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U.S. Monitoring Al-Qaida Ricin Poison Plot

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) — U.S. intelligence agencies are monitoring an al-Qaida operation in Yemen involving deadly ricin-laden bombs, The New York Times said Saturday. The report said the plot was uncovered more than a year ago that indicates al-Qaida operatives have been collecting castor beans – the base of the deadly and rapid poison […]

Castro Absent From His 85th Birthday Party

HAVANA, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro was conspicuously absent from his 85th birthday party in Havana, officials said. Musicians and dancers across Latin America paid tribute to the former Cuban leader with a concert at Karl Mark Theater in Havana Saturday, The Daily Telegraph reported. Castro has been in poor health […]

Oxfam: Some Pakistani Flood Aid Stolen

OXFORD, England, Aug. 13 (UPI) — An official with a Pakistani group was fired for allegedly embezzling $260,000 intended for flood victims, officials at the British charity Oxfam said. An independent financial investigation discovered the missing funds after Oxfam found falsified invoices and checks had been used to divert money in a pair of flood […]

Alleged Pot Smugglers Busted Off SoCal

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Three Mexican nationals were caught allegedly smuggling marijuana worth nearly $450,000 into California on a small boat, officials said. The U.S. Border Patrol, Oceanside Harbor Patrol and a helicopter from Customs and Border Protection spotted the boat near Red Beach, south of San Onofre State Beach, the Los Angeles […]

Ex-NYC Top Cop Tells U.K. To Toughen Up

LONDON, Aug. 13 (UPI) — A former New York City police commissioner says British police need to instill fear in response to rioting by youth in five English cities this week. Prime Minister David Cameron took on Bill Bratton as an adviser to deal with rioting that spread from London to Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and […]

GOP: Obama Made Weak Economy Worse

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) — President Barack Obama “inherited a weak economy” from a Republican administration, but isn’t making it better, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said Saturday. In the party’s weekly media address, Toomey said the president’s Democratic strategies had made a bad situation worse. “President Obama inherited a weak economy, but by nearly every […]

American Kidnapped In Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Gunmen kidnapped a U.S. businessman Saturday from his home in Lahore, Pakistan, police said. Police told The Nation newspaper “some two dozen” armed men converged on the guarded home of 65-year-old Jason Warner and abducted him about 3:30 a.m. Several security guards were injured in the attack at Warner’s […]

Obama: ‘Let Them Know’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday urged Americans who have “had it with (political) gridlock” to contract members of Congress to “let them know.” In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president talked about steps the United States could take immediately to increase employment, including extending a payroll tax cut, […]

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 […]


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