2 Yemeni Leaders Leave Saudi Hospital

RIDYAH, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Mujawar left a hospital in Saudi Arabia Saturday, a Saudi official said.

“The Yemeni president left the military hospital this evening at 9 p.m. after receiving the necessary treatment and was taken to a temporary residence for a recovery period,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Yemen Online.

The Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported Mujawar had left the hospital earlier in the day.

However, both men will remain in Ridyah as they recuperate from injuries suffered in a bomb attack at Saleh’s residence in Sanaa two months ago, Yemen Online and RIA Novosti said.

It was not known how long they would stay in Ridyah.

Yemeni Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has assumed control of the government while Saleh convalesces.

Opposition groups have been calling for Saleh to step down since January and want an interim council created to prevent his return. Saleh has ruled Yemen since 1978.

China Braces For Typhoon Muifa

SHANGHAI, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Typhoon Muifa was still a day from landfall but was already impacting China Sunday, officials said.

Shanghai closed two major sea bridges as wind gusts buffeted the region, Xinhua reported.

Authorities also imposed speed limits on highways and were conducting safety inspections of transportation infrastructure, the state-run news agency said.

The National Meteorological Center said the storm was moving northward off the east China coast and was expected to come ashore in Shandong province to the north of Shanghai Monday morning.

The center of the typhoon passed to the east of Shanghai but its winds were still strong enough to down billboards and briefly cut off power in some areas, Sang Baoliang, deputy head of Shanghai’s flood control headquarters, said.

More than 310,000 people in Shanghai had been evacuated ahead of the storm, which is the ninth typhoon to hit China this year.

Maritime officials in Zhejiang province said late Saturday 35 fishing boats carrying 300 people, who had been reported missing off the coast of Shandong, had been found along the Zhejiang coast.

Mobile Home Tips, Kills Two

ST. AMABLE, Quebec, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Two men died and a third was seriously injured when the mobile home they were moving in St. Amable, Quebec, tipped over on them, officials say.

Capt. Yannick Parent of the Richelieu-Saint-Laurent Regional Police said the three men were moving the home for their friend and neighbor when it toppled over on them Friday, The (Montreal) Gazette reported.

The men were trapped under the house for almost an hour.

Two were found unconscious by police and later pronounced dead. The third man was hospitalized in stable condition.

The owner of the mobile home, who was on site when the accident happened, was not injured. No one was inside the house at the time.

Police are looking into the cause of the accident.

Montreal Tunnel Reopened

MONTREAL, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Ville Marie Tunnel in Montreal was reopened to traffic Saturday after being shutdown for almost a week, officials say.

The tunnel reopened after a 27.5 ton section of the roof of the eastbound side collapsed, barely missing traffic, The (Montreal) Gazette reported. The 50-foot slab, meant to keep sunlight from blinding drivers, fell July 31.

Construction workers told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that vibrations generated while work was being done may have caused the piece to fall.

Arrest Made In Detroit Girl’s Death

DETROIT, Minn., Aug. 6 (UPI) — Detroit police say they have a man into custody in the slaying of a 5-year-old girl.

The Detroit News reported Saturday a source said the unidentified man arrested Friday afternoon is believed to be the boyfriend of an aunt of the victim, Mariha Smith, 5.

“We have a person of interest that has been arrested based on preliminary findings by the homicide unit,” Detroit police Sgt. Eren Stephens said.

Police said one of Mariha’s aunts, Quanita Smith, who lived in the same house as the girl, and her boyfriend both failed a lie detector test in the days after Mariha disappeared.

The girl’s body was found burned in an abandoned Detroit home July 24. An autopsy revealed she died of asphyxiation before her body was set on fire.

Speaking at her funeral Friday, police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. lamented the premature death of a young child and bemoaned the state of society, the Detroit Press reported.

“What the hell is wrong with us?” Godbee asked. “When did we become pimps? When did we become gangsters? When did we stop loving our children?”

Detroit Councilwoman Brenda Jones told those gathered for the service the violence must end.

“This has got to stop. We have to take care of each other,” she said.

