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U.S. coordinating offshore safety strategy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Energy said it was teaming up with the Interior Department to coordinate efforts to ensure safe offshore oil and gas production.

DOE to move forward on LNG export applications

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said he "absolutely" expects to have final decisions before the end of the year on some of the 16 pending applications to export natural gas to countries that don't have free-trade agreements with the United States.

Energy Department has final say on LNG

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Energy Department has the final say contracts to export liquefied natural gas, said Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary Christopher Smith.

Lackland trainer gets 30 days

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Christopher Smith, found guilty in a Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, sex scandal, was sentenced Thursday to a rank reduction and 30 days in a military lockup.

Air Force trainee testifies in sex case

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A 19-year-old U.S. Air Force trainee testified Wednesday an instructor sneaked her and another trainee off-base for an unwanted sexual rendezvous.
China: Chen can apply to study abroad

China: Chen can apply to study abroad

BEIJING, May 4 (UPI) -- China said Friday blind activist Chen Guangcheng could apply through "normal channels" to study abroad, and a U.S. university offered him a fellowship.

Couple build 125-square-foot home

BOULDER, Colo., March 28 (UPI) -- A Colorado couple say they have big dreams for the tiny house they've built as an example of sustainability and simple living.

Marmalade on toast sparks U.K. debate

LONDON, March 11 (UPI) -- A British researcher who says he spent considerable time, energy and thought on the problem has concluded spreading marmalade thick on warm toast is wrong.

China blocks U.S. meeting with dissidents

BEIJING, July 1 (UPI) -- Two U.S. congressmen who were in Beijing to lobby for the release of political prisoners were barred from meeting with human rights lawyers, officials said.
Abortion foes seen supportive of McCain

Abortion foes seen supportive of McCain

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- John McCain scored a potentially major win in his battle for the Republican base by gaining at least the tacit support of the U.S. anti-abortion movement.

Reps. call for Beijing Olympics boycott

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Eight Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have co-sponsored a resolution calling for a boycott of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Abortion pain bill dies in U.S. House

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A Republican-sponsored House bill that would have required women seeking abortions to be advised some fetuses feel pain failed to get a two-thirds majority.

Uzbek leaders may face U.S. sanctions

WASHINGTON, May 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Republican lawmakers, concerned about repression in Uzbekistan, may seek sanctions aimed at Uzbek President Islam Karimov and other officials.

U.S. calls for fall of Great Firewall

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Lawmakers voiced concern over U.S. Internet companies fostering censorship in China in order to secure a place in the lucrative Chinese market.
STOKELY BAKSH, UPI Technology Correspondent

Fla. police arrest Wis. slaying suspect

BARTOW, Fla., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Polk County, Fla., authorities Tuesday night arrested Christopher Smith in the Aug. 20 slayings of three people at a Milwaukee bar.

3 charged with illegal Internet drug sales

ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- The owner of a Minnesota-based Internet pharmacy and a doctor and accountant who worked with him face federal charges of illegal sale of prescription drugs.

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Robber flags down police for help

MIAMI, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- When a suspected St. Petersburg, Fla., bank robber's getaway car broke down he made a big mistake -- he flagged down an unmarked police car for help.

International group to monitor U.S. polls

NEW YORK, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- To ensure fair elections and human rights, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will monitor voting in the Nov. 2 U.S. elections.

Bill guaranteeing flag rights to pass

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 19 (UPI) -- A bill that guarantees Florida condominium owners the right to fly the American flag at their homes has received some opposition in the Legislature.

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EU expansion could fuel human trafficking

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Human trafficking is one of the most serious issues facing the expansion of the European Union, according to members of a panel convened by a Washington, D.C. think tank Friday. Esther Brimmer, deputy director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at
JENNIFER LORD, for United Press International

Actor Phillips testifies for Filipino vets

WASHINGTON,, D.C., June 13 (UPI) -- Hollywood will lobby Washington again Thursday when actor Lou Diamond Phillips ("Courage Under Fire," "La Bamba") testifies at the House Committee on Veterans A

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U.S. newspaper editorial comment on issues of international interest.

Consumers getting help with late fees

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- House members and financial community representatives Tuesday announced an agreement to help consumers avoid late fees and other consequences of payments delaye
SCOTT R. BURNELL, UPI Science News
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