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Chinese Media React To Pentagon Report

BEIJING, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The U.S. Pentagon’s latest annual report on China’s military overlooked its peaceful defense policy, the official media said Thursday. Pentagon official Michael Schiffer, in a media briefing on the Pentagon report, noted China’s expanding military capabilities have allowed it contribute to activities such as international peacekeeping and fighting piracy, but […]

China Military Buildup Raises Concerns

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — China’s military buildup is “potentially destabilizing” to regional military balances, a U.S. Pentagon official warned. The warning came from Michael Schiffer, deputy assistant defense secretary for East, during a media briefing on the annual report on military developments in China, prepared by the defense secretary for Congress. Schiffer said China’s […]

Couple Gets 12 Years In Python Killing

BUSHNELL, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) — A Florida woman and her boyfriend were sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison for the death of her daughter, who was killed by her pet Burmese python. Lawyers for Jaren Hare, 21, and Charles Darnell, 34, argued at the sentencing — as they did at trial — that […]

Man Survives Attack By Swarm Of Bees

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Aug. 25 (UPI) — A 95-year-old man in Southern California survived an attack by bees that stung him hundreds of times Wednesday, authorities said. Police said an exterminator was trying to remove the bees, believed to be Africanized honeybees, from an apartment in Redondo Beach, the Los Angeles Times reported. That apparently […]

TV Footage Shows Cyber Attack Potential

BEIJING, Aug. 24 (UPI) — China denies involvement in cyber attacks, officials saying that would violate Chinese law, but video aired recently on state TV demonstrated such an attack. Viewers of a brief clip on China Central Television last month saw a military computer program in which the target — a Falun Gong Web site […]

Man Sues Ex-fiancee For Fraud And Deceit

FRESNO, Calif., Aug. 24 (UPI) — A California man has filed a lawsuit accusing his ex-fiance of fraud and deceit and demanding she return a $52,000 ring and a sport utility vehicle. James Mekalian is suing Nichole Grazioli in Fresno County Superior Court, accusing her of fraud and deceit regarding the April meltdown of their […]

Girls Rewarded For Returning Found Money

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Aug. 24 (UPI) — Three Fort Collins, Colo., girls received rewards for their honesty in returning $1,100 in cash they found in a park, officials said. Elise Forzley, Amy Moreng and Claire Hooker, all 13, received acclaim from city police and $100 each from the owner of Plato’s Closet, the rightful owner […]

U.S. Has Concerns, Confidence On Libya

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass., Aug. 24 (UPI) — The Obama administration has concerns but also “confidence” Libyan rebels can achieve a peaceful transition once Moammar Gadhafi is deposed, a spokesman said. Asked during the daily briefing on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, where the president is vacationing, whether there are concerns about the rebel Transitional National Council’s […]

Obama Has Been Working While On Vacation

MARTHA’S VINYARD, Mass., Aug. 24 (UPI) — President Barack Obama mixed work and vacation again on Massachusetts’ Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday, playing golf after getting daily briefings from his staff. “As usual, this morning the president received his presidential daily briefing from [counterterrorism adviser] John Brennan,” White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters. “Mr. […]

Video Cameras Confiscated At Town Hall

CINCINNATI, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Police, acting at the direction of aides to U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, confiscated video cameras from two Democratic activists, a Chabot spokesman said. The incident occurred Monday in Cincinnati, where Chabot was attending a town hall meeting, Cincinnati.com reported Wednesday. Chabot spokesman Jamie Schwartz told the Web site he […]

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