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Recalls Put Wis. Senate Control In Play

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Six Wisconsin Republican state senators face recall votes Tuesday, putting control of the state’s upper chamber in play. One Democratic senator has withstood a recall attempt, and on Aug. 16, two more Democrats will face recall votes. State Government Accountability Board officials won’t offer turnout projections, but people on […]

U.N.’s Ban Hails U.S. Genocide Measure

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Measures declared last week by Washington to work to prevent genocide and mass atrocities are positive steps, the U.N. secretary-general said. U.S. President Barack Obama called for an atrocities prevention board to respond quickly to early signs of alleged human rights abuses. Human rights abusers and war criminals would […]

Dagestan Street Brawl Leaves Seven Dead

MOSCOW, Aug. 9 (UPI) — An argument in the Dagestan region turned violent, escalating into a street fight in which seven people died, including a young girl, Russian police said. Police said the confrontation between two groups of young men in the republic’s Untsukulovsky district disintegrated rapidly into a shootout, The Moscow News reported. About […]

Crude Oil Reacts To Equity Drama

NEW YORK, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Crude oil prices climbed above $81 per barrel in New York, after hitting a 10-month low Monday with prices mirroring the volatility on Wall Street. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, crude oil added 57 cents to reach $81.88 per barrel after dropping 7 percent earlier as markets reacted […]

No Conclusion Yet In Death Of Homeless Man

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Prosecutors in California said they are still investigating whether Fullerton police used excessive force against a homeless man suffering from schizophrenia. Kelly Thomas, 37, died several days after being confronted by six Fullerton officers at a bus depot last month, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. Orange County District […]

Russia Top Court Affirms Spy Case Sentence

MOSCOW, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Russia’s top court upheld the 25-year prison sentence meted out in absentia to the foreign intelligence officer who revealed a spy ring in the United States. The court’s ruling Tuesday reaffirmed a Moscow military district court decision that found 59-year-old Col. Alexander Poteyev guilty of high treason in June, the […]

Philadelphia Targets Youth Flash Mob Attacks

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Mayor Michael Nutter has warned youths they will face the full force of the city’s criminal justice system if they assault anyone in Philadelphia. Nutter issued the warning during an announcement of earlier curfews and increased police patrols designed to prevent attacks by groups of roving youths, the Philadelphia Daily […]

U.S. Goes After For-profit College Firm

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The U.S. government has intervened in a whistle-blower lawsuit against one of the nation’s largest for-profit college firms, the Justice Department said. The suit against Education Management Corp. of Philadelphia was filed by two former employees who accused the company of violating a federal law that prohibits paying incentive-based compensation […]

Canadian PM Talks Business In Brazil

BRASILIA, Brazil, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper promoted further trade and economic ties between Brazil and Canada in Sao Paulo for a second day Tuesday. Harper and a contingent of political and business leaders arrived in Brasilia Monday and were greeted by President Dilma Rousseff. Throughout the day at Planalto Palace, […]

Feds, Ala. School District Hit Deseg Deal

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The U.S. Justice Department reached a settlement with the Pickens County, Ala., school board to eliminate racial disparities in its system, the department said. Under terms of the agreement, the board, working with state officials, will develop policies and programs to eliminate racial disparities in student discipline, grade retention, graduation […]


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