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Feds Drop Street-sign Replacement Deadline

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — The federal government says it’s dropping a 2015 deadline for local governments to begin replacing street-name and road signs with easier-to-read versions. Under a proposal announced by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, local governments will be allowed to switch them for reflective, easier-to-read replacements as they wear out, USA Today reported […]

U.S. Muslims: Challenge Islamic Extremists

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Nearly half of American Muslims say Muslim leaders in the United States have not done enough to challenge Islamic extremists, a survey found. The Pew Research Center survey showed 48 percent of U.S. Muslims don’t believe American Muslim leaders have spoken out enough against Islamic extremists, compared with 34 percent […]

London Praises End To Karzai Presidency

LONDON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Though London said the memo was routine, a Cabinet secretary was seen with a document saying the Afghan president’s departure was good for the country. Interior Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell was photographed leaving government offices with a sensitive memo stating Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s decision not to seek a third […]

Healthcare Fraud Prosecutions Rising

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Federal prosecutions for healthcare fraud are up 85 percent from last year, U.S. Justice Department data shows. The data, obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, shows the government has reported 903 new healthcare fraud prosecutions so far this year, more than the total number prosecuted last […]

Arab Spring An ‘intel Disaster’ For West

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 30 (UPI) — The Arab Spring has been “an intelligence disaster” for Western security services because of the fall of Middle Eastern leaders working with the United States and Europe, says a former Central Intelligence Agency chief. “The help we were getting from the Egyptian intelligence service, less so from the Tunisians […]

Algeria Would Return Gadhafi If He’s Found

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Algerian officials said they would turn over Moammar Gadhafi to Libyan rebels if the fugitive leader is found in Algeria. Sources quoted in the Algerian newspaper Echorouk indicated the government made the decision based on arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court for Gadhafi, his son Saif and […]

Embezzled Funds Sent To Man In Nigeria

GOOCHLAND, Va., Aug. 30 (UPI) — A Virginia state audit has revealed a county treasurer who pleaded guilty to embezzling $180,000 in public funds sent the money to a man in Nigeria. Brenda Grubbs, former Goochland County treasurer, faces life in prison at her sentencing scheduled for Dec. 13, The Washington Times reported Tuesday. Prosecutor […]

Fire Near Yosemite Brought Under Control

SONORA, Calif., Aug. 30 (UPI) — The U.S. Forest Service says a wildfire that has burned more than 5,200 acres near Yosemite National Park is now under control. The fire, which is located in steep, rugged terrain, was 50 percent contained as of Monday night. More than 300 local residents evacuated due to the fire […]

Toronto Robber Hit 15 Banks In 4 Months

TORONTO, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Toronto police Tuesday made a third public appeal for help in identifying a man suspected of robbing 15 banks since May. In all cases, the man entered bank branches mostly in the city’s east and north ends that didn’t have security guards, waited in line and then told tellers he […]

Battle May Brew Over Hurricane Irene Relief Funding

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — U.S. House Republican leaders say new funding for relief for Hurricane Irene or other disasters must be offset by cuts elsewhere. Unless additional disaster aid is appropriated, federal officials said communities still rebuilding from natural disasters earlier this year must wait while funds are diverted to help victims of Hurricane […]

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