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Obama's plan calls for computer chip implants to help soldiers heal

Obama's plan calls for computer chip implants to help soldiers heal

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- President Obama is backing a unique program aimed at developing computer chip implants that well monitor and augment an injured soldier's nervous system.
Brooks Hays
'Coolest' cooler breaks Kickstarter record

'Coolest' cooler breaks Kickstarter record

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Kickstarter for a "portable party" cooler now holds the record for the highest-grossing campaign on the crowd-funding site, ever.
Gabrielle Levy
Major general stripped of title over handling of sexual abuse allegation

Major general stripped of title over handling of sexual abuse allegation

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Army Maj. Gen. Michael Harrison demoted to brigadier general and forced to retire over mishandling of sexual assault complaint.
Danielle Haynes
Canada offers Russia and 'Not Russia' a geography lesson

Canada offers Russia and 'Not Russia' a geography lesson

BRUSSELS, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- After four Russian paratroopers claimed they accidentally entered Ukrainian territory, earlier this week, Canada's delegation to NATO presented a map.
Ed Adamczyk
Man raises $28,000 to have his 100-pound scrotum removed

Man raises $28,000 to have his 100-pound scrotum removed

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A man in Michigan with a 100-pound scrotum successfully raised enough money to undergo surgery to have it removed.
Matt Bradwell
More than 300 migrants drown in journey from North Africa to Europe

More than 300 migrants drown in journey from North Africa to Europe

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The United Nations has marked a grim milestone, announcing the deadliest week for migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe.
JC Finley
U.S. fires on Iranian fishing boat in Persian Gulf

U.S. fires on Iranian fishing boat in Persian Gulf

MANAMA, Bahrain, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy said a U.S. Coast Guard ship fired at an Iranian fishing vessel in the Persian Gulf after it aimed a machine gun at U.S. personnel.
Ed Adamczyk
U.S. military jet crash lands in rural Virginia

U.S. military jet crash lands in rural Virginia

DEERFIELD, Va., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A U.S. military jet, believed to be a Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter, crash landed in Deerfield, Virginia, on Wednesday morning.
JC Finley
Study: gamblers' brains not unlike those of pigeons

Study: gamblers' brains not unlike those of pigeons

WARWICK, England, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- According to psychologists at Warwick University, in the United Kingdom, the risky decisions that gamblers make are similar to the tendencies of greedy pigeons.
Brooks Hays
Nigeria closes school amid Ebola outbreak

Nigeria closes school amid Ebola outbreak

LAGOS, Nigeria, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Nigeria delayed the opening of its schools, scheduled for Monday, to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.
Ed Adamczyk
iPad-wearing tortoises removed from Aspen art museum and moved to conservatory

iPad-wearing tortoises removed from Aspen art museum and moved to conservatory

ASPEN, Colo., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Three African sulcata tortoises, each wearing a pair of iPads on their shell, have been removed from the Aspen-area art exhibit where they were on display.
Matt Bradwell
Medal of Honor to be awarded to Civil War soldier

Medal of Honor to be awarded to Civil War soldier

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to an unusual recipient next month: Civil War Union soldier Alonzo H. Cushing.
Gabrielle Levy
Zara pulls toddler shirt featuring apparent Holocaust star from stores

Zara pulls toddler shirt featuring apparent Holocaust star from stores

ARTEIXO, Spain, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Spanish retailer Zara has removed a toddler "sheriff" t-shirt from their stores and website after the garment drew comparisons to Holocaust prison uniforms.
Veronica Linares
Minister to U.N.: Investigate Israel for war crimes in Gaza

Minister to U.N.: Investigate Israel for war crimes in Gaza

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki sent a letter urging foreign governments to investigate alleged Israeli war crimes during the Gaza conflict.
Gabrielle Levy
IMF's Lagarde investigated in French fraud case

IMF's Lagarde investigated in French fraud case

PARIS, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- IMF Director Christine Lagarde has been placed under formal investigation for her role in a case from 2008, when she was France's finance minister.
Gabrielle Levy
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