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Feds Take Woman’s Lemon Tree

A Wisconsin woman says she’s more than a little sour now that the U.S. government has forced her to turn over her lemon tree on the grounds that it could spread disease. Bridget Donovan bought the tree online for $70 nearly three years ago and planted it in the yard of her Waukesha home.

Two Journalists Killed In Mexico City

MEXICO CITY, Sept. 2 (UPI) — The bodies of two reporters were discovered Thursday behind a Mexico City cemetery, prosecutors said. The Mexico City justice department said both women’s clothes had been stripped off and their hands and feet were tied, the Los Angeles Times reported. They were identified as Ana Marcela Yarce Viveros, one […]

Maoists Hand Over Keys To Weapons Boxes

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Nepal’s Maoists, with the election of their leader as prime minister, handed over keys to their weapons containers to a peace process monitoring committee. The steps by the United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) follow this week’s parliamentary election of their vice chairman, Baburam Bhattarai, as prime minister. The […]

Hackers Create Fraudulent Certificates

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Hackers may have been able to obtain more than 200 fraudulent digital certificates from the Netherlands company DigiNotar, a security expert says. Hans Van de Looy, founder of Madison Gurka, a computer security firm, said he received the information from a confidential source, Computerworld reported. He said the security […]

Lawyers: ICC Should Drop Kenyan Case

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Lawyers for three Kenyan leaders told the International Criminal Court Thursday that violence after last year’s presidential race was unplanned. At a hearing in The Hague, they said Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the prosecutor, has failed to produce evidence that former Higher Education Minister William Ruto, former Industrialization Minister Henry […]

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. […]

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