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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 […]

Salmonella Alert For Ground Turkey

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a public health alert after some 77 cases of Salmonella were reported in 26 states associated with ground turkey. Officials at the Food Safety and Inspection Service say the illnesses were linked through an epidemiologic investigation, state health department analyses and a Centers for […]

Cops: Killer Used Facebook To Lure Prey

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 2 (UPI) — A Florida teenager was lured to his death by a romantic rival using a fake Facebook profile, authorities say. Jason Rodriguez, 19, a student at Valencia College, was shot in the head and neck Feb. 2 and died a week later. Israel Nieves, 18, charged with murder, is being […]

Floods Swamp Manila Area, 1 Dead

MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Heavy rains flooded parts of Quezon City and Manila Tuesday, causing at least one death, Philippine authorities say. The body of an unidentified woman, 50 to 55 years old, was found floating in a creek in Quezon City, ABS-CBN News reported. Some streets were waist-deep under water and 30 […]

Ivorian Situation Remains Complex

DAKAR, Senegal, Aug. 2 (UPI) — An Ivorian paramilitary force accused of targeting former regime members are part of a complex civil structure in the country, a researcher said. Amnesty International, in a 44-page report, accused the state-backed militia known as Dozos of targeting perceived supporters of former President Laurent Gbagbo. Amnesty International said it […]

Eritrea Rejoins Regional Alliance

DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti, Aug. 2 (UPI) — An authority from the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development said Eritrea’s decision to rejoin the regional bloc was a bold and welcome step. Eritrea pulled out of IGAD in 2007 after member states Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan backed an Ethiopian intervention to drive al-Qaida’s affiliate al-Shabaab […]

Florida Turns To Facebook To Catch Poachers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 2 (UPI) — Florida wildlife officials have turned to Facebook and other social media to catch poachers who display photos of their illegal catches. “People go on Facebook bragging about their exploits. They think they’re protected,” Lt. George Wilson, who oversees the Internet Crimes Unit of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation […]

Canada Again Debates Assisted Suicide

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 2 (UPI) — The debate to legalize assisted suicides has resurfaced in Canada, where two challenges are in provincial courts this week in British Columbia. The Farewell Foundation, which advocates supervised and regulated assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, is challenging the provincial government for denying it non-profit status, the Globe […]

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