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No Early Sept. Japan-U.S. Summit

TOKYO, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A U.S.-Japan summit early next month has been set aside, a Japanese official said Friday, apparently because the Japanese prime minister may soon leave office. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, citing “Japan’s current political situation,” said the two sides decided against planning the summit between Prime Minister Naoto Kan and […]

Hackers Breach BART Union Site

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Hackers cracked into a the BART Police Officers’ Association Web site and released the names of 102 BART officers online, authorities say. The hack, carried out Wednesday, was in response to the temporary disabling of underground cellular and Wi-Fi service at downtown San Francisco BART stations, the San Francisco […]

ATF Says Agents Were Not Promoted

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms denies a published report that three of its agents involved in a controversial weapons operation were promoted. The agency said Wednesday the agents were transferred to Washington from Phoenix with no change in rank and pay grade. “They did not receive salary or […]

Ohio Brother Accused Of Killing Sister

DAYTON, Ohio, Aug. 19 (UPI) — An Ohio man is accused of killing his sister, who helped send him to jail on bank fraud charges, police say. Montgomery County sheriff’s arrested Zachary Burba, 39, Wednesday for allegedly killing his sister with a single gunshot to the head, three weeks after he was released from federal […]

British Council Targeted In Suicide Blasts

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Two suicide explosions went off Friday near the British Council in the Afghan capital of Kabul, with casualties reported, authorities said. CNN reported at least four were injured in the attacks. One of the attackers set off the first blast after driving his explosives-laden vehicle close to the British […]

Relatives Deny Girl’s Abuse Death

PHOENIX, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Four relatives of a 10-year-old Phoenix girl who died inside a plastic box have pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse charges. Judith Deal, 72, the dead girl’s grandmother; Cynthia Stolzmann, 39, her aunt; and two other family members, John and Samantha Allen, both 23, appeared in court Wednesday, […]

Nogales Tunnel Allegedly Used For Drugs

NOGALES, Ariz., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Two young men and a juvenile have been charged with smuggling a ton of marijuana through a tunnel between Nogales, Mexico, and Nogales, Ariz. The trio were arrested Tuesday, the Nogales (Ariz.) International reported. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said they were in a truck loaded with more than 2,600 […]

Former Wis. Governor To Run For Senate

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson has announced campaign co-chairmen, but stopped short of formally announcing he will run for the U.S. Senate. Thompson said Wednesday that state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Jim Klauser, a top aide to Thompson when he was governor, will be the co-chairmen of […]

2 Plead Guilty In Swastika Branding Case

ALBUQUERQUE, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Two New Mexico men pleaded guilty Thursday to hate crimes in a racially motivated attack on a developmentally disabled Navajo man, federal prosecutors said. Paul Beebe, 27, and Jesse Sanford, 25, had entered Alford pleas last month in state court, where they were accused of branding a swastika and drawing […]

Guilty Plea In Times Square Bomb Case

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A New York man pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to running an unlicensed money transfer business between the United States and Pakistan. One of the money transfers facilitated by Mohammad Younis was used to fund the May 1, 2010, attempt by Faisal Shahzad to set off a car […]

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