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Archive for October, 2011

Boy, 10, stranded by dispute over payment

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) — A 10-year-old Maryland boy stranded in a psychiatric facility in Washington can get out if responsible parties agree on how to pay for his care, a judge ruled.

The boy is trapped by a three-cornered dispute over how to pay…

Kandahar blast death toll rises

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Nov. 1 (UPI) — A suicide bomb attack outside the U.N. refugee agency in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Monday killed six people, officials said.

Four attackers died in an ensuing gun battle with Afghan security forces, CNN reported. E…

U.S. study urges sentencing reform

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Mandatory minimum sentences are “excessively severe and are applied inconsistently,” the U.S. Sentencing Commission has concluded.

The commission, which studied the issue at the direction of Congress, released a 645-page …

Two earthquakes reported in China

BEIJING, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Two separate earthquake of moderate intensity jolted the western and the northwest parts of China early Tuesday, but there were no reports of casualties.

The first quake, with a 5.5-magnitude, struck at 5:58 a.m. along the b…

Mekong joint security agreement reached

BEIJING, Oct. 31 (UPI) — China, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos agreed to joint security operation on the Mekong River following the recent deaths of 13 Chinese sailors, China Daily said.

Officials from all four countries, who met in Beijing, agreed to e…

NTSB: Operator error in monorail crash

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued a report Monday saying operator error is to blame for a fatal monorail crash in 2009 at Walt Disney World.

The crash occurred July 5, 2009, when a pink monorail …

U.S. releases Russian spy bust documents

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (UPI) — The FBI Monday released videos, documents and photographs detailing the actions of a Russian spy ring broken up more than a year ago in New York.

The FBI said the documents provide a “rare glimpse” into the one of the bigge…

Newborn dolphin dies at Chicago zoo

CHICAGO, Oct. 31 (UPI) — A newborn bottlenose dolphin at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo died just after birth, zoo officials said.

The male dolphin, born Sunday weighing 40 pounds after a full-term pregnancy, showed little movement and seemed weak, the Ch…

Ariz. ‘baseline’ serial killer convicted

PHOENIX, Oct. 31 (UPI) — A jury in Phoenix Monday convicted the so-called Baseline Killer, Mark Goudeau, on nine counts of first-degree murder.

Goudeau was found guilty on 67 counts following seven days of deliberation after his five-month trial. He…

TV falls, kills 6-year-old Illinois boy

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., Oct. 31 (UPI) — A 6-year-old boy died after a 36-inch television set fell on him in the basement of his Illinois home, relatives said.

Karl Clermont, of Arlington Heights, went to the basement to watch television by himself …

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