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Two Democrats Up For Recall In Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Wisconsin voters Tuesday decide the final two recalls, determining if Sens. Jim Holperin of Conover and Bob Wirch of Pleasant Prairie remain in office. Challenging Holperin is Tea Party activist Kim Simac while Wirch faces attorney Jonathan Steitz. In last week’s recall elections for six Republican candidates, Democrats picked […]

Europe’s GDP Growth Falls To 0.2 Percent

BRUSSELS, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The European Union’s economy grew 0.2 percent in the second quarter compared to the first, the statistical agency Eurostat said Tuesday. The economy grew 1.7 percent over the past 12 months, Eurostat said. The numbers were identical to quarter-to-quarter and year-over-year figures for the 17-member eurozone, which shares the euro […]

Fla. Man Fined Over Alaska Bear Hunt

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A Florida man who stole a friend’s identity to illegally kill a bear in Alaska has been sentenced to pay more than $66,000 in penalties, Alaska officials said. Prosecutors said Jack Vincent Dickerson, 35, of Spring Hill, Fla., illegally killed a female brown bear in October 2009 in Game […]

Australian Collar Bomb Suspect Arrested In Ky.

LAGRANGE, Ky., Aug. 16 (UPI) — An Australian man was arrested in Kentucky for an alleged hostage-taking incident near Sydney in which a fake bomb was locked around a teen’s neck, police said. Elizabeth Fries, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Kentucky office, said Paul Douglas Peters, 50, of Sydney, was arrested Monday after […]

Suspicious Powder Sent To Senator A Concrete Material

FAIRBANKS, Alaska, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Packets of a white powder sent to the home offices of Alaska’s congressional delegation were found to be a substance used in making concrete, the FBI said. Julie Hasquet, press secretary for U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, said the FBI determined the powder wasn’t a threat and there was no […]

Severed Body Parts Found In Large Cans

OSAKA, Japan, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Police in Osaka, Japan, said the severed body parts of at least two people have been discovered in a pair of 5-gallon metal cans and two black plastic bags. The first can, with a severed human leg inside, was found Sunday at a local park by a man who […]

Senator Wants To Stop Aid To Israeli Army

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 16 (UPI) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy has called for an end to U.S. assistance to three elite Israeli military units suspected of human rights violations, Haaretz said. Leahy, D-Vt., wants Washington to stop sending assistance to the Israeli navy’s Shayetet 13, the ground forces’ special undercover Duvdevan and the air […]

Libyan Embassy Protest Ended By Force

CAIRO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Egyptian security forces used force to disperse a group of some 50 protesters outside the Libyan Embassy in Cairo late Monday night, witnesses said. The upscale neighborhood of Zamalek broke into chaos as security forces and army soldiers beat protesters with truncheons, batons and used stun guns to roust them, […]

Official: U.S. Withdrawal Plans In Iraq Unchanged

BAGHDAD, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A day of deadly attacks in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities bears hallmarks of similar attacks committed last year during Ramadan, a U.S. military official said. U.S. military spokesman 1st Lt. Joseph Larrew said al-Qaida in Iraq is believed to have been responsible for the roughly 42 attacks across Iraq […]

Stolen Rembrandt Etching Found

ENCINO, Calif., Aug. 16 (UPI) — “The Judgment,” a $250,000 Rembrandt stolen from a California hotel, was found Tuesday in Encino, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Officials said they received a tip about the possible location of the drawing and have verified its authenticity, KABC-TV, Los Angeles, reported. No arrests have been made, […]

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