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Libyan Asks Canada For Refugee Status

OTTAWA, Aug. 10 (UPI) — One of the Libyan diplomats ordered to leave Canada is seeking refugee status in Ottawa in a bid to avoid going home, immigration officials said. The unidentified man is one of four remaining diplomats at the Libyan embassy. They were told Monday night by the Foreign Affairs department they had […]

Private Indicted For Fort Hood Bomb Plot

WACO, Texas, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A federal grand jury sitting in Waco, Texas, indicted the Kentucky soldier accused of planning an attack on Fort Hood, officials said. Pfc. Naser Abdo was charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a fugitive from justice, KXXV-TV, Waco, reported […]

Gaza Suffers Telecommunications Blackout

GAZA, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Internet, mobile phone service and landlines were cut off in Gaza Strip areas, sparking fear of an impending Israeli offensive, officials said Wednesday. Telecommunications were severed late Tuesday in many areas but Israeli Internet servers remained online and people with Blackberry mobile phones were able to communicate in some areas, […]

Blast Rocks California Industrial Complex

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 (UPI) — An explosion rocked an industrial complex in Sylmar, Calif., injuring two employees, one of them an off-duty Los Angeles firefighter, police said. A fire department spokesman said the blast tore a hole in the roof of a family-owned alternative-energy business and shattered windows of nearby buildings in the complex, […]

Israeli ADHD Sufferers To Combat Units

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 10 (UPI) — The Israeli army has agreed to allow those suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to join combat units, officials said. Due to the increased number of draftees diagnosed with ADHD, the army’s Medical Corps released new criteria allowing draftees to enlist in combat units, Haaretz reported Wednesday. Those […]

Report: Kan Could Resign This Month

TOKYO, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, under pressure since the March 11 quake-triggered nuclear plant crisis, may resign as early as this month, lawmakers said. The resignation of Kan, in office only since June of last year, could come after parliament gives its nod by Aug. 26 to two major bills […]

China’s Aircraft Carrier Begins Sea Trial

BEIJING, Aug. 10 (UPI) — China’s first aircraft carrier Wednesday began its maiden sea trial with the state media saying it will serve mainly as a platform for experiment and training. The refitted vessel left its shipyard at Dalian Port in northeast China’s Liaoning Province Wednesday morning, Xinhua news agency reported. It quoted military sources […]

D.C. Flight Encounters Turbulence

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Turbulence forced an American Airlines Boeing 737 headed to Washington to divert to Charleston, W.Va., the airline said. American spokeswoman Dori Alvarez said Flight 734 from Miami was carrying 152 passengers and a crew of six when it encountered severe turbulence en route to the nation’s capital Tuesday, the Washington […]

Group Reveals Plans For Caylee Anthony Memorial

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 10 (UPI) — On what would have been the sixth birthday for Caylee Anthony, the Florida girl whose death became a national fixation, a group unveiled plans for a memorial. Bring Kids Home, a nationwide organization for missing and abused children, is behind the memorial and paired with Orlando, Fla., local artist […]

Gun Found In Playmate’s Carry-on Bag

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 10 (UPI) — A 26-year-old Playboy Playmate was arrested at Orlando International Airport in Florida after she tried to board a plane with a revolver, police said. The gun was discovered in Shanna Marie McLaughlin’s duffle bag when it went through an X-ray machine at an airport security checkpoint, the Orlando Sentinel […]


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