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Lawmaker Denies He Exposed Himself

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Indiana state Rep. Phil Hinkle said he paid a young man $80 to spend time with him in a hotel room but denied the man’s claim he exposed himself. Hinkle, a Republican, told the Indianapolis Star he e-mailed Kameryn Gibson, 18, who said in a Craigslist posting he was looking […]

USC Cracks Down On Fraternities

COLUMBIA, S.C., Aug. 24 (UPI) — The University of South Carolina has temporarily barred its fraternities from holding rush for new members. The ban is to be lifted Friday for 11 fraternities, The (Columbia) State reported. It will remain in place for seven while their operations are reviewed by the Office of Student Conduct. Officials […]

Libya: West Strives For Smooth Transition

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 24 (UPI) — As victorious rebels, Western intelligence services and NATO warplanes hunt for Libya’s elusive fallen dictator, Moammar Gadhafi, Western governments are striving to ensure a smooth transition for the oil-rich North African country. But after six months of civil war and the collapse of a brutal regime that Gadhafi once […]

Democrats Outpace GOP In Fundraising

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Democratic Party committees have raised $24 million more than their Republican counterparts for the 2012 U.S. elections, records show. That’s more than twice as big a lead as Democrats held at comparable points in the past two election cycles, Politico reports. Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show the […]

SoCal Mom Faces Charges In Baby’s Fall

SANTA ANA, Calif., Aug. 24 (UPI) — Prosecutors said a Southern California mother allegedly shoved her baby from a hospital parking garage and then left after having her ticket validated. Sonia Hermosillo, 31, of La Habra was arrested this week after a witness reported seeing her pushing her 7-month-old son from the fourth floor of […]

U.S.: Canada’s China Trade Policy Weak

OTTAWA, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A U.S. diplomatic note leaked Wednesday said Canada’s business courtship of China in 2007 “resulted in no apparent deliverables,” but good press. The WikiLeaks Web site released some 5,000 diplomatic communications, among them some written by David Wilkins, who was the U.S. ambassador to Canada in 2007, the Globe and […]

New Trial Sought For ‘Liberty City’ Men

MIAMI, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Removal of a federal juror prevented a third mistrial in the case against five Miami men convicted of conspiring to aid al-Qaida, defense attorneys said. The attorneys argued that the dismissal of Juror No. 4. by U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard in April 2009 was a major error and led […]

Iowa To Allow Lead Shot In Dove Hunting

DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Iowa lawmakers, going against a national trend, say they will allow lead ammunition for dove hunting in the season set to open Sept. 1. Environmentalists and wildlife experts have been locked in a nationwide battle with hunters and gun groups over whether hunters should be permitted to use […]

Mexico Arrests Suspected Cartel Leader

CHIHUAHUA CITY, Mexico, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Mexican authorities say they’ve arrested a man believed to be the successor to “El Diego,” a Juarez drug cartel leader captured earlier this month. Jesus Antonio Rincon Chavero was arrested Aug. 16 by the Mexican army in Chihuahua City and handed over to a federal organized crime unit, […]

Dating Site Will Screen Out Sex Offenders

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The online dating Web site Match.com has settled a California lawsuit by agreeing to screen known sex offenders from membership. The suit, filed by screenwriter Carole Markin, placed a spotlight on the perils of computer-generated dating, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. Markin, 54, was attacked on a second […]

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