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UNIFIL Breaks Up Israeli, Lebanese Clash

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 1 (UPI) — U.N. peacekeepers scrambled to Lebanon’s border with Israel in response to a brief exchange of gunfire between both sides, the United Nations reported Monday. The U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon confirmed a “brief exchange” of gunfire between Israeli and Lebanese forces along the so-called Blue Line separating the countries. […]

Ankara Deeply Disappointed With Syria

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Ankara said it was deeply disappointed about the lack of peace in Syria as violence continued Monday into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Syrian troops renewed attacks Monday on Hama. Germany and Italy called for an urgent U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss the bloodshed. Hama residents told […]

LaHood, Babbitt Urge Passage Of FAA Bill

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Members of Congress shouldn’t go on recess before extending the Federal Aviation Administration’s operating authority, transportation chief Ray LaHood said. After Congress allowed the FAA’s last extension to expire July 22, the agency was forced into a partial shutdown that temporarily put about 4,000 employees out of work and […]

Sex Offender Sues Over Residency Ordinance

ELK GROVE, Calif., Aug. 1 (UPI) — A registered sex offender is suing a California city, saying the city’s ordinance restricting where he can live violates state and federal constitutions. Michael Steven Escobar, a registered sex offender on parole for child molestation, has sued the city of Elk Grove, near Sacramento, saying its ordinance would […]

Prosecutor Sought In Wisconsin Supreme Court Spat

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 1 (UPI) — A Wisconsin district attorney called Monday for a special prosecutor in a dispute between two state Supreme Court justices. Justice Ann Walsh Bradley accuses Justice David Prosser of physically attacking her during an argument in her office June 13, just before the court ruled on a bitterly divisive labor […]

Bus Driver Found Dead Behind The Wheel

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A New Jersey bus driver was found dead at the wheel of his vehicle, which had been missing for almost 5 hours, authorities said. Thomas Truex, 26, of Edison, a driver for NJ Transit, was supposed to deliver the bus to a Meadowlands garage after dropping off his last […]

Jeffs Says God Ordered Judge To Quit

SAN ANGELO, Texas, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Polygamist Warren Jeffs began the sixth day of his trial in San Angelo, Texas, Monday by demanding the judge step down on instructions from God. Judge Barbara Walther called a recess to have another judge review the recusal motion, Jeffs’ third, announced it was denied and resumed the […]

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 […]

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