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Doctor Convicted In Surgery Scam Case

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A doctor in California’s Orange County was convicted of performing unnecessary surgeries on more than 160 people in an insurance scam case, officials said. Dr. Michael Chan, 65, of Cerritos, one of 19 defendants accused in the case, faces up to 28 years in state prison on 40 felony […]

U.S.: Decision By Year’s End On Keystone

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The U.S. government expects to make a decision on a permit for an extension to the Keystone pipeline from Canada by the end of the year, an official said. Canadian pipeline company TransCanada wants to build Keystone XL to supplement its existing pipeline carrying tar sands oil from Alberta. The […]

Weekend Protests Planned Across Israel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Organizers say they hope protests across Israel Saturday will bring out more than 200,000 demonstrators angry at the government over housing and other issues. Roee Neuman, spokesman for the tent city protest movement, said the size and fervor of the protests would be influenced by the Knesset’s approval Wednesday of […]

400,000 Short Of Water In Chinese City

HUAIHUA, China, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A prolonged drought is causing water shortages for nearly 400,000 people and 110,000 head of livestock in China’s Huaihua city, officials said. The city is in central China’s Hunan province, where hot weather and a lack of rainfall is drying up wells and ponds, Xinhua, China’s official news agency, […]

Gadhafi Son Khamis Reported Dead In Raid

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was among 32 people killed Friday during a NATO airstrike in Zlitan, rebel forces said. A NATO spokesman said military alliance leaders were aware of the report that Khamis Gadhafi was killed in the overnight raid but could not confirm it, The […]

Israeli Airstrikes Hit Five Gaza Targets

GAZA, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Israel’s air force hit five targets in Gaza Friday in response to increased rocket fire in recent days, an Israeli military spokesman said. The spokesman confirmed Israeli aircraft hit four tunnels and one base operated by reputed terrorists in central Gaza and struck another target in the southern tip, The […]

Carbon Monoxide Kills Seven In China

BEIJING, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Seven Chinese villagers died after being overcome by carbon monoxide while looking for agate stones in an abandoned mine, local authorities said Friday. The incident occurred Wednesday night in the small town of Beipiao in Northeast China’s Liaoning province, the Xinhua news agency reported. The report, quoting the municipal information […]

Pakistani Officers Face Negligence Charges

KARACHI, Pakistan, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Three Pakistani military officers face a court-martial on charges of negligence after a deadly militant attack on a naval base in Karachi in May. Ten soldiers died and 15 were wounded in the suspected Taliban attack on the Mehran naval air base. The siege started at 10:30 p.m., May […]

Montana Breathes Easier After Oil Spill

HELENA, Mont., Aug. 5 (UPI) — Most of the more toxic components of oil from a July oil spill in the Yellowstone River have evaporated already, Montana’s governor said. Around 1,200 barrels of oil were released from Exxon Mobil’s Silvertip pipeline into the Yellowstone River near Billings, Mont., in early July. Flood waters slowed cleanup […]

Teen Buried In Sand More Than 30 Minutes

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Aug. 5 (UPI) — Emergency responders in California said a teenager who spent more than 30 minutes trapped in a collapsed sand hole was rescued uninjured. The Newport Beach Fire Department said the boy and a group of friends were attempting to dig a tunnel in the sand at the beach Wednesday […]

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