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Military Trainer Sentenced For Fraud

BALTIMORE, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A Maryland man who posed as a retired U.S. Army special forces veteran and terrorism expert has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison. Prosecutors said William Hillar, 66, claimed to have served in the U.S. Army and to have lost his daughter to sex traffickers. He was convicted […]

Wildfire Burning Out Of Control In Texas

DALLAS, Aug. 31 (UPI) — The Texas Forest Service said containment is at or near zero for a wildfire burning out of control about 50 miles west of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Spokesman John Nichols of the Forest Service told the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram the fast-burning grass fire destroyed 25 homes and threatened 125 […]

Suicide Bombings Kill Nine In Chechnya

GROZNY, Russia, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Two suicide bombing attacks killed nine people and injured 20 others in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, an official said. Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said Wednesday those killed in the Tuesday night blasts, which came during the end of celebrations marking the end of the Muslim holy month […]

Russian Chopper With VIPs Crash Lands

MOSCOW, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A sudden gust of wind may have caused the crash of a Mi-8 helicopter in Russia’s North Caucasus, the aircraft’s mechanic said. Vitaly Kongra said the chopper full of district VIPs was destabilized by a gust of wind and crash-landed just short of its target in a mountain field Tuesday, […]

2 Colombian Officers Injured By Grenade

NEIVA, Colombia, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Colombian authorities are searching for two men who allegedly attacked a central-Colombian police station, injuring at least three people, officials said. At least two police officers and one civilian are hospitalized after two suspected radicals on a motorcycle threw a grenade at a police post Tuesday in the city […]

Another Poll Shows Perry Leading GOP Pack

HAMDEN, Conn., Aug. 31 (UPI) — Another poll indicated Texas Gov. Rick Perry leads the field of Republican presidential candidates, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in second. Perry held a 24 percent-to-18 percent lead over Romney among Republican voters, results of a Quinnipiac University National Poll released Wednesday indicated. The percentage of all registered […]

South Korea Pushed On Sex Slave Issue

SEOUL, Aug. 31 (UPI) — South Korea ‘s Constitutional Court says the government must work harder to reach a settlement with Japan over the compensation of World War II sex slaves. The court ruled this week that the government’s failure to settle disputes over the compensation of as many as 200,000 women forced to work […]

Panel Releases 9/11 Commission Report Card

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — The United States “is undoubtedly safer” since terrorists attacked the country 10 years ago, but serious flaws remain in security, a panel said Wednesday. “Today, our country is undoubtedly safer and more secure than it was a decade ago. We have damaged our enemy, but the ideology of violent Islamist […]

11th Foot Found On Pacific Northwest Coast

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A human foot in a sneaker has been found on the Vancouver coast, the 11th such find in British Columbia and Washington state since 2007, Canadian police said. A passerby spotted the shoe with tissue and bone protruding from it Tuesday night at a marina and called city […]

Court Blocks Australian Immigration Deal

SYDNEY, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Australia’s High Court voted 6-1 Wednesday against sending 800 asylum seekers on Christmas Island to Malaysia for processing. The court issued a permanent injunction saying the government cannot dispatch asylum seekers to any country that is not legally bound by international law or its own law to provide them with […]

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