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Expert Says Jeffs Never Legally Wed Girls

SAN ANGELO, Texas, Aug. 2 (UPI) — A Texas family law expert testified Tuesday that polygamist Warren Jeffs was not legally married to his underage so-called wives. Jack Sampson, a University of Texas professor, testified in San Angelo that Jeffs, 55, was not married “under any stretch of the imagination” to the girls, ages 12 […]

Washington Stands By Libya’s TNC

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Despite reports of infighting among rebel forces in Libya, Washington has confidence that transitional groups were functioning properly, a spokesman said. Members of the international community involved in NATO operations over Libya have thrown support behind the rebel-backed Transitional National Council. London in July recognized the TNC as the sole […]

FBI Files Show Threats Against Ted Kennedy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — The FBI has released records on reports of threats to assassinate Edward M. Kennedy during his decades in the U.S. Senate. Kennedy, D-Mass., unlike his three older brothers, died of natural causes, a brain tumor that killed him in 2009. The FBI records show threats against him took off after […]

Papuans March For Secession From Indonesia

JAKARTA, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Thousands of protesters marched for independence in Indonesia’s Papua region Tuesday despite threats of violence, police and witnesses said. Demonstrations took place in several cities and towns in the provinces of Papua and West Papua, demanding a referendum on independence and reversal of a 1969 vote that gave Indonesia control […]

Behavioral Air Screening Starts In Boston

BOSTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — America’s first behavioral screening to weed out suspicious air travelers began Tuesday at Boston’s Logan International Airport, officials said. Transportation Security Administration staff will ask every passenger passing through the Terminal A checkpoint a few simple questions like “Where are you traveling today?” or “How long have you been in […]

HRW Raps Riyadh Over Terror Laws

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 2 (UPI) — A counter-terrorism law drafted in Saudi Arabia is a problematic assault to basic human rights law, Human Rights Watch complained. Human Rights Watch, in a letter to Saudi King Abdallah, called on the kingdom to pull the draft law because it permits what the rights group said were serious […]

Colombian Court Finds Congressman Guilty

BOGOTA, Aug. 2 (UPI) — A Colombian congressman was sentenced to eight years in prison after being found guilty of ties to paramilitary death squads, officials said. Colombia’s Supreme Court found former Congressman Jairo Merlano guilty for using links to violent paramilitary forces to gain his election to Congress in 2002, El Espectador reported Tuesday. […]

Fla. Man Enters Guilty Plea On Car Repairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 2 (UPI) — A Florida man facing trial for fraud has pleaded guilty to unrelated charges of grand theft for stiffing a local car repair shop on a $9,000 repair bill. Donald Heflin of Jacksonville had claimed he hadn’t authorized the repair work but officials of the Midas auto repair chain said […]

Japan Justice Minister Says No Executions

TOKYO, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Japan’s justice minister says he does not intend to approve any executions as the number of prisoners on death row has reached a record 120. The Yomiuri Shimbun reports the last execution in Japan came in July last year and Justice Minister Satsuki Eda has made clear he doesn’t plan […]

Russians Probe Killing Of 2 Women, 3 Kids

TULA, Russia, Aug. 2 (UPI) — No arrests had been made in the slayings of five members of a Russian family whose bodies were found in a bathtub, investigators said Tuesday. Two women and three children were found Monday in an apartment in Tula, 120 miles south of Moscow, Tatiana Sergeeva, head of the local […]

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