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Bus Driver In Fatal Crash Charged

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (UPI) — The driver of a bus that crashed in New York City while returning from a casino trip was arraigned Thursday on manslaughter charges. Ophadell Williams was also charged with negligent homicide, The New York Times reported. He was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail. Williams, 44, was behind […]

Lawsuit Says Microsoft Tracks Phone Users

SEATTLE, Sept. 2 (UPI) — A lawsuit filed in Seattle charges Microsoft has been gathering location data on users of its Window Phone 7 even when the users have opted out. Kim Stephens, a lawyer for the Michigan woman who brought the suit, says Microsoft wants the information to develop targeted marketing, SeattlePI.com reported. To […]

Couple Charged With Extorting Berlusconi

ROME, Sept. 2 (UPI) — An Italian healthcare entrepreneur and his wife were charged Thursday with extorting money from Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Prosecutors in Naples say Giampaolo Tarantini and his wife Angela Devenuto received 500,000 euros (more than $700,000) from the prime minister, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. Tarantini has said he supplied […]

China: Center Of Cooperation, Xinjiang

BEIJING, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Northwest China’s Xinjiang-Uighur region will lead Beijing’s effort for greater cooperation with Eurasian nations, Vice-Premier Li Keqiang said. Li spoke at the opening of the weeklong China-Eurasia Expo in Urumqi, capital of the ethnically-tense region. The opening was attended by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and leaders and executives from […]

Tropical Depression Threatens Gulf Coast

MIAMI, Sept. 1 (UPI) — A tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday threatened to bring heavy rain to the Gulf Coast this weekend, forecasters in Miami said. A tropical storm warning was posted from Pascagoula, Miss., to Sabine Pass, Texas, Thursday because of the tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. […]

Noda Announces New Cabinet

TOKYO, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s Cabinet will include Koichiro Gemba as foreign minister and Jun Azumi as finance minster, it was announced Friday. The announcement was made by the newly named Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura, a close ally of Noda. The chief cabinet secretary, a powerful post, functions as […]

Professor Charged With Leading Meth Ring

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Sept. 1 (UPI) — Authorities said they were searching for a 43-year-old professor at a California university, charged Thursday with leading a methamphetamine ring. San Bernardino Sheriff Rod Hoops said Stephen Kinzey, a 43-year-old professor of kinesiology at California State University, San Bernardino — who also allegedly led a chapter of the […]

U.N.: Gaza Flotilla Response ‘excessive’

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Israel had a legal right to stop a flotilla approaching Gaza but used “excessive and unreasonable force” against the flotilla last year, a U.N. report says. The report is scheduled to be released Friday, The Washington Post reported. It was leaked Thursday to The New York Times. Israel was […]

U.S. Spent $7M Storing Seized Fireworks

COVINGTON, Ky., Sept. 1 (UPI) — The federal government has paid more than $7 million to store fireworks seized from a Kentucky man during a legal dispute about their ownership, officials say. One million pounds of fireworks are being held at a former Army ammunition plant in Nebraska, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. That was one […]

Allstate: Fort Collins Safest U.S. City

NORTHFIELD, Ill., Sept. 1 (UPI) — Drivers in Fort Collins, Colo., were the safest in the country in 2010 for the second consecutive year, Allstate Insurance said Thursday. In its seventh annual ranking of the 200 largest cities, Allstate said drivers in Fort Collins have collisions an average of once every 14 years. That makes […]

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