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Rumors Surround Syria’s Defense Minister

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Syrian President Bashar Assad swore in Gen. Dawood Rajiha as the country’s defense minister Tuesday, the state news agency said. The official Syrian Arab News Agency reports Assad received Rajiha, a Christian, as the new defense minister “and provided him with his directives.” The announcement followed reports that former […]

$99M U.S. Navy Contract For SAIC

MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Science Applications International Corp. has won a $99 million contract from the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center for C4ISR services. The prime contract for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award. It features a one-year base period of performance and six one-year […]

Prof Said To Retaliate Against Students

CHESTER, Pa., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Widener University Law School says it suspended an instructor for allegedly retaliating against students who said he made violent, racist and sexist statements. Lawrence J. Connell, an associate professor, has been suspended for a year without pay, ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment and formally apologize, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. […]

Sony Warehouse Burned To Ground In London Riots

LONDON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — A Sony warehouse was looted of CDs and DVDs, then burned to the ground during a third day of rioting in London, a company representative said. Police struggled to gain control of the city from groups of young people who have been vandalizing businesses and vehicles, setting fires and stealing […]

Former Philippines Pres. Arroyo On Immigration Watch List

MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo cannot leave the Philippines without the government’s permission, the Bureau of Immigration said Tuesday. Arroyo has been placed on an immigration watch list due to corruption cases pending against her, Inquirer.net reported from Manila. The former president faces plunder charges alleging she illegally used hundreds […]

Search Still On For ‘crime Spree’ Siblings

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 9 (UPI) — The FBI says a massive search is ongoing for three Florida siblings on the run after allegedly shooting at a police officer and later robbing a bank. The search for 29-year-old Lee Grace Dougherty and her two brothers, Dylan, 26, and Ryan, 21, began after a police officer in […]

9-year-old’s Lost Wallet, Cash Returned

POQUOSON, Va., Aug. 9 (UPI) — The manager of a Virginia 7-Eleven said a 9-year-old’s wallet was returned with all its contents, including more than $300, after the boy posted a note. Marvin Ward, manager of the store on Wythe Creed Road in Poquoson, said the wallet was returned after the boy, identified only as […]

FBI: ‘D.B. Cooper’ Test Inconclusive

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — DNA testing of a necktie belonging to airline hijacker “D.B. Cooper” has failed to link it to a new suspect in the four-decade-old case, the FBI says. However, the bureau said, the testing does not definitely rule out a man named L.D. Cooper, now deceased, as a suspect, USA Today […]

Britain’s Trade Gap Widens

LONDON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Britain’s trade gap rose to $7.2 billion in June as exports fell by $1.9 billion and imports dropped by $1.2 billion, the government said Tuesday. Britain’s deficit in goods trading grew to $14.2 billion in June from $13.7 billion in May. In services, the trade surplus came in at $7.1 […]

Masked Men Attack Moscow Preservationists

MOSCOW, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Fifteen preservationists trying to stop the demolition of a 19th century building in Moscow were beaten by a group of some 50 masked men, activists said. They said the attackers also slashed the tires of residents’ cars and refused to allow paramedics access to people injured in the incident, The […]

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