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Irene Lashes N.C. Coast

MIAMI, Aug. 27 (UPI) — The center of Hurricane Irene headed for the North Carolina coast Saturday, as tropical storm conditions spread northward along the coast, forecasters said. In its 1 a.m. EDT update, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Irene, a Category 2 storm, was about 105 miles south of Cape Lookout, N.C., […]

Woman Allegedly Tried To Arrange Hit

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 27 (UPI) — A North Carolina woman has been indicted on charges of trying to arrange the death of a man expected to testify against her boyfriend. Brittany Ladd, 22, of Charlotte, was indicted by a federal grand jury, WBTV, Charlotte, reported. She allegedly tried to kill a federal witness, identified in […]

Boston List Of Abusive Priests Incomplete?

BOSTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Critics say a list of Catholic priests involved in sexual abuse allegations released by Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has some gaping holes. But O’Malley, who had the list of 159 priests posted on the archdiocese’s Web site Thursday, said most of the 91 priests he left off the list […]

War Crimes Witness Pleads To Contempt

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 26 (UPI) — An ex-member of the Kosovo Liberation Army pleaded guilty to contempt of court for refusing to testify against former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. Shefqet Kabashi, a former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army, had refused to testify in 2007 at the first trial of Haradinaj, KLA commander during its […]

More Somalis Make Dangerous Trek To Yemen

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 26 (UPI) — More than 3,700 Somalis crossed the Gulf of Aden to Yemen in August on rickety, overcrowded boats to escape their famine-stricken homeland, U.N. officials said. That was a sharp increase in the number of Somalis crossing the gulf, and an earlier start than the normal peak season for the […]

Housekeeper Allegedly Kidnapped Baby

GREAT NECK, N.Y., Aug. 26 (UPI) — A housekeeper who worked for a New York rabbi’s family during the summer has been charged with trying to kidnap their baby. Gloria Suarez, 55, was arrested Thursday at the train station in Roslyn, Long Island, the New York Post reported. Investigators say she planned to travel to […]

Marijuana Farm Cleared In Nevada

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 26 (UPI) — A marijuana farm on federal land in Nevada held almost 5,000 plants on 4 acres, the U.S. Forest Service says. Judy Suing, a spokesman for the agency, said 4,685 plants were removed by air from the site on Deer Creek in the Mount Charleston area northwest of Las Vegas, […]

Man Guilty Of Killing Family

LYNDON, Kan., Aug. 26 (UPI) — A man convicted of killing his wife, his two daughters and another relative could face the death penalty in Kansas. A jury deliberated for 2 hours Thursday before finding James Kraig Kahler guilty of capital murder and four counts of first-degree murder, the Columbia Missourian reported. The penalty phase […]

Oklahoma Man Supports Accused-killer Son

OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 26 (UPI) — An Oklahoma man says he is trying to help his long-lost son who is charged in the shaking death of his baby half-sister. Byron Rivera says he has been taking English classes and is lining up an attorney to defend his son, Crystian Rivera, 13, against a murder charge, […]

Bernanke Holds Back On New Initiatives

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Aug. 26 (UPI) — U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday the Fed would hold back on adding stimulus to overcome a sluggish economy. In a key speech at the Fed’s annual retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Bernanke said the economy was recovering at a pace that was slower than expected, […]

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