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Convicted Killer Enters Penalty Phase

CLEVELAND, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell said in an apology read Monday in the penalty phase of his Cleveland trial that his crimes were “not typical” of him. Sowell, 51, was convicted in July of aggravated murder, abusing a corpse and tampering with evidence in the deaths of 11 women whose […]

Our Brains Struggle With ‘How High Is Up?’

LONDON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Our brains, so good at telling us where our bodies are on the solid Earth, don’t do so well when it comes to altitude, British researchers say. In terms of how high up we are, the brain’s internal “map” of space is surprisingly flat, scientists at University College London found. […]

Tapes Heard In Jeffs Trial Penalty Phase

SAN ANGELO, Texas, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Prosecutors presented more audio evidence to jurors Monday in the penalty phase of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs’ child sex assault trial in Texas. Jeffs was convicted in a San Angelo court Thursday of sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual assault of a child. Monday was […]

Study: Some Are Born With Math Ability

BALTIMORE, Aug. 8 (UPI) — People can be born with good math skills, just as some are born with a talent for music, art or athletics, a U.S. study suggests. Research conducted by Johns Hopkins University psychologists indicates math ability in preschool children is strongly linked to their inborn and primitive “number sense,” called an […]

Effect Of Japan Tsunami Felt In Antarctica

GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 8 (UPI) — The tsunami from the March earthquake in Japan had impacts across the world, causing the calving of icebergs a hemisphere away in Antarctica, researchers say. The finding is the first direct observation of such a connection between tsunamis and icebergs, a NASA release said Monday. Using multiple satellite images, […]

House To End Page Program

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The two most ideologically opposite but powerful House leaders jointly announced the end of the congressional page program that goes back more than 200 years. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif., said Monday the House page program, which can be traced back to the First […]

Mars Rover In Final Approach To Goal

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 8 (UPI) — NASA says its Mars rover Opportunity has gained a view of the Endeavour crater, the mission’s long-term goal since mid-2008, from just a short distance away. As it approaches the 14-mile wide crater, scientists hope to gather data from exposed rock on the crater’s western rim far older than […]

Role-playing Makes Video Games Popular

ESSEX, England, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Many people like playing video games because they can try out other identities, which makes them feel better about themselves, a researcher in Britain says. Dr. Andy Przybylski, a visiting research fellow at the University of Essex, says he and his fellow researchers wanted to find why people find […]

Brazil’s Arms Buying Up For Review Again

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Brazil’s multibillion-dollar defense acquisition program is up for review again after the latest high-profile departure from President Dilma Rousseff ‘s Cabinet. Defense Minister Nelson Jobim, who resigned after criticizing the government, was promptly replaced by former Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, heralding further change in the Latin American country’s […]

Man With Breast Cancer Denied Coverage

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 8 (UPI) — A South Carolina construction worker with breast cancer and no insurance says he’s been denied Medicaid coverage because he’s not a woman. Raymond Johnson had ignored the lump in his breast, thinking it was a cyst, until the pain prompted a July 4 weekend run to a Charleston emergency […]

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