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Berlusconi Ally Faces Charges

MILAN, Italy, Aug. 25 (UPI) — A dental hygienist turned legislator in the Italian state of Lombardy faces charges of arranging for women to keep Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi company. A court in Milan will decide in October whether there is enough evidence to bring Nicole Minetti to trial, The Washington Post reports. The hearing […]

Faithful Dog Guards SEAL’S Coffin

ROCKFORD, Iowa, Aug. 25 (UPI) — A Labrador retriever belonging to a U.S. Navy SEAL remained at his side during his funeral in Rockford, Iowa, guarding his coffin, relatives say. A cousin, Lisa Pembleton, took a picture of the dog, Hawkeye, during the service Friday for Petty Officer Jon Tumilson. He was one of the […]

Texas Shipping Out Foreign Prisoners

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 25 (UPI) — About 11,000 foreign prisoners in Texas are being deported in a cost cutting move, state officials say. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles sought assurances from federal immigration officials that the released inmates are actually deported to their home countries and not allowed to stay in Texas, the […]

Girl Scouts Hires Its First Latina CEO

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Anna Maria Chavez of San Antonio says she’s “ecstatic and overwhelmed” to be the first Latina to head the Girl Scouts of the United States of America. Chavez moves up from chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of Southwest to CEO of the national organization at the organization’s […]

Sexual Orientation On College Application

ELMHURST, Ill., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Elmhurst College in Illinois has become the first college to ask entering students about their sexual orientation, school officials say. Entering freshmen and transfer students applying to Elmhurst for fall 2012 will be asked, “Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered] […]

Polar Bear’s Death Described As Accident

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 25 (UPI) — A security guard at a BP oil installation on Alaska’s North Slope apparently killed a polar bear accidentally, the company said. The bear was shot Aug. 3 and is believed to have died 12 days later, the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News reported. A guard working for Purcell Security, a […]

5 Rescued By Helicopter In Flash Flood

BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Five state workers had to be rescued by a helicopter after becoming stranded by a flash flood in Buffalo, N.Y, rescuers said. The men were stuck under the Cattaraugus Creek Bridge on the Cattaraugus Reservation Thursday morning after a thunderstorm hit the area overnight, The Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported. […]

MLK Memorial Dedication Postponed

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington has been postponed because of Hurricane Irene, organizers said Thursday. Harry E. Johnson Sr., the chief executive of the foundation that is building the memorial on the National Mall, said Sunday’s planned dedication will be put off until […]

Okla. Child Rape Suspect Arrested In Texas

RICHMOND, Texas, Aug. 25 (UPI) — A former Marine charged in Oklahoma with the rape of a young girl was arrested Thursday in Texas, authorities said. Charles Alan Dyer, 31, told police he had been living along the banks of the Brazos River in Fort Bend County near Houston, the Houston Chronicle reported. Fort Bend […]

Sen. Brown Aide Admits CrazyKhazei Tweets

BOSTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — A top campaign adviser to U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., has refused to apologize for his CrazyKhazei Twitter feed aimed at a potential Democratic opponent. Eric Fehrnstrom acknowledged in an e-mail Wednesday he is the person who sent out the tweets mocking Alan Khazei, The Boston Globe reported. He was […]

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