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U.S. Special Ops Command Change

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 8 (UPI) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta presided over a closed ceremony in Florida Monday giving Adm. William McRaven control of the U.S. Special Operations Command. McRaven, by reputation one of the most experienced terrorist hunters in the United States military, took over from Adm. Eric T. Olson. Both admirals have extensive […]

Court Won’t Dismiss Rumsfeld From Suit

CHICAGO, Aug. 8 (UPI) — A federal appeals court in Chicago ruled 2-1 Monday not to remove former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as a defendant in a torture lawsuit. The suit was brought by two employees of Shield Group Security, Nathan Vance and Nathan Ertel, who say they were imprisoned in Iraq without charge […]

Index: Job Growth Looks Weak For 2011

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Weak employment growth is expected through 2011, the Conference Board said, citing the Employment Trends Index’s slide in recent months. The Conference Board Employment Trends Index fell slightly in July to 100.6, down from June’s revised figure of 100.9, the board said Monday in a release. The July figure […]

Whale Caught In Fishing Lines Rescued

TOFINO, British Columbia, Aug. 8 (UPI) — A Canadian wildlife group has been credited with saving the life of a humpback whale that had become entangled in crab trap lines, officials said. The distressed adult whale was discovered by John Forde of the Whale Center in Tofino, British Columbia, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday. […]

Thefts Climb At JFK Airport

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Reported larcenies at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport rose 30 percent in the first half of this year compared with the same period last year, officials say. But the 299 complaints this year have led to only 28 arrests, a 9 percent arrest rate, The New York Post […]

Poll: Tea Party Not Economic ‘terrorists’

ASBURY PARK, N.J., Aug. 8 (UPI) — Most likely U.S. voters say they disagree with recent remarks by prominent Democrats characterizing the Tea Party as economic terrorists, a poll indicates. Fifty-five percent say members of the Tea Party are not economic terrorists, a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found. Just 29 percent believe Tea Party […]

New Submarine Joins U.S. Navy

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 8 (UPI) — The U.S. Navy took delivery of its latest nuclear-powered attack submarine after completion of its final round of sea trials, officials said. The California, a Virginia-class submarine, was handed over to the Navy by the Newport News Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries on Monday, an HII release […]

Obama: ‘We Will Succeed’ In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — President Obama said Monday despite the deaths of 30 U.S. troops in a downed helicopter in Afghanistan this weekend, “We will press on and we will succeed.” The deaths marked the worst single-day toll on U.S. forces in the decade-long Afghan war. Speaking of America’s strengths, the president said, “There […]

Detroit Puts Desk Officers On Street Duty

DETROIT, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The Detroit Police Department, facing a fast-growing murder rate, is shifting desk officers’ duties so they can spend time patrolling streets, officials said. The department’s “Operation Inside Out: Night Angels” will place officers in desk jobs on street patrols 8 hours a week, The Detroit News reported. “That will put […]

Suicide Watch Kept On Confessed Killer Levi Aron

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Confessed child killer Levi Aron has been moved from New York’s Bellevue Hospital to Rikers Island and put on a round-the-clock suicide watch, authorities said. A specially designated correction officer is posted outside the cell holding Aron, arraigned last week in the July 12 killing and dismemberment of 8-year-old […]

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