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Professor Charged With Leading Meth Ring

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Sept. 1 (UPI) — Authorities said they were searching for a 43-year-old professor at a California university, charged Thursday with leading a methamphetamine ring. San Bernardino Sheriff Rod Hoops said Stephen Kinzey, a 43-year-old professor of kinesiology at California State University, San Bernardino — who also allegedly led a chapter of the […]

U.N.: Gaza Flotilla Response ‘excessive’

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Israel had a legal right to stop a flotilla approaching Gaza but used “excessive and unreasonable force” against the flotilla last year, a U.N. report says. The report is scheduled to be released Friday, The Washington Post reported. It was leaked Thursday to The New York Times. Israel was […]

U.S. Spent $7M Storing Seized Fireworks

COVINGTON, Ky., Sept. 1 (UPI) — The federal government has paid more than $7 million to store fireworks seized from a Kentucky man during a legal dispute about their ownership, officials say. One million pounds of fireworks are being held at a former Army ammunition plant in Nebraska, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. That was one […]

Allstate: Fort Collins Safest U.S. City

NORTHFIELD, Ill., Sept. 1 (UPI) — Drivers in Fort Collins, Colo., were the safest in the country in 2010 for the second consecutive year, Allstate Insurance said Thursday. In its seventh annual ranking of the 200 largest cities, Allstate said drivers in Fort Collins have collisions an average of once every 14 years. That makes […]

Mistrial Declared In Gay Student’s Slaying

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) — A judge declared a mistrial after jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict in a case of a student who shot a gay classmate at a California junior high school. The jury voted 7-5 Thursday in favor of finding 17-year-old Brandon McInerney guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death […]

Anna Nicole Smith ME Out Of Job In Fla.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 1 (UPI) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declined to appoint the medical examiner who autopsied the body of Anna Nicole Smith in 2007 to another term in office. Scott said Wednesday he would not reappoint Dr. Joshua Perper, who has been Broward County’s chief medical examiner for 17 years, The Miami […]

Obama, Boehner OK Speech Schedule

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Thursday agreed on a date for the president to address a joint session of Congress on jobs. Initially, the White House had said the president would speak to Congress Sept. 7 but Boehner’s office said that would not work and the […]

Thousands Of Fish Die In Texas Lake

GRAVEVINE, Texas, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Thousands of fish were killed in a Texas lake this week by a combination of high temperatures and low water and oxygen levels, wildlife officials say. The total number of fish killed in Lake Grapevine, a few miles northwest of Dallas, was about 124,000, the Texas Parks and Wildlife […]

Utah Finds ‘green Strips’ Slow Fires

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah, Sept. 1 (UPI) — A wildfire in northwest Utah grew to 5,000 acres but was about 55 percent contained Thursday afternoon, fire officials said. The Maple Canyon fire in Box Elder County was reported Wednesday evening and is believed to have been caused by lightning. Jason Curry, a spokesman for the state […]

Obama To Visit Detroit On Labor Day

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — President Barack Obama plans a quick trip to Detroit for Labor Day, his office announced Thursday. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will make the trip with the president, who plans to discuss jobs initiatives with “workers and their families,” the White House said. Aretha Franklin and the Mosaic Youth Theater […]


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