In this section: UPI

Sept. 20 (UPI) — Christian Siriano recently teamed with Barbie on a one-of-a kind, body-positive doll collection. The 31-year-old fashion designer designed new dolls inspired by looks he created for Modern Family star Sarah Hyland, Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones, singer Solange Knowles and actress Laura Osnes. “Introducing our series of […]

Christian Siriano teams with Barbie on body-positive doll collection

Sept. 19 (UPI) — For the first time, researchers have used a supercontinuum laser to analyze whole grains. The laser, powered by state-of-the-art photonic crystal fibers, could help food scientists bake better loafs and brew better beer. “The supercontinuum laser has made it possible to measure very small objects rapidly […]

Supercontinuum lasers to inspire better beer, bread

Sept. 18 (UPI) — Researchers have discovered the magma source, or so-called “hot zone,” of a supervolcano in southern Italy. Campi Flegrei has been relatively quiet for the last few decades, and hasn’t erupted for centuries. In the 1980s, a rush of magma into the volcano’s shallow chamber triggered a […]

Scientists find magma source of supervolcano in Italy

Sept. 15 (UPI) — General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has received a $20.6 million modification to an existing contract for foreign military sales of Mk82 and Mk84 bomb bodies. The modification will provide for 10,933 Mk82-6, 866 Mk84-4 and 1,365 Mk84-10 bomb bodies for Australia, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain […]

General Dynamics gets order for 10,000 Mk80 series bombs

Sept. 11 (UPI) — An alligator was caught on camera taking advantage of the empty streets in a Florida city while the threat of Hurricane Irma loomed. A Melbourne Fire Department employee captured video Sunday of an alligator scuttling off a near-abandoned road near the “Historic Downtown Melbourne” arch as […]

Alligator runs through empty Florida streets as Irma looms

Sept. 10 (UPI) — Hurricane Jose pulled farther away from the Caribbean Sunday morning, passing “well north” of Puerto Rico, the National Hurricane Center said. In its 8 a.m. advisory, the NHC said the center of the storm was located about 250 miles west-northwest of the northern Leeward Islands — […]

Hurricane Jose passing ‘well north’ of Puerto Rico

Sept. 9 (UPI) — Steve Burton will appear on the Sept. 19 episode of General Hospital.‏ “It doesn’t take a lot of work to make @1SteveBurton look like a badass. #BehindtheScenes #GH #SteveReturnsSept19th,” the show tweeted Friday, along with a photo of Burton wearing a black leather jacket and sitting […]

Steve Burton will be back on ‘General Hospital’ on Sept. ...

Sept. 7 (UPI) — Oil prices were mixed early Thursday on signs that inclement U.S. weather left oil locked in storage, though volatility is expected because of recent forecasts. Irma is a Category 5 hurricane making its way through the Caribbean and north to Florida. Jose is behind Irma as […]

Irma leaves oil prices mixed early Thursday

Sept. 6 (UPI) — Insitu Inc. has received a $21 million order against a previously awarded contract for parts and sustainment of the RQ-21A unmanned aircraft system. The maintenance of the RQ-21A, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, will be in support of Naval Special Warfare fleet operations. Procurement […]

Insitu receives $21M order for RQ-21A Blackjack drone parts

Sept. 5 (UPI) — WWE announcer and Raw commentator Corey Graves is set to join the Smackdown Live commentary team in place of John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield. The company announced that Graves will be featured on both of WWE’s flagship programs Monday following news that Layfield, known as JBL, is stepping […]

WWE’s Corey Graves to join Smackdown Live’s commentary team

Is the U.S. military ready for war? After 16 years of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, this may seem a silly question. By all accounts, the U.S. military has performed admirably under very difficult conditions fighting an often invisible enemy lacking a navy and air force, unconstrained by Geneva Conventions […]

Is the U.S. military ready for war?

