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Police Officer Accused Of Sexual Assault

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A Philadelphia police officer is being investigated after a woman accused him of assaulting her while he was on duty, authorities said. Philadelphia Special Victims Unit and Internal Affairs investigators began looking into matter after the woman reported the alleged assault early Thursday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The woman, in […]

USPS To Cut Workforce, Benefits

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The U.S. Postal Service is looking to cut its workforce and change employee benefits in an attempt to cap a financial crisis, officials say. However, to meet its goal, the USPS would have to circumvent union contracts that prohibit layoffs by petitioning Congress, The Washington Post reported Thursday. In a […]

Lawyer: Student Apologized For Gay Video

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Aug. 12 (UPI) — The New Jersey grand jury that charged a college student with recording his roommate caressing another man was given incomplete information, lawyers said. Dharun Ravi’s defense team asked a judge in Middlesex County to dismiss charges against him, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday. Ravi, 19, a Plainsboro, N.J., […]

Man Killed In London By Falling Masonry

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A patron at the sidewalk cafe of an expensive restaurant was killed by a piece of masonry that broke loose from a building and landed on him, witnesses said. Friends identified the dead man as Peter Westropp, 27, The Independent reported. Westropp worked in London’s financial district and lived in […]

Woman Tried To Sell Baby, Gets 5 Years

HOLLY HILL, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) — A Holly Hill, Fla., grandmother who said she wanted her infant grandson to have a better life was sentenced to five years in prison for trying to sell him. Patty Bigbee, 46, pleaded no contest to the illegal sale of the child for $30,000 in June and was […]

Clinton Urges Funding For Food Program

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged support Thursday for President Barack Obama’s “Feed The Future” program, which faces a drastic budget cut. Clinton, addressing the International Food Policy Research Bureau in Washington, said the East African drought would have been even more devastating than it has been without the […]

Telephone Trumps Social Media By Teens

ATLANTA, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Many parents may think teens prefer social media over the telephone, but Georgia researchers say most teens favor the telephone. Dr. Martha S. Tingen, the Charles W. Linder Endowed Chair in Pediatrics at Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta, surveyed 188 ninth-11th graders in four rural Georgia counties. Nearly 54 […]

Pipe Bomb Found On Okla. Gas Line

OKEMAH, Okla., Aug. 11 (UPI) — Authorities said they discovered a pipe bomb attached to a natural gas line on a remote site in Oklahoma. The 12-by-12-inch pipe bomb, disarmed by FBI and state officials, was found near Okemah, about 70 miles east of Oklahoma City Wednesday, The Oklahoman reported. The Okfuskee County Sheriff’s Department […]

Missing Grandsons Found In Mexico

TIJUANA, Mexico, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The three abducted grandsons of U.S. Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif., have been found unharmed in Tijuana, Mexico, police said. The boys, an 11-year-old and twin 9-year-olds, were found with their mother, Jennifer A. Lopez and her husband George DeJongh, in the Mesa de Otay section of Tijuana, The San […]

Appeals Court Overturns Death Penalty

CINCINNATI, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A man sentenced to death in a 1984 killing had his conviction overturned after a federal appeals court in Ohio found his due process rights had been violated. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled John David Stumpf’s rights were violated when prosecutors led a lower court […]

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