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Archive for December, 2011

4 charged in N.C. flag-burning case

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 1 (UPI) — Four men are facing misdemeanor charges for allegedly burning two U.S. flags at the Occupy Charlotte protest site in North Carolina, authorities say.

One of the four charged Friday, Alex Tyler, 19, of Fort Mill, said …

Where in the world is Banana Sam?

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 1 (UPI) — Banana Sam’s not on the lam, San Francisco Zoo officials say, he’s been monkey-napped.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of the 17-year-old squirrel monkey, who zoo officials said Saturday was snatche…

Paul, Santorum near Romney

DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are giving Mitt Romney a run for his money in Iowa, the latest poll tracking the Republican presidential hopefuls indicated Saturday.

With Iowa’s GOP caucuses looming on Tuesday, The Des M…

Ohio rattled by 4.0 earthquake

AKRON, Ohio, Dec. 31 (UPI) — A 4.0-magnitude earthquake shook northeastern Ohio Saturday afternoon, seismologists said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 3:05 p.m. temblor was centered near Youngstown.

Barbara Forney, 79, told the Akron Beacon Jo…

Explosives found in serviceman’s carry-on

MIDLAND, Texas, Dec. 31 (UPI) — A U.S. serviceman was taken into custody Saturday after explosives were found in his carry-on bag at Midland (Texas) International Airport, authorities said.

The Midland Reporter-Telegram reported the incident led aut…

Grenadian cops charged in Canadian’s death

ST. DAVID, Grenada, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Two police officers were charged Saturday with fatally beating a Canadian man at a police station in Grenada, authorities said.

Officers Kenton Hazzard and Wendell Sylvester are charged with manslaughter in the de…

Nigeria declares state of emergency

ABUJA, Nigeria, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Attacks by the militant Islamic sect Boko Haram prompted Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to declare a state of emergency in parts of the country Saturday.

Jonathan said in a televised address the emergency declar…

Islamic Jihad founder’s son said captured

DAMASCUS, Syria, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Ibrahim Fathi Shaqaqi, son of the late Palestinian Islamic Jihad founder Fathi Shaqaqi, was arrested by security forces in Syria, a relative alleged.

Ynetnews, in a report attributed to an unidentified Egyptian newsp…

Va. AG seeks to add names to GOP ballot

RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 31 (UPI) — Virginia’s attorney general is preparing emergency legislation to rectify the lack of candidates who were able to qualify for the state’s Republican primary.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said he is interven…

Bomb kills 2 children, injures 13 people

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 31 (UPI) — A bomb blast in the tribal area of northwestern Pakistan Saturday killed two schoolchildren and injured 13 other people, 10 of them children, authorities said.

The blast occurred in the Landi Kotal area of Khyber…


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