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MacArthur Foundation 'Genius Grant' awards announced, Alison Bechdel among recipients

MacArthur Foundation 'Genius Grant' awards announced, Alison Bechdel among recipients

CHICAGO, Sept. 17 (UPI) --The recipients of the 2014 MacArthur "Genius Grants" were announced Wednesday, cartoonist Alison Bechdel among twenty-one fellows honored.
JC Sevcik
High winds drive California wildfires

High winds drive California wildfires

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 17 (UPI) --High winds and hot dry weather continued to drive wildfires Wednesday in northern California.
Frances Burns
Research links sugar subtitutes to obesity

Research links sugar subtitutes to obesity

REHOVOT, Israel, Sept. 17 (UPI) --New research suggests artificial sweeteners may be exacerbating problems of obesity, not helping to solve them.
Brooks Hays
Avril Lavigne, Chad Kroeger may be headed for divorce

Avril Lavigne, Chad Kroeger may be headed for divorce

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 (UPI) --Avril Lavigne and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger are reportedly headed for divorce after 14 months of marriage.
Annie Martin
Kerry: No U.S. ground troops in fighting Islamic State

Kerry: No U.S. ground troops in fighting Islamic State

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) --Secretary of State John Kerry stressed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday no ground troops in Iraq and Syria will be sent into combat.
Ed Adamczyk
American man arrested trying to swim to North Korea

American man arrested trying to swim to North Korea

SEOUL, Sept. 17 (UPI) --An American man arrested Tuesday night near Seoul, South Korea, was apparently trying to swim to North Korea.
Gabrielle Levy
Big Sean confirms romance with Ariana Grande

Big Sean confirms romance with Ariana Grande

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (UPI) --Big Sean addressed his relationship with rumored girlfriend Ariana Grande, and said he and the "Problem" singer have "great" chemistry.
Annie Martin
Tornado season is peaking earlier, growing more volatile

Tornado season is peaking earlier, growing more volatile

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) --New research suggests that peak tornado season in the central and southern Great Plains -- so-called Tornado Alley -- is inching earlier and earlier each year.
Brooks Hays
Yevtushenkov arrested on money laundering charge

Yevtushenkov arrested on money laundering charge

MOSCOW, Sept. 17 (UPI) --Russian billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov was placed under house arrest in Moscow Wednesday on suspicion of money laundering.
Ed Adamczyk
Tesla wins battle over dealerships in Massachusetts

Tesla wins battle over dealerships in Massachusetts

BOSTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) --Innovative automaker Tesla Motors has won the right to sell its vehicles in Massachusetts directly to customers.
Gabrielle Levy
Material mimicking shark skin combats hospital superbugs

Material mimicking shark skin combats hospital superbugs

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) --A shark skin-like material called Sharklet can be used to combat superbugs in hospitals, according to a new study.
Aileen Graef
Melissa Rivers to honor Joan Rivers on 'Fashion Police'

Melissa Rivers to honor Joan Rivers on 'Fashion Police'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 (UPI) --Joan Rivers will be honored with an all-day "Fashion Police" marathon and a special tribute from her co-hosts and daughter Melissa Rivers on Friday.
Annie Martin
Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander

Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept. 17 (UPI) --Kurdish Peshmerga forces killed senior Islamic State commander Yasin Ali Suleiman Shlash on Tuesday.
JC Finley
Norways Kongsberg to demo missile for U.S. Navy

Norways Kongsberg to demo missile for U.S. Navy

KONGSBERG, Norway, Sept. 17 (UPI) --Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace of Norway says it will fire its Naval Strike Missile from a U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship.
Richard Tomkins
Study reveals details of Richard III's death in battle

Study reveals details of Richard III's death in battle

LEICESTER, England, Sept. 17 (UPI) --Researchers have learned how Richard III died, revealing through forensic analysis that he suffered 11 wounds around the time of his death.
Gabrielle Levy
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