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Famine Worries Linger In Horn Of Africa

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (UPI) — With more than 3 million people on the verge of starvation in Somalia, the United Nations said more help is needed to stem the humanitarian crisis. A drought plaguing much of the Horn of Africa is creating widespread famine. U.N. humanitarian officials said 3.2 million people in Somalia are […]

Police Check Out Lead In Missing Mom Case

WEST VALLEY, Utah, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Detectives investigating the disappearance of a Utah mother of two plan to travel to Ely, Nev., to check out a possible lead, police said Thursday. Sgt. Mike Powell of the West Valley Police issued a brief statement that said the department had received “information in regard to the […]

Conn. State Workers Approve Concessions

HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 18 (UPI) — Connecticut state employees Thursday ratified a concessions agreement that will save the state $1.6 billion in two years, averting layoffs, union leaders said. The agreement had been rejected in June, but Department of Social Services employee Dawn Tyson told a news conference a second vote, which ended Wednesday, was […]

Sweden Halts Official Wolf Hunt

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Sweden says it has halted a controversial licensed wolf hunt meant to cull the animals that have been attacking livestock. The Swedish government said it would consider resuming the hunt in the winter of 2012-2013, while announcing it was removing a previously set ceiling of 210 wolves that can […]

Detroit To Get Kilpatrick’s Book Proceeds

DETROIT, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Any money former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick makes from his upcoming memoirs must be used to pay $1 million in restitution to the city, a judge said. In a ruling Wednesday, Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner refused to reverse his June ruling that the proceeds from “Surrendered: The Rise, […]

Stage Collapse Kills 2 At Belgium Festival

HASSELT, Belgium, Aug. 18 (UPI) — At least two people were killed Thursday and scores injured when a stage collapsed at an outdoor music festival near Hasselt, Belgium, officials said. The town’s mayor said early reports indicated there were two dead and at least 40 people injured when the Chateau stage at the Pukkelpop festival […]

Lawyer: Bulger Girlfriend Won’t Cooperate

BOSTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Catherine Greig, longtime girlfriend of Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, entered a not guilty plea to conspiracy Thursday. Greig’s lawyer, Kevin Reddington, said after the brief hearing that his client has no intention of cooperating with the prosecution of Bulger, The Boston Globe reported. Bulger, 81, and Greig, 60, […]

Turkey Ends Bombardment Of Northern Iraq

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The Turkish military pounded Kurdish positions in northern Iraq with artillery and airstrikes, ending the bombardment early Thursday, officials said. Army commanders said the attack was in response to a raid by the Kurdistan Workers Party, usually referred to by its acronym, PKK. The New York Times reported. Nine […]

Man Guilty Of Botched Robbery, Killing

BALTIMORE, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A Baltimore man faces a life sentence with no parole for killing a young Johns Hopkins University researcher in a botched robbery. Alexander Wagner was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder and robbery, The Baltimore Sun reported. The jury deliberated for only three hours before reaching its verdict. Stephen Pitcairn, a […]

Mystery Fire Fuels Zimbabwe Power Struggle

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The death of a former army chief, a key political power broker, in a mysterious fire has fueled a struggle within Zimbabwe’s ruling party to succeed ailing dictator Robert Mugabe as the once-prosperous country verges on ruin. The dead man was Gen. Solomon Mujuru, a veteran of the guerrilla […]

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