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Va. Police Recruit’s Death Prompts Lawsuit

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 16 (UPI) — The widow of a Norfolk, Va., police recruit who died after being hit on the head during training is suing the former and present police chiefs Tuesday. Patricia Kohn is seeking up to $35 million in damages, The Virginian-Pilot reported. The lawsuit was filed in state court. John Kohn, […]

Obama Laments GOP’s ‘maximalist’ Approach

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday President Obama is dismayed by Republicans’ “maximalist” approach to the debt and deficit. Lawmakers must take action to “get our deficits and debt further under control, to take dramatic action — the kind of action that will only work if it’s done […]

Critic Slams Obama’s Cybersecurity Plan

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The White House cybersecurity plan does little to improve conditions and misguidedly focuses on punishing attack victims, a critic says. Internet Security Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Clinton said the plan, announced in May, is antiquated and not adequately adaptive for today’s cybersecurity environment, The Hill reported Tuesday. […]

Decades Of Solitary Driving Inmates Crazy

MIDWAY, Texas, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Years-long prison programs of “administrative segregation” in Texas and elsewhere are coming under attack for driving inmates crazy, critics say. More than 5,000 inmates in Texas are locked in so-called ad-seg for 23 hours a day — sometimes for decades — in cages that measure 9 feet by 7 […]

Responders Not Invited To Sept. 11 Event

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) — First responders who rushed to the disaster scene on Sept. 11, 2001, are not invited to this year’s memorial service at Ground Zero, New York officials confirm. The service is scheduled for Sept. 11, 10 years after the terror attacks. In a statement, a spokesman for New York Mayor […]

Russia’s New Stealth Fighter Debuts

ZHUKOVSKY, Russia, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Russia’s new stealth fighter jet, the Sukhoi T-50, made its public debut Tuesday at the MAKS-2011 air show near Moscow. The jet, also called the PAK FA, will enter service in 2014 or 2015, Russia’s air force chief said Tuesday, RIA Novosti reported. “We will receive a T-50 prototype […]

Alleged Adulteress Kills Self, 2 Children

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A Bangladeshi woman who killed herself and two of her children did so because she had been declared an outcast for adultery, investigators said Tuesday. The High Court ordered nine people, including the local police chief, to answer questions about Ferdousi Akhter’s murder-suicide, reported. The 35-year-old woman jumped […]

Cornyn Upset By ATF Promotions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn Tuesday bashed the decision to promote three federal law enforcement supervisors at the center of a controversial gun sting operation. The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday William G. McMahon, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ deputy director of operations in the West, and […]

Panetta: Cuts Could ‘hollow Out’ Defense

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A $350 billion cut in the U.S. Defense Department’s budget and the threat of losing $500 billion more would “result in hollowing out the force” and weaken the country’s ability to respond to threats, U.S. Defense Secretary Lean Panetta said Tuesday. “I don’t think we have to choose between our […]

Maintenance Man Admits Killing Feral Cats

COLORADO SPRINGS, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A maintenance man at a mobile home park for retirees in Colorado Springs has admitted killing three cats. David Leisage faces a fine of up to $1,000 when he is sentenced, KKTV reported Monday. Investigators said Leisage, trying to keep down the number of stray cats at La Cresta […]


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