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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 […]

Hidden Camera Found In Starbucks Bathroom

WEST HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 12 (UPI) — A plumber says he was surprised to find a camera when he checked under a Connecticut Starbucks bathroom sink to figure out why he couldn’t get hot water. Rafael Zeligzon, 57, discovered the camera at a Starbucks in West Hartford July 27 when he reached under the sink […]

South Africa Announces National Healthcare

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Aug. 12 (UPI) — South Africa’s government has announced plans to introduce a universal healthcare scheme to be phased in nationally in the next 14 years. South Africa is one of the world’s most unequal societies where quality healthcare is available only in the private sector, analysts said. More than 80 percent […]

Drinking Water Shortage In China Drought

BEIJING, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Officials in China say nearly 2 million people are short of drinking water in an ongoing drought in the country’s southwest Guizhou province. Provincial officials said rainfall since early July has been almost 70 percent less than normal and people in 84 of the province’s cities and counties were suffering […]

Texas Dog Retrieves Hand Of Dead Man

BROWNSVILLE, Texas, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A family dog in Texas returned home with a severed hand, leading authorities to discover the body of a suspected illegal immigrant, police said. Police were called to a Mission, Texas, home after the family’s black Labrador retriever came home Thursday with the hand, the San Antonio Express-News reported. […]

Ex-Nasdaq Executive Gets Prison

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Donald Johnson, a former managing director of the Nasdaq over-the-counter stock market, was sentenced Friday to 42 months in a U.S. prison for insider trading. Johnson, 57, of Ashburn, Va., was also ordered to forfeit more than $750,000, the Department of Justice said. He pleaded guilty in the eastern district […]

Anthony Ordered To Serve Probation

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) — A Florida judge imposed one year of probation on Casey Anthony for check-fraud, saying it was clear the sentence was to be served after she was freed from jail. Anthony was acquitted last month of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee and freed from jail. Her […]


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