U.S. to investigate N.C. agency after coal ash spill

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. prosecutors say they have begun a felony investigation of North Carolina regulators after coal ash from a Duke Energy facility spilled into the Dan River.

Protesters noisy but peaceful at DNC site

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Protesters for and against any number of issues marched through the streets of Charlotte on the second day of the Democratic National Convention.
Restrictions hamper DNC fundraising

Restrictions hamper DNC fundraising

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Fundraising efforts for the Democratic National Convention are hampered in part by President Obama's decision to limit direct corporate donations, leaders say.

Yale coach quits over resume controversy

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Yale football Coach Tom Williams has resigned following a controversy over academic claims made on his resume.

Crash blamed on vomiting dog

WINONA, Minn., April 28 (UPI) -- Investigators said a Minnesota man who crashed his car into a utility pole told police he lost control of the vehicle when his dog vomited on him.

Drunken man's pants found two days later

WINONA, Minn., April 28 (UPI) -- Minnesota police said pants belonging to a trouserless man picked up for drunkenly knocking on a woman's door were found two days later in the woman's garage.

British doc could face rugby cheat probe

LONDON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A British doctor may face an inquiry over allegations she helped a rugby union player fake an injury, sources say.

Chicken bits spilled on Minn. road

WINONA, Minn., April 29 (UPI) -- Police in Minnesota said a semi pulling a trailer full of leftover chicken parts from slaughter spilled onto the streets of Winona.

Yale hires Tom Williams as football coach

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Yale University Wednesday announced the hiring of Tom Williams as football coach, the first black head coach in the history of the program

Brawls cancel Canadian college homecoming

KINGSTON, Ontario, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Fall homecoming festivities at Canada's Queen's University in Ontario have been canceled for two years because of violent and rowdy behavior this year.

Running of the Reindeer planned in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Organizers of the Running of the Reindeer in Anchorage, Alaska, say 40 people have already registered to race the reindeer down Fourth Avenue.

Airbus A400M military jet delayed 6 months

TOULOUSE, France, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Airbus, which delivered its first A380 superjumbo jet nearly two years late Monday, said its A400M military cargo plane could be six months behind schedule.

D'oh! Simpsons part of Universal park

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 24 (UPI) -- The Simpsons, the most recognizable cartoon family of fictional Springfield, USA, now are part of the Universal family of U.S. theme parks.

Anti-malaria genes cancel each other

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Scientists studying the two genes that protect carriers from malaria have found that carrying both is like having neither.

Combined traits cancel malaria protection

YAOUNDE, Cameroon, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Africans who have the sickle cell trait and the blood disorder thalassemia lose protection against malaria, researchers said at a Cameroon conference.

Half of workers short own vacation time

ORLANDO, Fla., May 18 (UPI) -- Nearly half of full-time U.S. workers did not use all of the vacation time they earned last year, forfeiting an average eight vacation days, a survey found.

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Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry became the first Democrat with national political stature to make a bid for the White House when he confirmed this weekend he would file the paperwork necessary to raise money to join the hunt to replace President George Bush
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Retailers optimistic after brisk sales

CHICAGO, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- While big discounts kept cash registers ringing over the Thanksgiving weekend, cautious U.S. retailers remain hopeful about continued strong holiday sales.

New cable carries more electricity

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Adding ceramic fibers and small amounts of other material to today's aluminum-based electric power transmission lines yields cables capable of carrying higher voltages without deforming, researchers said Friday.

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Dock shutdown hurts Action Performance

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Action Performance Cos. Inc. said Thursday it can't book about $5.7 million in revenue for its fourth quarter ended Sept. 30 because of the back up in shipping caused by the lockout of longshoremen at dozens of ports on the West Coast.
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New Mexico fire consumes 37,000 acres

RESERVE, N.M., April 5 (UPI) -- Firefighters battled a 37,000-acre wildfire burning Friday within 4 miles of about 20 summer homes in the Gila National Forest in southwest New Mexico.

New Mexico fire consumes 37,000 acres

RESERVE, N.M., April 5 (UPI) -- Firefighters battled a 37,000-acre wildfire burning Friday within four miles of about 20 summer homes in the Gila National Forest in southwest New Mexico. Fire

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