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Stolen Tombstones Show Up In Back Yard

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Sheriff’s deputies in San Bernardino, Calif., found 24 stolen tombstones in a back yard while serving a search warrant in a narcotics investigation. Authorities are now trying to identify the markers to they can be matched to the proper grave sites, The (Riverside, Calif.) Press-Enterprise reports. The granite […]

Alleged ‘Bad Hair Bandit’ In Custody

AUBURN, Calif., Aug. 17 (UPI) — The FBI said Wednesday a woman suspected of being the “Bad Hair Bandit” is in custody in California. Cynthia Van Holland, 46, of Hayden, Idaho, and her alleged getaway driver, Christopher Alonzo, 26, also of Hayden, were arrested Monday following a bank holdup in Auburn, Calif., The Seattle Times […]

NYU Pays Employee Taunted By Racist Slurs

NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (UPI) — New York University paid a library worker $210,000 for being ridiculed by his supervisor with racist remarks, officials say. The NYU employee, Osei Agyemang, an immigrant from Ghana, filed a lawsuit against the school last September through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York Daily News reported. Agyemang’s […]

Thieves Steal Donations To Cancer Charity

NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Money collected for a cancer charity in honor of a 5-year-old boy with the disease was stolen by a couple in a sport utility vehicle, a New York man says. Philip Carone, 63, told the New York Daily News he had been collecting donations outside his mother’s house in […]

Groups Slam Weak Coal Ash Protections

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Environmental groups say a study shows U.S. regulations are inadequate to protect public health and drinking water, near on coal ash disposal sites. Earthjustice and Appalachian Mountain Advocates released the study Wednesday, a review of regulations in 37 states which together are responsible for almost 98 percent of all coal […]

Turks Strike Kurds In Iraq In Retaliation

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Turkish warplanes bombed suspected Kurdish positions in Iraq Wednesday in retaliation for a Kurdish ambush on a military convoy in Turkey, officials said. The Turkish newspaper Zaman reported that after the clash at Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey, 14 Turkish F-16 fighter jets targeted members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, […]

Virginia Boy Dies From Amoeba Infection

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Health authorities in Virginia say they may never know from which body of water a 9-year-old boy contracted a fatal case of an amoeba infection. “In all likelihood, we’re never going to pinpoint exactly where this amoeba was acquired,” said Dr. Keri Hall, the state epidemiologist, after her department […]

Wildfire Smoke Fouls Air In Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Utah officials called an air pollution alert as smoke from wildfires in Nevada and Idaho fouled air in the Salt Lake City area for the second day Wednesday. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality issued a “yellow” air pollution alert for six counties, The Salt Lake City Tribune […]

Parents Worried After Monkey Attacks Girl

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 17 (UPI) — The family of a Missouri girl injured by a monkey in a parking lot says they’re worried about her health and upset with how authorities handled the incident. As 8-year-old Tayce Nickel and her family were going to get back-to-school haircuts, the girl saw the monkey in a car […]

Jury Cannot Be Told Plaintiff Undocumented

NASHVILLE, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A jury seated to determine civil damages cannot be told a woman who was shackled while she had a baby in Tennessee is an illegal immigrant, a U.S. judge says. The judge also barred the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office from using two expert witnesses, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported. The witnesses […]

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