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N.Z. Man Killed In Hovercraft Accident

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Aug. 3 (UPI) — New Zealand authorities say an investigation has begun into the death of a man killed while test-driving a hovercraft. Investigators say the 40-year-old man was driving the hovercraft he had built from a kit for the first time in West Auckland when a problem with the engine caused […]

Experts Debate Florida Execution Drug

MIAMI, Aug. 3 (UPI) — As Florida prepares to conduct its first execution using a new lethal drug combination, doctors are debating whether the drug cocktail causes pain. Manuel Valle, 61, who killed a Coral Gables police officer 33 years ago, is scheduled to be executed on Sept. 1 with a three-drug mixture that includes […]

Man Advised Not To Wear Bunny Suit

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Police in Idaho said they advised a man not to wear his bunny suit in public after neighbors complained about him scaring children. Idaho Falls police said an officer responded Monday to the 400 block of Third Street when a resident reported William Falkingham, 34, had frightened a […]

Mortgage Activity Rises On Lower Rates

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) — The Mortgage Bankers Association said U.S. mortgage activity increased in the week ending July 30 as interest rates fell. Interest rates for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages dropped from 4.57 percent to 4.45 percent with points falling from 1.14 to 0.78. Rates for 15-year, fixed-rate contracts dropped from 3.67 percent to 3.52 […]

Niger Nabs Alleged Coup Plotters

NIAMEY, Niger, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A key suspect is still on the loose though authorities in Niger said Wednesday that 10 people were arrested in connection with a July coup attempt. An unidentified source told the BBC in July that soldiers were plotting to assassinate Nigerian President Mahamadou Issoufou. Sources told The Christian Science […]

Swedish Police Seek Bow-and-arrow Suspect

OREBO, Sweden, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Police in Sweden say they are searching for a woman who allegedly attacked a group of teenagers with a bow and arrow. The teens told police a woman wearing “strange, old clothes” approached them Monday near a school in the central Swedish city of Orebo, The Local reported. The […]

U.S. Lays Off Al-Shabaab For Somali Aid

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Restrictions on working with terrorist group al-Shabaab are eased so relief workers can help those in need in drought-stricken Somalia, a U.S. official said. A drought expected to last much of the year prompted humanitarian aid agencies to warn of a disaster unfolding in the Horn of Africa. Al-Shabaab spokesman […]

Syrian Tanks, Troops Storm Hama

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Tanks, armored vehicles and snipers seized the central square of the northern Syrian city of Hama, where witnesses and activists reported casualties Wednesday. Witnesses reported near-constant gunfire Wednesday and many casualties, The New York Times reported. Hama has been a hub for the months-long popular uprising against President Bashar […]

Service Firms See Slower Growth

TEMPE, Ariz., Aug. 3 (UPI) — Business activity in U.S. service industries grew in July for the 20th consecutive month, the Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday. The headline index for service businesses across the country showed slower growth than a month earlier with a reading of 52.7 in July compared with 53.3 in June. […]

Sharp Radiation Spike Found At Fukushima

FUKUSHIMA, Japan, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Extremely high radiation has been recorded on a pipe at the Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. says. Workers detected radiation exceeding 10 sieverts per hour on the pipe, which links the containment vessels of the No. 1 and 2 reactors to a main exhaust stack, Sunday while […]

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