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First Big-city Russian Tornado Kills 1

BLAGOVESHCHENSK, Russia, Aug. 1 (UPI) — The first tornado to hit a major Russian city struck Blagoveshchensk in eastern Russia, killing one person and injuring dozens of others, officials said. The tornado was on the ground for 13 minutes Sunday night in the city of about 220,000 people that borders China, RIA Novosti reported Monday. […]

Poll: Conservatives Top Moderates Again

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 1 (UPI) — A Gallup poll released Monday indicates 2011 is on pace to be the third year in a row in which conservatives outnumber moderates. At the midyear point, 2011 is similar to 2009 and 2010, with 41 percent of poll participants identifying themselves as conservative, 36 percent as moderate and […]

Kashgar: 15 Die In Weekend Of Violence

BEIJING, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A second explosion in two days rocked Kashgar in western China, killing three people including a policeman, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua said. The blast happened in central Kashgar at 4:30 p.m. Sunday and came at the end of a murderous weekend for the city of 350,000 in the western […]

Alleged Teen Hacker Faces U.K. Charges

LONDON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A teenager who allegedly hacked into computer systems was charged with various offenses, British law enforcement officials said. Jake Davis, 18, arrested last week, was charged with unauthorized access to a computer system, conspiring with others to launch online attacks against the United Kingdom’s Serious and Organized Crime Web site […]

Girl, 13, Dies; Her Warning Saved Friends

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A 13-year-old girl killed by a vehicle that crashed into her home warned other children to get out of the way before she was struck, New York City police said. Investigators were still trying to determine the sequence of events that left Kira Goddard and the driver of the […]

Acosta Says 1,500 Killed On His Command

JUAREZ, Mexico, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Antonio Acosta Hernandez, a reputed Juarez, Mexico, drug kingpin in police custody, confessed to ordering the killings of about 1,500 people, authorities said. Among the violence Acosta admitted involvement in was a 2010 car bombing in downtown Juarez in which three people died, the deaths of three people affiliated […]

Federal Judge Matthew J. Perry Dies

COLUMBIA, S.C., Aug. 1 (UPI) — U.S. District Judge Matthew J. Perry, known for his civil rights work, died at his home in Columbia, S.C., officials said. He was 89. Perry, who would have turned 90 this week, was found dead Sunday, apparently of natural causes, The State newspaper in Columbia reported Monday. His body […]

Coast Guard Finds 25 Bodies On Boat

ROME, Aug. 1 (UPI) — The Italian coast guard Monday found 25 bodies in the hold of a boat transporting migrants to the Italian island of Lampedusa near Tunisia, officials said. Pietro Bartolo, a doctor accompanying a boarding team, said the victims, all male, likely died of asphyxiation from breathing noxious motor fumes. “They were […]

Sentencing Phase Begins For Serial Killer

CLEVELAND, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A jury in Cleveland decides this week if convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell gets the death penalty. Jurors return to the Cuyahoga County Justice Center courtroom Monday to determine Sowell’s sentence for killing 11 women whose remains were found in and around his home in 2009, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer […]

Japanese Lawmakers Denied S. Korea Entry

SEOUL, Aug. 1 (UPI) — South Korea denied entry to three Japanese lawmakers upon their arrival in Seoul, apparently to visit an island near two islets claimed by both countries. Earlier, South Korea had informed Japan it would ban a planned visit by the lawmakers to Ulleung Island near the Dokdo islets. After being denied […]

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