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Rare Crystals Found In Meteorite

TOHOKU, Japan, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Japanese researchers say they found opal-like crystals in a meteor that fell in Canada in 2000, the first extraterrestrial discovery of such unusual crystals. Reporting the find in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, scientists from Tohoku University said the crystals may have formed in the primordial cloud […]

New Sentence For Man Who Raped As Teen

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 3 (UPI) — A young man who received a life sentence in Florida for a gang rape he was involved in at the age of 16 was re-sentenced to 60 years Wednesday. Nathan Walker’s new sentence was required by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that juveniles cannot receive life sentences […]

Gorilla Euthanized At Louisville Zoo

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 3 (UPI) — A 52-year-old gorilla has been euthanized at a zoo in Kentucky, officials say. The decision to put down the western lowland gorilla, Timmy, Tuesday came after his health deteriorated over the past few weeks, WOIO-TV in Cleveland reported. Timmy had been suffering from heart disease, heart arrhythmia and osteoarthritis […]

When Parents Fight, Babies Lose Sleep

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Aug. 3 (UPI) — Marital conflict between parents of adopted children ages 9 months to 18 months resulted in their children having trouble sleeping, U.S. researchers say. Jenae M. Neiderhiser, a professor of psychology at Pennsylvania State University, says adoptive families were used in the study because the researchers could focus on […]

Girl, 11, Forced Off Train In Sweden

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A Swedish train conductor was suspended for forcing an 11-year-old girl to get off a train when she was unable to produce a ticket, authorities said Wednesday. The girl, an immigrant from Africa who speaks little Swedish, was traveling with her older sister, who had the tickets and was […]

Damaged $1 Million Statues To Be Repaired

MONTREAL, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Two million-dollar bronze statues by Canadian artist Jean-Paul Riopelle, recovered after being stolen and broken by thieves, will be repaired, officials say. Art dealer Simon Blais said the pieces are being sent to Montreal to be restored, something made easier because they are made of bronze, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. […]

N.J. Politician Quits Over Nude Pictures

BRIDGETON, N.J., Aug. 3 (UPI) — An influential South New Jersey politician resigned his elected office after a political activist published nude photos of him on a Web site. Louis Magazzu, who also has resigned as chairman of the county Democratic Committee, submitted his resignation as a Cumberland County freeholder Tuesday, The News of Cumberland […]

Iron Ore Project Threatened By Politicking

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Political controversy over an iron ore mine development in central Uruguay threatens to scuttle the project amid signs the Indian mining company and investment partner may be losing patience over the politicking by opposition and environmentalist groups, officials indicated. The Minera Aratiri project’s early development is seen by the […]

Slave Lake Getting $189 Million To Rebuild

SLAVE LAKE, Alberta, Aug. 3 (UPI) — The Canadian town of Slave Lake, devastated by wildfires this spring, will get another $189 million to rebuild, Alberta’s provincial government said Wednesday. The additional money will go primarily toward infrastructure and temporary housing for people in Slave Lake and the surrounding region, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. […]

Toys Not Top Reason To Buy Kids Fast-food

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Many U.S. families choose fast-food restaurants because the meals are cheap, easy and they often are a reward for their children, researchers say. Kerri N. Boutelle of the University of California, San Diego, and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, say adults overwhelmingly reported that they liked the food, while 49 […]

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