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Couple Accused Of Faking Death

SANTA ANA, Calif., Aug. 2 (UPI) — A California married couple were arrested for allegedly faking the death of the husband to collect $500,000 in benefits, officials say. Lucio Rodriguez, 52, and his wife Rosa Carrasco, 53, were arrested Monday for suspicion of fraud, grand theft, theft of Social Security benefits and burglary, The Orange […]

$1 Million Stolen Statues Found Broken

MONTREAL, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Two stolen bronze statues by Canadian artist Jean-Paul Riopelle valued at $1 million were found smashed in a wooded area of Quebec Tuesday, authorities said. The (Montreal) Gazette reported police said the statues, named “La Dafaite” or “The Defeat,” had disappeared from an unguarded residence in Esterel in the Laurentians […]

2 Die In Edmonton Seniors’ Home Blast

EDMONTON, Alberta, Aug. 2 (UPI) — An explosion and fire at an Edmonton, Alberta, senior citizens residential complex Tuesday left two people dead and police saying they suspect foul play. One victim was identified as Anna Fedorio, a resident of the Bethany Senior Citizen Home. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported sources said the other victim […]

Hurricane Eugene Grows In Eastern Pacific

MIAMI, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Eugene strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane Tuesday while churning in the eastern Pacific Ocean well off the Mexican coast, forecasters said. The storm was heading west-northwest about 535 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. EDT advisory. Eugene had sustained winds of […]

Submarine Found With $180M In Cocaine

MIAMI, Aug. 2 (UPI) — A drug smugglers’ submarine with $180 million worth of cocaine inside has been found off the coast of Honduras, the U.S. Coast Guard says. On July 13, a customs plane spotted a “self-propelled semi-submersible,” and the Coast Guard cutter Seneca stopped it and captured five people, but the crew succeeded […]

Local Gun Bans Falling Under Florida Law

MIAMI, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Florida towns have begun taking down signs banning guns in parks and public buildings to comply with a new state law. Under a bill passed by the Florida Legislature that takes effect Oct. 1, all counties and municipalities must repeal ordinances limiting guns, under penalty of fines of up to […]

Neighbor Killed Over Yardwork, Police Say

IXONIA, Wis., Aug. 2 (UPI) — A Wisconsin man was killed by two neighbors during an argument over mowing the lawn, police allege. James Richardson, 51, and James Richards, 19, who was staying with him, were charged Monday with killing Beau Butschke, 28, of Ixonia, Wis., July 14 and hiding his body in a shed, […]

Muslims Condemn Attacking Civilians: Poll

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Muslim Americans are the strongest opponents of attacking civilians, by either the military or small armed groups, Gallup polls released Tuesday show. The findings come from a report by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center, “Muslim Americans: Faith, Freedom, and the Future,” based on 2010 Gallup surveys. […]

Poll: President, Congress Should Cut Pay

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — An overwhelming majority of U.S. voters want Congress to take a cut in pay until the federal budget is balanced, a Rasmussen Reports survey indicated Tuesday. While 82 percent said lawmakers should take a 25 percent pay cut until the budget is balanced, 48 percent said they thought the president […]

R.I. City Files For Bankruptcy Protection

CENTRAL FALL, R.I., Aug. 2 (UPI) — The city of Central Falls, R.I., battered by debt and years of financial woes, has filed for bankruptcy protection. Robert Flanders Jr., who took over the city’s government last year as a receiver, filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection Monday, The Boston Globe reported Tuesday. Among other problems, […]


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