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Ex-TSA Employee Pleads Guilty To Hate Crime

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A former Transportation Security Administration employee in Minneapolis pleaded guilty to a hate crime Wednesday in assaulting an elderly Somali man. TSA employees provide security at the nation’s airports. The former TSA employee, George Thompson, 64, pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. […]

Death Sentence For Ohio Serial Killer Anthony Sowell

CLEVELAND, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A jury in Ohio has recommended the death penalty for convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell after two days of deliberations. The jury had the options of the death penalty or life in prison without parole for Sowell, convicted July 22 of killing 11 women whose remains were found in and […]

Social Networks Used To Incite British Violence

LONDON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Rioters used online social networks like Facebook to orchestrate much of the urban violence that has gripped Britain for four days, The Guardian reported. The British newspaper said a 20-year old woman has been charged after allegedly posting an invitation on Facebook to a “riot” in Wakefield, England. West Yorkshire […]

Canada, Colombia Free Trade Deal A Go

BOGOTA, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A free trade agreement between Canada and Colombia will go into effect Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in Bogota Wednesday. Standing beside President Juan Manuel Santos, Harper said negotiations that began in 2008 had been ratified by both governments. A release said the agreement will “help Canadian businesses […]

Three Arrested In Ariz. Airport Bomb Hoax

PHOENIX, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Arizona authorities say three African refugees were arrested after a security check at the Phoenix airport uncovered what appeared to be an explosive device. A U.S. Transportation Security Administration employee discovered a cellphone attached to a container of organic material during a security check on carry-on bags at Phoenix Sky […]

Trio Convicted Of Medicare Fraud

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Two pastors of a defunct Los Angeles church and their former employee have been convicted of healthcare fraud, the U.S. Justice Department said. The three were charged in a $14.2 million Medicare fraud scheme. A federal jury in Los Angeles late Tuesday found Christopher Iruke, 60; his wife, Connie […]

Troops Remove Mine From Afghan Mosque

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces prevented an explosion inside a mosque in southern Afghanistan by removing a mine, the U.S. Defense Department said. The combined forces were searching for a Taliban operative when the Afghan forces discovered an antipersonnel mine Tuesday inside a mosque in the Zharay district of […]

Woman Hurt As Glacier Wave Hits Boat

JUNEAU, Alaska, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A 60-year-old woman was injured when the tour boat she was aboard was hit by ice chunks and a wave from a calving glacier in Alaska, authorities said. The woman reportedly lost her balance and fell to the deck of the boat when the craft was rocked by the […]

GOP ‘supercommittee’ Picks All Anti-tax

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Rep. Jeb Hensarling and Sen. Pat Toomey were announced Wednesday as two of six GOP members of the panel charged with cutting the U.S. budget by $1.5 trillion. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio selected Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp and Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, both […]

Members Of Texas Prison Gang Arrested

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Authorities in Texas say members of the Mexican Mafia prison gang have been arrested in Hondo on drug and firearm charges. Nine members and associates of the group, considered the oldest and most powerful prison gang in the United States, were arrested Tuesday in a joint state and federal […]


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