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Sentence Imposed In Texas RICO Case

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A federal judge has sentenced an alleged member of a Texas-based prison gang on racketeering and drug charges. Miguel “Mike” Guerrero, 39, of Uvalde, Texas, was sentenced to 18 years for violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, known as RICO, the San Antonio Express-News reported Monday. Prosecutors […]

Casey Anthony Told To Report For Probation

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 1 (UPI) — A Florida judge Monday morning ordered Casey Anthony to report for probation for a check fraud conviction. “From my reading of this, she should be reporting to probation in Orlando probably within 72 hours,” said Orange Circuit Judge Stan Strickland, who sentenced Anthony for the crime last year. “I […]

Repression In Belarus Concerns London

LONDON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — In a human rights report, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said political repression was a contentious issue in Belarus in 2011. The U.N. Human Rights Committee said it had information to suggest that two men accused of murder in Belarus were executed despite an ongoing review of their cases […]

Holocaust Survivor Goes Skydiving

JAMUL, Calif., Aug. 1 (UPI) — An 85-year-old California man who survived the Holocaust said he celebrated his birthday by skydiving as a final swipe against Adolf Hitler. Gary Lenzner of Mission Viejo, who jumped out of the plane at 10,000 feet Sunday morning and landed safely on Nichol’s Field in Jamul, said his birthday […]

Afghan Reporter’s Death Raises Questions

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 1 (UPI) — The BBC is seeking an inquiry into the killing of one of its reporters in Afghanistan last week. Ahmed Omed Khpulwak, 25, of the broadcaster’s Pashto language service, was among the dead when a TV and radio station was attacked in the town of Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province […]

Man Booted From Mass Over Outburst

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A parishioner who interrupted a mass to criticize the hiring of a Catholic school principal was charged with disorderly conduct, New York officials said. Police were called to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Fordham Sunday after Juan Varela, 54, of Brooklyn, interrupted the mass to criticize the hiring […]

Iraq To Scale Back Cabinet

BAGHDAD, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A Kurdish lawmaker in Iraq said he received a letter from the country’s prime minister on the size of the Cabinet but lingering, and basic, concerns remain. A 46-member Cabinet for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was approved in December after a lengthy political fight following parliamentary elections in March […]

Long, Hot Days A Challenge During Ramadan

HOUSTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Houston’s heat wave, a trial for all residents, will be a special challenge for Muslims observing Ramadan, which began Monday. During the holy month, food and drink, even water, is forbidden during daylight, which is 14 to 15 hours because it is midsummer. Ramadan follows a lunar calendar and moves […]

Manufacturing Growth Slows To A Crawl

TEMPE, Ariz., Aug. 1 (UPI) — U.S. manufacturing activity slowed further in July, making gains, but at a slow pace, the Institute of Supply Management said Monday. The headline index (the Purchasing Manager’s Index) dropped from 55.3 in June to 50.9, just above 50, which is the dividing line between growth and contraction. The institute […]

ID Thieves Target Pittsburgh City Staff

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Identity thieves have stolen information from at least 29 Pittsburgh city employees, police say. Detective Christopher Jordan informed Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and other officials of the breach in an e-mail over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The workers, who were not identified, got PayPal bills for purchases they never […]

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