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Starbucks CEO: Stop Giving To Campaigns

SEATTLE, Aug. 15 (UPI) — The chief executive of Starbucks is urging business leaders to stop giving to political campaigns until lawmakers develop a solid plan to cut the U.S. deficit. Howard Schultz, Starbucks Coffee Co. chairman, president and chief executive officer, says he has already stopped contributing. He made his request for others to […]

Ex-Minn. Man In Court On Terror Charge

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 15 (UPI) — A former Minneapolis man accused of conspiring to help the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab is back in Minnesota after being extradited from the Netherlands. Mahamud Said Omar, 45, who was indicted two years ago, made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court Monday on charges he conspired to provide material […]

Wife Leaves Fraudster Bernie Madoff

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) — The wife of a convicted multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme operator Bernie Madoff has left him in an attempt to put her life back together, his biographer said. Ruth Madoff, whose husband was sentenced to 150 years in prison for the Ponzi scheme, is looking to reconcile her relationship with her remaining […]

Glass Memory Can Hold Data For Centuries

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Aug. 15 (UPI) — British researchers say using lasers to rearrange atoms in glass creates computer memory far more stable and resilient than current types of hard-drive memory. Scientists at Southampton University say the glass memory can withstand temperatures of as much as 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, is unaffected by water and can last […]

Lake Erie Watersnake Off Protected List

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday it has removed the Lake Erie watersnake from the federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife. The harmless species, found on offshore islands in western Lake Erie in Ohio and Ontario, is the 23rd species to be de-listed after recovery and conservation […]

Study Says U.S. First Home Of Sunflowers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Aug. 15 (UPI) — U.S. biologists say they’ve proven the modern sunflower was domesticated in the Unites States, not in Mexico as some scientists had believed. “Our results affirm that the eastern United States was an independent center of plant domestication and that all known living cultivated sunflowers shared a common origin there,” […]

New Al-Qaida Leader Urges Attacks On U.S.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Al-Qaida’s new leader is urging followers to keep targeting the United States. A video by Ayman al-Zawahiri surfaced Monday on a Web site that often posts al-Qaida videos, ABC News reported. “America today is staggering,” said Zawahiri. “Hunt her down wherever you may encounter her. Hunt her down to cut […]

3 Charged In Mini-golf Slaying

BARRIE, Ontario, Aug. 15 (UPI) — A weekend outing at a mini-golf course with his daughter and girlfriend left a Canadian man dead and three alleged young assailants facing murder charges. Bradley Hubbard, 42, of Collingwood, Ontario, was killed about 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Putting Edge in Barrie, an indoor glow-in-the-dark, mini-golf facility north of […]

Release Urged For Men Accused Of Being Gay

YAOUNDE, Cameroon, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Amnesty International called Monday for the immediate release of two young men to be tried Thursday in Cameroon on charges of homosexuality. The human rights group also urged repeal of the “draconian” law used to imprison them. The two men, identified only by first names — Jonas, 19, and […]

New Maps Likely To Help Georgia GOP

ATLANTA, Aug. 15 (UPI) — New rules for the Georgia Senate likely will quicken passage of political maps favoring the Republican majority, observers say. The rules, in effect only during the special session, expected to last at least a few weeks, won passage Monday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The rules do away with the required […]

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