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Man Charged With Mowing Over Baby Ducks

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) — A Clay County, Fla., employee was charged with animal cruelty after allegedly using his power mower to run over and kill a group of ducklings, officials said. Mark Preston Akers, 29, of Middleburg, was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly chased a mother duck and a group of seven ducklings […]

U.N. Rights Official Heads To Myanmar

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The United Nations announced it was sending a special envoy to assess the human rights situation under Myanmar’s new government. Tomas Ojea Quintana, the U.N. special envoy on human rights in Myanmar, announced he was launching a fact-finding mission Saturday to investigate the situation in the country. “This mission […]

Two Indicted In Pornography Bust

MIAMI, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Federal prosecutors have indicted two men for luring young women to Florida where they were allegedly drugged, sexually assaulted and videotaped. Investigators said in a news release Lavont Flanders Jr., 40, of Miami Gardens and Emerson Callum, 45, of Miami were arrested and charged in a 22-count indictment with conspiracy, […]

More Evidence Of Crimes In S. Kordofan

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Evidence continues to surface that war crimes and crimes against humanity are being committed in Sudan’s border state of South Kordofan, advocates say. Khartoum announced that it sent a delegation to South Kordofan, near the border of South Sudan, to relay “a message of peace,” the state-run Sudan News Agency […]

Yemen To Form Revolutionary Council?

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Opposition groups in Yemen announced they formed a 143-member committee that will lead the country’s revolution against the president. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh vowed to “soon” return to Yemen after spending nearly two months in Saudi Arabia recovering from wounds suffered in a June 3 attack. Saleh has […]

14 Dead In Israel Terror Attack

EILAT, Israel, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Seven Israelis were killed in a three-stage terror attack on roads near Eilat and the Egyptian border, army and police officials said. Israeli emergency services said two women and five men were killed in the attack and at least 30 were injured, Israel Radio said. Details of where all […]

Hurricane Greg Strengthens In Pacific

MIAMI, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Hurricane Greg was picking up strength Thursday as the center passed south of the Socorro Islands off Mexico’s west coast, the National Hurricane Center said. Greg, a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, was about 320 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, […]

Teacher Suspended For Facebook Posting

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) — Florida education officials have suspended a teacher from the classroom for his alleged Facebook postings about gay and lesbian marriages. Jerry Buell, a former teacher of the year, was reassigned pending an investigation into comments he allegedly made on his Facebook page about homosexual marriages, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel […]

Gadhafi Looking For Exit Door?

LONDON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Sources were conflicted about the status of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and whether he and his family are planning to leave the country. The rebel-backed Transitional National Council in Libya has gained diplomatic momentum in recent weeks, securing recognition as the sole governmental authority in Tripoli from several Western governments. […]

Miami Archdiocese Sued Over Alleged Abuse

MIAMI, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The Archdiocese of Miami has been sued over allegations a now-retired priest sexually abused three young boys in the 1960s, officials said. The suits claim Father Neil Flemming, now in his 80s and living in Florida, abused three boys between the ages of 12 and 14 at Boystown, a former […]

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