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Layoffs Rise For Third Month Running

CHICAGO, Aug. 3 (UPI) — U.S. companies announced 66,414 layoffs in July, the highest total in 16 months, a private consulting firm said Wednesday. After a first half of the year with announced job losses the lowest since 2000, international outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, said July’s announced layoffs rose 60 percent over the […]

Dozens Charged In Online Child Porn Ring

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Six dozen people were charged with participating in an online child pornography ring that spanned five continents, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday. Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the unsealing of three indictments and one complaint charging 72 people for their participation […]

Factory Orders Off 0.8 Percent In June

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) — U.S. factory orders fell 0.8 percent in June, twice the drop economists expected, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Wednesday. Economists expected factory orders to fall 0.4 percent. Orders fell for the second month out of the past three, dropping by $3.8 billion to $440.7 billion. Excluding transportation items, orders rose […]

Police Search Dead Girl’s N.H. Home

WEST STEWARTSTOWN, N.H., Aug. 3 (UPI) — New Hampshire State Police Wednesday searched the house where Celina Cass, whose body was found earlier this week, lived with her mother and stepfather. The 11-year-old girl’s death is being treated as “suspicious,” The Boston Globe reported. Celina’s body was found Monday in the Connecticut River a week […]

Missing Student Search Moves To Landfill

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Indiana officials say a search for a missing college student may move to a landfill that receives trash from Bloomington, where the missing woman was last seen. The company owning the Vigo County landfill says it is cooperating with the FBI in the search for Indiana University student Lauren Spierer, […]

Fugitive In $5.7 Million Theft Arrested

LAWRENCE, Mass., Aug. 3 (UPI) — Massachusetts police say they arrested a fugitive charged in the theft of $5.7 million from Columbia University in a “large-scale white-collar” Internet crime. Police in Lawrence, Mass., acting on information from New York City detectives, arrested Jeremy Dieudonne, 46, a Haitian man using the stolen Puerto Rican identity of […]

Canadian Politico Member Of Three Parties

OTTAWA, Aug. 3 (UPI) — The new interim leader of Canada’s socialist New Democratic Party was busy Wednesday explaining how she was a member of three political parties at once. Nycole Turmel was named interim leader of the NDP last Thursday by Jack Layton, who went on a leave of absence for cancer treatment. She […]

Judge Rules In Dispute Over Whale’s Fate

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A killer whale will remain in the Netherlands pending further considerations of her eventual fate, a judge in Amsterdam has ruled. Last week, the Dutch government granted an export license to the Dolfinarium in Hardewijk, where Morgan a female orca, has lived since being found in a severely weakened […]

Arrests After Pilot Blinded By Laser

GELENDZHIK, Russia, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Police say they arrested two men who allegedly blinded the pilot of a passenger plane with a laser pointer as it was landing at an airport in southern Russia. There were no injuries as the plane with 115 passengers aboard landed safely Tuesday at the airport in the Russian […]

Dugard Kidnapper Passed Mental Exams: DA

PLACERVILLE, Calif., Aug. 3 (UPI) — Sex offender of Phillip Garrido got glowing reports from psychiatrists while he held Jaycee Lee Dugard captive for 18 years, California records show. “His prognosis is excellent,” one wrote in 1997. “I do not suspect he will ever be at risk for violence.” Dugard was kidnapped by Garrido and […]

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