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Namibia Donates $500,000 For Somalia

WINDHOEK, Namibia, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Namibia has pledged $500,000 for famine relief in Somalia, Information Minister Joel Kapaanda announced Thursday. Kapaanda told Voice of America that Namibian officials hope its action will inspire other African Union countries. “Our government has decided to support the people of Somalia and of the Horn of Africa,” Kapaanda […]

Levi Aron Fit For Trial; Pleads Not Guilty

NEW YORK, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A man accused of kidnapping, murdering and dismembering an 8-year-old New York boy pleaded not guilty Thursday after he was deemed fit to stand trial. Levi Aron’s lawyers said during the arraignment they would still consider an insanity defense and requested state Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog keep Aron […]

Sowell Said ‘meaner’ After Service Stint

CLEVELAND, Aug. 4 (UPI) — The half sister of Anthony Sowell testified the convicted Cleveland serial killer became meaner after he returned from a stint in the military. In the sentencing phase of the trial of Sowell, convicted July 22 for the murder of 11 women in and around his Cleveland-area home, Tressa Garrison said […]

Murder Trial Delayed For Retardation Tests

EL RENO, Okla., Aug. 4 (UPI) — The murder trial of an Oklahoma man accused in five deaths was postponed by a judge after the man’s lawyers argued he may be deemed legally mentally retarded. A mental-retardation determination would make defendant Joshua Steven Durcho, 28, ineligible for the death penalty on the five counts of […]

Jeffs Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting Girls

SAN ANGELO, Texas, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A Texas jury Thursday found polygamist leader Warren Jeffs guilty of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 12 and 15, he had taken as plural wives. The jury deliberated for about 3 1/2 hours after Jeffs gave a closing argument that consisted of him standing silently for 24 minutes […]

Train Suspected Of Causing Calif. Fires

OAKLEY, Calif., Aug. 4 (UPI) — A series of fires burning along railroad tracks between Oakley and Knightsen, Calif., Thursday was likely caused by a train, officials said. The fires in Contra Costa County burned grasses on both sides of the tracks, as well as one home and several barns, KGO-TV, San Francisco, reported. At […]

Worker Faces One Year For Popping Balloon

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 4 (UPI) — A state worker who popped a Wisconsin Capitol protester’s balloon with a knife could face a year in jail for disorderly conduct and use of a dangerous weapon. Ronald Blair, 56, of Jefferson, an assistant director of the Division of State Facilities, was to be arraigned Thursday. He faced […]

Brazil’s U.S. Dollar Inflows Reach Record

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is busy dealing with a problem many emerging market leaders would love to have: billions of dollars of unwanted foreign investment flowing into the country, drawn to its interest rates and a strong currency. By last count net inflows of the U.S. dollar in […]

Medical Marijuana Stumbles In Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A drive to make Ohio the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana hit a speed bump as organizers were told they didn’t file 1,000 valid signatures. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told the Ohio Coalition for Medical Compassion only 534 of the 2,143 raw signatures of registered voters submitted […]

Organized Crime A National Security Risk For U.S. Markets

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama has identified transnational organized crime operations as a threat to national security because of their increasing infiltration of financial institutions. Obama signed an executive order last month placing economic sanctions on four crime groups — the Japanese Yakuza, Mexico’s Los Zetas, the Italian Camorra and a […]


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