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Militants Hit Checkpoints In Sinai

CAIRO, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Gunmen attacked seven checkpoints Friday in Sinai, Egyptian security officers said. Sources in the security forces told Al-Masry Al-Youm there was an hourlong gun battle at the Reisa checkpoint on the road to Jordan. Traffic was halted 2 two hours there. The attacks began Thursday night. Militants bombed a natural […]

U.N. Agency Sends Food To Bangladesh

NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Thousands of destitute families, driven from their homes by severe flooding in Bangladesh, remain stranded on sandbanks, the United Nations said Friday. Heavy rain in the past two weeks has left parts of Satkhira district in southwestern Bangladesh underwater, Michael Dunford, country director for the World Food Program, said. […]

2 Irish Women Killed In Turkey

IZMIR, Turkey, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A teenage waiter in Turkey has admitted killing two Northern Irish women, saying one victim refused to let him marry her daughter, authorities said Friday. The alleged killer, identified as Recep C., 17, offered to give the women a tour of the area around Izmir in western Turkey, Today’s […]

Tropical Storm Harvey Forms In Gulf

MIAMI, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Harvey formed in the Gulf of Mexico Friday and was approaching the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula with sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. Harvey was located about 240 miles east-southeast of Belize City and was moving west at 12 mph, the National Weather Service said […]

U.K. Police Detective Charged With Leaking

LONDON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A detective constable with London’s Metropolitan Police has been charged with leaking information on the investigation into phone hacking. The man, 51, was released on bail Thursday after being arrested at work and suspended from the force, the BBC reported. He was part of Operation Weeting, the investigation of phone […]

Poll: Student Loans OK; Grants Not So Much

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Most U.S. voters favor keeping government loans for poor and middle-income students but are less keen on federal grants that aren’t repaid, a survey indicated. Results of the Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday indicated 75 percent of likely U.S. voters think the government should make loans available to a good […]

Paraplegic Plans Solo Skydive

MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C., Aug. 19 (UPI) — A North Carolina man who lost the use of his legs in 2005 said he is training to become one of the few paraplegics able to skydive solo. Patrick Nichols, 30, who became paraplegic after a motorcycle accident, said he has been training for months at the Appalachian […]

Van Thief Took Children Home

NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A New York man said a thief who stole his van from outside of a store returned the vehicle to his house when he discovered two children were inside. Sebastian Russo, 37, said his sons, John, 7, and Robert, 5, were in the 2010 Honda Odyssey with the family […]

Cancer Patient Ordered To Stop Yard Sales

SALEM, Ore., Aug. 19 (UPI) — An Oregon woman who has been holding garage sales to pay medical bills from her bone cancer treatment said city officials forced her to shut down the operation. Jan Cline of Salem said she held the weekend sales in her back yard to keep them from bothering neighbors after […]

Creationist Group Plans Noah’s Ark Replica

PETERSBURG, Ky., Aug. 19 (UPI) — The ministry behind Kentucky’s Creation Museum said it plans to create a replica of Noah’s ark — 500 feet long and 80 feet high — by 2014. The group, Answers in Genesis, said it is planning to have a team of Amish builders create the ark from wood in […]

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