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Slain Aid Worker’s Money Goes To Afghans

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 6 (UPI) — The life savings of a Scottish woman killed in Afghanistan last year has been donated to a foundation created in her memory to help women and children there. Linda Norgrove, 36, had saved 91,000 pounds ($150,000) while earning a doctorate and working on sustainable agriculture projects, The Scotsman reported. […]

Dentist Kills Elderly In-laws And Himself

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Aug. 6 (UPI) — The bodies of a retired dentist and his parents-in-law were found Friday shot dead in a car outside the dentist’s home in a Los Angeles suburb, police said. Dr. Martin F. Strassner apparently drove his in-laws from an assisted living facility to his home in Santa Clarita, shot […]

Philly Cracks Down On Teen Flash Mobs

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 6 (UPI) — A curfew for Philadelphia teenagers will be strictly enforced this weekend after a flash mob attacked two people last week, Mayor Michael Nutter said Friday. Under Philadelphia’s curfew ordinance, those under 13 must be off the streets by 10 p.m. and those from 14 to 17 by midnight. Nutter, in […]

Women Describe Sex Harassment In Military

COLUMBIA, S.C., Aug. 5 (UPI) — A University of South Carolina instructor says her 30-minute documentary provides a glimpse of the lives of female soldiers who served in U.S. military. Cathy Brookshire, a USC speech, communication and rhetoric instructor, says female veterans broke their silence about their experiences in the military in the documentary “Soldier […]

S&P Lowers U.S. Credit Rating

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The bond rating agency Standard & Poor’s Friday downgraded U.S. debt from its current triple-A rate to AA+, a move an administration official called “amateur.” Citing government officials it did not identify, ABC had reported earlier Friday the administration was preparing for such a move. S&P said the downgrade reflects […]

Pipeline Blaze Extinguished In Iran

AHVAZ, Iran, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Firefighters say they have extinguished a massive fire that raged for hours after an oil pipeline exploded in Iran’s Khuzestan province. The fire broke out early Friday in a pipeline transporting crude oil to the provincial capital of Ahvaz, 543 miles southwest of Tehran, PressTV reported. The pipeline, one […]

Seattle Bankers Indicted Over Home Loans

SEATTLE, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Four people were indicted in an alleged loan-fraud scheme that federal prosecutors said led to the collapse of a Seattle-area bank. Two of the defendants were former vice presidents of the now-defunct Pierce Commercial Bank and allegedly helped steer mortgage loans to unqualified buyers who wound up defaulting. The defendants […]

Meth Breastfeeding-death Charges Filed

EUREKA, Calif., Aug. 5 (UPI) — Prosecutors say a California mother knowingly endangered her infant’s life by breastfeeding while using methamphetamine and has been charged in his death. Six-week-old Anthony Acosta III died last year after an allegedly fatal level of the drug was passed to him by his mother, Maggie Jean Wortman, 26, who […]

Last Gay Concentration Camp Survivor Dies

PARIS, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Rudolf Brazda, who served 32 months in Buchenwald concentration camp for homosexuality and was the last survivor of Nazi persecution of gays, died in France. He was 98. Brazda had served two prison sentences for “debauchery between men” and was among 10,000 people the Nazis interned for homosexuality, Radio France […]

U.S. Military Concerned Over Cost Cutting

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — As the dust temporarily settles in the U.S. deficit debate military leaders are sounding the alarm over a “doomsday” provision in deficit reduction legislation. The mechanism could trigger another $500 billion in across-the-board cuts by the U.S. Department of Defense over the next decade instead of targeted cuts of about […]

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