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Firm Getting $16M Tax Refund In Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Ohio and 11 counties have received what one official called “an unpleasant surprise” — an order to repay $16 million in use taxes collected illegally. The money was collected from a single company, which has not been identified, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reported. The state is to repay $12 […]

Venezuelans Worry Over High Inflation

CARACAS, Venezuela, Aug. 11 (UPI) — As Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez undergoes cancer treatment in Cuba, the national economy’s management he left in the hands of his trusted stewards is proving to be another test of nerves for economists, investors and ordinary consumers alike. With little sign of a two-year recession dissipating in response to […]

Ill. Diocese Pays $6.3M To Abuse Victim

BELLEVILLE, Ill., Aug. 11 (UPI) — The Roman Catholic diocese of Belleville, Ill., has paid $6.3 million for sexual abuse a former altar boy suffered almost 40 years ago, a lawyer says. James Wisniewski of Champaign, Ill., was awarded $5 million by a jury in 2008, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The additional money paid […]

Cameron: ‘We Will Not Put Up With This’

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron Thursday told the House of Commons four days of violence were not about “politics or protest.” “What we have seen on the streets of London and in other cities across our country is completely unacceptable and I am sure the whole House will join me […]

Ex-Soros Girlfriend Wants $50 Million

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Left-wing U.S. billionaire George Soros is being sued by an ex-girlfriend, a Brazilian beauty who says Soros reneged on a promise to give her an apartment. Soap opera star Adriana Ferreyr filed a $50 million suit in New York’s Manhattan Supreme Court Wednesday, saying among other things that Soros, […]

Jill Biden, Frist Urge More Somalia Aid

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — An opinion piece by Jill Biden and former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist says famine in Somalia “threatens to overwhelm the international response.” The piece is scheduled to be published Friday in USA Today, the White House said. Jill Biden is a physician and Vice President Joe Biden’s wife. Frist, from […]

Pair Charged With Killing Officer From UAE

HOUSTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Two young Houston men face capital murder charges for allegedly killing a military captain from the United Arab Emirates during a robbery. Detone Lewayne Price, 18, was arrested Wednesday at his home, the Houston Chronicle reported. Police were searching for Corey Trevon Perry. Salem Al Mazrouei, 28, was staying in […]

Drug Trial Delayed For Zahra’s Stepmom

STATESVILLE, N.C., Aug. 11 (UPI) — Elisa Baker, the North Carolina woman charged with killing her stepdaughter, will not face federal drug charges until at least November, a judge has ruled. At a hearing Wednesday, the judge scheduled a new hearing Nov. 7 in Statesville, N.C., on the drug charges, the Charlotte Observer reported. Baker […]

Woman Gets Five Years In Navy Veterans Scam

CLEVELAND, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A Cleveland judge sentenced a Tampa, Fla., woman to five years in prison for bilking donors to a phony veterans charity whose founder remains at large. Blanca Contreras, 39 — who admitted falsifying documents and cashing nearly $500,000 in checks from fraudulent U.S. Navy Veterans Association accounts — wept as […]

New Policy In Chlamydia Treatment In Mass.

BOSTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Massachusetts says new regulations will allow sex partners of patients with chlamydia to get a prescription for antibiotic treatment without seeing a doctor. State health regulators say the new rules are aimed at controlling chlamydia, which is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted disease in the United States and endemic […]

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