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Baucus, Kerry, Murray On ‘supercommittee’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Majority Leader Harry Reid Tuesday named three U.S. Senate colleagues to serve on a so-called supercommittee to come up with further debt reduction this year. The Nevada Democrat chose Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., along with Democrats John Kerry of Massachusetts and Patty Murray of Washington, to serve […]

Bomb At Teacher’s Home Investigated

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Six North Carolina high school students are suspected of putting a bottle bomb in a teacher’s mailbox, police say. No one was hurt by the device, comprised of Drano and aluminum foil in a plastic bottle, found last week, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reported Tuesday. Bud Cesena, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ […]

Teens Charged In Vandalism Spree

CLOTS NECK, N.J., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Four juveniles are accused of stretching plastic wrap across two roads in Colts Neck, N.J., which a motorcyclist hit, police say. The youths, 13- and 14-year-olds from Colts Neck, who allegedly stretched industrial-grade plastic packaging wrap and duct tape across the roads, were arrested Saturday, the Asbury Park […]

Known Crewmember Launches At O’Hare

CHICAGO, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The U.S. Transportation Security Administration Tuesday began the Known Crewmember program at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, eliminating some screening procedures. In a joint test with the Air Line Pilots Association International union and the Air Transport Association of America, TSA officials verified pilots’ identities with photos and airline data. The pilots […]

Obama Vacation Spot Withstands Small Fire

CHILMARK, Mass., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Firefighters put out a small fire at Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, Mass., where President Obama is to vacation next week, fire chief says. Chilmark firefighters extinguished the fire, caused by a gas grill, early Tuesday in a matter of minutes, the Vineyard Gazette in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., reported. […]

Burgess: Impeachment ‘needs To Happen’

KELLER, Texas, Aug. 9 (UPI) — U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, told a Tea Party audience impeaching President Obama “needs to happen” to “tie things up” in Washington. Burgess’ comments came as he justified his vote for the debt ceiling deal to a group of Tea Party activists in Keller, Texas, Monday. The five-term congressman […]

Prosecutors Reject Terror Suspect’s Claim

BOWLING GREEN, Ky., Aug. 9 (UPI) — A judge in Kentucky is considering an Iraqi refugee’s assertion he can’t be prosecuted in a U.S. court on charges he conspired to commit terrorist acts in Iraq. Federal prosecutors reject Waad Ramadan Alwan’s claim the Geneva Convention protects him from prosecution in the United States, The (Louisville, […]

Gay Caregiver Spouse Ordered Deported

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The Obama administration ordered the expulsion of a gay man’s spouse who petitioned for permanent U.S. residency to care for his ailing partner. On July 26, the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, citing the Defense of Marriage Act, denied John Makk’s application for an I-130 visa, a spousal […]

Poll: Business Leaders Better Job Creators

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — U.S. voters say they think the U.S. government should help create jobs, but said the matter would be better left to business leaders, Rasmussen Reports said. Results released Tuesday indicate 75 percent of likely voters think it is at least somewhat important for the government to undertake a new program […]

House To Consider Back Pay For FAA Workers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Thousands of Federal Aviation Administration workers idled by a two-week shutdown would get back pay under a bill introduced Tuesday in the U.S. House. The measure authorizing the payment of wages and benefits to about 4,000 FAA employees for the time they were off during the agency’s partial shutdown was […]

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