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Brazilians Vent Anger Over Corruption

BRASILIA, Brazil, Sept. 8 (UPI) — Brazilians’ anger over corruption in government departments and the legislature spilled into the streets in an ironic twist to a campaign spearheaded by President Dilma Rousseff and increasingly seen to be spinning out of her control. Protesters dressed as clowns marched through the capital and other cities across the […]

Woman Who Killed Husband Could Be Freed

NASHVILLE, Sept. 8 (UPI) — A Tennessee woman whose death sentence for arranging her husband’s killing was commuted has won the support of a member of the parole board. Gaile Owens, 58, must still win over at least three more board members, The Nashville Tennessean reported. Owens, convicted of murder in 1986, faced execution until […]

Sentence Passed In ‘stolen Valor’ Case

JACKSONVILLE, N.C., Sept. 8 (UPI) — A North Carolina man who impersonated a Marine colonel by wearing a dress uniform with regalia and medals has been sentenced to 16 months in prison. Michael Delos Hamilton of Richlands was sentenced Wednesday after his conviction for wearing the medals and uniform of a decorated Marine colonel without […]

Woman’s Home Burglarized While She Lay Dead

HARTFORD, Conn., Sept. 8 (UPI) — Hartford, Conn., police say they will soon be charging four teenagers who allegedly burglarized the home of a Hartford woman while she lay dead inside. Lt. Brian Foley said that some of the teens are neighbors of the deceased woman, Debra Jurasus, The Hartford (Conn.) Courant reported. Investigators submitted […]

ACLU Sues For Pro-choice License Plates

RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 8 (UPI) — The ACLU filed a lawsuit Thursday against the North Carolina legislature, which authorized an anti-abortion license plate while rejecting pro-choice plates. The legislature has violated the First Amendment by selecting license plate slogans based on the viewpoints expressed, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement. The General […]

Battisti Says Terror Group Was A Mistake

SAO PAULO, Sept. 8 (UPI) — Former Italian terrorist Cesare Battisti says he takes political responsibility for the deaths of four people but denies killing anyone, ANSA reported. The Italian news service said Battisti, convicted in absentia of killing four people in Italy in the 1970s and now living in a beachfront home in Brazil, […]

Voters Split On Obama, Perry As Mainstream

ASBURY PARK, N.J., Sept. 8 (UPI) — U.S. voters are evenly split on whether President Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry hold extreme or mainstream views, a poll released Thursday indicates. In Obama’s case, 44 percent hold each view with 12 percent undecided, Rasmussen Reports said. With Perry, the current frontrunner for the Republican nomination, […]

Appeals Court Rejects Va. Healthcare Suit

RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 8 (UPI) — A U.S. appeals court in Richmond, Va., Thursday rejected Virginia’s challenge to the individual requirement to have health insurance under healthcare reform. The ruling is a major victory for the Obama administration. The three-judge appeals court panel unanimously said Virginia had no standing to challenge the individual federal mandate […]

Obama: Terror Attacks ‘brought Out Best’

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama said the terrorists who attacked America 10 years ago are “no match for our resilience” and that the country has grown stronger. “The perpetrators of those attacks wanted to terrorize us, but they are no match for our resilience,” Obama wrote in an opinion piece appearing […]

Top Cop Turned Fugitive Flees To Brazil

PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 8 (UPI) — Prosecutors say a police officer named 2010 Officer of the Year in Boynton Beach, Fla., fled to Brazil after his arrest on drug charges. David Britto was arrested July 1 and charged with conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, The Palm […]

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