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Retrial Sought In Gay Student’s Slaying

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Prosecutors said Friday they plan to retry a student who fatally shot a gay classmate at a California junior high school. Ventura County prosecutors called the shooting a premeditated murder and a hate crime, a day after a judge declared a mistrial in the case against 17-year-old Brandon McInerney […]

Bad Weather Diverts Obama Helicopter

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama’s helicopter had to be diverted on its flight to Camp David, Md., Friday because of bad weather, the White House said. Josh Earnest, deputy press secretary, said in a statement Obama was en route from Washington to the presidential retreat aboard Marine One, the presidential helicopter, […]

Police Unsure Attacks On Gays Hate Crimes

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Salt Lake City police said Friday they’re investigating two downtown attacks on gay men but don’t believe they’re related. Detective Cary Wichmann said both attacks are being treated as aggravated assaults but not as hate crimes, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Dane Hall, 20, said four men attacked […]

Prof. Quits As Chair Over ‘irregularities’

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Sept. 2 (UPI) — A University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, professor has resigned as a department chairman amid academic integrity questions, UNC officials said. Julius Nyang’oro, who headed the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, resigned from the position after reports in The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer reported raised questions […]

Minn. Father Abandons Son, Leaves Note

CAMBRIA, Calif., Sept. 2 (UPI) — A Minnesota father who left his 11-year-old son a note more than a month ago saying he was abandoning him has been arrested in California, authorities said. Steven Cross, 60, who has had sole custody of his son since the boy was 1, said in his note he was […]

Russia Extending Tajik Military Base Lease

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, visiting Tajikistan, has been holding discussions with Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon. Among the topics under discussion is Russia extending its lease on Tajikistan’s Kulob military base. Talks to extend the lease beyond 2014 were held at the working-group level last month, but Tajikistan is calling […]

Woman Shackled In Labor Seeks U Visa

NASHVILLE, Sept. 2 (UPI) — A woman who won $200,000 in damages for being shackled during labor after her arrest in Tennessee is seeking a type of visa given to crime victims. A lawyer for Juana Villegas said testimony during her civil lawsuit suggested that she was a victim of crimes by sheriff’s deputies, The […]

Study: Culture Affects Emotion Perception

GLASGOW, Scotland, Sept. 1 (UPI) — People in different cultures perceive emotional facial expressions in unique ways, which can lead to cross-cultural misunderstandings, a Scottish study says. The study, published in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Experimental Psychology, challenges prior research that suggested facial expressions are a hard-wired human behavior with evolutionary origins that […]

Strategy For Farming Vs. Wildlife Studied

CAMBRIDGE, England, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Separating habitats from farmland could save species more effectively than trying to grow crops and conserve nature on the same land, British researchers say. The separation may be the best way to meet increased food demand with the least impact on wild species, researchers at the University of Cambridge […]

Tomb May Be That Of Stonehenge Builders

LONDON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — British archaeologists say a tomb found at a quarry in Wales could be that of some of the original builders of Stonehenge. Researchers say the Carn Menyn site in the Preseli Hills is where the bluestones used to construct the first stone phase of Stonehenge were quarried in about 2300 […]


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