Today is Sunday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2017 with 119 to follow. The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Venus and Mars. Evening stars are Jupiter and Saturn. Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include teacher Prudence Crandall, controversial for her efforts […]

UPI Almanac for Sunday Sept. 3, 2017

Aug. 31 (UPI) — Gwyneth Paltrow discussed her love life Wednesday on podcast Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso and how she feels at fault for ruining some past relationships. “I’ve [expletive] so many relationships, so many,” the actress said during the candid interview. “I’m actually a pretty good friend and […]

Gwyneth Paltrow says she messed up ‘so many relationships’

Aug. 30 (UPI) — After devastating parts of southeast Texas, Tropical Storm Harvey arrived in Louisiana Wednesday — and is expected to cause additional life-threatening conditions there. The National Hurricane Center said in its 4 a.m. update that Harvey made landfall near Cameron, La., overnight with maximum sustained winds of […]

After battering Texas, Tropical Storm Harvey arrives in Louisiana

Aug. 29 (UPI) — Tim Wright is once again a free agent after being released by the Detroit Lions. Detroit announced the transaction on Monday. The Lions also released wide receiver/kick returner Keshawn Martin. Wright, 27, re-signed with the Lions in August after spending the 2016 season on injured reserve […]

Detroit Lions cut WR Keshawn Martin, TE Tim Wright

Aug. 28 (UPI) — Jared Leto paid tribute to Chester Bennington Sunday during the MTV Video Music Awards as he introduced a clip featuring the late singer’s band, Linkin Park. “Chester was my friend, as he was to so many, and witnessing his life taught me important things, especially about […]

Jared Leto pays tribute to Chester Bennington at MTV VMAs

Today is Sunday, Aug. 27, the 239th day of 2017 with 126 to follow. The moon is waxing. Morning star is Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter and Mercury. Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include German philosopher Georg Hegel in 1770; novelist Theodore Dreiser […]

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

Aug. 26 (UPI) — Free agent running back Jordan Todman has signed with the Houston Texans. The Texans announced the signing on Friday. Todman, 27, had 59 yards on nine carries last season for the Indianapolis Colts. He has 531 yards and three touchdowns on 124 career carries. Todman entered […]

Jordan Todman: Houston Texans sign running back

Aug. 25 (UPI) — HBO says it has ordered a second season of Jay and Mark Duplass’ anthology series Room 104. The announcement was made Friday by Amy Gravitt, executive vice president of HBO programming. The show follows the experiences of characters who briefly inhabit one room of a typical-looking […]

HBO renews anthology series ‘Room 104’ for a second season

Aug. 23 (UPI) — The Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell said Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of new barrels of product are expected from a project in the Niger Delta. Shell said it started production from the second phase of its Gbaran-Ubie project in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region. The […]

Shell starts new work in Nigeria’s Niger Delta

Aug. 21 (UPI) — Google‘s Doodle celebrates the solar eclipse Monday with an interactive Doodle. An eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking the light of the sun from reaching us, Google explained. This will be the first total solar eclipse within the contiguous […]

Google celebrates solar eclipse 2017 with new Doodle

Aug. 20 (UPI) — Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include: — Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States, in 1833 — Horror writer H.P. Lovecraft in 1890 — Baseball Hall of Fame member Al Lopez in 1908 — Boxing promoter Don King […]

Famous birthdays for Aug. 20: Andrew Garfield, Amy Adams

Aug. 19 (UPI) — Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include: — Aviation pioneer Orville Wright in 1871 — French fashion designer Coco Chanel in 1883 — Humorist Ogden Nash in 1902 — Publisher Malcolm Forbes in 1919 — Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry […]

Famous birthdays for Aug. 19: Kyra Sedgwick, Bill Clinton

Aug. 18 (UPI) — The expansion of a Texas oil pipeline is likely to support more production from the prolific Permian shale basin, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said. Texas is the No. 1 oil producer in the United States and home to the Permian and Eagle Ford shale […]

Permian basin production could accelerate

Aug. 17 (UPI) — A satellite image of Guam seen in a recent photograph of Kim Jong Un may have been taken six years ago, Voice of America reported. The photograph, where the North Korean leader can be seen sitting at a desk, while North Korean military officials, including Kim […]

Expert: Guam image in Kim Jong Un photo from 6 ...

