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Record Numbers Of Mosquitoes Plague Fla.

TITUSVILLE, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Authorities in Florida say mosquito breeding in marshes, ponds and puddles along the state’s so-called Space Coast has hit historic levels. Officials with Brevard County Mosquito Control said Friday they would spray mosquito-killing pesticides across more than 3 million acres by summer’s end, the highest total in at least […]

Victims Of Eilat Attacks Buried In Israel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Three victims of the attacks near Eilat — an intelligence officer, a military sergeant and a civilian — were buried Friday in Israel. Paskal Avrahami, 49, a veteran counter-terrorism expert, and Staff Sgt. Moshe Naftali were both buried in Mount Herzl, the national cemetery in Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Post reported. […]

Overloaded Backpacks Can Injure Children

NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Overstuffed backpacks can injure schoolchildren, says an expert, who asks parents to make sure their kids aren’t lugging around “unnecessary items.” Dr. Joshua Hyman, director of orthopedic surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, said in a statement millions of children will be at risk of injury when they return […]

FAA Bans Air Race At Calif. Air Show

CAMARILLO, Calif., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Federal officials say they’ve refused permission for a California air show to host a controversial air race, citing concern over the safety of spectators. The decision by the Federal Aviation Administration prohibits the Ultimate Air Race Championship from staging a high-speed race at the Camarillo Air Show this weekend, […]

Mexico Traffickers Indicted In Seattle

SEATTLE, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Fifteen people were in custody Friday after a Seattle grand jury indicted members of an alleged Mexican drug smuggling ring, federal prosecutors said. Eighteen individuals were named in the indictment against the reputed Sinaloa ring, which allegedly smuggled methamphetamines and heroin across the border into Arizona and then shipped it […]

Fla. City Bans Swimming For Health Concern

PALM BAY, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Authorities in Palm Bay, Fla., say they’ve closed a popular local swimming lake out of fears of a possibly deadly amoeba affecting swimmers. Palm Bay city officials fear the microscopic amoeba that can cause fatal swelling of the brain and its lining after entering the body through swimmers’ […]

More Dead Birds Found In Chicago Park

CHICAGO, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Chicago officials say more dead wildfowl have been found in a city park and have warned residents against fishing in or walking pets near ponds there. Seven dead geese and two dead mallard ducks were collected Thursday from near an island in a lagoon in McKinley Park, the Chicago Tribune […]

Russ Feingold Plans To Sit Out 2012

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold told supporters Friday he has no plans to run for office in Wisconsin next year. Feingold, a Democrat, sent an e-mail message saying he wants to continue teaching at Marquette Law School, where he is a full-time professor, and to finish a book on the […]

London Says Kabul Attacks Were ‘cowardly’

LONDON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — London condemned the “vicious and cowardly” suicide attacks Friday near a British compound in Afghanistan on the country’s Independence Day. On Friday, Afghanistan marked its 92nd year of independence from Great Britain. Independence Day was marked by twin suicide attacks near the British Council in Kabul, leaving at least three […]

Strong Storm Strikes Minnesota

BEMIDJI, Minn., Aug. 19 (UPI) — A thunderstorm packing powerful winds toppled trees, utility poles and utility lines, and flooded roadways in Minnesota early Friday, officials said. The storm hit between 1 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. In Bemidji and areas to the east, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office said. Falling trees struck several unoccupied cars, […]


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