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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 […]

Police: Many Rioters Had Gang Ties

LONDON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Between 20 percent and 25 percent of those arrested in the London riots had gang ties, the acting head of the Metropolitan Police said Tuesday. Acting Commissioner Tim Owen said the information came from an analysis of the backgrounds of those arrested last week, the Evening Standard said. Police have […]

Another Body Found During Niagara Search

BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Searchers looking for the body of a Japanese student presumed dead after plunging off Niagara Falls found the body of another person, authorities said Tuesday. The Niagara Parks Police Service said the identity of the man whose body was recovered after being spotted by a helicopter from the Erie […]

D.A.: Case Workers Failed Slain Girl

SHAWNEE, Okla., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A prosecutor in Oklahoma says child welfare workers failed a 5-year-old girl allegedly killed by her father less than a month after she went to live with him. At a news conference Monday, Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon said a report on the death of Serenity Anne Deal […]

Target Of Alleged Killing Plot Shot Dead

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A young Philadelphia man whose former girlfriend is charged with trying to recruit someone on Facebook to kill him has been gunned down. Police said Corey White, 22, was shot and killed late Monday near his home in West Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The killing came a few hours […]

Va. Police Recruit’s Death Prompts Lawsuit

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 16 (UPI) — The widow of a Norfolk, Va., police recruit who died after being hit on the head during training is suing the former and present police chiefs Tuesday. Patricia Kohn is seeking up to $35 million in damages, The Virginian-Pilot reported. The lawsuit was filed in state court. John Kohn, […]

Obama Laments GOP’s ‘maximalist’ Approach

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday President Obama is dismayed by Republicans’ “maximalist” approach to the debt and deficit. Lawmakers must take action to “get our deficits and debt further under control, to take dramatic action — the kind of action that will only work if it’s done […]

Critic Slams Obama’s Cybersecurity Plan

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The White House cybersecurity plan does little to improve conditions and misguidedly focuses on punishing attack victims, a critic says. Internet Security Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Clinton said the plan, announced in May, is antiquated and not adequately adaptive for today’s cybersecurity environment, The Hill reported Tuesday. […]

Decades Of Solitary Driving Inmates Crazy

MIDWAY, Texas, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Years-long prison programs of “administrative segregation” in Texas and elsewhere are coming under attack for driving inmates crazy, critics say. More than 5,000 inmates in Texas are locked in so-called ad-seg for 23 hours a day — sometimes for decades — in cages that measure 9 feet by 7 […]

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