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Surfing Walk Of Fame Adds Seven Members

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Aug. 5 (UPI) — Three San Diego natives have been inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame, including surf champion Rob Machado, who said the honor was “mind boggling.” Machado, Skip Frye and Debbie Beacham, along with four other professional surfers, participated in the ceremony Thursday in front of Jack’s Surfboards in […]

U.K. Policy On Torture Disclosed

LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Britain’s policy on torture involves weighing the importance of information sought against the amount of pain inflicted, heretofore secret documents indicate. The interrogation policy documents, first used by British MI5 and MI6 officers in Afghanistan in 2002, were made public Thursday, The Guardian reported. Overseas security and intelligence services were […]

Spirits Increase Acute Pancreatitis Risk

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Consuming one drink of hard liquor can increase the risk of an acute attack of pancreatitis, researchers in Sweden say. However, the study published online in the British Journal of Surgery, found wine and beer do not appear to have the same effect. Lead author Dr. Omid Sadr-Azodi of […]

Longevity: Good Genes Trump Clean Living

NEW YORK, Aug. 4 (UPI) — People who live to age 95 and older did not have healthier habits than the comparison group in terms of weight, smoking, exercise or diet, U.S. researchers say. Senior author Dr. Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, […]

British Pedophile Pleads Guilty

LEEDS, England, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A Leeds, England, man pleaded guilty to charges involving pedophilia that police said was “extremely disturbing.” Daniel Taylor, 31, admitted in Bradford Crown Court to 20 counts of making indecent images, four of taking indecent images and two counts of sexual assault on a baby, the BBC reported Thursday. […]

Highway Closed For Bee Cleanup

KILLAM, Alberta, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A rural Alberta highway was closed after a flatbed truck rolled onto its side, spilling its load of 104 beehives across the road, officials in Canada said. The truck was travelling between Camrose and Killam Thursday when it skidded off the road, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. Police had […]

U.K. Drunk Driving Deaths Fell In 2010

LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Police records show the number of road collisions resulting in death due to drunken driving have dropped significantly in London, officials say. In 2010, there were 250 deaths that were the result of drunken driving, compared to 380 in 2009, representing a 35 percent decrease, the BBC reported. Serious injuries […]

5 Dead In Car Crash

RELIANCE, S.D., Aug. 4 (UPI) — Five people died and three were injured in a head-on collision in which both vehicles went up in flames outside of Reliance, S.D., police said. The crash occurred Tuesday on a rural road, the (Pierre, S.D.) Capital Journal reported. State Highway Patrol said Tessa J. Crane was driving a […]

S.D. State Fair Free For Flood Victims

PIERRE, S.D., Aug. 4 (UPI) — The governor of South Dakota is offering free admission to the South Dakota State Fair for South and North Dakota flood victims. South Dakota residents will receive free admission by showing valid flood identification cards at the state fair gates, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced in a release. All North […]

From Kidnap ‘victim’ To Robbery Suspect

ANTIOCH, Calif., Aug. 4 (UPI) — A 16-year-old Antioch, Calif., boy was arrested on suspicion of involvement in a robbery at his workplace during which he was purportedly abducted, polie said. Police suspect the teenager and Eric Lerone Walker, 23, came up with the plan to rob Al’s Barber Shop, where the 16-year-old works, the […]

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