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Demonstrators at Warsaw climate summit demand emission cuts

WARSAW, Poland, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Climate change demonstrators took to the streets of Warsaw during the weekend as host Poland comes under fire from critics at the U.N. COP19 climate summit.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012.
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IEA warns of doubled CO2 emissions

LONDON, April 27 (UPI) -- Global greenhouse gas emissions will nearly double by 2050 under current policies unless urgent action is taken, the International Energy Agency has warned.

Black and Huber take doubles championship

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Cara Black and Liezel Huber, the top-seeded team, won the women's U.S. Open doubles title Sunday, beating Lisa Raymond and Samantha Smith in straight sets.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 25, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007.
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Today is Friday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2006 with 128 to follow.
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Watercooler Stories

Big red fire truck doesn't work ... College releases 'Mindset List' ... 'Criminalized' for telling off girl ... Faith Nights a hit at Minor League games ... Watercooler stories from UPI.
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College releases 'Mindset List'

BELOIT, Wis., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Wisconsin's Beloit College has revealed its sixth annual "Beloit College Mindset List," describing the way the incoming class of freshman views the world.

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2005 with 128 to follow.
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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 25, the 238th day of 2004 with 128 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Monday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2003 with 128 to follow.
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A Blast from the Past

On this date in 1985, a 13-year-old American schoolgirl named Samantha Smith, her father and six others died in a Maine plane crash. Two years earlier, Samatha had made headlines when she wrote to Soviet President Yuri Andropov, asking him why he wanted t
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Today is Sunday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2002 with 128 to follow.
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Samantha Reed Smith (June 29, 1972 – August 25, 1985) was an American schoolgirl and child actress from Manchester, Maine, who became famous in the Cold War-era United States and Soviet Union. In 1982, Smith wrote a letter to the newly appointed CPSU General Secretary Yuri Andropov, and received a personal reply which included a personal invitation to visit the Soviet Union, which she accepted.

Smith attracted extensive media attention in both countries as a "Goodwill Ambassador", and became known as "America's Youngest Ambassador" participating in peacemaking activities in Japan. She wrote a book and co-starred in the television series Lime Street, before her death at the age of 13 in the Bar Harbor Airlines Flight 1808 plane crash.

When Yuri Andropov succeeded Leonid Brezhnev as leader of the Soviet Union in November 1982, the mainstream Western newspapers and magazines ran numerous front page photographs and articles about him. Most coverage was negative and tended to a perception of a new threat to the stability of the Western world. Andropov had been the Soviet Ambassador to Hungary during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and began his tenure as Soviet leader by strengthening the powers of the KGB, and by suppressing dissidents. Andropov declared, "the struggle for human rights was a part of a wide-ranging imperialist plot to undermine the foundation of the Soviet state." Much international tension surrounded both Soviet and American efforts to develop weapons capable of being launched from satellites in orbit. Both governments had extensive research and development programs to develop such technology. However, both nations were coming under increasing pressure to disband the project. In America, president Ronald Reagan came under pressure from a lobby of U.S. scientists and arms experts, while in Russia the government issued a statement that read, "To prevent the militarization of space is one of the most urgent tasks facing mankind".

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