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N.E. Corridor Rail Service Resumes

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Rail service on the busy northeast corridor line between Washington and Boston resumed Wednesday, four days after Hurricane Irene hit the region. Trains were halted after the storm by flooding that covered the tracks in Trenton, N.J. The station is built over a tributary to the Delaware River and the […]

China To Step Up Internet Crime Fighting

BEIJING, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Public security departments across China should conduct deeper research into crimes committed through the Internet, the country’s top police officer said. Speaking at a meeting in Beijing Tuesday on an operation conducted jointly with the FBI, Chinese Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu said, “Although China and the United States have […]

Key Part Of Texas Abortion Law Thrown Out

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Texas doctors cannot be compelled to display sonogram images and describe fetuses to women seeking abortions, a federal judge said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks in Austin ruled that parts of the state’s new abortion law are unconstitutional, the Houston Chronicle reported. Sparks said the law — which […]

China Warns Of Mail-order Bride Ads

SHANGHAI, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Chinese authorities are warning men to be wary of marriage agency advertisements to find them wives from Southeast Asian nations. Global Times, part of the Chinese Communist Party paper People’s Daily, reported in Shanghai officials have found several cases involving young Southeast Asian women in the city this year. There […]

Partisan Overtones In VA Cemetery Lawsuit

HOUSTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — A conservative group says its lawsuit over rules restricting religious references at veteran funerals in Houston is not meant to needle President Barack Obama. The Liberty Institute went to court this summer to defend a practice in which volunteer honor guards at the national cemetery in Houston read a tribute […]

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 […]


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