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Aron: ‘It Hurts’ To Talk About Boy’s Death

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A New York man charged with killing and dismembering an 8-year-old boy in July says it is hard for him to discuss the killing because “It hurts too much.” Levi Aron, 35, was charged with murder in the death of Leiby Kletzky, whose feet were found in a plastic […]

One In Five Students Drop Out In California

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Nearly 94,000 students in California’s class of 2010 dropped out of high school and 17,000 eighth-grade students quit without attending one day, data indicated. The state’s Department of Education said the numbers may be California’s first accurate assessment of dropout and graduation rates using a system that tracks individual students […]

U.N.’s Ban Frustrated With Libyan Conflict

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 12 (UPI) — With U.N. members expressing concern over the protracted military conflict in Libya, the U.N. secretary-general said it was time for political solutions. NATO forces in March started enforcing a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone over Libya to protect civilians from attacks by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The International […]

U.S. Hails Move To End Cairo’s Emergency

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Egyptian moves toward lifting a state of emergency declared some 30 years ago is a step in the right direction, the U.S. State Department said. Cairo enacted a series of political restrictions under a state of emergency declared in the wake of the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. […]

Pastor: Willow Creek Church Not Anti-gay

CHICAGO, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The pastor of a suburban Chicago mega-church says it isn’t anti-gay — it doesn’t accept any sex outside of marriage, gay or heterosexual. “We challenge homosexuals and heterosexuals to live out the sexual ethics taught in scriptures, which encourage sexual expression between a man and a woman in the context […]

Canadian House Fire Kills Mother, Two Kids

ALEXANDRIA, Ontario, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A house fire in the Canadian town of Alexandria has left a mother and two children dead, officials said. The fire in Ontario province Friday seriously injured the woman’s husband and another child, who were being treated for their injuries at a local hospital, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. […]

Abbas: Not Trying To Delegitimize Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told U.S. congressional members he wants a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza — without settlements. Abbas reviewed Palestinian policy on resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the two-state solution and the 1967 borders that would lead to the establishment of […]

Peace Institute Honors Afghan Defense Advisers Program

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Some American civilians who have been working in Afghanistan to ease the transition of power from U.S. forces to Afghans say local authorities are taking more control of their finances but a senior defense official said the U.S. transition effort should have begun earlier. The U.S. Institute of Peace had […]

Iran Proposes Peacekeepers For London

TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Tehran notes the “crimes and brutality” continue in London at the hands of the “despotic monarchy” and said it was time to send in peacekeepers. Iran has lobbed criticism against the British government as rioters laid siege to the streets of London in recent days. The French Ministry of Interior […]

Industry Says Recommendations On Fracking ‘disappointing’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The oil and natural gas industry called a U.S. Department of Energy panel’s recommendations for regulation of hydraulic fracturing “disappointing and confusing.” An environmental watchdog group also was disappointed but for different reasons. American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard praised the committee’s acknowledgement of the economic and energy security benefits […]

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