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  Saturday, 20-Dec-2014 14:25 EST
EU envoy: Political uproar threatens Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The European Union's ambassador to Haiti said reconstruction work there has halted because international aid teams are worried about political violence.

Allstate: Virgos have most crashes
NORTHBROOK, Ill., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Illinois-based Allstate Insurance said its analysis of car accidents related to astrology found Virgos were the most likely to crash vehicles.

Brazil plans free homes for flood victims
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff says the country will build 8,000 free homes for victims of flooding and landslides that left 830 people dead.

N.J. mayor charged with insurance fraud
ROSELLE, N.J., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A New Jersey mayor who allegedly drove away from a crash Christmas morning faces criminal charges.

Solo McKinley climber rides out earthquake
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Minnesota adventurer rode out a moderate earthquake while stuck in a snow-encased trench on Alaska's Mount McKinley, his expedition manager said.

Bird droppings cause roof collapse
VACAVILLE, Calif., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Bird droppings are being blamed for the cave-in of a gas station awning in Vacaville, Calif., that barely missed a woman filling her tank, fire officials said.

Severed fingers spur meat grinder lawsuit
GRAND FORKS, N.D., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A North Dakota woman is suing the maker and seller of a commercial meat grinder that severed four of her fingers.

More heroin detected using new saliva test
MADISON, N.J., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Drug testing using saliva has revealed about five times more heroin use in U.S. workers than previously thought, a diagnostic testing provider says.

'Rogue' storm blamed in Pakistan flooding
SEATTLE, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say a "rogue" weather system caused the disastrous Pakistan floods of last summer that killed more than 2,000 people and left millions homeless.

Accused people smugglers hear charges
PERTH, Australia, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Three Indonesian men charged in the fatal Christmas Island shipwreck last month appeared Tuesday in a court in Perth, Australia.

Mass extinction 'smoking gun' said found
CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Researchers in Canada say they've found the so-called smoking gun in the world's greatest prehistoric extinction of life, in ash layers in Canada's High Arctic.

Ex-USC player sues school over accident
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Former University of Southern California running back Stafon Johnson says he has sued the school and a coach over a 2009 weightlifting accident.

Iran not interested in nuke fuel exchange
PARIS, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Iran said it was "no longer interested" in a nuclear fuel-exchange proposed by Washington and six other major powers, a Western diplomat reported Monday.

Harsh weather needs money, support network
WACO, Texas, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Adapting to harsh weather is a function of perception of risk, resources and the ability of people to think and act collectively, a U.S. researcher says.

S. Korea holds 5 Somali pirates
SEOUL, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Five Somali pirates captured when South Korean commandos retook a cargo vessel are being held aboard a naval vessel, officials say.

German ministry to probe alleged mutiny
BERLIN, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- German defense officials ordered the navy's training ship to halt its circumnavigation of the world and dock in Argentina for an inquiry into a reported mutiny.

NASA to replace injured shuttle astronaut
HOUSTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- NASA says it has chosen a replacement for an injured member of the crew of the U.S. space shuttle Discovery, set to launch next month.

Sleep researchers look at airline crash
SPOKANE, Wash., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A Kentucky air traffic controller was fatigued when he cleared an airplane for takeoff from the wrong runway before the plane crashed, researchers say.

Eruption of Russian volcano spews ash
PETROPAVLOVSK, Russia, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A volcano on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, one of 29 active volcanoes in the area, is erupting and sending ash plumes to a height of 3.7 miles, officials said.

Body of sailor found in Gulf of Oman
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The body of a sailor missing from a U.S. destroyer was recovered from the Gulf of Oman, officials said Wednesday.

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