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Cuba Defense Minister Casas Dead At 75

HAVANA, Sept. 4 (UPI) — Cuba’s defense minister, Gen. Julio Casas Reguerio, has died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 75, the government in Havana announced. Monday was declared an official day of mourning in honor of Casas, a high-ranking Communist Party official and minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, who died […]

Shark Kills Surfer Off Australian Coast

DUNSBOROUGH, Australia, Sept. 4 (UPI) — A 21-year-old body boarder was killed by a shark near a busy West Australian beach, police say. Police say the man was surfing with a friend near Bunker Bay when the shark attacked him Sunday, The (Perth) West Australian reported. Dunsborough Police officer-in-charge Sgt. Craig Anderson said the 21-year-old […]

Brother In Boston’s Stuart Murder Dies

BOSTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) — Matthew Stuart, a central figure in a notorious Boston murder case, died at a homeless shelter in the city this weekend, sources told The Boston Globe. Stuart, 45, admitted in 1992 that he had helped his brother, Charles, cover up the 1989 slayings of Charles’ wife and unborn baby, which […]

Hoffa: Companies Should Hire U.S. Workers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) — Teamsters President Jim Hoffa Sunday criticized as “unpatriotic” American companies not spending their money in this country to create jobs. “So many companies like Mr. Coffee and all of these other companies that have closed and moved to Mexico, they are wrong, they are unpatriotic,” Hoffa said on CNN’s “State […]

Teen Arrested For Posing As Medical Staff

OSCEOLA, Fla., Sept. 4 (UPI) — Police say they have arrested a Florida teenager for allegedly impersonating a physician’s assistant in a hospital’s emergency room. The teenager, Matthew Scheidt, was arrested by police Friday after the Osceola police department received reports that Scheidt might be an imposter, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported. Hospital employees told […]

Iraq To Investigate Alleged Massacre

BAGHDAD, Sept. 4 (UPI) — Iraq is preparing to formally investigate the alleged massacre of an Iraqi family by U.S. troops in 2006, a key Iraqi lawmaker said Sunday. Ammar Tu’uma, a member of the Iraqi Parliament’s Security-and-Defense Committee, said the panel would take up the incident that left 10 people dead during the next […]

Iran’s First Nuclear Power Plant Online

BUSHEHR, Iran, Sept. 4 (UPI) — Iran’s first nuclear power plant was connected to the national power grid, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran announced Sunday. The Bushehr plant supplied 60 megawatts of its 1,000 megawatt capacity as of Saturday night, an amount that should expand to 40 percent capacity at the facility’s official launch […]

DeMint Skeptical About Obama Jobs Speech

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) — Tea Party leader Jim DeMint expressed skepticism Sunday that President Barack Obama would offer effective measures to create jobs in his speech this week. “I’m, frankly, very tired of speeches,” DeMint, R-S.C., said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I don’t want to be disrespectful to the president, but what I want […]

MLK Jr. Memorial Quote Will Stay

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) — The designer of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial says an inscription will stay, despite complaints it makes the civil rights leader seem arrogant. Ed Jackson Jr. says he stands by the project’s decision to use a paraphrase from King’s “drum major” sermon, The Washington Post reported. The inscription on […]

Lebanese General Sentenced To Two Years

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 4 (UPI) — A Lebanese military court has sentenced Brig. Gen. Fayez Karam to two years of hard labor for collaborating with Israel, among other crimes. Karam, a senior official of the Free Patriotic Movement party, was sentenced Saturday “for collaborating with the enemy pursuant to Article 278,” the Lebanese National News […]

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