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Few Babies Born To ‘birth Tourists’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — While thousands of women come to the United States to deliver babies, “birth tourism” represents only a tiny fraction of births, figures show. In Arizona last year, only 2 percent of the children born in the state had mothers who lived elsewhere, The Arizona Republic reported. That included women from […]

ACLU Sues Over Abortion Insurance Ban

TOPEKA, Kan., Aug. 17 (UPI) — The American Civil Liberties Union has sued to challenge a new Kansas law banning insurers from providing elective abortion coverage. The ACLU claimed in a federal lawsuit Tuesday the law is unconstitutional and discriminates against women because no similar limits apply to men’s healthcare, The Kansas City (Mo.) Star […]

Israel Won’t Apologize For Flotilla Deaths

JERUSALEM, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The Israeli government Wednesday bucked the Obama administration and refused to apologize for killing nine Turkish activists on a Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday to say he was unable to convince the conservative faction of his government to […]

Teen Allegedly Plotted To Blow Up School

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A Florida teenager was ordered held in secure detention Wednesday after being charged with planning to blow up the Tampa high school that expelled him. Jared Cano, 17, whose mother is a math teacher at another high school, was arrested Tuesday, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported. At his […]

Critics Denounce ‘foreign Laws’ Bill

DETROIT, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Opponents criticized as discriminatory a measure that would forbid Michigan courts to consider “foreign laws,” including Shariah, or Muslim law. “This plan goes against our country’s core values of accepting people from all races and walks of life,” state Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, a Muslim, said as he joined other […]

Socialite’s Husband Charged In Her Death

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The husband of a 91-year-old Washington socialite — first believed to have died of natural causes — has been charged in her killing, officials said. Albrecht Gero Muth, 47, was arrested Tuesday night and charged in the death of his wife, Viola Drath, The Washington Post reported. Medical examiners determined […]

Indian Activist Refuses To Leave Jail

NEW DELHI, Aug. 17 (UPI) — An imprisoned anti-corruption activist, Anna Hazare, has refused to leave jail, despite concessions from the Indian government, officials said. Hazare, 74, wants the right to fast indefinitely in support of a strong lokpal, or anti-corruption ombudsman, the Press Trust of India reported. Police at first offered to let him […]

School Opens In Tornado-hit Joplin, Mo.

JOPLIN, Mo., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Just three months after a powerful tornado leveled one-third of the city, Wednesday was the first day of public school in Joplin, Mo. Teachers warmly welcomed hundreds of students back to classes at Stapleton Elementary and South Middle School, the Joplin Globe reported. Although neither building was damaged by […]

Bachmann Promises $2/gal Gas As President

GREENVILLE, S.C., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann promises voters gas prices would fall to $2 per gallon if she makes it to the White House in 2013. Speaking Tuesday at a town hall meeting in South Carolina, the Tea Party favorite said her energy policies would send gas prices plummeting, […]

Poll: Perry New Republican Frontrunner

ASBURY PARK, N.J., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the current frontrunner in the Republican race for U.S. president, a poll indicates. Rasmussen Reports surveyed likely Republican primary voters Monday night, two days after Perry formally entered the race for the GOP nomination and after U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s first-place finish in […]


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