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N.Y. State Lawmaker’s Car Hit By Gunfire

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A New York state lawmaker and his son were unharmed after the vehicle they were riding in was hit by gunfire, a police spokeswoman said. Deputy Inspector Kim Royster said police do not believe Assemblyman William F. Boyland Jr., who represents part of Brooklyn, was the intended target in […]

Obama’s Schedule For Thursday, Aug. 11

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — President Obama will discuss the role innovative technologies will play in helping automakers achieve fuel efficiency standards Thursday, the White House said. The daily schedule indicates Obama will: – Travel to Holland, Mich., where he will tour the Johnson Controls Inc. advanced battery facility and speak about innovative technology’s role […]

U.S. Pumps $175 Million Into Vehicle Tech

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — More than $175 million during the next five years would help manufacturers develop more advanced and fuel-efficient vehicles, the U.S. Energy Department said. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that about 40 efforts across 15 states would target projects ranging from better fuels to lighter materials and longer-lasting batteries. “Investments […]

No Jail For California Woman Who Fed Bears

LAYTONVILLE, Calif., Aug. 11 (UPI) — Prosecutors in California agreed to drop charges against a woman who fed bears on her property if she stays away from the animals for three years. The prosecutors said Lynne Gravier, 77, of Laytonville, who pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of feeding big game, will be cleared […]

Obama: High-tech Automaking Creates Jobs

HOLLAND, Mich., Aug. 11 (UPI) — New auto technologies will create jobs and help automakers meet higher mileage requirements and lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil, the White House said. Technological advances, combined with new mandates requiring automakers to bring their average fuel mileage for passenger cars to 55.4 miles per gallon by 2025 from […]

Palin To Appear In Iowa After GOP Debate

AMES, Iowa, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is to visit the Iowa State Fair after GOP presidential hopefuls debate but before Saturday’s Iowa straw poll, her office said. “We accept with gratefulness an invitation to meet folks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines,” she said in an e-mail her political […]

Obama Ready To Call On Assad To Resign

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The Obama administration is poised to harden its position and call on Syrian President Bashar Assad to give up power, administration officials said. President Barack Obama “believes that Syria will be better off … without President Assad,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday. The administration will cite the brutality […]

Many British Rioters Had Regular Jobs

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Many of the 1,200 people arrested in Britain’s melee held jobs and some came from well-off families, court records of round-the-clock arraignments indicated. A graphic designer, postal employee, dental assistant, teaching aide and forklift driver were among the occupations people being arraigned listed, the records indicated. One woman, Laura Johnson, […]

49 Carrots Dance For Marriage Proposal

QINGDAO, China, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A Chinese man surprised his girlfriend by proposing marriage after he and 48 friends performed a dance routine while dressed as giant carrots. Pan Kun recruited friends to join him Saturday for the dance in the city of Qingdao’s Aofan Square and his girlfriend, Zhang Xinyu, initially thought she […]

Statue Of Liberty To Close For A Year

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The Statue of Liberty will close in October, the day after its 125th anniversary, for a year’s worth of safety upgrades, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the $27.5 million project was delayed by planning and getting funding in place, The New York Times reported Thursday. […]

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