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Fraud Charges Against Fla. Fortunetellers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Florida authorities say a family of fortunetellers is charged with fraud for allegedly swindling $40 million from desperate people who came to them for help. Federal charges were filed against nine people running businesses in Fort Lauderdale, alleging that over two decades they defrauded people who came to […]

Active U.S. Envoy To Damascus Is ‘vital’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Having an ambassador on the ground in Syria helps Washington get a better understanding of the situation as it unfolds, the U.S. State Department said. International patience with the bloodshed in Syria is evaporating though the U.N. Security Council is unable to reach a consensus resolution on the issue. Opponents […]

Father Accused Of Killing Disabled Son

THIBODAUX, La., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A Louisiana man accused of killing and decapitating his disabled son has been assigned an attorney knowledgeable in death penalty cases. District Judge Ashly Bruce Simpson selected Kerry Cuccia, director of the Capital Defense Project of Southeast Louisiana, to represent 30-year-old Jeremiah Wright, The Daily Comet of Thibodaux, La., […]

Italian Counterfeit Coin Mint Raided

NAPLES, Italy, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Police in Naples, Italy, say they’ve busted a counterfeit mint capable of making perfect copies of one-euro coins. In the Wednesday raid, police found sufficient raw material to make 10,000 euros, Italian news agency ANSA reported. The storefront facility in the center of Naples contained advanced minting machinery that […]

Young Murder Suspect Gets Third Psychiatric Exam

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A third psychiatric exam has been ordered for a 12-year-old Florida boy accused of first-degree homicide in the beating death of his 2-year-old half brother. Cristian Fernandez was arrested by Jacksonville, Fla. police in March, the day before David Galarraga died of his injuries, the Jacksonville (Fla.) Times-Union reported. […]

HRW Asks What’s Different Post-Mubarak

NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Prosecutors operating in Egypt under military authority aren’t much better at permitting dissenting voices than the previous regime, Human Rights Watch said. Human Rights Watch said there were a large number of civilians on trial in military courts for what it said were nothing more than “major” attacks on […]

Shoe Found In Search For Missing Teen

BRISBANE, Australia, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Australian authorities said they found a shoe that may belong to teenager Daniel Morcombe, who disappeared in 2003 while waiting for a bus. A search for the boy’s remains has been under way north of Brisbane for several days, Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday. Authorities have narrowed the search […]

Montreal Fire Leaves 2 Dead, 1 Critical

MONTREAL, Aug. 17 (UPI) — An early morning house fire Wednesday in Montreal killed a man and his son and left the wife and mother in critical condition, firefighters said. The fire broke out in the kitchen of a two-story, six-unit row house before 3 a.m., The (Montreal) Gazette reported. Firefighters found the 31-year-old man, […]

Russian Arms Dealer Loses Out In Libya

MOSCOW, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The cancellation of weapons contracts from Libya cost a Russian state-run arms exporter $4 billion, a head of the company said Wednesday. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last week said he supported the U.N. Security Council resolution in March that sanctioned international military action in Libya. Moscow abstained from voting on […]

Second Suit Challenges FDA Cigarette Regulations

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Five tobacco companies filed a second lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of regulations and graphic warning labels under a 2009 U.S. law. The new suit, filed Tuesday, challenges specific regulations that led to the Food and Drug Administration choosing nine graphic warning labels, The New York Times reported. The companies lost […]

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