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20 killed, 270 hurt in Taiwan gas explosion

20 killed, 270 hurt in Taiwan gas explosion

KAOHSIUNG , Taiwan, July 31 (UPI) -- The death and injury tolls in a series of gas explosions in Taiwan could rise as rescuers excavate openings caused by road collapse.
Ed Adamczyk
Utah man teaches 'homophones', fired for promoting gay agenda

Utah man teaches 'homophones', fired for promoting gay agenda

PROVO, Utah, July 31 (UPI) -- A social media manager in Utah is unemployed after his employer took offense to a blog post he wrote explaining homophones, saying it promoted the gay agenda.
Matt Bradwell
Wisconsin Supreme Court fiddles with voter ID law

Wisconsin Supreme Court fiddles with voter ID law

MADISON, Wis., July 31 (UPI) -- Wisconsin voters must be able to get state-issued identification without paying for documents, the state Supreme Court said in a ruling upholding the ID law.
Frances Burns
U.S. places travel restrictions on Venezuelan officials

U.S. places travel restrictions on Venezuelan officials

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of State has placed visa restrictions on an unspecified number of Venezuelan officials in response to alleged human rights abuses.
JC Finley
World's biggest spy center is Vienna, book says

World's biggest spy center is Vienna, book says

VIENNA, July 31 (UPI) -- Vienna, Austria, is the world's foremost spy hub with over 7,000 agents working undercover, a new book says.
Ed Adamczyk
American tourists call police after getting charged $56 for 3 ice creams and water

American tourists call police after getting charged $56 for 3 ice creams and water

ROME, July 31 (UPI) -- American tourists James and Mariann Luciani called police after getting charged $56 for three ice creams and water in Rome.
Evan Bleier
Harry Potter kills Voldemort, solves racism

Harry Potter kills Voldemort, solves racism

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- New research suggests those who read Harry Potter books and identify with Harry are more likely to empathize with immigrants, homosexuals and refugees.
Brooks Hays
Disgruntled employee shoots boss, commits suicide in Chicago skyscraper

Disgruntled employee shoots boss, commits suicide in Chicago skyscraper

CHICAGO, July 31 (UPI) -- Police in Chicago say a tech employee upset about a recent demotion shot his boss, leaving him in critical condition Thursday morning, before killing himself.
Matt Bradwell
Watch: Rescue of San Diego Costco plane crash that killed one, injured another

Watch: Rescue of San Diego Costco plane crash that killed one, injured another

SAN DIEGO, July 31 (UPI) -- A small plane crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center Wednesday afternoon, killing one person and seriously injuring a second.
Matt Bradwell
Bachmann: Obama wants to use child immigrants for medical experiments

Bachmann: Obama wants to use child immigrants for medical experiments

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- Michele Bachmann has spotted nefarious purposes in the government's care of migrant children coming from Central America.
Gabrielle Levy
Argentina defaults on bonds, blames U.S. mediator

Argentina defaults on bonds, blames U.S. mediator

NEW YORK , July 31 (UPI) -- Argentina defaulted on its bond debt Thursday after last-minute negotiations in New York with bondholders failed.
Ed Adamczyk
One cop issued 80 percent of the marijuana tickets in Seattle this year

One cop issued 80 percent of the marijuana tickets in Seattle this year

SEATTLE, July 31 (UPI) -- One Seattle police officer personally issued 80 percent of the city's marijuana tickets this year and he has since been reassigned.
Evan Bleier
Sierra Leone declares Ebola national emergency

Sierra Leone declares Ebola national emergency

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, July 31 (UPI) -- On Wednesday, Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma declared the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus a public health emergency.
JC Finley
Detroit ice cream man faces deportation for torturing Irish U.N. soldiers

Detroit ice cream man faces deportation for torturing Irish U.N. soldiers

DETROIT, July 31 (UPI) -- A Detroit man will appear in federal court today as the U.S. attempts to deport him to Lebanon for his role in the torture death of two Irish U.N. soldiers.
Matt Bradwell
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