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8 Hurt By Lightning Bolt At SeaWorld

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A lightning strike at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday afternoon injured eight people, a spokesman for the tourist venue said. Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Genevieve Latham said the victims — five SeaWorld employees and three customers — were all expected to survive, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The victims […]

Transgender Woman Wins $55,000 Settlement

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A transgender woman who got a letter from a California motor vehicles clerk saying homosexual acts would lead to hell won a $55,000 settlement, her lawyers say. Amber Yust, 23, got the letter saying homosexual acts were “an abomination that leads to hell” after going to the Department of […]

Neighbor Thwarts Kidnapper

ALBUQUERQUE, Aug. 16 (UPI) — An Albuquerque man saved his 6-year-old neighbor by calling police while he chased an alleged kidnapper, police say. The neighbor saw a man attempt to coax the girl into his van Monday afternoon at a playground, KRQE-TV, Albuquerque, reported. “The child was being resistant to his enticement and that is […]

Goodall Sues Over Baby Food Deal

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Primatologist Jane Goodall’s non-profit organization says in a lawsuit a company owes $720,000 it had agreed to pay for marketing its vegetarian baby food. The Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation filed the suit against Sprout Foods, founded by the Food Network’s Tyler Florence, the New York Post […]

Quartet Calls For Palestinian-Israel Talks

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The Middle East Quartet Tuesday called for Palestinians and Israelis to engage in direct peace negotiations next month in Washington. The quartet — comprised of the United Nations, the Russian Federation, the United States and the European Union — issued a statement in New York in which it “again […]

U.S. Targets Haqqani Network Commander

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department said Tuesday it has labeled as a terrorist a commander of a Taliban-affiliated group plaguing Afghanistan, freezing his U.S. assets. The terrorist tag also forbids U.S. citizens from doing business with the commander, Sangeen Zadran, who the department said is responsible for numerous high-profile attacks in […]

Italian Mayor Proposes Legalizing Prostitution

ALTOPASCIO, Italy, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The mayor of a small Tuscan town is suggesting the legalization of prostitution in an attempt to address Italy’s economic crisis. Altopascio Mayor Maurizio Marchetti has proposed the creation of red light districts throughout Italy to combat budgeting shortfalls, ANSA reported. “Today this is a totally illegal industry where […]

Somali Refugees Remain In Dire Straits

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The famine situation in Somalia remains bleak, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday, with deaths occurring at alarming levels among refugees reaching Ethiopia. U.N. officials said in a release the malnutrition prevalent among the Somali refugees in Ethiopia is being complicated by a suspected outbreak of measles. The U.N. […]

Co. Gets Ownership Of Titanic Artifacts

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A Georgia company that salvaged more than 3,000 artifacts from the Titanic on the ocean floor has won ownership of the items after a 20-year court battle. U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith’s decision Monday in Norfolk, Va., gives RMS Titanic Inc. control of the items, but stipulates they […]

Air Force Base Implements Hiring Freeze

DAYTON, Ohio, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, has put a hiring freeze into effect, officials say. The 90-day hiring freeze is accompanied by buyouts and early retirement to eligible employees, as well as reducing the number of temporary employees, the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News reported. Wright-Patterson spokesman Daryl Mayer said Monday […]

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