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Dementia Expert Supports Assisted Suicide

LONDON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A British expert on dementia says terminally ill patients should be able to choose when they want to die. Martin Green of Britain’s Department of Health said a referendum or a free vote should be called in Parliament to change the policy on assisted suicide. Green, who leads the English […]

Obama Taps Krueger To Lead Economic Panel

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — President Obama announced Monday that Alan Krueger was his choice to succeed Austan Goolsbee to lead the Council of Economic Advisers. “Alan brings a wealth of experience to the job [and is] one of one of nation’s leading economists,” Obama said. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Krueger will continue […]

Consumer Spending In July Up 0.8 Percent

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Consumer spending rose 0.8 percent in July after falling 0.1 percent in June, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis said Monday. Consumer spending is often cited as representing 70 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, making the figure a critical economic indicator. June’s decline had been the first […]

Pending Home Sales Fell In July

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Pending U.S. home sales fell in July after a two-month upswing, the National Association of Realtors said Monday. The Pending Home Sales Index, measuring contracts that will likely close in September, fell 1.3 percent to 89.7, the trade group said. Across the country, the index dropped 2 percent in the […]

Big Banks See Downturn Settling In

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A painful reality of lower expectations is beginning to feel real to the U.S. banking community, a former investment banker said. “People heard all these things before, but the reality of seeing the numbers is finally sinking in,” said John Chrin, formerly an investment banker at JPMorgan Chase, now […]

Lagarde’s Speech Challenged In Europe

BRUSSELS, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A high-profile speech by the new director of the International Monetary Fund was met by a call for clarity, a bank official said. The Financial Times reported Monday that European officials “rounded on” Christine Lagarde after a speech she made in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Saturday. Lagarde cited an “urgent” need […]

Italians Expect Quality Wines For 2011

ROME, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Vintners in Europe’s largest wine-producing nation, Italy, are forecasting high-quality grapes for 2011, despite high summer temperatures. “There is a certain homogeneity in almost all the regions in 2011, but it’s possible we’ll produce a high-quality harvest,” said Giuseppe Martelli, director general of Assoenologi, which is the Italian association of […]

Irene Coincides With Spurt Of Babies

WILMINGTON, N.C., Aug. 28 (UPI) — As Hurricane Irene roared over North Carolina this weekend, the staff at a Wilmington hospital was kept busy delivering dozen babies, officials say. New Hanover Regional Medical Center officials said the babies were born during a 17-hour lockdown as the storm swirled, and another eight women were in labor, […]

Happy Feet The Penguin Headed Home

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Officials with the Wellington Zoo in New Zealand said the emperor penguin that recently showed up on the country’s North Island shore was on its way back home. Lisa Argilla, manager of veterinary science at Wellington Zoo, said Happy Feet, the penguin found on Peka Peka beach two […]

Prosthetic Leg Used To Trick Tracking Tag

ROCHDALE, England, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A British security firm said it fired two employees who attached a tracking tag to a suspect’s prosthetic leg, allowing him to violate his curfew. The firm, G4S, said the staff members were dismissed after they attached the tag to the false leg of Christopher Lowcock, 29, of Rochdale, […]

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