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Rep. Rogers: Cyber Espionage Major Threat

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) — The head of the House Intelligence Committee says cyber espionage is one of the greatest challenges facing U.S. intelligence agencies today. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., told retired U.S. intelligence officers in a speech Friday in Washington that Russia and China appear to be the major players in state-sponsored espionage, the […]

Marine To Receive Medal Off Honor

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) — A former corporal is to be the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq, the White House announced. Dakota Meyer, now a sergeant in the inactive ready reserve, is to receive the highest U.S. military honor from President Barack Obama at a […]

Verizon Strike Enters Second Week

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The first week of a strike at Verizon ended Friday with thousands of employees walking picket lines at facilities in the northeastern United States. Officials with the Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers say the telecommunications company is demanding concessions that would cost their […]

BART Blacks Out Cellphone Service

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Officials with San Francisco’s rapid transit system said Friday cellphone service was shut down during a planned protest, but only to protect the public. The disruption of cellphone and other wireless communications occurred Thursday in the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Organizers planned to […]

Teen Dies After Fall In Yosemite Park

MODESTO, Calif., Aug. 12 (UPI) — A 17-year-old has died at a California hospital after falling on the Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park and injuring his head severely, authorities said. Kao Kue was airlifted to Doctor’s Medical Center after the fall Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported. He died Thursday. Fourteen people have died […]

University Takes Possession Of Coral Haul

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) — A Florida university says hundreds of seized coral skeletons illegally poached in the Solomon Islands will be used for research and educational purposes. Nova Southeastern University says it has been given 22 pallets of the confiscated corals by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Fish […]

FBI: Mortgage Fraud A Long-term Concern

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The FBI said Friday the high levels of U.S. mortgage fraud seen in 2009 extended into 2010, with schemes being readily adaptive and resilient. The FBI released its 2010 Mortgage Fraud Report Year in Review, saying both licensed and non-licensed brokers, lenders, appraisers, underwriters, accountants, real estate agents, developers, investors, […]

Obama Congratulates Packers, Reluctantly

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — President Barack Obama welcomed the Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packers to the White House Friday, saying he’s pleased the NFL lockout is over. “This hurts a little bit. This is a hard thing for a Bears fan to do,” Obama said. “But in the interest of good sportsmanship, […]

NATO Arming Of Libyan Rebels On The Rise?

BRUSSELS, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Amid renewed diplomatic flurry over finding a negotiated end to the military stalemate in Libya, reports of consistent European arming of the rebels are gaining more currency. Officials remain tight-lipped over speculative reporting of a recent buildup in heavy arms shipments to the Libyan strongholds, the only confirmation so far […]

Australian Schools Monitor Students’ Posts

SYDNEY, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Australian schools say they are using Internet monitoring companies to read what students are saying on social networking sites. The typical service used by schools looks at publicly available material posted on sites such as Facebook to monitor the use of the social media sites by students, the Sydney Morning […]

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