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Battle Rages For Last Libyan Oil Refinery

ZAWIYAH, Libya, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A fierce battle raged Thursday as rebels and Gadhafi-regime loyalists fought for control of Libya’s only working oil refinery, residents and witnesses said. The battle for the 120,000-barrel-a-day refinery in Zawiyah could be decisive in determining whether the rebels win control of the strategic Mediterranean coast city 30 miles […]

Report: Syria Adopts Shoot-on-sight Policy

YAYLADAGI, Turkey, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Syrian security forces have adopted a shoot-on-sight policy to prevent Syrians from fleeing into Turkey, activists and people who crossed the border alleged. The accusation came as the United Nations was expected to propose the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, investigate Syrian President Bashar Assad and his […]

Officials Worry About Solitary Terrorists

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A so-called lone-wolf terrorist may be the greatest threat within the United States, officials say. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security, in a bulletin Tuesday, reminded law enforcement agencies of Anders Behring Breivik, charged with 78 deaths in Norway, CNN reported. Breivik allegedly killed eight people in a bombing […]

Obama Wraps Up Midwest Swing

ALPHA, Ill., Aug. 18 (UPI) — President Barack Obama wrapped up a three-day bus tour in the Midwest with an open-air town hall meeting Wednesday in a rural village in northwestern Illinois. In his opening remarks at the Country Corner, a store in Alpha, the president talked of the economic problems facing the United States. […]

Harsh Riot Sentences Criticized

LONDON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — While British Prime Minister David Cameron applauds the harsh sentences handed to rioters, his Liberal Democratic allies are less enthusiastic. Lawyers have warned there appears to be a “post-code lottery,” with judges in some districts being far more severe, The Daily Telegraph reported. Two young men who tried unsuccessfully to […]

Endangered Frog Sustains Another Setback

FRESNO, Calif., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Attempts to reintroduce endangered yellow-legged frogs in California were derailed by the death of 104 frogs in a zoo’s breeding tanks, zoo officials said. Federal officials believe fewer than 200 of the federally endangered species of frog exist in the wild, the Los Angeles Times reported. Their natural habitat […]

Rick Perry Comments On Climate Change, Obama

BEDFORD, N.H., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican presidential hopeful, says global warming has been “politicized” and “is more and more being put into question.” In a campaign appearance in Bedford, N.H., Perry said Wednesday he believes global warming is not taking place, The Hill reported. “I do think global warming […]

Refugees Being Moved To Mainland In Italy

LAMPEDUSA, Italy, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Thousands of immigrants authorities say they believe are from sub-Saharan Africa are arriving in Italy. Lampedusa, an island off of Italy’s southern coast, has received 2,600 refugees, who are arriving by boat, since the weekend, ANSA reported. Boats are taking the refugees to immigrant reception centers in mainland cities […]

Man Charged In $200K Scam

MIDDLESEX, Mass., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A Weston, Mass., man has been charged with stealing a total of $200,000 from four women he met on Internet dating sites, officials say. A Middlesex, Mass., grand jury indicted Albert Lovering, 54,on 23 counts of larceny, The Boston Globe reported. Lovering, who was arraigned Wednesday morning, conned the […]

Convicted Child Killer Execution Date Set

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A judge in Texas has set a November date for the execution of a man who raped and killed a young girl 12 years ago. State District Judge Mary Roman announced Tuesday that Guadalupe Esparza is to be executed by lethal injection Nov 16, the San Antonio (Texas) Express-News […]

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