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Man Was ‘a Billionaire For A Minute’

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A Florida man said he was shocked to discover he was “a billionaire for a minute” when his bank froze his account and flagged a $999.99 million deposit. Otelo Vizcaino, 42, of Orlando, said he discovered after his card was rejected at a gas pump last week his account […]

Perry’s Dollar Dash Prompts Concern

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s work to build a funding network before entering the Republican presidential race has backers worried about some donors, observers say. Perry’s allies accepted help from a lobbyist Perry criticized last year in the GOP gubernatorial primary for apparently suggesting on film he could get meetings […]

Twins Switched For $50K Hockey Shot

FARIBULT, Minn., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Organizers of a Minnesota charity hockey event have not said whether a $50,000 prize will be awarded to a boy who made a shot while posing as his twin. Pat Smith said his 11-year-old son, Nick, had gone outside when the raffle tickets were drawn, so his twin brother, […]

Ga. Teen Arrested In Fatal Sword Attack

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A Georgia teenager has been arrested after a sword attack Monday left his great-grandmother dead and his grandmother injured, police said. The stabbing took place at a home in Douglasville, west of Atlanta, WSB-TV, Atlanta, reported. Police said the teen’s 77-year-old great-grandmother was fatally stabbed while the grandmother, thought […]

Newspaper Hacked; Fake Death Report Posted

MONTREAL, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The Web site of the French-Canadian newspaper Le Devoir in Montreal was hacked early Tuesday and wrongfully reported the provincial premier had died. Staff noticed the posting around 1 a.m., but couldn’t immediately fix it, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The article claimed 53-year-old Liberal Premier Jean Charest had died […]

North Africa Refugees Arrive In Italy

LAMPEDUSA, Italy, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A boat carrying hundreds of refugees from North Africa landed on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Tuesday, authorities said. Nearly 2,500 migrants have landed on the island off the coast of Sicily in the past three days, ANSA reported. A total of around 40,000 migrants fleeing unrest […]

Tymoshenko Wants Her Trial Slowed Down

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has urged the judge at her abuse of office trial in Kiev to slow down the proceedings. Tymoshenko said Tuesday the almost daily hearings and the amount of material to be examined is depriving her of her right to a defense, the RIA […]

Teen Questioned Over Stockholm Explosions

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A teenager arrested on suspicion of causing an explosion at a Stockholm school that injured a girl may be behind several other neighborhood blasts, police said. The explosion at the Solbacken preschool was the result of a powerful homemade firecracker and a 4-year-old girl’s hands were injured in the […]

Serbia Appeals U.S. Death Sentence

RENO, Nev., Aug. 16 (UPI) — The Serbian government has appealed to a U.S. court to spare the life of a Serbian citizen currently facing execution in Nevada, officials said. The Serbian consulate said it was not informed about the arrest of Avram Nika as required by international law, and the Serbian government maintains such […]

Protesters Can’t Stop Bridge Construction

PRISTINA, Kosovo, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A commander of NATO-led forces in Kosovo has told villagers in the Serb enclave of Priluzje he can’t stop the construction of a bridge over the Sitnica River. However, Erhard Buehler assured the group his troops would be there permanently to provide security, Serbian broadcaster B92 reported Tuesday. The […]

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