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Sinkhole Forms Under Boston’s ‘Big Dig’

BOSTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Ground under Boston’s “Big Dig” tunnel has settled more than expected, creating a large sinkhole, transportation officials say. Frank DePaola, acting highway administrator for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, revealed the problem Wednesday at a meeting of the agency’s board. He said the sinkhole is not an immediate safety threat, […]

U.S. Military Loses Second Hypersonic Aircraft

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Aug. 11 (UPI) — The U.S. military Thursday lost its second Falcon HTV-2 hypersonic aircraft in just over a year — a total loss of $308 million, officials said. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said it lost contact with the Falcon, an unmanned aircraft capable of flying 20 […]

Paris Concerned By Tymoshenko Trial

PARIS, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The French Foreign Ministry said it has serious concerns about the trial against Ukrainian opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Tymoshenko was sent to jail this week in connection with an ongoing trial in Kiev. She is under investigation for abuse of power in connection with a 2009 […]

Gadhafi Envoys In London Fire Sale

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Officials loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi tried to sell assets to raise cash for the regime before they were kicked out of London, sources say. British Foreign Secretary William Hague this week said representatives of the rebel-backed Transitional National Council in Libya were staffing the Libyan Embassy in London. […]

Arrest Made In Florida Killings

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) — Authorities in Florida say police have made an arrest in connection with the death of four people in Ocala, found by firefighters in a burning home. James Edward Bannister, 31, is in custody facing four counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel […]

Camel Breeder Blames Qatar For Deaths

DOHA, Qatar, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The owner of a Qatari camel-breeding farm where 15 racing camels died has criticized the state-run animal husbandry department that blamed him for the deaths. The department had accused farm owner Misfer Safran Al Merri of improperly preparing a solution of pesticide that allegedly led to the death of […]

Pfizer Begins Payments In Drug Trial Case

KANO, Nigeria, Aug. 11 (UPI) — U.S.-based pharmaceutical company Pfizer has agreed to compensation for four Nigerian families involved in a controversial drug trial, authorities said. Children of the families were among 200 children given the experimental anti-meningitis drug Trovan in 1996 during a meningitis epidemic in the Nigerian city of Kano as part of […]

Student Says He Plotted Death Of Principal

MEMPHIS, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A student charged with the murder of a Memphis private school principal told police he didn’t like her and had planned the act for months, authorities said. Eduardo Marmolejo, 17, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Suzette York, his principal at the Memphis Junior Academy, who […]

Afghan Taliban Reintegrating, U.S. Says

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Taliban foot soldiers are slowly taking steps to reintegrate themselves into the society in Afghanistan, a top U.S. commander said. The U.N. Security Council in June voted to split sanctions imposed on al-Qaida and Taliban members. The process is seen as part of an effort to clear moderate elements […]

Judge Asked To Dismiss Patdown Lawsuit

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 11 (UPI) — Attorneys for the Richmond, Va., International Airport and a man who claimed airport security violated his rights argued whether the case should be dismissed. Federal attorneys argued security personnel at a checkpoint acted properly, while the attorney representing 21-year-old Aaron Tobey of Charlottesville, Va., said security personnel went too […]


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