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Machine Gun Found In Kids’ Swim Area

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A machine gun was found in the water at the Children’s Pool beach in San Diego’s La Jolla neighborhood, police say. A person walking along the seawall near the Children’s Pool noticed the MAC-10 automatic weapon and several rounds of ammunition in about 2-3 feet of water Tuesday afternoon […]

Principal Dead, Student Suspect Held

MEMPHIS, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Memphis police said they were holding a 17-year-old student suspect in the slaying of Memphis Junior Academy Principal Suzette York. York, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday morning, The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported. The suspect is a student at the Seventh-day Adventist-affiliated school, which started session Monday, the […]

9/11-related PTSD Haunts Thousands

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) — The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center left 10,000 firefighters, police officers and civilians with post-traumatic stress disorder, officials say. Many of those affect have not recovered, The New York Times reports, citing figures compiled by three Sept. 11, 2001, health programs. Those with the disorder suffer a […]

Study: Light As Well As Dark Can Up Fear

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Aug. 10 (UPI) — Biologists and psychologists have long known that light affects mood but a U.S. study indicates light may also play a role in modulating fear and anxiety. University of Virginia researchers say experiments showed intense light increases fear or anxiety in mice, which are nocturnal, in much the same way […]

SWAT Teams Responding To ‘swatting’ Hoaxes

DALLAS, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Police in the United States and Canada have been sending out SWAT teams in response to prank phone calls about fake hostage situations, officials say. The practice, called “swatting,” has been increasing in both countries in recent months, ABC News reports. A swatter or group of swatters is often behind […]

Man Hits Carport, Hides In Portable Toilet

LONGVIEW, Wash., Aug. 10 (UPI) — A Longview, Wash., man allegedly backed his Jeep into his neighbor’s carport, and then hid in a portable toilet, police say. Gordon Flavia, 56, got into his Jeep at his condominium Tuesday afternoon, put the vehicle in reverse and drove backward into his neighbor’s carport, knocking down a roof […]

Paper Currency Found To Contain BPA

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Paper money worldwide contains bisphenol A, a potentially toxic substance found in plastics, thermal paper and other products, a U.S. scientific article says. A study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology found the thermal-paper cash register receipts people routinely place near their currency in wallets, purses and pockets […]

Carney: Obama Focused On Economy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — President Barack Obama conferred with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and other top advisers on the economy Wednesday as the U.S. markets took another sharp dive. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling and Chief of Staff Bill Daley joining Obama and Bernanke in the Oval Office discussion […]

Earth ‘recyles’ Itself Faster Than Thought

MAINZ, Germany, Aug. 10 (UPI) — The volcanic recycling of crust that sinks due to the movement of Earth’s tectonic plates happens faster than previously thought, German researchers say. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz say sunken oceanic crust resurfaces from Earth’s mantle through volcanic eruptions after only 500 million years, […]

8-foot Pot Plant In Blind Woman’s Yard

ROCK HILL, S.C., Aug. 10 (UPI) — While searching for two suspects, detectives in South Carolina discovered an 8-foot tall marijuana plant growing in a blind woman’s yard, police said. Sheriffs came across the plant growing near a shed in the 57-year-old homeowner’s yard while tracking down suspects in an unrelated case Monday in Rock […]

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