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$1M Raised In Crash Victim’s Name

BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 14 (UPI) — A fundraising campaign in the name of a deceased 9-year-old girl has raised over $1 million to bring clean drinking water to African villages, officials say. As of Friday, the fund-raising campaign started in Rachel Beckwith’s honor had raised $1,006,313 from more than 26,000 donations, The News Tribune of […]

Flawless Diamond To Be Sold Online

CLEVELAND, Aug. 14 (UPI) — A huge, flawless yellow diamond will be sold by the federal government in an online auction next month, officials say. The 43.51-carat diamond was seized by FBI agents in 2006 during an undercover investigation leading to the conviction of Paul Monea for money laundering, the U.S. Marshals Service said in […]

Tropical Storm Gert Nears Bermuda

MIAMI, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Gert became the seventh named storm of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season Sunday and was threatening Bermuda, forecasters said. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 8 p.m. advisory that Gert was about 215 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and was heading to the north-northwest at 8 […]

Killer Bull Claims 3rd Life In Spain

XATIVA, Spain, Aug. 14 (UPI) — A man was killed by a bull during a festival in Xativa, Spain, becoming the beast’s third victim, officials say. The bull, named Mouse, fatally attacked the man, who died at a hospital later, during an amateur bullfighting event Saturday night, the BBC reported. The bull, which weighs 1,100 […]

Philly’s New Curfew Nets Six Dozen Teens

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 14 (UPI) — The first weekend under Philadelphia’s new teen curfew, enacted after a rash of violence involving young people, resulted in 62 arrests, officials said Sunday. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported 50 of the teens were picked up for curfew violations Friday night and just 12 were taken into custody Saturday night. City […]

Conservationists Try To Stop Wolf Hunting

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Animal activist groups have gone to federal court in an attempt to head off the hunting of gray wolves in Montana and Idaho. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth Guardians filed their injunction request Friday in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […]

2 Die, 4 Survive Alaska Plane Crash

MCGRATH, Alaska, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Four of the six people aboard a single-engine airplane survived when the aircraft crashed in Alaska, authorities said Sunday. State police spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said the Inland Aviation Service Cessna 207 was on a flight from McGrath to Anvik when it went down 37 miles west of McGrath Saturday […]

Peace Rally Held After Riots In England

BIRMINGHAM, England, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Thousands attended a rally for peace in Birmingham Sunday after the violent riots that shook the city and others in England last week, authorities said. Police said there were as many as 5,000 people at the rally in Summerfield Park, the BBC reported. A minute of silence was held […]

Venezuelan President Back From Cuba

CARACAS, Venezuela, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to his country Sunday following a second round of chemotherapy in Cuba, officials say. The president was greeted by government officials at the airport, CNN reported. “Good morning, beloved homeland,” Chavez posted on his Twitter account, adding “What a beautiful full moon greeted us […]

Nepal’s Prime Minister Steps Down

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Nepali Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal resigned Sunday evening after just seven months in the post. Khanal had said early this month he would step down unless there was “concrete progress” toward peace with Maoist opposition forces, The Hindu reported. Talks that included Khanal, Maoist leaders and other stakeholders the […]


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