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New Lethal Injection Drug Combo Is Constitutional

MIAMI, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Florida’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday a barbiturate can be used in the state’s lethal injection cocktail and the execution of a convicted killer can proceed. The drug, pentobarbital, came into question when lawyers representing Manuel Valle, who was scheduled to be executed Aug. 2, argued that the use of the […]

Doctor Guilty In Medicare Fraud Scheme

MIAMI, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A Miami-area doctor pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in a scheme to bilk Medicare out of about $25 million, U.S.prosecutors said. Jose Nunez, 63, who owns two medical offices, prescribed medically unnecessary services, including home health and therapy prescriptions, care plans and medical certifications, from about January 2006 until […]

Police: Boys Smash Windows Of 140 Vehicles

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Three boys arrested in Minneapolis allegedly smashed windows of more than 140 vehicles, causing $100,000 to $200,000 damage, police said. The suspects — ages 11, 15 and 16 — were taken into custody about 10:15 p.m. Monday when police spotted a vehicle that matched the description of the one they […]

Man Drags Dog To Death Behind Car

DALARNA, Sweden, Aug. 23 (UPI) — An elderly Swedish man inadvertently dragged his dog to death behind his car, officials say. The man, 84, pulled over at a rest stop in Dalarna, Sweden, to let his dog relieve itself, The Local reported Tuesday. He then tied the dog to the tow-bar of his car while […]

Merkel: Serbia Should Be In EU

BELGRADE, Serbia, Aug. 23 (UPI) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday at a news conference in Belgrade she believes Serbia belongs in the European Union. Merkel appeared with President Boris Tadic after meeting with him, Tanjug reported. “We believe that Serbia’s place is in Europe. We acknowledge and commend the courage demonstrated on that […]

U.S. Agents Rescue 16 Illegal Immigrants

EDINBURGH, Texas, Aug. 23 (UPI) — U.S. Border Patrol agents have rescued 16 illegal immigrants from soaring temperatures in southern Texas. The first rescue was made Saturday after an illegal immigrant contacted the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office through a 911 call for assistance, the U.S. Border Patrol said in a release. The sheriff’s office passed […]

Abkhazia Holds Election This Week

SUKHUMI, Georgia, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Three candidates are competing this week in an election to replace the late President Sergei Bagapsh in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia. The Central Elections Commission Friday predicted a turnout of more than 70 percent, Voice of Russia predicted. Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which refused to join Georgia […]

Khapra Beetle Found In Rice At Airport

CHICAGO, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Chicago police say they found a destructive Khapra beetle in rice brought from India on an airplane. The beetle, in larva stage, was found in one of two 10-pound bags of rice that were quarantined on Aug. 16 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, the Chicago Tribune reported. Khapra beetles are […]

Tribal Warfare Could Hobble Libya’s Future

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 23 (UPI) — As Libyans celebrate the rebel seizure of Moammar Gadhafi’s compound, there are worries tribal warfare will engulf the country, observers said. There are concerns of backlash against more than 30 tribes who had benefited from Gadhafi’s 42-year-rule, Britain’s Daily Mirror reported Tuesday. Heavily armed rival clans, many of which […]

‘Hot Sauce’ Mom Guilty Of Child Abuse

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, Tuesday convicted a woman of misdemeanor child abuse for putting hot sauce in her son’s mouth and forcing him to take cold showers. Jessica Beagley, 36, of Anchorage — who has been called the “hot sauce” mom — was charged after her method of […]


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