Aug. 17 (UPI) — The Florida Department of Corrections announced Wednesday it has canceled visitations at all 149 of its facilities this weekend over concerns of a “security threat.” “In response to credible intelligence indicating that small groups of inmates at several institutions may attempt to disrupt FDC operations and […]

Florida cancels all prison visits due to ‘security threat’

Aug. 17 (UPI) — HBO was once again a hacking victim after its Twitter account was compromised Wednesday night. The hack lasted for about 40 mnutes until HBO was finally bale to regain control of its account and delete the tweets. During that time, the hacker wrote “OurMine are here, […]

Hackers take over several HBO Twitter accounts

Aug. 17 (UPI) — On this date in history: In 1807, Robert Fulton began the first American steamboat trip between Albany, N.Y., and New York City. In 1915, a hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, killing 275 people. In 1946, George Orwell publishes Animal Farm. In 1969, the Woodstock music festival ended […]

On This Day: Reform Party nominates Perot for president

Today is Thursday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2017 with 136 to follow. The moon is waning. Morning star is Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter and Mercury. Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include French mathematician Pierre de Fermat in 1601; frontiersman Davy […]

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

Aug. 17 (UPI) — The largest lease sale in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, and the first under President Trump’s administration, generated mixed results for high bids and coverage. The first lease covering the entire southern coastal region, save for protected areas, generated $121 million in high bids for 90 […]

Mixed results for Trump’s first oil and gas auction for ...

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2017 with 137 to follow. The moon is waning. Morning star is Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter and Mercury Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include French physicist Gabriel Lippmann, inventor of color photography, in […]

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

Aug. 16 (UPI) — Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include: — French physicist Gabriel Lippmann, inventor of color photography, in 1845 — British soldier/writer T.E. Lawrence (subject of Lawrence of Arabia) in 1888 — Former Israeli Prime Minister/Nobel Peace Prize laureate Menachem Begin […]

Famous birthdays for Aug. 16: Madonna, Steve Carell

Aug. 16 (UPI) — On this date in history: In 1812, British forces foiled plans for a U.S. invasion of Canada by capturing the city of Detroit. In 1896, the North Country gold rush began with the discovery of gold in the Klondike region of Canada’s Yukon Territory. In 1948, […]

On This Day: Elvis Presley dies

Aug. 15 (UPI) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent a congratulatory message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the 72nd anniversary of Korean liberation from Japanese colonial rule. Wafa, the news agency of the Palestinian National Authority, reported Tuesday the Palestinian leader sent a message praising the North […]

Palestine leader congratulates Kim Jong Un on anniversary

Aug. 16 (UPI) — A study out Wednesday by a team of U.S. and German researchers has found that genetic variants affect how much gene expression changes in response to disease. The study, published in Nature Communications, involved researchers analyzing blood from 134 volunteers, and treated monocytes, or white blood […]

Genetic risk factors for disease can be affected by environment

Aug. 16 (UPI) — An offshore trade group said the lower-for-longer climate for oil prices may keep bidders at bay for a lease Wednesday for the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke unveiled plans in July for an auction for 75.9 million acres off the southern coast for […]

Gavel pounds for first Gulf of Mexico oil and gas ...

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets will not go 0-for-20 in 2017. Any hope they have of not going 0-for-16 in the regular season rests in somehow repeating the formula for victory they unveiled in a 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans in the preseason opener Saturday. Of […]

Defense and error-free offense helps New York Jets win

OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will appeal a six-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy because of alleged domestic violence against a former girlfriend in July of 2016. Elliott, who was not arrested nor charged in the case, continues to maintain his innocence. The […]

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will appeal six-game suspension

Aug. 15 (UPI) — On this date in history: In 1914, a U.S. ship sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, officially opening the Panama Canal. In 1935, humorist Will Rogers and pilot Wiley Post were killed when their plane crashed in Alaska. In 1947, India gains independence from […]

On This Day: Woodstock begins on a farm in New ...

Aug. 15 (UPI) — Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include: — French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in 1769 — Scottish novelist Walter Scott in 1771 — Longtime Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey in 1859 — British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in 1875 — Actor […]

Famous birthdays for Aug. 15: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lawrence

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2017 with 138 to follow. The moon is waning. Morning star is Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter and Mercury. Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in 1769; Scottish novelist Walter […]

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

Aug. 15 (UPI) — U.S. retail gasoline prices are holding relatively stable, with analysts offering competing perspectives on the trend ahead as the demand-heavy summer wanes. Motor club AAA reports a national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline at $2.35, relatively unchanged from last week, but more […]

U.S. gas prices holding steady as summer fades

SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 9 (UPI) — An American missionary once sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea says it’s highly possible that college student Otto Warmbier was tortured during his time as captive there. Kenneth Bae, 49, who was released from North Korea detention in November […]

Ex-North Korean captive says Otto Warmbier was likely tortured