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Killing Of Turtle Brings Charges

LANCASTER, N.Y., Sept. 1 (UPI) — Police in New York say a golfer has been cited for beating and killing a snapping turtle during a golf tournament in Lancaster. Officers cited Bob Artis, 69, for allegedly hitting the 22-pound turtle with a golf club, grabbing it by its tail and smashing it against a golf […]

People Pay Respects At Beslan School

BESLAN, Russia, Sept. 1 (UPI) — A three-day remembrance ceremony for the seventh anniversary of the hostage-taking at the School Number One in Beslan, Russia, began Thursday. Many people attended the event, leaving flowers at the site of the destroyed school in memory of the children and adults who died there in 2004, ITAR-Tass reported. […]

Israeli Forces Arrest Top Hamas Leader

WEST BANK, Israel, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Israeli forces arrested a top Hamas member as he traveled in the West Bank with his family following reports of a possible major attack in southern Israel. Sheik Hassan Yousef, a Hamas founder and one of its leaders, was arrested late Wednesday and detained in a military facility […]

Kentucky To Allow Hunt Of Sandhill Cranes

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 1 (UPI) — Kentucky says it is ready to set up the first authorized state hunt of once-endangered sandhill cranes in about a century. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Kentucky’s proposal, and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Services says it is set to open the hunt as early […]

Syria: Hama Gov. Confessed At Gunpoint

DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 1 (UPI) — The governor of Hama was forced to make a false video statement by gunpoint after he was kidnapped by terrorists, Syria’s news agency claims. A man claiming to be Adnan Bakkour, governor of the city of Hama, was seen in a video broadcast by al-Jazeera as resigning in protest […]

Wildfires Destroy Dozens Of Homes

GRAFORD, Texas, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Firefighters battled major wildfires in Oklahoma and Texas and the blazes have already destroyed dozens of homes, authorities said. Texas officials said the 101 Ranch Fire destroyed 39 homes and nine recreational vehicles and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents near Possum Kingdom Lake Wednesday, KXAS-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, […]

Small Earthquake Felt In Virginia

MINERAL, Va., Sept. 1 (UPI) — A 3.4-magnitude earthquake shook Virginia early Thursday, nine days after a 5.8-magnitude temblor in the same area rattled much of the eastern United States. The 5:09 EDT quake was centered near Mineral, about 36 miles northwest of Richmond, at a depth of about 3 miles, CNN reported. The central […]

Despite Denials, U.S. Wants Calm In Sudan

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department called on both sides to the conflict in Sudan to settle their differences and let humanitarian workers into South Kordofan. Human rights groups said they uncovered evidence that Sudanese airstrikes on the population of South Kordofan left crop devastation, displacements and scores of civilians dead in […]

Zimbabwe MPs Not Accepting Circumcision

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Male Zimbabwe Parliament members have declined a proposal asking them to be circumcised to set an example in the fight against AIDS, officials say. Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe proposed the circumcision to male MPs after evidence found that men are 60 percent less likely to become infected with […]

Pentagon Responds To Fraud Report

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — The Pentagon is committed to improving its contracting in war zones after a commission found at least $31 billion was lost to fraud, a spokesman said. The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan found at least $31 billion was lost to waste and fraud during operations in both […]

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