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Court Overturns Killer’s Death Sentence

CINCINNATI, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A U.S. appeals court overturned the death sentence of a Michigan man convicted of drowning a woman to keep her from pursuing a rape charge against him. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Marvin Gabrion’s lawyers should have been allowed by a U.S. judge to tell jurors Gabrion […]

Son Allegedly Brought Jailed Dad Bobby Pin

BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 4 (UPI) — The son of a disbarred Colorado lawyer tried to slip his father a bobby pin to help him get out of the Boulder County Jail, investigators say. Andre Glenn Rogers, 19, was charged Wednesday with aiding an escape attempt, the Boulder Daily Camera reported. He allegedly brought the bobby […]

Syrian Activists Say Death Toll Up In Hama

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Syrian troops killed at least 100 people in the past day in the opposition stronghold of Hama, dissident leaders said Thursday. If the reports coming from the city are correct, that would bring the death toll since the weekend to 200, The New York Times said. Activists say Hama […]

Alleged Outlaw Biker Arrested In Colo.

DENVER, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A biker gang leader was arrested in Colorado on a tip three days after a carefully rehearsed raid by federal marshals missed him, officials said. Marshall “Big Bo” Fry, a member of the Wheels of Soul, was the last of 18 bikers indicted by a federal grand jury in Missouri […]

Two Die In Wisconsin Ultralight Crash

REEDSBURG, Wis., Aug. 4 (UPI) — A pilot and a passenger in an ultralight aircraft died Wednesday when they crashed shortly after takeoff from a municipal airport in Wisconsin, police said. The single-engine Quad Cities Challenger II aircraft took off from Reedsburg Municipal Airport at 11:16 a.m. before crashing, Reedsburg police told the Chicago Tribune. […]

Study: U.S. Health Insurance Red Tape Costs $27 Billion

ITHACA, N.Y., Aug. 4 (UPI) — The U.S. health insurance bureaucracy costs doctors some $27 billion extra per year compared with Canada’s single-payer system, researchers found. The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, found per-physician costs in the United States averaged $82,975 annually, while physicians in Ontario averaged $22,205 — primarily because Canada’s single-payer […]

Man Gets Year For Fondling Coma Patient

DETROIT, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A recently released sex offender was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail for fondling a comatose woman in a Detroit nursing home. Cornell Lowman was also ordered to serve three years probation once he completes his term, The Detroit News reported. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy urged Circuit Judge […]

Teens Killed In Apparent Murder-suicide

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio, Aug. 4 (UPI) — An 18-year-old Ohio man fatally shot his former girlfriend at a pet care store where she worked before killing himself, police said. Amanda Borsos, of Salem Township, died at a hospital after being shot in the torso on her 17th birthday Wednesday while working in an outdoor dog […]

Mental Health Groups Eye Loughner Case

TUCSON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Two national psychiatric groups want a voice in the jail treatment of Jared Loughner, accused of shooting U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in January. The American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry submitted a request Wednesday to become parties in the case, KTAR-TV, Tucson, reported. The groups say they […]

U.N. Plan Provides Mobile Numbers To Poor

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Millions of poor people will get mobile phone numbers under a plan between the United Nations and a private technology firm, U.N. officials said Thursday. Three million poor people, the majority of them women, in Africa and South American will receive low-cost mobile phone numbers under the Business Call […]


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