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Obama Quizzed About Choosing Cannon Falls, Minn.

CANNON FALLS, Minn., Aug. 15 (UPI) — The final questioner at President Obama’s town hall meeting in Cannon Falls, Minn., Monday didn’t ask about healthcare or taxes but about Cannon Falls. Why come to Cannon Falls to discuss jobs, building the economy and rural America-related issues, the inquiring pre-teen girl wanted to know. “Well, I […]

Jailed Mob Boss Suspected In Philly Ring

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15 (UPI) — A jailed mob under-boss is suspected of financing part of a South Philadelphia drug-trafficking and loan-sharking ring, court documents show. The Philadelphia Inquirer Monday identified the under-boss as Joseph “Mousie” Massimino, 61. In a motion this month, authorities said a state investigation was focused on William “Billy” Andrews, a convicted […]

Cherokee Nation Swears In Acting Chief

TAHLEQUAH, Okla., Aug. 15 (UPI) — The Cherokee Nation has sworn in an acting principal chief, who will hold the post until a winner is declared in the chief’s race, officials said. S. Joe Crittenden of Stilwell was sworn in Sunday as deputy chief and will act as temporary principal chief until a winner is […]

Thirty-one Fish Killed, Mutlilated On School Campus

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Police in California say they are searching for someone who killed and mutilated 31 catfish being raised at a high school as part of a student project. A student working on a Future Farmers of America project arrived at the school in Woodland Sunday to find a gate […]

Bear Paws In Luggage Bring Arrest In B.C.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 15 (UPI) — A Canadian has been charged with attempting to smuggle bear paws to China in his carry-on luggage at Vancouver International Airport, authorities said. Dismembered bear parts were discovered as the luggage passed through an X-ray machine at airport security Sunday. “We see it occasionally,” Sgt. Dave Jevons told […]

Toddler Dies After Escape From Home Fire

ALEXANDRIA, Ontario, Aug. 15 (UPI) — A child who escaped a fire that killed his mother and two siblings in Ontario has died as a result of injuries suffered in the escape, authorities said. The 22-month-old boy, Maxime Desjardins, was injured Friday when his father jumped from a window of the family’s burning home with […]

Bomb Squad Checked Boehner’s Office

WEST CHESTER, Ohio, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Authorities said they found no explosives after responding to a report of suspicious briefcases found at the Ohio office of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. A West Chester Township police officer noticed the three black briefcases at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Police and a […]

Border Officials Target Trains, Buses

MIAMI, Aug. 15 (UPI) — A growing number of undocumented immigrants are being caught aboard Greyhound buses and Amtrak trains, lawyers and others say. The searches on public transportation, which have not received much publicity, mark the latest attempt to crack down on undocumented immigrants, The Miami Herald reported Sunday. Steve Cribby, a spokesman for […]

Gulf Of Guinea Pirates Trigger Alarm

PORTO-NOVO, Benin, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Pirate attacks off the coast of West Africa are increasingly sharply in a region that is becoming a major oil-producing zone and trading hub. Security and shipping analysts say the number of attacks is underreported and that, left unchecked, the emerging crisis could soon rival the Somali piracy scourge […]

Tymoshenko Predicts End To Ukraine’s Government

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 15 (UPI) — It’s only a matter of time before the government of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych falls like other authoritarian regimes, Yulia Tymoshenko writes. Tymoshenko, a former prime minister and opposition leader, is jailed in Kiev during her trial on corruption charges stemming from a 2009 gas deal with Russian energy […]

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