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Bloomberg: Give Ground Zero A New Name

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (UPI) — It’s time to rename Ground Zero, where two hijacked airliners slammed into the World Trade twin towers a decade ago, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. “We will never forget the devastation of the area that came to be known as Ground Zero. Never,” Bloomberg said Tuesday when updating […]

Judge Denies DNA Retesting In Amanda Knox Trial

PERUGIA, Italy, Sept. 7 (UPI) — An Italian appeals court Wednesday rejected a prosecution request for more DNA testing on the alleged weapon used in the slaying of a British exchange student. The ruling is seen as a victory for lawyers representing U.S. student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in their appeal of […]

Top Death Penalty Defense Lawyers Fired

MIAMI, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Two top Miami defense attorneys slated to defend a man accused of killing a police officer have been fired, officials said. Eugene Zenobi, 66, and Kellie Peterson, 34, worked for Miami-Dade’s Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, the Miami Herald reported. The newspaper said the office defends clients […]

Lawsuit: Priest Abuse Led To Son’s Suicide

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 7 (UPI) — A Missouri couple says in a lawsuit their son committed suicide because of repeated sexual abuse by a Catholic priest. In the wrongful-death suit, Donald and Rosemary Teeman allege their son, Brian, killed himself in 1983 because of the abuse by Monsignor Thomas J. O’Brien when the family […]

Godmother Accused In Infant’s Death

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 7 (UPI) — A Las Vegas woman is expected to plead not guilty this week to charges she killed her 14-month-old goddaughter with a metal pipe last month. Mariann Harris, 23, was scheduled to appear in Clark County District Court Thursday to answer multiple charges, including homicide and child abuse, the Las […]

Ex-priest Threatens Teens With Chainsaw

MURMANSK, Russia, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Russian prosecutors have filed charges against a defrocked priest who threatened three teenagers with a chainsaw, officials said. Acting regional prosecutor Vasily Zagaikevich said the priest started up his chainsaw and waved it in the faces of the three teens telling them he could chop them into pieces, the […]

Woman Accused Of Tossing Kitten

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 7 (UPI) — A trial date of Oct. 13 has been set for a New Orleans woman accused of tossing a kitten out the window of her Chevy Blazer in July. Kellie Lynn Dean, known as the neighborhood cat woman, was arrested and charged with aggravated animal cruelty after a witness identified […]

Kan Calls Fukushima ‘manmade Disaster’

TOKYO, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said no “well-thought-out preparations” had been made before the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. “There in fact were various opinions (about the plant’s safety) before the accident, but no well-thought-out preparations were made,” Kan said in an interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun. “In that […]

Berlusconi Pushes For Access To Evidence

ROME, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says a parliamentary panel should be allowed to see evidence against him in his sex case. In a letter to parliament, sent late Tuesday by Berlusconi’s lawyer, the prime minister said the court failed to consider his request that parliament be allowed to evaluate the […]

Sudan: Situation Calm In Blue Nile State

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Sept. 7 (UPI) — There is no reason to worry about security in Blue Nile state because alerts were unjustifiably raised after mistaken gunfire, a Sudanese army spokesman said. Reports of fighting between rival Sudanese forces in Blue Nile state, which borders Sudan and South Sudan, prompted strong words from Catherine Ashton, the […]


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