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Feds Break Up Florida Pill Mill Operation

MIAMI, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Federal authorities used racketeering statutes to charge 32 people with operating Florida pill mills that racked up profits of more than $40 million. FBI Special Agent in Charge John V. Gillies said law enforcement dismantled the nation’s largest criminal organization that was illegally distributing painkillers and steroids, The Miami Herald […]

A Third Say Race Relations Have Improved

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 24 (UPI) — A third of Americans say race relations have improved under President Obama but a plurality say they haven’t changed, a Gallup-USA Today poll indicated. Thirty-five percent said they think race relations improved while 23 percent said relations got worse, results released Wednesday indicated. Forty-one percent said they thought race […]

Ex-officer Charged In Journalist’s Death

MOSCOW, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A former senior Russian police officer was arrested on suspicion of organizing the 2006 murder of investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya, officials said. Lt. Col. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, who was detained Tuesday, also is suspected of supplying the killer a weapon in the fatal shooting of Politkovskaya, RIA Novosti reported. “The investigation […]

Perry Presided Over Most Executions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — As the chief executive of the state of Texas, Gov. Rick Perry has overseen more executions than any other governor in modern history, records indicate. To date, the Republican presidential primary candidate has allowed 234 death row inmates in Texas to be executed, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. That number, […]

Colombia Opts For Sovereign Public Schools

BOGOTA, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The Colombian government has decided against a controversial plan to allow private companies to finance public universities, officials said. President Juan Manuel Santos said in a press release Tuesday the government has discarded a proposal that would have ended the autonomy of public universities, El Tiempo reported. “The government accepts […]

DuPree Primary Win Historic In Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, Miss., Aug. 24 (UPI) — History was made in Mississippi when Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree became the first African-American in modern times to be a major-party nominee for governor. DuPree, 57, defeated Clarksdale lawyer and businessman Bill Luckett, 63, in the Democratic runoff Tuesday, capturing 55 percent of the vote, The (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger reported. […]

Plane Makes Emergency Landing In Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 24 (UPI) — A JetBlue airliner with 95 people aboard landed at Florida’s Orlando International Airport Tuesday after the crew declared an emergency, authorities said. JetBlue officials say the captain of Flight 577 from New York reported loss of hydraulics on two of the airplane’s four brakes. After a successful landing the […]

Ala. Immigration Law Faces Court Challenge

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug. 24 (UPI) — Opponents to Alabama’s new immigration law held a candlelight vigil in the run-up to a court hearing on whether to temporarily block enforcement of the law. Since Friday, a group of opponents have staged the vigil in advance of Wednesday’s hearing at the Hugo L. Black U.S. Courthouse in […]

Report Outlines Police Abuse In Bangladesh

LONDON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Amnesty International called on Bangladesh Wednesday to honor its pledge to halt extrajudicial executions that have killed hundreds of people. The London-based group released a report saying hardly a week goes by without someone being shot by the country’s special police force, the Rapid Action Battalion. Abbas Faiz, Amnesty International’s […]

More Mass Graves Reported In S. Kordofan

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — An advocacy group said Wednesday it confirmed the burial of human remains in the restive Sudanese state of South Kordofan. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announced a two-week cease-fire in South Kordofan to allow time for the observation of suspected South Sudanese rebels. Conflict in the border state erupted as South […]


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