. 8 (UPI) — A federal appeals court in Chicago ruled 2-1 Monday not to remove former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as a defendant in a torture lawsuit. The suit was brought by two employees of Shield Group Security, Nathan Vance and Nathan Ertel, who say they were imprisoned in Iraq without charge […]

Index: Job Growth Looks Weak For 2011

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Weak employment growth is expected through 2011, the Conference Board said, citing the Employment Trends Index’s slide in recent months. The Conference Board Employment Trends Index fell slightly in July to 100.6, down from June’s revised figure of 100.9, the board said Monday in a release. The July figure […]

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