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Divided Expectations For ‘super Committee’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — One thing is clear: The 12-member “super committee” tasked with identifying trillions of dollars to slice from the federal deficit over the next decade has already divided observers. “My expectation is that they will not reach an agreement,” said Ron Haskins, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Brookings Institution in […]

House Dem Offers $2T Deficit Cutting Plan

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A U.S. House Democrat has submitted a $2 trillion deficit reduction plan to the bipartisan supercommittee tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in savings. Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois Thursday submitted his budget plan to the 12 newly appointed members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, saying his blueprint […]

President Obama Blames Congress For Credit Rating Drop

The White House defended the President’s current fundraising trip to Manhattan despite the fact that the Commander in Chief was attending glitzy events held by wealthy contributors in the midst of significant economic turmoil.

Democrats Name Super Committee Members

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the three Representatives that would join the three Senators on the Democrat side of the Super Committee.

France Offers London Help In Riots

LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — France has offered British police help in tracking down and arresting looters involved in widespread rioting in London and elsewhere, officials said. The French Ministry of Interior offered to send police officers with extensive “expertise” in catching rioters, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. More than 1,500 people have been arrested […]

Pregnant Calif. Woman Killed By Pit Bull

PACIFICA, Calif., Aug. 12 (UPI) — A pregnant California woman was mauled and killed in her home by one of the family’s two pit bulls, police said. Greg Napora of Pacifica told police he returned home from work Thursday and found one of the dogs standing over his wife’s body, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. […]

Court Refuses To Hear Activist’s Appeal

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The Kiev Appeals Court says the arrest of activist and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko cannot be appealed. Tymoshenko was arrested Aug. 5, and accused by prosecutors of hurting the Ukraine’s national interests by signing “unfair” gas supply deals with Russia when she was Prime Minister in 2009, […]

Libyan Civilian Casualties Concern U.N.

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 12 (UPI) — All sides must take caution to ensure Libyan civilian deaths are minimized as pro- and anti-government forces fight, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. Ban also said “a cease-fire linked to a political process” is the only practicable way to achieve peace in the country ripped by violence as pro-democracy […]

Kenya Refuses To Open New Refugee Camp

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Despite overcrowding at the world’s biggest refugee camp, Kenyan officials won’t open another camp, saying Somali refugees should be cared for in Somalia. Aid workers said they’re desperate to move Somali refugees from the Dadaab camp as its population swells past 400,000 into another camp, which was built last […]

Scientists Isolate Bioenergy Gene

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Isolating a gene controlling ethanol production in a microorganism could provide scientists with a missing link for bioenergy, the U.S. Energy Department said. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center found the that controls its capacity to produce ethanol gene in the microorganism Clostridium thermocellum. Scientists use expensive […]

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