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Maintenance Man Admits Killing Feral Cats

COLORADO SPRINGS, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A maintenance man at a mobile home park for retirees in Colorado Springs has admitted killing three cats. David Leisage faces a fine of up to $1,000 when he is sentenced, KKTV reported Monday. Investigators said Leisage, trying to keep down the number of stray cats at La Cresta […]

Ariz. Border Immigrant Deaths Drop 38 Pct

TUCSON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Migrant deaths along the Arizona border declined 38 percent in the past 10 months compared with the same period a year ago, officials said. The Border Patrol’s Tucson sector reported 132 migrant deaths for the 10 months ending July 31, down from 212 a year before, The Arizona Republic reported. […]

Mass. City Loses Discrimination Appeal

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 16 (UPI) — The long legal fight by Cambridge, Mass., officials against a racial discrimination case has made the ultimate verdict more expensive, a lawyer says. Ellen Zucker, who represents Malvina Monteiro, told The Boston Globe the city will have to pay more than $10 million. In 2008, a jury ruled Monteiro […]

Man Arraigned On Charge Of Killing Girl

KENNETT, Mo., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A Missouri man who allegedly told police he killed a 3-year-old neighbor and dumped her body in a drainage ditch was arraigned Tuesday on a murder charge. Shawn Morgan, 43, of Senath appeared at the Dunklin County courthouse under heavy guard and wearing a bulletproof vest and chains, The […]

Buzz Aldrin Battling His Family In Court

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Buzz Aldrin, the former U.S. astronaut renowned as the second man to walk on the moon, is locked in a legal battle with his estranged wife and her daughter. Aldrin, 81, filed for divorce from Lois Driggs Aldrin, his wife of 23 years, on June 15, citing irreconcilable differences. […]

Fumbling Hit Man Guilty In Texas Attack

HOUSTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A Houston jury found a Vietnamese immigrant guilty Tuesday of aggravated assault in an alleged murder-for-hire plot. There were three attempts on the life of Yvonne Stem of the Houston suburb of Bellaire, The Houston Chronicle reported. But she has since reconciled with the husband who is accused of trying […]

Egypt Launches Attack On Sinai Jihadists

EL ARISH, Egypt, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Egypt’s security forces, with Israel’s consent, have mounted a major operation against Islamist cells, supposedly linked to al-Qaida, in the Sinai Peninsula that have flourished in the unruly region since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in February. In a bizarre twist of fate, the offensive, which began […]

Panetta: Triggers Would Be ‘devastating’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday if Congress fails to reduce the deficit and automatic cuts are triggered it would be “devastating.” A debt deal enacted by Congress earlier this month would cut $917 billion in spending over 10 years. The deal also creates a congressional committee charged with […]

White House Announces Biofuels Initiative

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — President Obama Tuesday announced an initiative to spur the biofuels industry and boost U.S. energy security. The Agriculture and Energy departments and the U.S. Navy are partnering to increase biofuels use for military and commercial transportation, the White House said in a release. The three government entities will invest $510 […]

Paul Ryan Denies Presidential Aspirations

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Congressional fiscal hawk Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Tuesday tapped down a report he was mulling a possible run for president. Roll Call reported what it described as a well-placed Republican operative as saying Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, was considering entering the 2012 race but likely would decide against it. […]

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