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Sweden Halts Official Wolf Hunt

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Sweden says it has halted a controversial licensed wolf hunt meant to cull the animals that have been attacking livestock. The Swedish government said it would consider resuming the hunt in the winter of 2012-2013, while announcing it was removing a previously set ceiling of 210 wolves that can […]

Detroit To Get Kilpatrick’s Book Proceeds

DETROIT, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Any money former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick makes from his upcoming memoirs must be used to pay $1 million in restitution to the city, a judge said. In a ruling Wednesday, Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner refused to reverse his June ruling that the proceeds from “Surrendered: The Rise, […]

Stage Collapse Kills 2 At Belgium Festival

HASSELT, Belgium, Aug. 18 (UPI) — At least two people were killed Thursday and scores injured when a stage collapsed at an outdoor music festival near Hasselt, Belgium, officials said. The town’s mayor said early reports indicated there were two dead and at least 40 people injured when the Chateau stage at the Pukkelpop festival […]

Lawyer: Bulger Girlfriend Won’t Cooperate

BOSTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Catherine Greig, longtime girlfriend of Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, entered a not guilty plea to conspiracy Thursday. Greig’s lawyer, Kevin Reddington, said after the brief hearing that his client has no intention of cooperating with the prosecution of Bulger, The Boston Globe reported. Bulger, 81, and Greig, 60, […]

Turkey Ends Bombardment Of Northern Iraq

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The Turkish military pounded Kurdish positions in northern Iraq with artillery and airstrikes, ending the bombardment early Thursday, officials said. Army commanders said the attack was in response to a raid by the Kurdistan Workers Party, usually referred to by its acronym, PKK. The New York Times reported. Nine […]

Man Guilty Of Botched Robbery, Killing

BALTIMORE, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A Baltimore man faces a life sentence with no parole for killing a young Johns Hopkins University researcher in a botched robbery. Alexander Wagner was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder and robbery, The Baltimore Sun reported. The jury deliberated for only three hours before reaching its verdict. Stephen Pitcairn, a […]

Mystery Fire Fuels Zimbabwe Power Struggle

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The death of a former army chief, a key political power broker, in a mysterious fire has fueled a struggle within Zimbabwe’s ruling party to succeed ailing dictator Robert Mugabe as the once-prosperous country verges on ruin. The dead man was Gen. Solomon Mujuru, a veteran of the guerrilla […]

Attacks In Israel Inexcusable, World Says

LONDON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — There is no excuse for violence targeting the Israeli military as regional partners work toward a peaceful solution to Middle East problems, world leaders said. Israel Radio reported at least seven people were killed and another 30 were injured when at least 20 militants reportedly wearing Egyptian military uniforms stormed […]

U.N.: Syria’s Crackdown May Be Criminal

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The U.N. human rights office Thursday warned Syria its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters may constitute crimes against humanity. A fact-finding report on the violence against demonstrators calling for the ouster of Syrian President Bashir Assad that began last March found “a pattern of human rights violations that constitutes widespread […]

Coburn Happy He Can’t Bring Gun To Senate

PRYOR, Okla., Aug. 18 (UPI) — U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., told constituents economic stagnation will persist and suggested Medicare is unconstitutional. Speaking Tuesday to large crowds in Claremore, Langley, Pryor and Muskogee, Coburn also predicted the tenuous debt-ceiling agreement reached by Congress this month won’t last long, the Tulsa World reported Thursday. “We have […]

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