Mariha’s death was the 206th homicide in Detroit as of Aug. 1, compared with 179 through the same period a year ago.

Canadian Roads Being Closed For Toads

CHILLIWICK, British Columbia, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Two roads Canada’s British Columbia, are being closed for the annual migration of baby western toads, officials say.

Ryder Lake and Elk View roads in Chilliwack will be closed with what locals call “toad blocks” for a few hours each day for the next two weeks, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday.

About 1 million baby toads, about the size of a fingernail, will make the migration from the lake areas where they are born to wooded areas where they will live their adult lives.

The Fraser Valley Conservancy coordinated the road shutdowns with the city of Chilliwack to avoid the slaughter of the toads experienced in years past.

“[Residents] were using snow shovels to move the carcasses off the road,” said Conservancy Executive Director Lisa Fox.

Abu Ghraib Guard Freed From Prison

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan., Aug. 6 (UPI) — Charles Graner Jr., a guard convicted in the abuse of Abu Ghraib prison inmates in Irag, was released from military prison Saturday, an Army spokeswoman said.

Rebecca Steed said the Army reservist served 6 1/2 years of his 10-year term at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., CNN reported.

Steed told the U.S. news network Graner, 42, will be on supervised release until December 2014.

The private from Uniontown, Pa., was considered the ringleader in the detainee abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib. He was convicted in 2005 of conspiring to mistreat detainees, including having naked prisoners stacked in a pyramid, ordering them to masturbate while others took photos and punching one in the head.

Eleven low-ranking soldiers were found guilty in the scandal, which tarnished the United States’ image.

U.S. Farmers Markets On The Rise

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) — More than 1,000 new farmers markets dot the U.S. landscape this year, bringing the total number to more than 7,000, federal officials say.

The current U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Farmers Market Directory says a total of 7,175 farmers markets operate throughout the United States as more farmers are marketing their products directly to consumers — a 17 percent increase from last year.

This year’s National Farmers Market Directory was released in advance of National Farmers Market Week, which begins Sunday.

“The remarkable growth in farmers markets is an excellent indicator of the staying power of local and regional foods,” Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary at the Department of Agriculture, says in a statement.

“These outlets provide economic benefits for producers to grow their businesses and also to communities by providing increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables and other foods. In short, they are a critical ingredient in our nation’s food system.”

The Top 10 states for farmers markets in this year are: California with 729, New York with 520, Michigan with 349, Illinois with 305, Ohio with 278, Pennsylvania with 266, Massachusetts with 255, Iowa with 237, Wisconsin with 231 and North Carolina with 217.

To locate a farmers market via ZIP code search, see the directory at: http://farmersmarkets.usda.gov.

Firefighters Put Out 10 Of 20 Fires In Russia

MOSCOW, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Firefighters put out 10 wildfires in far eastern Russia, but were still struggling to extinguish 10 more, officials said Saturday.

More than 320 people, representing 44 emergency response units and 10 aircraft, have been working to put out the fires in Russia’s Far East, RIA Novosti reported.

“Ten forest fires continue raging on Saturday in four Far Eastern regions, which are Yakutia, Khabarovsk Territory, the Magadansk Region and Chukotka, covering a total area of 19.1 hectares,” a spokesman for the regional Emergencies Ministry’s department said.

Wildfires are common during the region’s dry and hot summers. They are predominantly caused by careless behavior of local residents.

Iran Minister: U.S. Detainees May Go Free

TEHRAN, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Saturday he hopes two American nationals imprisoned in Tehran will be released soon.

Salehi said judicial authorities in Iran were examining Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer’s case in a fair manner, Voice of America reported.

Salehi said he believes authorities “will proceed in a manner that will result in their freedom.”

Bauer, Fattal and a third hiker, Sarah Shourd, were arrested near the Iraq-Iran boarder in 2009 on charges they were spies who had illegally crossed into Iran. Shourd was freed on bail in 2010.

Iranian officials say judges will announce their verdict soon, Radio Liberty reported.

The three American hikers have entered not guilty pleas, saying they did not know they had crossed the border while hiking.