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China to rank environmental performance

China to rank environmental performance

BEIJING, July 28 (UPI) --The performance of Chinese decision-makers will be vetted in part by their environmental stewardship, a political document said.
Daniel J. Graeber
U.S. takes steps to curb natural gas footprint

U.S. takes steps to curb natural gas footprint

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) --The Sierra Club said Energy Department steps to reduce methane emissions tied to the natural gas sector are vital tools in the fight against climate change.
Daniel J. Graeber
85 wealthiest are richer than poorest 3.5 billion

85 wealthiest are richer than poorest 3.5 billion

UNITED NATIONS, July 25 (UPI) --The U.N.'s annual Human Development Report released Thursday shows that the world's 85 richest people are wealthier than the poorest 3.5 billion.
Aileen Graef
International Tiger Day celebrated July 29

International Tiger Day celebrated July 29

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) --Although International Tiger Day is today, July 29, the rapidly declining tiger population probably isn't a reason to roar but more of a cause to growl.
Evan Bleier
British shale gas opens up

British shale gas opens up

LONDON, July 28 (UPI) --The British government said Monday tapping into the country's shale natural gas reserves could bring substantial economic and environmental benefits.
Daniel J. Graeber
Massachusetts couple files petition to change legal names to 'Seamonster'

Massachusetts couple files petition to change legal names to 'Seamonster'

SPRINGFIELD , Mass., July 28 (UPI) --A Massachusetts couple, Melanie Convery and Neal James Coughlin, want to legally change their middle names to "Seamonster."
Evan Bleier

HOF reduces ballot eligibility to 10 years

Recently retired players will remain on the ballot for induction for 10 years, not 15, under a rule change announced by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday.
'Nuisance' flooding at all-time highs along East Coast

'Nuisance' flooding at all-time highs along East Coast

WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) --So-called nuisance flooding along the coast is on the rise, courtesy of rising sea levels and global warming, according to a new report from the NOAA.
Brooks Hays
Oil outlook optimistic offshore Senegal

Oil outlook optimistic offshore Senegal

MELBOURNE, July 28 (UPI) --Australian energy company FAR Ltd. said Monday a deep water drilling program slated for Senegal could change the opinion about the country's reserve potential.
Daniel J. Graeber
Woman with 'Skywalker' as her middle name has passport rejected

Woman with 'Skywalker' as her middle name has passport rejected

ESSEX, England, July 30 (UPI) --A British woman who changed her name to Laura Elizabeth "Skywalker" Matthews had her passport application rejected because of copyright issues.
Evan Bleier
Natural Trap Cave reopened to scientists

Natural Trap Cave reopened to scientists

CHEYENNE, Wyo., July 24 (UPI) --After a 30 year absence, scientists are returning to dig for fossils at the bottom of Wyoming's Natural Trap Cave.
Brooks Hays
Ancient cricket found in neglected primeval amber

Ancient cricket found in neglected primeval amber

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., July 30 (UPI) --An ancient cricket has been discovered in a piece of hardened amber -- an artifact that spent some 50 years in a storage closet, mostly ignored.
Brooks Hays
Missing Air Algerie Flight 5017 has crashed in Mali, says airline

Missing Air Algerie Flight 5017 has crashed in Mali, says airline

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, July 24 (UPI) --Air Algerie Flight 5017 has crashed in Mali, the airline announced Thursday, and all 123 people aboard are believed to have perished.
JC Finley

Workman to start for Lester on Wednesday

Brandon Workman will be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make Wednesday's start for the Boston Red Sox in place of Jon Lester in the finale of a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Pregnant woman shot, killed while admiring friend's gun collection

Pregnant woman shot, killed while admiring friend's gun collection

BROOKSVILLE , Fla., July 28 (UPI) --A five-months pregnant Florida woman, Katherine Lynn Hoover, was fatally shot while she was admiring the gun collection of a friend.
Evan Bleier
House slashes proposal for emergency border bill

House slashes proposal for emergency border bill

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) --House Republicans put forward their version of an emergency funding bill to handle the influx of children at the southwest border.
Gabrielle Levy
Munich university plans switch from German to English

Munich university plans switch from German to English

MUNICH, Germany, July 24 (UPI) --A prominent Munich, Germany, university will conduct all its master's-level courses in English, not German, its board of trustees announced.
Ed Adamczyk
Wreckage of Air Algerie Flight 5017 found in Mali

Wreckage of Air Algerie Flight 5017 found in Mali

BAMAKO, Mali, July 25 (UPI) --The wreckage of Air Algerie Flight 5017 that crashed Thursday in Mali has now been found. There were no survivors.
JC Finley
Sen. Menendez: No more relief for Iran

Sen. Menendez: No more relief for Iran

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) --Washington and its allies shouldn't extend sanctions relief for Iran's energy sector further, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Pakistani woman, grandchildren killed over blasphemy

Pakistani woman, grandchildren killed over blasphemy

GUJRANWALA, Pakistan, July 28 (UPI) --A woman and two of her grandchildren were killed by a mob in Pakistan in a conflict over allegedly blasphemous material posted in Facebook.
Ed Adamczyk
Robin Thicke lists LA home for sale, admits his marriage is over

Robin Thicke lists LA home for sale, admits his marriage is over

LOS ANGELES, July 24 (UPI) --Robin Thicke is finally letting go of his estranged wife Paula Patton and listed the couple's LA home for sale on Monday.
Veronica Linares
Economic patriotism and U.S. corporate tax inversion

Economic patriotism and U.S. corporate tax inversion

U.S. businesses completing merger and acquisitions with foreign entities to lower their corporate taxes is unpatriotic, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says.
Frank J. Maduri
Man creates ice cream that changes color when licked

Man creates ice cream that changes color when licked

CALELLA DE MAR, Spain, July 30 (UPI) --An ice cream store owner in Spain has invented "Xamaleon" ice cream that changes colors when licked.
Brooks Hays
Portland teens jailed for carving swastika into 16-year-old boy's face

Portland teens jailed for carving swastika into 16-year-old boy's face

PORTLAND, Ore., July 25 (UPI) --A pair of Oregon teens will spend nearly a decade behind bars after pleading guilty to kidnapping and brutally torturing one of their classmates in February.
Matt Bradwell
Tara Reid says she plays her role seriously in the 'Sharknado' movies

Tara Reid says she plays her role seriously in the 'Sharknado' movies

NEW YORK, July 27 (UPI) --Tara Reid says she committed to her character and played the role seriously in the low-budget, television disaster movie "Sharknado" and its sequel.
Karen Butler
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