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North Sea Rig Still Leaking Oil

ABERDEEN, Scotland, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Oil is leaking from a Shell platform in the North Sea in what authorities called the worst spill in British waters in more than 10 years. The oil is flowing from the Gannet Alpha platform about 112 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland, five days after Shell first discovered the […]

Woman Swept Over Niagara Falls Presumed Dead

BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Authorities in Canada a search is under way for a young woman swept over Niagara Falls but she has been presumed drowned. The Niagara Parks Police Service said the woman, in her 20s, was sitting on a railing at Table Rock, on the Canadian side, Sunday evening when she […]

Mass. Faces Cuts In HIV, AIDS Programs

BOSTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Boston officials say they fear a rise in HIV infections as cuts in federal spending force them to eliminate or reduce HIV and AIDS prevention services. City officials said those programs were responsible for driving human immunodeficiency virus infection rates down by 50 percent in the last decade. Community health […]

Florida Pastor Found Dead In N.Y. Hotel

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) — New York police say Pastor Zachery Tims, leader of one of the largest congregations in central Florida, was found dead in a Times Square hotel room. Tims, 42, the senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, was found in his room of the W Hotel on Broadway […]

Police Say Boyfriend Decapitated Seven-year-old Boy

THIBODAUX, La., Aug. 15 (UPI) — A 30-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder for allegedly decapitating his girlfriend’s disabled 7-year-old son, police in Louisiana said. Jori Lirette’s decapitated remains were found outside his home Sunday afternoon, the Thibodaux Daily Comet said. Police said Jeremiah Lee Wright is the live-in boyfriend of the victim’s […]

Kyrgyz Presidential Bidders Line Up

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, Aug. 15 (UPI) — The Kyrgyz prime minister entered the race to become the country’s next president in elections scheduled for October, his party said Monday. An April 2010 coup in Kyrgyzstan forced President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to flee his stronghold in the south of the country to Belarus. Since the 2010 coup, the […]

N.C. Gears Up For Same-sex Marriage Fight

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Groups across North Carolina say they expect a fight over a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage when lawmakers convene in September. Campaigns over the proposal for the constitutional amendment have sprung up across the state, including petition drives, postcard drives, messages from church pulpits, rallies, billboards and […]

HRW Blames Everyone For Crisis In Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Atrocities committed both by al-Shabaab and pro-government forces are making life even worse for the people of Somalia, Human Rights Watch said. A drought expected to last much of the year prompted humanitarian aid agencies to warn of a disaster unfolding in the Horn of Africa. Human Rights Watch […]

James Anderson Remembered In Candlelight Vigil

JACKSON, Miss., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Hundreds of people attended a vigil to remember James Craig Anderson, a black man allegedly run down by a white teenager, officials in Mississippi said. The vigil Sunday in the parking lot of the Metro Inn, where Anderson, 49, was allegedly run down June 26, attracted people of all […]

Charlotte Police Train For 2012 DNC Event

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Police in Charlotte, N.C., began training with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to prepare for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, officials said. The three-day course, offered by the agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness, includes a mix of classroom and field instruction, The Charlotte Observer reported Monday. Security preparations […]

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