Phase-out of Windows XP support could lead to hacking issues

REDMOND, Wash., March 9 (UPI) -- Microsoft's withdrawal of support of its Windows XP operating System April 8 may lead to vulnerability to hackers, Microsoft security experts say.

Longtime Pittsburgh Congressman Bill Coyne dies

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- William Coyne, a low-profile 22-year congressman representing Pittsburgh, died of complications from a fall, former colleagues said. He was 77.

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Police: Couple had sex on restaurant table

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Police in Florida say they arrested a man accused of fighting with a restaurant manager after having sex with his date on a table in front of other patrons.

Elderly woman rescued after manhole fall

PALATINE, Ill., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- An elderly suburban Chicago woman who fell down a manhole missing its cover was able to call for help on her cellphone, police in Palatine, Ill., said.

Soviet moon rover helps U.S. scientists

ALBUQUERQUE, April 28 (UPI) -- A Soviet moon rover, out of contact since 1971, is providing information for U.S. scientists using it for precise measurement of the moon's distance from Earth.

Researchers track lost lunar probe

GREENBELT, Md., April 27 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of California San Diego uncovered the location of a Russian light reflector lost on the lunar surface in the 1970s, NASA said.

Shipping costs curb exodus from U.S.

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Rising oil prices are slowing the tide of U.S. companies moving to foreign lands because it's costing more to ship products home, a research group said.

Airport workers learn how to be nice

NEW YORK, May 7 (UPI) -- New York's Kennedy Airport announced at least 500 International Terminal employees are receiving training on how to be nice to travelers.

New Yorker writer leads Polk Award winners

NEW YORK, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- New York's Long Island University announced this year's George Polk Awards for excellence in journalism in 14 categories, led by a writer for the New Yorker.

Former Ga. Speaker Murphy dead at 83

ATLANTA, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Tom Murphy, who helped shape the Atlanta area during 28 years as speaker of the Georgia House, has died at 83.

Broadway star Tom Murphy dead at 39

NEW YORK, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Irish actor Tom Murphy, who won a Tony Award for starring in "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" on Broadway, has died at the age of 39, Playbill.com reported.

Pittsburgh mayor rules out fourth term

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Democrat Tom Murphy, who has been mayor of Pittsburgh since 1994, said he won't seek a fourth term.

Pittsburgh recovery act signed

PITTSBURGH, June 30 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy and City Council President Gene Ricciardi signed an economic recovery act Wednesday that includes $31 million in workforce cuts.

South Dakota politician will change sex

RAPID CITY, S.D., May 4 (UPI) -- Rapid City, S.D., Alderman Tom Murphy announced he intends to live out the rest of the year as a woman as he prepares for a sex change operation.

Pittsburgh eyes layoffs, service cuts

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Cash-strapped Pittsburgh, with no state help on the way, is reported planning to lay off more than 500 workers and cut services to save money.

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School officials in the Twin Cities say they have fired two employees after they left a 4-year-old in an unheated Head Start bus.
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(ST. LOUIS) -- The latest report card on metropolitan St. Louis schools is not good. The city's public schools have, according to the Post-Dispatch, fallen short of their goals of making enough educational gains to warrant full accreditation.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Review: Better ethics in the class of '49?

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- "It was a time when values had meaning, with lessons we can learn from" says the dust jacket of "Kindred Spirits," (David Callahan, Wiley, $27.95) asserting that the Harvard Business School (HBS) Class of 1949, a highly successful group of businessmen, we
MARTIN HUTCHINSON, UPI Business and Economics Editor

Elections saw GOP surge at state level

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- It wasn't until week's end that the depth of Tuesday's surprise GOP sweep became evident. The GOP has closed the state legislator gap, pulling even with the Democrats in this critical measure of political power and influence.
PETER ROFF, UPI National Political Analyst