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Construction Spending Up A Touch In June

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Construction spending for June rose above the the revised May estimate, but stayed below spending a year earlier, the U.S Census Bureau reported Monday. Spending during June was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $772.3 billion, 0.2 percent above the previous month’s revised estimate of $770.5 billion. June’s […]

Rescuers Sue Woman They Pulled From Car

MARION, Ohio, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Two Ohio men who rescued a woman from a burning vehicle are now suing her, saying they suffered permanent and disabling injuries during the rescue. David Kelley and Mark Kinkaid of Marion filed a lawsuit against Theresa Tanner, alleging she was responsible for the accident that led to the […]

Man Faces Sentencing In Ivory Case

NANTUCKET, Mass., Aug. 1 (UPI) — A Massachusetts scrimshaw artist facing sentencing in an ivory smuggling case is no smuggler, just a man who uses ivory “as his medium,” his lawyer said. Charles Manghis of Nantucket, convicted of conspiring to smuggle ivory into the United States, faced sentencing in federal court Monday, The Boston Globe […]

Arrests After Philly Flash-mob Attacks

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Police say four people, including an 11-year-old boy, have been arrested for allegedly participating in a flash-mob attack at Philadelphia’s City Center. Raymond Gatling, 19, was arrested along with three juveniles, ages 11, 16 and 17, for allegedly taking part in a youth mob of 20 to 40 people Friday […]

Twitter Takes Down Fake Va. Police Account

ROANOKE, Va., Aug. 1 (UPI) — A seemingly official Twitter account of the Virginia Sate Police, with links to its Web site, was suspended after it was found to be fake, officials said. The account featured the official seal of the agency and included information on the force, with postings linking to actual agency releases, […]

Battle Rages Near Somali Refugee Camp

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Somalia’s al-Shabaab battled African peacekeepers near a refugee camp outside Mogadishu as the group continued to block aid Sunday, witnesses said. “They are trying to make it very impossible for the humanitarian groups,” Lt. Colonel Paddy Ankunda of the African Union force told ABC. The militant Islamic group has […]

London Worried By Turkey’s Borders

LONDON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — There are concerns about the security of the Turkish border in the event Ankara secures membership to the European Union, London said. Turkish efforts to join the European Union hit a snag last year because of opposition expressed by several European governments. Some European lawmakers expressed concerns about Turkish acrimony […]

Boeing Resumes EMARSS Work

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 1 (UPI) — The U.S. Army reports that Boeing has resumed work in building the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance Surveillance System. The stop-order on the project, which came amid a bidding war with protests last December against the Army and its selection process, was lifted in June. The three losing bidders — […]

Sentence Imposed In Texas RICO Case

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A federal judge has sentenced an alleged member of a Texas-based prison gang on racketeering and drug charges. Miguel “Mike” Guerrero, 39, of Uvalde, Texas, was sentenced to 18 years for violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, known as RICO, the San Antonio Express-News reported Monday. Prosecutors […]

Casey Anthony Told To Report For Probation

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 1 (UPI) — A Florida judge Monday morning ordered Casey Anthony to report for probation for a check fraud conviction. “From my reading of this, she should be reporting to probation in Orlando probably within 72 hours,” said Orange Circuit Judge Stan Strickland, who sentenced Anthony for the crime last year. “I […]

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