'Saturday Night Live' adds six featured players

'Saturday Night Live' adds six featured players

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- "Saturday Night Live" has added six featured players for the New York sketch comedy series' 2013-14 season, NBC announced Monday.

Seattle City Council OK's NBA arena deal

SEATTLE, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The Seattle City Council announced Tuesday it has reached a deal with hedge fund manager Chris Hansen to build a new $490 million NBA basketball arena.

NCAA denies Toledo appeal of ban

TOLEDO, Ohio, April 18 (UPI) -- The NCAA Wednesday denied the University of Toledo's appeal of a ruling banning its men's basketball team from post-season competition next season.
Hyundai Elantra gets two siblings

Hyundai Elantra gets two siblings

CHICAGO, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Hyundai Wednesday showed off two siblings to its hot-selling Elantra sedan, a two-door sport coupe and a five-door hatchback, at the Chicago Auto Show.

Seattle mulls plastic bag ban

SEATTLE, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A Seattle City Council bill banning distribution of plastic bags to shoppers is intended to "help shift behavior," the bill's main sponsor said.

Seattle cracks down on phone books

SEATTLE, May 6 (UPI) -- Seattle officials have begun an effort to keep yellow pages directories from piling up on doorsteps.

Phone book publishers to fight new law

SEATTLE, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The phone book industry is suing Seattle, saying the city's attempt to crack down on unwanted yellow pages violates the First Amendment.

Britain apologizes to Thalidomide patients

LONDON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The British government's formal apology to Thalidomide victims comes 50 years too late but is important nonetheless, a Thalidomide Trust official said.

Wales could lead in emissions reduction

CARDIFF, Wales, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Wales could become a world leader in emissions reduction, according to American inventor Alex Wormser.

U.K. beats Denmark in offshore wind

LONDON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The United Kingdom has overtaken Denmark as the No. 1 offshore wind producer.
Analysis: Can biotechnology save ethanol?

Analysis: Can biotechnology save ethanol?

Some experts have questioned the feasibility of Congress's new biofuels mandate, but emerging biotechnologies may boost the industry above and beyond expectations.

GDATP boosts capacity of Maine gun plant

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 18 (UPI) -- General Dynamics says it is boosting the production capacity of its gun manufacturing plant in Saco, Maine.

GD wins TACOM M2HB machine-gun contract

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 18 (UPI) -- General Dynamics has won a $36.6 million U.S. Army TACOM contract to manufacture M2HB machine guns.

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Red-bellied turtle may slow casino

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A turtle species classified as threatened in Pennsylvania may delay construction of a Philadelphia casino.

Britain to promote sexual consent law

LONDON, March 7 (UPI) -- British authorities are starting a campaign to educate men that they may face rape charges if they don't receive a woman's consent before sex.

UPI Energy Watch

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- Investors intend to invest $3 billion to connect the Philippine Malampaya natural gas field and other ASEAN member countries whose oil and gas infrastructure ha
ANDREA R. MIHAILESCU, Energy Correspondent

Britain may sign deals with Libya soon

LONDON, March 28 (UPI) -- British Trade Minister Mike O'Brien will visit Tripoli, Libya, in April, according to Britain's secretary of state for trade and industry.

BAT withdraws from Myanmar

LONDON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Cigarette manufacturer British American Tobacco has withdrawn from Myanmar, bowing to government and human rights organizations' demands.

Britain contemplates banning dog-cat fur

LONDON, July 17 (UPI) -- Britain may soon ban the importation of domestic cat and dog fur.

Japan freezes aid to Myanmar

TOKYO, June 25 (UPI) -- Japan has suspended aid to Myanmar in protest of the military government's detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi being held in 'notorious' jail

LONDON, June 19 (UPI) -- Britain says pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi is being held in a "notorious jail" on the outskirts of Rangoon.

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

A New York strip club is getting criticism from World Trade Center victims' families, emergency workers and area residents for using famous flag-raising images in promoting the club, the New York Post reports.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

U.K. to test-run a national ID card

LONDON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Britain moved steps closer to introducing a national identity card designed to beat state welfare fraud and to develop closer tabs on residents as part of a tou
SAJID RIZVI, United Press International