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Mapping of basement-destroying mineral could lead to repair payments

DENVER, April 8 (UPI) -- A nationwide geological mapping of a mineral that eats away concrete foundations from within might help property owners obtain help from Congress for expensive repairs. A new map report, released by the U.S. Geological ...

On This Day, April 8: Ryan White dies of AIDS

April 8 (UPI) -- On this date in history: In 1913, the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted, requiring that U.S. senators be "elected by the people." In 1918, actors Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin pitch Third Liberty Loan ...

Famous birthdays for April 8: John Schneider, Robin Wright

April 8 (UPI) -- Those born on this date are under the sign of Aries. They include: -- Lewis Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, in 1726 -- Actor Mary Pickford in 1892 -- Olympic figure skater/actor Sonja Henie in 1912 -- ...

Study: Heavy drinking into old age increases health risks

Long-term heavy drinking may lead to significant weight gain and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke in older adults, British researchers warn. They analyzed data from more than 4,800 U.K. civil servants who were 34 to 56 years old when ...

Los Angeles mayor orders face coverings at essential businesses

April 8 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered all workers at businesses still open amid the state's stay-at-home measure and their customers to wear non-medical grade face coverings and masks to prevent further spread of the ...

Singer-songwriter John Prine dies of COVID-19

April 7 (UPI) -- John Prine, the Grammy Award-winning introspective singer-songwriter of "Same Stone" and other folk and country classics, died at the age of 73 on Tuesday due to complications from the coronavirus, his family said. Prine died while ...

Uber, Lyft linked to increase in car crashes

Uber and Lyft are a convenient way to get around town and get home after a night of bar-hopping, but crashes involving cars and pedestrians haven't decreased, a new study finds. These ride-hailing or ride-sharing services have made 11 billion trips ...

Judge rules Florida can’t block ex-felons from voting over outstanding fees

April 7 (UPI) -- A federal judge issued an order ruling all former felons in the state must be allowed to vote despite outstanding court fees. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle on Tuesday issued the order extending a ruling he made in October ...

Arizona freshman Nico Mannion to enter 2020 NBA Draft

April 7 (UPI) -- Arizona Wildcats freshman guard Nico Mannion has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft, he announced Tuesday on social media. "I have decided to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft," Mannion wrote on Twitter. "I want to thank everyone who has ...

New York reports record COVID-19 deaths, but hospitalizations drop

April 7 (UPI) -- New York state on Tuesday reported its greatest single-day death toll from the coronavirus pandemic, although hospitalizations declined, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. The governor said 731 patients died between Monday and Tuesday, pushing ...

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