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City May Improve Zoo’s Bison Pen

ELGIN, Ill., July 29 (UPI) — Officials in Elgin, Ill., have taken steps to improve the fencing for the city zoo’s bison pen and may add more bison to the exhibit. The Elgin City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to soliciting bids to improve the fencing at Lords Park Zoo, but no funding for the […]

British Military Cuts More Civilian Posts

LONDON, July 29 (UPI) — The British Ministry of Defense is cutting 7,000 more civilian jobs, a top official says. The cuts are laid out in a letter from Permanent Undersecretary Ursula Brennan, The Guardian reported Friday. With 25,000 previously announced reductions, the defense civil service, whose tasks include making sure contracts do not go […]

Funding For New Space Telescope In Danger

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — U.S. politicians say they may pull the funding plug on the James Webb Space Telescope, the intended successor to the Hubble telescope with 100 times the power. As part of the overall U.S. budget debate, a House appropriations committee vote this month proposed killing the telescope, whose $6.8 billion cost […]

U.S. Issues Alert For CAR

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — Armed bandits and militia groups pose a danger to U.S. nationals traveling in the Central African Republic, the U.S. State Department warned. U.S. citizens in the Central African Republic are advised by the State Department to avoid all but necessary travel outside the capital city Bangui. The State Department warns […]

Pemex Now 4th Place As Global Oil Producer

MEXICO CITY, July 29 (UPI) — After almost 13 years as the third largest producer in the world, Mexico’s Petroleos Mexicanos has dropped into fourth place. Venezuela’s state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., more commonly referred to by its acronym PDVSA, claimed third place. Petroleos Mexicanos — Pemex — was regulated to the No. […]

House postpones vote on Boehner’s bill (again)

Late last night, after many delays, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) finally decided to postpone the vote on his proposal to raise the debt limit and cut the deficit at least until today. He is expected to regroup with House Republicans this morning, in the hope that he can overcome the resistance in his own party to the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Court Rules Canada Out Of Tobacco Suits

OTTAWA, July 29 (UPI) — The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday the federal government cannot be a defendant in a class action lawsuit over smoking-related illnesses and deaths. The nine judges were unanimous in their decision that tobacco companies alone could be named in lawsuits filed by the four provincial governments of British Columbia, […]

Flat-screen TVs Improve Their Energy Use

LONDON, July 29 (UPI) — Flat-screen TVs are greener than the cathode ray tubes they replaced and have cut their electricity consumption by more than half, U.K. energy campaigners say. Technology advances have allowed flat-screen TVs, long criticized by environmentalists for their power consumption, to cut their average energy use by 60 percent since 2006, […]

Body Matches Description Of Missing Mariha Smith

DETROIT, July 29 (UPI) — Detroit investigators say they’re awaiting DNA test results to determine whether a young girl’s body is that of a 5-year-old missing since Sunday. The family of Mariha Trenice Smith has been searching her west side neighborhood, posting fliers, asking about her whereabouts and yelling her name, the Detroit News reported. […]

EU Worried About ‘ghosts’ In Kosovo

BRUSSELS, July 29 (UPI) — The “ghosts of the past” are trying to rekindle the violence between Kosovo and Serbia and it must stop, the president of the European Parliament said. Fighting broke out Monday after the government in Pristina ordered troops to set up border check points in the mostly Serb populated regions in […]

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