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Forensic Panel Asked To Continue Probe

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 9 (UPI) — A cousin of a man executed in 2004 pleaded Thursday with the Texas Forensic Science Commission to rule on whether the man was betrayed by shoddy science. The case of Cameron Todd Willingham is the most controversial facing the commission. Willingham was put to death for starting a fire […]

Mentally Impaired Brick Workers Rescued

BEIJING, Sept. 9 (UPI) — Police in China’s Henan province, acting on a journalist’s report, rescued 30 mentally impaired men held as slave laborers in brick kilns, officials said. A number of such kilns were raided in the province after a provincial television channel exposed the case, the Los Angeles Times reported. Some of those […]

Much Of Southern California Still In Dark

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 9 (UPI) — A power failure that blacked out the San Diego region Thursday was caused by the failure of a high-voltage transmission line to Arizona, officials say. San Diego Gas & Electric was unsure when power would be fully restored, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. While the lights were back on […]

New Archbishop Installed In Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 9 (UPI) — Archbishop Charles J. Chaput took on what he called “a big job” Thursday as he was installed as the head of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Philadelphia. The ceremony at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul was a celebration, with hundreds of priests and bishops and a handful […]

Texas Had Record-shattering Hot Summer

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) — Texas endured the hottest summer ever recorded by a U.S. state with temperatures averaging 86.8 degrees, scientists said Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported the summer was the second-hottest ever for the entire country, with the highest average temperatures in 75 years, CNN reported. Washington and Oregon were […]

Group Says Responsible For China Violence

URUMQI, China, Sept. 9 (UPI) — A group calling itself Turkistan Islamic Party claimed the recent violence in Xinjiang region was its revenge against China’s repression of the area’s Uighurs. The claim was made in an online video, reported by the SITE Intelligence monitoring group, based in the United States, which tracks such activities. The […]

1.4M Without Power In Southern California

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 8 (UPI) — About 1.4 million people were without power in a California blackout resulting from a series of events that knocked nuclear power plant offline, officials said. Officials said power might not be restored until Friday in San Diego County and the surrounding area, after a 500-kilotvolt high-voltage line from Arizona […]

Feinberg: Payout Role Requires ‘backbone’

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 8 (UPI) — Kenneth Feinberg says he’ll need “backbone” while serving as a consultant on paying out $5.8 million in claims from the Indiana State Fair stage collapse. “The emotional level is high in all these cases. You just have to have the backbone for it and take the criticism,” Feinberg said at […]

State Worker E-mailed Voter ID Info, Fired

MADISON, Wis., Sept. 8 (UPI) — A Wisconsin state employee was fired Thursday after he sent an e-mail to co-workers informing them of a state policy making photo identification cards free. Chris Larsen, of Madison, sent information to fellow employees at the state Department of Safety and Professional Services detailing the Department of Transportation’s policy […]

Report: ‘Credible’ 9/11 Anniversary Threat

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) — U.S. officials said Thursday they were looking into a “specific, credible” threat associated with the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. However, the officials said the threat had not been confirmed and there was considerable uncertainty surrounding it, NBC News reported. The officials said they were addressing the […]

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