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Rape, Not Reporting, The Crime In Sudan

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Aug. 4 (UPI) — After Sudan sentenced a journalist to prison for reporting on a rape case, a U.N. envoy on sexual violence said Khartoum was targeting the wrong crime. A court in Khartoum last week ordered journalist Amal Habani to pay a $600 fine or spend one month in jail for reporting […]

Seniors Knit To Save Medicare

NEW YORK, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Senior citizens held “knit-ins” outside multiple New York state banks to protest potential Medicare cuts by creating “Save Medicare” blankets. The seniors gathered outside banks Wednesday in New York and Long Island to knit the “Save Medicare” blankets, which the groups said they plan to deliver to Congress in […]

Arrest In Killings Of Russian Family

MOSCOW, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Police in a small city south of Moscow say they’ve arrested a suspect in the killing of a family of five, including three children. Authorities in Tula, 135 miles from Moscow, said the suspect was a 26-year-old man who met the family in 2008 when he fixed their computer and […]

Tiger Will Call Russian Sanctuary Home

MOSCOW, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Wildlife officials in Russia’s Far East say a Siberian tiger that attacked dogs has been captured and will be transferred to a local private wildlife sanctuary. The female Siberian, or Amur, tiger was caught by animal inspectors following attacks on several dogs in villages in the Khabarovsk Territory, RIA Novosti […]

Pelosi: GOP Bills ‘destroy Up To Two Million Jobs’

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 4 (UPI) — GOP lawmakers have passed bills to “destroy up to 2 million jobs” and rejected 10 Democratic job-creation bills, U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said. Democrats believe “nothing is more critical to Americans’ economic security than good-paying jobs,” Pelosi, D-Calif., wrote in an op-ed piece in USA Today. But […]

100 Chickens Run Loose On The Interstate

ATLANTA, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Authorities in Atlanta said a section of northbound Interstate 285 was closed for 45 minutes while they rounded up about 100 chickens freed by a crash. Keith Turner, who was pulling tandem trailers filled with household products, said rain created a hazard on the road between Interstate 20 and the […]

Couple Agrees To Plead Guilty In Baby Sale

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 4 (UPI) — An Indiana couple has agreed to plead guilty to trying to purchase a baby from a homeless couple for about $300, officials said. If a judge approves the plea deal, Michael Overby, 57, would serve four years in prison, while his wife, Debbie Overby, 50, would serve two years; both […]

Dozen Donors Give Big Bucks To Super PACs

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — A dozen donors gave more than half the money collected by the biggest political action committees trying to influence the 2012 election, an analysis indicates. The USA Today review published Thursday indicated donations collected by Republican-affiliated groups outpaced Democratic groups by more than 2-to-1. Overall, seven so-called super PACs raked […]

School Store Pulls Obama-mocking Mints

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 4 (UPI) — Officials with the University of Tennessee bookstore got rid of novelty candies mocking President Barack Obama after a state congressman found them offensive. David Kent, director of the bookstore, said the $2.99 mints, which bear the president’s image and the words, “This is change? Disappointmints,” were pulled from the […]

57 Convicted In Swedish Doping Ring

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 4 (UPI) — After a lengthy trial, 57 people were convicted for their roles in a massive doping ring, one of the largest criminal cases in Swedish history, officials said. Seventy people were originally charged in the case for manufacturing and selling illegal doping drugs, the Swedish news agency TT reported Thursday. […]

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