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Dictionary Adds ‘Auto-Complete’

OXFORD, England, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The Oxford English Dictionary, published in Britain, said 1,800 new words and meanings have been added to the online version, including “auto-complete.” The Oxford University Press said the word, defined as “a software feature that uses text already entered in a given field to predict or generate the characters […]

Landlord Struggles To Get Rid Of Squatter

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A New York landlord trying to get rid of a squatter in one of his apartments said the man has so far cost him $6,400 in lost rent. Tibor Karakas said Brian Wiley, 33, moved into the apartment when the previous tenant took him on as a roommate earlier […]

Jeffs To Be In Protective Solitary

PALESTINE, Texas, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Polygamist sect leader and convicted child rapist Warren Jeffs, 55, will be jailed in solitary for his own protection, Texas officials said Tuesday. Two weeks ago, a jury found Jeffs guilty of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 12 and 15, whom he took as polygamous wives, and sentenced him […]

Bank: Early Payment Foreclosure A Mistake

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) — Bank of America said it made a mistake in filing to foreclose on a retired Florida couple who made their mortgage payment a week early. The bank said Monday James Bullington, 78, of New Port Richey, and his wife Sharon, 70, will be returned to their loan […]

Hawk Flies Into N.Y. Apartment Building

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Animal rescuers in New York said a red-tailed hawk that entered an apartment building through an open third-story window has been released. Joe Moderski, a resident of the West 80th Street walkup, said he found the hawk in the hallway outside of his fifth-floor apartment when he arrived home […]

Va. Quake Rattles Eastern Seaboard

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 23 (UPI) — An earthquake rattled Northern Virginia Tuesday, briefly causing a power shutdown at a nuclear plant and emptying the White House in nearby Washington. The 5.9-magnitude quake was the strongest in Virginia in more than a century, and shook cities all along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. U.S. […]

Ex-Idaho Prof Suspected In Slaying Dead

MOSCOW, Idaho, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A former University of Idaho professor apparently killed himself Tuesday after being named the suspect in the slaying of a 22-year-old coed, police said. Moscow police said they found the body of Ernesto Bustamante in the room of a motel about 12 hours after Katy Benoit was found shot […]

London Jail Gets Tip About Al-Qaida Attack

LONDON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Security was increased Tuesday at the British prison used for terrorist suspects because of an alleged plot to kidnap senior members of staff, an official said. The Daily Mirror reported Tuesday a source said governors at Belmarsh Prison in London were told at a meeting Tuesday of a tip about […]

Woman Oldest U.S. Female To Swim Channel

PORTLAND, Maine, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A 60-year-old Maine woman says she has become the oldest American woman to swim across the English Channel. Pat Gallant-Charette of Westbrook had started her 21-mile swim in Dover, England, at 11:11 p.m. Sunday and reached the shore in France just under 16 hours later, a post on her […]

Canadian Woman Killed By Plane’s Propeller

HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A woman was killed when she walked into a whirling airplane propeller at an airstrip in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, authorities say. The 40-year-old woman from the Annaheim area had been a passenger on the single-engine Cessna 210 that had just landed shortly before the accident happened about 11 a.m. CST […]

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