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Trenton, N.J., Diocese Pays $1M To 5 Men

LAWRENCE, N.J., Aug. 17 (UPI) — The Catholic diocese of Trenton, N.J., has agreed to pay $1 million to five men who said they were molested as altar boys by the same priest, their lawyer says. Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston lawyer, held a news conference Tuesday outside the diocese’s headquarters, The Times of Trenton reported. […]

Reputed Mob Associate, 87, Gets 35 Years

CHICAGO, Aug. 17 (UPI) — An 87-year-old reputed mob associate with a long arrest record in Chicago received his first prison sentence Wednesday, 35 years for building a bomb. Samuel Volpendesto appeared in federal court in a wheelchair, the Chicago Tribune reported. His head drooped when he heard the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge […]

Whistle-blower Says SEC Destroyed Files

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, says he’s looking into a whistle-blower’s claims the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission destroyed evidence. Grassley sent a letter sent to SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro Wednesday saying an SEC attorney, Darcy Flynn, claimed the commission destroyed evidence from preliminary investigations, The Hill reported. The investigations […]

Napolitano Urges Security Awareness

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Wednesday urged the private sector to support the government’s expanded security-awareness campaign. “My hope and my charge to you today is to help us spread this public awareness message,” The Hill reported Napolitano told a crowd of business owners at the U.S. Chamber of […]

Oregon Holds Execution Rehearsal

SALEM, Ore., Aug. 17 (UPI) — The Oregon State Penitentiary has held a practice run for what could be the state’s first execution in almost 15 years. The rehearsal was held Tuesday, which had been Gary Haugen’s scheduled execution date, The Portland Oregonian reported. The execution was postponed when the state Supreme Court ruled in […]

U.N. Peacekeeper Chained For 3 Months

EL FASHER, Sudan, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A U.N. peacekeeper spent three months chained to a tree in Sudan before finally being freed by his captors in January, the United Nations revealed Thursday. Istvan Papp, 55, was working with the U.N.-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfar, where he oversaw the disarmament program, when kidnappers appeared […]

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 […]

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