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Texas To Close Historic Prison

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Texas is preparing to close a prison for the first time in its history, a move some thought “would never come,” a state representative said. The Central Unit in Sugar Land, a deteriorating 102-year-old prison southwest of Houston once featured in the folk song “Midnight Special,” will be vacant […]

Christian Campus Groups Lose Legal Appeal

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 3 (UPI) — San Diego State University may require student groups, including religious organizations, to have a non-discrimination policy, a federal appeals court ruled. The three-judge panel rejected an appeal by Alpha Gamma Omega and Alpha Delta Chi, a Christian fraternity and sorority The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. In their ruling Tuesday, […]

Former Rep. Clarence Miller, R-Ohio, Dies

LANCASTER, Ohio, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Clarence Miller, who represented Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives for 26 years, has died at age 93. He died Tuesday at Fairfield Medical Center, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Miller was elected to Congress in 1966, during the Vietnam era, and won 12 more terms. In 1992, he […]

26 Charged With Prescription Fraud

DETROIT, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A Michigan pharmacist who owns 20 drugstores orchestrated a scheme that cost Medicare and Medicaid $60 million, federal prosecutors say. Babubhai “Bob” Patel, 49, of Canton, 12 pharmacists, four doctors and others were named in an indictment unsealed Tuesday, The Detroit News reported. A total of 26 defendants were named. […]

New Sentence For Man Who Raped As Teen

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 3 (UPI) — A young man who received a life sentence in Florida for a gang rape he was involved in at the age of 16 was re-sentenced to 60 years Wednesday. Nathan Walker’s new sentence was required by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that juveniles cannot receive life sentences […]

Gorilla Euthanized At Louisville Zoo

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 3 (UPI) — A 52-year-old gorilla has been euthanized at a zoo in Kentucky, officials say. The decision to put down the western lowland gorilla, Timmy, Tuesday came after his health deteriorated over the past few weeks, WOIO-TV in Cleveland reported. Timmy had been suffering from heart disease, heart arrhythmia and osteoarthritis […]

Girl, 11, Forced Off Train In Sweden

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A Swedish train conductor was suspended for forcing an 11-year-old girl to get off a train when she was unable to produce a ticket, authorities said Wednesday. The girl, an immigrant from Africa who speaks little Swedish, was traveling with her older sister, who had the tickets and was […]

Damaged $1 Million Statues To Be Repaired

MONTREAL, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Two million-dollar bronze statues by Canadian artist Jean-Paul Riopelle, recovered after being stolen and broken by thieves, will be repaired, officials say. Art dealer Simon Blais said the pieces are being sent to Montreal to be restored, something made easier because they are made of bronze, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. […]

N.J. Politician Quits Over Nude Pictures

BRIDGETON, N.J., Aug. 3 (UPI) — An influential South New Jersey politician resigned his elected office after a political activist published nude photos of him on a Web site. Louis Magazzu, who also has resigned as chairman of the county Democratic Committee, submitted his resignation as a Cumberland County freeholder Tuesday, The News of Cumberland […]

Iron Ore Project Threatened By Politicking

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Political controversy over an iron ore mine development in central Uruguay threatens to scuttle the project amid signs the Indian mining company and investment partner may be losing patience over the politicking by opposition and environmentalist groups, officials indicated. The Minera Aratiri project’s early development is seen by the […]

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