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Colombia Braces For Upcoming Rainy Season

BOGOTA, Aug. 31 (UPI) — The Colombian government will invest $30 million in emergency aid for this year’s second rainy season predicted to start in September, officials said. Director of risk management for the Interior Ministry, Carlos Ivan Marquez, said funding will cover machinery to remove debris, temporary housing subsidies and supplies for those affected […]

Wildfires Burn Parts Of Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Heat and gusty winds hampered Oklahoma City firefighters early Wednesday as they battled wildfire flareups at several locations, officials said. During the early morning hours the Harrison Bethel Baptist Church burned down along with a mobile home, The (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman, reported. A massive wildfire that destroyed at least […]

Aide: Dick Cheney Fears Arrest For War Crimes

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A former aide to one-time U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says former Vice President Dick Cheney fears he will be tried as a war criminal. Cheney’s memoir, “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,” hit the bookshelves Tuesday, and piles criticisms and attacks on many colleagues during George […]

Panel Mulls Accused Shooter’s Medication

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Lawyers for the man accused in the massacre in Tucson said their client’s involuntary treatment with anti-psychotic drugs violated his rights. The lawyers argued in court Tuesday prison doctors violate Jared Lee Loughner by forcibly medicating him with drugs more powerful than necessary to control his outbursts, the Los […]

Heroic Teen Loses Own Horse In Barn Fire

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A Canadian teenage girl who helped get 15 horses out of a burning stable in New Brunswick said she wasn’t able to save her own horse and two others. Shanita Fox-Pelletier, 17, and her mother Sharon were asleep in an apartment over the Royal Road Equestrian Center outside […]

Frankfurt Airport Shooting Trial To Begin

FRANKFURT, Germany, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Prosecutors say a Kosovo man accused of killing two U.S. soldiers in an attack at a Frankfurt, Germany, airport was radicalized solely by the Internet. Extra security was in place at the Frankfort courthouse Wednesday for the scheduled trial against Arid Uka, 21. State prosecutors said Uka was an […]

Head Scarf Ban Prompts Clash

RYE, N.Y., Aug. 31 (UPI) — Fifteen people were arrested at a New York amusement park after a scuffle broke out with Muslim visitors over a head scarf ban on certain rides. The Muslim American Society of New York had arranged a trip to Playland in Rye, N.Y., Tuesday to celebrate the end of Ramadan, […]

At Least 88 Syrians Died In Detention

LONDON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — At least 88 people, including 10 children, have died in detention in Syria in the government crackdown on protests, a humanitarian rights group said. In a report released Wednesday Amnesty International said the death toll from April to mid-August far exceeds Syria’s usual annual total of five custody deaths. “These […]

Toddler Survives Mauling In Cougar Attack

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Training and quick-thinking are being credited by a Canadian man who yanked his 18-month-old grandson from the claws of a cougar on Vancouver Island. The big cat sprang out of a wooded area around 6 p.m. Monday in the Pacific Rim National Park as the toddler was walking […]

Rebels: End Is Near For Gadhafi Regime

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Rebel leaders in Libya said Moammar Gadhafi’s rule is nearly over as the Saturday deadline approaches for all loyalists to surrender. Ali Tarhouni of the National Transitional Council predicted Gadhafi’s four-decade reign will end within a week, CNN reported. “I’ve waited 42 years,” the oil and finance minister said. […]

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