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Trenton, N.J., Diocese Pays $1M To 5 Men

LAWRENCE, N.J., Aug. 17 (UPI) — The Catholic diocese of Trenton, N.J., has agreed to pay $1 million to five men who said they were molested as altar boys by the same priest, their lawyer says. Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston lawyer, held a news conference Tuesday outside the diocese’s headquarters, The Times of Trenton reported. […]

Reputed Mob Associate, 87, Gets 35 Years

CHICAGO, Aug. 17 (UPI) — An 87-year-old reputed mob associate with a long arrest record in Chicago received his first prison sentence Wednesday, 35 years for building a bomb. Samuel Volpendesto appeared in federal court in a wheelchair, the Chicago Tribune reported. His head drooped when he heard the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge […]

Whistle-blower Says SEC Destroyed Files

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, says he’s looking into a whistle-blower’s claims the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission destroyed evidence. Grassley sent a letter sent to SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro Wednesday saying an SEC attorney, Darcy Flynn, claimed the commission destroyed evidence from preliminary investigations, The Hill reported. The investigations […]

Napolitano Urges Security Awareness

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Wednesday urged the private sector to support the government’s expanded security-awareness campaign. “My hope and my charge to you today is to help us spread this public awareness message,” The Hill reported Napolitano told a crowd of business owners at the U.S. Chamber of […]

Oregon Holds Execution Rehearsal

SALEM, Ore., Aug. 17 (UPI) — The Oregon State Penitentiary has held a practice run for what could be the state’s first execution in almost 15 years. The rehearsal was held Tuesday, which had been Gary Haugen’s scheduled execution date, The Portland Oregonian reported. The execution was postponed when the state Supreme Court ruled in […]

Obama: Waffles … Pie … Yum …

MATKINSON, Ill., Aug. 17 (UPI) — President Obama had more on his mind than the economy and jobs during a town hall meeting in Illinois Wednesday: He was thinking of food. It started with acknowledgements before Obama began his introductory remarks. “I want to thank the Waffle family — the Wyffels family, I haven’t had […]

U.N. Peacekeeper Chained For 3 Months

EL FASHER, Sudan, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A U.N. peacekeeper spent three months chained to a tree in Sudan before finally being freed by his captors in January, the United Nations revealed Thursday. Istvan Papp, 55, was working with the U.N.-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfar, where he oversaw the disarmament program, when kidnappers appeared […]

Police: Man Arrested For Fake Crack

GASTONIA, N.C., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Police in North Carolina said they arrested a man who allegedly packaged rocks of soap to resemble crack cocaine. Gastonia police said Victor White, 51, was confronted by an officer who saw him leave an open container of alcohol on a sidewalk early Tuesday and the officer noticed White […]

$640K Hidden In Tortilla Press Machines

HEBRON, Ky., Aug. 17 (UPI) — U.S. Customs officers at a Kentucky airport said they found nearly $640,000 concealed in tortilla press machines shipped from Mexico. Brian Bell, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said officers at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport drilled into one of the presses’ rollers Saturday when the X-ray […]

White Sox Play Video Games With Soldiers

CHICAGO, Aug. 17 (UPI) –  Chicago White Sox players linked up online to U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to play a few rounds of “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” Players Matt Thornton, Chris Sale and A.J. Pierzynski were joined by several soldiers at U.S. Cellular Field and linked up to those serving in […]

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