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Guilty Plea In S.C. School Bomb Case

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., Aug. 9 (UPI) — A South Carolina teenager agreed to plead guilty to charges he shot at a school officer and took pipe bombs to the school in September, his attorney said. Christian Helms, 15, who was facing trial as an adult on charges of attempted murder and three counts of transporting […]

Eleanor Josaitis, Detroit Activist, Dies

DETROIT, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Eleanor Josaitis, a suburban housewife who became a “stalwart of community activism in Detroit,” has died at 79. Josaitis suffered from liver cancer, The Detroit News reported. She died early Tuesday in Angela Hospice in Livonia. After the 1967 riots rocked the city, Josaitis moved with her husband and five […]

Muslims Question Imams’ Prayer Sessions

TORONTO, Aug. 9 (UPI) — A group of Muslims, Jews and Hindus in Toronto have joined to question what imams are teaching students in prayer sessions held in public schools. A group of about 300 people demonstrated Monday night outside the offices of the Toronto District School Board to protest a policy that allows imams […]

U.S. Says Yemen Doesn’t Need Saleh For Transition

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Washington believes Yemen can move forward politically without the Yemeni president in the country, a State Department official said. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was released from a hospital in Saudi Arabia during the weekend, nearly two months after wounds in a June 3 attack on his presidential compound. Saleh […]

Tsunami In Japan Destroyed 120,000 Buildings

TOKYO, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Japan’s March 11 tsunami destroyed some 120,000 buildings and damaged 220,000 others, the government’s first comprehensive damage survey indicates. The survey found the percentage of destroyed buildings was markedly higher in areas where the onshore water level surpassed 6.6 feet, The Yomiuri Shimbun reported. The tsunami followed a powerful magnitude-9 […]

Jury Selection Under Way In Stabbing Death

BALTIMORE, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The witnesses against a Baltimore man accused of knifing a Johns Hopkins researcher to death during a robbery are likely to include his former girlfriend. The killing last year stirred the city, The Baltimore Sun reported. The victim, Stephen Pitcairn, 23, was on the phone with his mother as he […]

California Cracks Down On Inmate Web Use

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 9 (UPI) — California says it will ask Facebook to take down the pages of inmates using contraband cellphones to maintain and update those pages. “Access to social media allows inmates to circumvent our monitoring process and continue to engage in criminal activity,” California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Matthew Cate […]

Iran Helps Assad Fight For Survival

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The Turkish government says it has intercepted an arms shipment from Iran headed for Tehran’s key ally Syria, where the regime is battling to crush a 5-month-old uprising in which an estimated 1,700 protesters have been killed. Tehran is widely reported to be providing military aid and counterinsurgency specialists, […]

U.N. Mission Strikes Sour Note On Iraq

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Armed violence and widespread poverty continue to affect the lives of Iraqi citizens, a report from the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq said. Iraqi lawmakers agreed to let the country’s prime minister approach U.S. officials about the possibility of keeping U.S. military trainers in the country beyond a Dec. […]

Court Postpones Review Of Mubarak Appeal

CAIRO, Aug. 9 (UPI) — An Egyptian court has postponed reviewing an appeal by former President Hosni Mubarak of a May administrative court conviction. Mubarak, 83, and two co-defendants said they were not properly notified of the case charging them with cutting off lines of communication during Egypt’s January revolution, al-Masry al-Youm reported Tuesday. Mubarak’s […]

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