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Judge Denies New Trial For Serial Killer

CLEVELAND, Aug. 30 (UPI) — An Ohio judge has rejected a request for a new trial for convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell, whose lawyers claim a juror was biased against him. The claim Tuesday that juror misconduct led to Sowell’s death sentence this month failed to convince Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose, The […]

Chechnya Explosions Kill 7, Injure 18

GROZNY, Russia, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Two explosions in Grozny, Chechnya, killed at least seven people and injured 18 others Tuesday evening, the head of the Russian North Caucasus republic said. Ramzan Kadyrov said five police officers, an Emergencies Ministry official and a civilian died in the explosions in the Chechnyan capital, and the injured […]

Drug, Gun Sting Leads To Indictments Of 60

MANSFIELD, Ohio, Aug. 30 (UPI) — A yearlong storefront sting operation in Ohio targeting firearms and illegal drugs led to the indictment of 60 people, authorities said Tuesday. Undercover agents working in a Mansfield, Ohio, store that sold sneakers, jerseys and other athletic apparel expressed interest in firearms and narcotics, Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney […]

S.F. Jury Convicts Six MS-13 Gang Members

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 30 (UPI) — A jury convicted six MS-13 gang members Tuesday of racketeering and conspiracy in a spate of San Francisco violence, including at least three murders in 2008. The verdict came after a five-month trial of the members of MS-13, or La Mara Salvatrucha, who prosecutors said waged war with rival […]

9/11 Conspirator Said Living In Pakistan

WEITERSTADT, Germany, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Said Bahaji, a Moroccan-German Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaida conspirator who has eluded capture, is living in Pakistan, an imprisoned eyewitness said. Bahaji has spent the past 10 years in hiding, often living off the land in the mountains of the Waziristan region of Pakistan. He fought against American forces […]

Eye Saved In Pruning Shears Accident

TUSCON, Ariz., Aug. 30 (UPI) — Surgeons at University Medical Center in Tucson said they successfully removed pruning shears from the eye socket of an 86-year-old man. Leroy Luetscher of Green Valley, Ariz., dropped a pair of pruning shears on the ground and when he bent to pick them up, lost his balance and fell […]

Rating Agency Identifies Safest Airlines

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 30 (UPI) — A Swiss agency rating airline safety has released its list of the top 10 airlines based on criteria contributing directly or indirectly to general safety. The independent Air Transport Rating Agency said in a release Tuesday it bases its ratings on a number of factors including passenger and employee […]

Gang Member Photos Used To Stop Gun Bill

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 30 (UPI) — Recently released documents show a Florida law enforcement official accessed secret files on gun permit holders in an effort to lobby against gun legislation. Orange County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Fewless handed out the photos of eight motorcycle gang members with concealed-weapons permits, in an effort to dissuade lawmakers from […]

Cuban Forces Crack Down On Protests

PALMA SORIANO, Cuba, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Cuban opposition activists say State Security agents used tear gas in a raid against dissidents and beat dissident women in Santiago province. “The riot squad came into the house like it was a commando movie, because that’s never been seen in Cuba,” said Yulie Valverde, whose husband was […]

Sex Show Dad Admits Child Pornography

CARLISLE, England, Aug. 30 (UPI) — A man in northern England who spied on his teenage son for a BBC television show has admitted possession of child pornography on his computer. Richard Watson of Workington in Cumbria was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to register as a sex offender and attend a treatment […]

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