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Turks Strike Kurds In Iraq In Retaliation

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Turkish warplanes bombed suspected Kurdish positions in Iraq Wednesday in retaliation for a Kurdish ambush on a military convoy in Turkey, officials said. The Turkish newspaper Zaman reported that after the clash at Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey, 14 Turkish F-16 fighter jets targeted members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, […]

Virginia Boy Dies From Amoeba Infection

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Health authorities in Virginia say they may never know from which body of water a 9-year-old boy contracted a fatal case of an amoeba infection. “In all likelihood, we’re never going to pinpoint exactly where this amoeba was acquired,” said Dr. Keri Hall, the state epidemiologist, after her department […]

Wildfire Smoke Fouls Air In Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Utah officials called an air pollution alert as smoke from wildfires in Nevada and Idaho fouled air in the Salt Lake City area for the second day Wednesday. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality issued a “yellow” air pollution alert for six counties, The Salt Lake City Tribune […]

Parents Worried After Monkey Attacks Girl

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 17 (UPI) — The family of a Missouri girl injured by a monkey in a parking lot says they’re worried about her health and upset with how authorities handled the incident. As 8-year-old Tayce Nickel and her family were going to get back-to-school haircuts, the girl saw the monkey in a car […]

Jury Cannot Be Told Plaintiff Undocumented

NASHVILLE, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A jury seated to determine civil damages cannot be told a woman who was shackled while she had a baby in Tennessee is an illegal immigrant, a U.S. judge says. The judge also barred the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office from using two expert witnesses, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported. The witnesses […]

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 […]


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