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Bomb Squad Checked Boehner’s Office

WEST CHESTER, Ohio, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Authorities said they found no explosives after responding to a report of suspicious briefcases found at the Ohio office of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. A West Chester Township police officer noticed the three black briefcases at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Police and a […]

Border Officials Target Trains, Buses

MIAMI, Aug. 15 (UPI) — A growing number of undocumented immigrants are being caught aboard Greyhound buses and Amtrak trains, lawyers and others say. The searches on public transportation, which have not received much publicity, mark the latest attempt to crack down on undocumented immigrants, The Miami Herald reported Sunday. Steve Cribby, a spokesman for […]

Homeowners Go For Shorter Loans

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Nearly 40 percent of U.S. homeowners refinancing in the second quarter chose shorter loans, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. said Monday. Freddie Mac said 37 percent of those people off 30-year loans in a refinancing deal in the quarter chose a 15- or 20-year loan. It was the highest […]

Gulf Of Guinea Pirates Trigger Alarm

PORTO-NOVO, Benin, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Pirate attacks off the coast of West Africa are increasingly sharply in a region that is becoming a major oil-producing zone and trading hub. Security and shipping analysts say the number of attacks is underreported and that, left unchecked, the emerging crisis could soon rival the Somali piracy scourge […]

Tymoshenko Predicts End To Ukraine’s Government

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 15 (UPI) — It’s only a matter of time before the government of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych falls like other authoritarian regimes, Yulia Tymoshenko writes. Tymoshenko, a former prime minister and opposition leader, is jailed in Kiev during her trial on corruption charges stemming from a 2009 gas deal with Russian energy […]

Butte Robber May Be ‘bad Hair Bandit’

BUTTE, Mont., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Montana police say a woman who robbed a Butte bank may be the “bad hair bandit” suspected in 18 bank robberies in Oregon and Washington since 2010. A heavy-set woman wearing a wig entered the Butte bank and gave the teller a note demanding money, implying she had a […]

DRC Gears Up For November Election

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Election officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo said more people registered to vote for November presidential elections than expected. Voters in the DRC head to the polls to elect their next president in November. Slightly more than 25 million people registered for the 2006 vote. […]

Pit Bull Kills Pregnant Calif. Woman

PACIFICA, Calif., Aug. 15 (UPI) — The husband of a pregnant California woman fatally mauled by the family’s pet pit bull says he doesn’t blame the dog, which was shot and killed by police. “They are the most loving animals I have ever had in my life. Whatever happened right now was not the breed’s […]

Record Rainfall Inundates NYC

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) — The nearly 8 inches of rain soaking parts of New York City broke records, stranded drivers, and is what one would expect in a major hurricane, officials said. Sunday’s rain is the most recorded in New York City in a single day since the National Weather Service started keeping […]

Rustlers Make Off With Texas Cattle

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Rustlers struck a Fort Worth, Texas, ranch, making off with a horse trailer and an undetermined number of cows, their owner said. On Saturday,Tommy Russell, 53, went to a leased pasture where he keeps 44 head of cattle and found the thieves had cut a gate lock and […]

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