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Man Abused Sleeping Woman On Plane

NEWARK, N.J., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A 65-year-old New Jersey man received a one-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a sleeping woman during a flight. Ramesh Advani, of Berkeley Heights, had pleaded guilty in April to reaching under the woman’s blanket and sexually assaulting her during a Continental Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Newark […]

After Iran Strike, Israel Gets Cyber Unit

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Israel’s military has set up a cyberdefense division, primarily against the Iranian threat, thus boosting the country’s cyberwar capabilities after it allegedly attacked Tehran’s nuclear program in 2010 with the Stuxnet virus and changed the face of warfare. The Jerusalem Post reports that the new unit in the […]

Police: Pinky Severed By Cigar Cutter

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Police in Missouri say a man who said he used karate to chop off part of a victim’s pinky finger actually used a cigar cutter as part of a brutal attack. After a guilty plea from Chris Daigneault, police in Harrison released video of a taped confession where Daigneault […]

Housing Starts Slide Slightly In July

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — New home construction in the United States dropped 1.5 percent in July compared to June, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Housing starts fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 604,000, off from the revised June estimate of 613,000. Permits issued for privately owned housing units also fell compared to […]

HRW Asks Arab League To Do More On Syria

CAIRO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Human Rights Watch called on members of the Arab League to have an emergency meeting to address bloodshed in Syria. The advocacy group notes that, by its estimates, around 2,000 civilians were killed at the hands of the Syrian government of Bashar Assad since the uprising began in March. Arab […]

Possible Coverup In Hacking Scandal

LONDON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A letter released Tuesday by the panel probing Britain’s phone-hacking scandal raises new questions about a possible coverup, a panel member said. Labor MP Tom Watson of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee called the 4-year-old letter written by News of the World’s former royal correspondent “absolutely devastating,” […]

Liberian Elections Key To Recovery

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Successful elections in Liberia, scheduled for October, will secure the gains made since the end of the civil war, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. The United Nations has deployed peacekeepers in Liberia since 2003 to preserve a cease-fire that ended a bloody civil war. The conflict there killed at […]

Mubarak Case Blacked Out For Security

CAIRO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A decision by a Cairo court to discontinue live television broadcasts of Hosni Mubarak’s trial was taken for national security reasons, an advocate says. Mubarak, ousted as president in the Egyptian revolution early this year, is facing a Cairo court along with Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and members of his […]

Couple No-show For Trial In Death Of Boy

EDGARD, La., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A Louisiana judge issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a mother and stepfather charged in the death of her 8-year-old son. District Judge Mary Hotard Becnel issued the warrant after Tonya and Errol Victor Sr. did not appear Monday for a final status conference for their trial […]

Fitch Says U.S. Credit Rating Is Top Shelf

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Fitch Ratings said the United States’ credit rating would remain at the top ranking of AAA and said its outlook remained stable. The affirmation comes just over a week after Standard & Poor’s downgraded the U.S. rating from Triple A to AA+, which triggered enormous upheaval in the stock […]

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