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Man Charged In Assault With Power Line

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — A Washington lawyer is facing assault charges for allegedly threatening another man with live power wires downed by Hurricane Irene, authorities said. Police said 32-year-old Richard Bialczak tailed a man with his car Aug. 28 in an incident of road rage and then attacked him, WRC-TV, Washington, reported. Derek Edwards, […]

White House To Offer Online Petitions

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Americans will have a “direct link to the White House” through online petitions, President Barack Obama announced Thursday. In a statement from the White House, Obama said the online “We the People” function, to be unveiled this month, will enable people to create and sign petitions seeking action from the […]

Concerns Mount Ahead Of Gambian Vote

BANJUL, Gambia, Sept. 1 (UPI) — There are serious concerns about the potential for major human rights abuses as Gambia starts preparations for November elections, advocates say. Campaign season is getting under way in Gambia for November elections. Ayodele Ameen, a Gambian campaigner for Amnesty International, told the U.N. humanitarian news agency IRIN there were […]

Woman, 80, Attacked By Alligator, Leg Gone

COPELAND, Fla., Sept. 1 (UPI) — A 90-year-old woman was in critical condition Thursday at a Florida hospital after an 8-foot alligator bit off one of her legs, wildlife officials say. Margaret Webb was attacked and dragged into a canal by the alligator Wednesday in Copeland, Fla., The (Fort Myers) News-Press reported. “She was walking […]

No Danger Found In Air Force Mail

BELLEVILLE, Ill., Sept. 1 (UPI) — Investigators at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois say the source of a chemical odor that sent three people to the hospital remains unclear The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said an airman and two post office employees were treated Wednesday at a Belleville, Ill., hospital and released after complaining of […]

Wildfires Threaten 190 Oregon Homes

WARM SPRINGS, Ore., Sept. 1 (UPI) — Firefighters made headway in their battle against central Oregon wildfires, but 190 homes remain threatened, an official said. The fires had spread to 90,436 acres in and around the Warm Springs Reservation by Thursday morning and were about 25 percent contained, said Jeree Mills, spokeswoman for the Northwest […]

Situation Remains Tense In Bahrain

MANAMA, Bahrain, Sept. 1 (UPI) — The situation was tense in Bahrain when Shiites erupted in anger after the mysterious death of a 14-year-old boy early this week, witnesses claim. Ali Jawad al-Sheik collapsed and later died early this week. Witnesses speaking to CNN said he collapsed after getting hit with a tear-gas round fired […]

Killing Of Turtle Brings Charges

LANCASTER, N.Y., Sept. 1 (UPI) — Police in New York say a golfer has been cited for beating and killing a snapping turtle during a golf tournament in Lancaster. Officers cited Bob Artis, 69, for allegedly hitting the 22-pound turtle with a golf club, grabbing it by its tail and smashing it against a golf […]

People Pay Respects At Beslan School

BESLAN, Russia, Sept. 1 (UPI) — A three-day remembrance ceremony for the seventh anniversary of the hostage-taking at the School Number One in Beslan, Russia, began Thursday. Many people attended the event, leaving flowers at the site of the destroyed school in memory of the children and adults who died there in 2004, ITAR-Tass reported. […]

Israeli Forces Arrest Top Hamas Leader

WEST BANK, Israel, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Israeli forces arrested a top Hamas member as he traveled in the West Bank with his family following reports of a possible major attack in southern Israel. Sheik Hassan Yousef, a Hamas founder and one of its leaders, was arrested late Wednesday and detained in a military facility […]

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