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Blagojevich Sentencing Set For Oct. 6

CHICAGO, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A federal judge in Chicago Monday set Oct. 6 as the sentencing date for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, convicted on 17 corruption counts. Blagojevich was convicted in a scheme to cash in on President Barack Obama’s Senate seat after the 2008 election. The ousted governor also faces sentencing on […]

U.N.: Zoning Laws Driving Palestinians Out

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Restrictive zoning and planning rules by Israel are forcing Palestinians out of an area in the West Bank, a U.N. report released Monday indicated. The report said factors forcing Palestinians from “Area C” include difficulty in obtaining building permits, construction of a barrier, home demolitions and difficulty in […]

Affirmative Action Heads Back To Top Court

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — The perennial issue of university affirmative action could be headed back to the U.S. Supreme Court as two cases advance. In their last major ruling, the justices said in 2003 that the University of Michigan could not give minority applicants automatic extra points but could consider race as part of […]

Al-Jazeera English Now Available In NYC

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Al-Jazeera English said Monday its news programming has become available for the first time to cable television viewers in New York City. About 2 million subscribers to Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS are now able to tune into the network’s global news coverage all day and through the […]

Mullen: Iraq Nears Deadline To Seek Help

BAGHDAD, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Iraqi leaders are short on time to ask that U.S. forces stay to train and help Iraqi forces after Dec. 31, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. “The point is we’re at a deadline, and we need an answer,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told reporters traveling with […]

U.S. Rules Order Birth Control Coverage

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Health insurers will be required to cover preventive care for women, including birth control, in one year, the U.S. government said Monday. The federal Department of Health and Human Services issued the guidelines, which take effect Aug. 1, 2012, under the healthcare overhaul. “These historic guidelines are based on science […]

White House Ready To Tackle Jobs Measures

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Consensus can be reached on job-creating bills despite harsh words spoken during the debate on raising the U.S. debt limit, a White House spokesman said Monday. President Barack Obama is committed to jobs-creating measures, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, noting a payroll tax cut included in the 2010 tax […]

LA County Resisting Child Death Probe

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Los Angeles County is refusing to hand over child welfare records to California officials despite a subpoena, with its lawyer citing attorney-client privilege. The Legislature is investigating the deaths since 2008 of more than 70 children while under the supervision of the county Department of Children and Family Services. […]

Judge Blocks Planned Parenthood Defunding

WICHITA, Kan., Aug. 1 (UPI) — A federal judge in Wichita, Kan., Monday temporarily barred enforcement of a Kansas law that would defund Planned Parenthood’s federal family planning money. The law, signed into law by Republican Sam Brownback, would block federal Medicaid funding from reaching Planned Parenthood, which had claimed it would have to close […]

Flag At WWII Vet’s NYC Home Burned

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A World War II veteran in Staten Island, N.Y., is outraged after returning from a baseball game to find his American flag burned. Harold Bernstein, 85, a Marine who fought at Okinawa in 1945, told WINS radio he discovered the vandalism last week, the morning after he went to […]

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