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Spanish Pilots Blamed For Plane Crash

MADRID, Aug. 2 (UPI) — An investigation into one of the worst plane crashes in Spanish aviation history revealed the accident could have been avoided, officials said. A new report from Spain’s Accident Investigation Commission shows the pilot for Spanair flight JK-5022, which was bound for Gran Canaria from Madrid in 2008, lost control on […]

Mullen Lauds Iraqi Leaders’ Work

BAGHDAD, Aug. 2 (UPI) — The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaking in Baghdad Tuesday, blamed Iran for the violence he said is meant to destabilize Iraq. “The Iranian regime continues to violate Iraqi sovereignty by intervening in Iraqi social and political affairs, training and equipping militias to conduct attacks on Iraqi […]

Acquitted Man Confesses To Homicide

MONTPELIER, Vt., Aug. 2 (UPI) — Vermont officials said there is little they can do in the case of a man who recently confessed to a homicide he was acquitted of in 2004. Isaac Turnbaugh of Randolph, Vt., was found not guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal 2002 shooting of pizza restaurant co-worker Declan […]

Cuba To Ease Restrictions On Travel

HAVANA, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Cuba will ease migration rules, both for emigres visiting home and Cubans going abroad, state media say. Speaking to the National Assembly of Peoples’ Power Monday, President Raul Castro said the government “is making advances with the reform and elaboration of a series of regulations” that have been in force […]

Iraqis Reviewing U.S. Troop Presence

BAGHDAD, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Iraqi leaders are expected to reach a deal about the presence of the remaining U.S. troops in the country, a member of the prime minister’s party said. Remaining U.S. troops are expected to leave Iraq by Dec. 31 under the terms of a bilateral status of forces agreement signed in […]

No End In Sight To Heat Wave

DALLAS, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Dallas residents suffered for the 32nd day with temperatures topping 100 degrees Tuesday while blazing heat continued over the central United States. Heat advisories were in place from the South to the Central Plains with at least 14 states suffering from high temperatures and humidity, CNN reported. Health officials in […]

Health Concerns Loom For Mubarak

CAIRO, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak could miss the opening day of a trial on charges related to deaths during anti-regime protests, his legal team said. Mubarak, along with his sons Alaa, Gamal and former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly, are to face a Cairo court Wednesday. They are accused of having […]

Blast In Kirkuk, Iraq, Church Injures 20

KIRKUK, Iraq, Aug. 2 (UPI) — An explosives-filled vehicle exploded Tuesday in front of a church in Kirkuk, Iraq, injuring at least 20 people, officials said. Police said the vehicle was parked near the church in the Shaterloo neighborhood of Kirkuk, injuring the facility’s employees and worshipers, Kuwaiti news agency KUNA reported. Officials said homes […]

No Charges Due In Russian Lawyer’s Death

MOSCOW, Aug. 2 (UPI) — No one will face charges for the death of a Russian lawyer in prison, despite the urgings of a human rights panel, officials say. Sergei Magnitsky, 37, died in November 2009 after being beaten and denied treatment for pancreatitis, concluded the Council for Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights, appointed […]

Lightning Kills Man Scattering Ashes

TRIESTE, Italy, Aug. 2 (UPI) — A man scattering his dead brother’s ashes on a favorite mountaintop in the Italian Alps was struck and killed by lightning, police said. Federico Dean, 41, of Trieste, was at the peak of Jof di Montasio in the Julian Alps Monday when the lightning strike occurred, the Italian news […]

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