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Florida Pastor Found Dead In N.Y. Hotel

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) — New York police say Pastor Zachery Tims, leader of one of the largest congregations in central Florida, was found dead in a Times Square hotel room. Tims, 42, the senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, was found in his room of the W Hotel on Broadway […]

Police Say Boyfriend Decapitated Seven-year-old Boy

THIBODAUX, La., Aug. 15 (UPI) — A 30-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder for allegedly decapitating his girlfriend’s disabled 7-year-old son, police in Louisiana said. Jori Lirette’s decapitated remains were found outside his home Sunday afternoon, the Thibodaux Daily Comet said. Police said Jeremiah Lee Wright is the live-in boyfriend of the victim’s […]

Kyrgyz Presidential Bidders Line Up

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, Aug. 15 (UPI) — The Kyrgyz prime minister entered the race to become the country’s next president in elections scheduled for October, his party said Monday. An April 2010 coup in Kyrgyzstan forced President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to flee his stronghold in the south of the country to Belarus. Since the 2010 coup, the […]

N.C. Gears Up For Same-sex Marriage Fight

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Groups across North Carolina say they expect a fight over a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage when lawmakers convene in September. Campaigns over the proposal for the constitutional amendment have sprung up across the state, including petition drives, postcard drives, messages from church pulpits, rallies, billboards and […]

HRW Blames Everyone For Crisis In Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Atrocities committed both by al-Shabaab and pro-government forces are making life even worse for the people of Somalia, Human Rights Watch said. A drought expected to last much of the year prompted humanitarian aid agencies to warn of a disaster unfolding in the Horn of Africa. Human Rights Watch […]

James Anderson Remembered In Candlelight Vigil

JACKSON, Miss., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Hundreds of people attended a vigil to remember James Craig Anderson, a black man allegedly run down by a white teenager, officials in Mississippi said. The vigil Sunday in the parking lot of the Metro Inn, where Anderson, 49, was allegedly run down June 26, attracted people of all […]

China’s Appetite For Oil Imports Increases

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (UPI) — China’s dependence on imported oil grew to 55.2 percent in the first five months of this year up from 55 percent last year, reports state-run news agency Xinhua, citing figures from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. In 2009, however, China’s dependence on imported oil rose to 33 percent. […]

Charlotte Police Train For 2012 DNC Event

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Police in Charlotte, N.C., began training with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to prepare for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, officials said. The three-day course, offered by the agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness, includes a mix of classroom and field instruction, The Charlotte Observer reported Monday. Security preparations […]

Erdogan Losing Patience With PKK

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Those who continue to support the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party will pay a heavy price for their crimes, the Turkish prime minister said. Ankara and the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party, known by its Kurdish acronym PKK, have been locked in battle since the 1980s. Efforts to resolve the impasse […]

Blagojevich, Others Await Sentencing

CHICAGO, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption conviction means others charged in the federal investigation will soon know their fate, officials said. Blagojevich will be sentenced Oct. 6 for his role in what federal prosecutors have called “Operation Board Games,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday. Last week U.S. District Judge Amy […]

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