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Negotiator Accused Of Piracy Involvement

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Mohammad Saaili Shibin has been indicted on piracy charges for allegedly negotiating the ransom of four U.S. citizens held hostage by Somali pirates. Shibin, 50, was indicted Thursday in Norfolk, Va., on 15 counts for allegedly acting as a ransom negotiator for pirates who took over the M/V Marida […]

Moderate Drinking Reduces Dementia Risk

Moderate drinking — no more than two drinks a day for men and one for women — reduces risk of dementia and cognitive impairment, U.S. researchers say. Wine was more beneficial than beer or spirits.

Gunman Found Dead After Hotel Standoff

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Police say a suspect who barricaded himself into a San Rafael, Calif., hotel room and fired a gun onto a highway has been found dead in the room. The man, identified as Peter James Thomas, 38, was found dead Thursday afternoon after a 24-hour standoff with police in […]

NCO Who Doubts Obama Birth Gets Discharge

OMAHA, Aug. 19 (UPI) — The U.S. Air Force is discharging a sergeant who refused to report for duty, citing doubts about President Barack Obama’s citizenship, officials say. Staff Sgt. Daryn Moran’s commander authorized the discharge Aug. 4 when Moran said he refused to show for duty beginning Aug. 11 in Germany, Politico reported. Moran […]

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, […]

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