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Racketeering Judge Sentenced To 28 Years

SCRANTON, Pa., Aug. 12 (UPI) — A former Pennsylvania judge convicted of taking bribes to send juveniles to private detention centers was sentenced to 28 years in prison for racketeering. Mark Ciavarella received the sentence Thursday. He was convicted in February in federal court in Scranton, Pa., on 12 counts, the Christian Science Monitor reported. […]

Anonymous Planning ‘Operation Facebook’

In a video posted on July 16 that is just now gaining popularity on the Internet this week, the hacktivist group known as Anonymous announced it is planning “Operation Facebook,” an undefined hacking assault on the social network of the same name, on Nov. 5.

Judge Fines Now-Defunct ACORN, Wanted To Give Prison Sentence

On Wednesday, a Nevada judge fined the now-defunct grassroots community organizing group ACORN the maximum $5,000 amount for its part in a voter registration compensation scheme during the 2008 election cycle.

Commerce Department: US Trade Deficit Suddenly Widens

On Thursday, a report released by the United States Department of Commerce showed that the U.S. trade deficit suddenly widened in June. But the trade deficit may not be as dire as it sounds.

London Riots Highlight Need For Preparedness

A fatal shooting of a young man led to rioting in London as citizens reacted to the death of Mark Duggan with violence and mass protest, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation. Advice for how to stay safe during rioting was released by the London Police following the first incidents.

Winning Powerball Ticket Worth $228.9M

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A winning Powerball ticket worth $228.9 million was sold this week in Dakota County, Minn., state lottery officials said. The winner had not come forward to claim the prize late Thursday, the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune reported. The winning ticket — bearing the numbers 11-18-36-41-46 and Powerball 38 — has the […]

Debt Deal May Be OK For States

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The U.S. debt deal struck Monday in Congress may not be as difficult on states as originally thought, budget analysts say. For fiscal year 2012, which begins Oct. 1, the legislation requires discretionary program spending be cut by $7 billion, Stateline.org reported Thursday. That means mandatory entitlement programs such as […]

Report: Man Shot By Army In 1971 Innocent

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A young man killed by a British soldier 40 years ago in Northern Ireland was unarmed and not a member of any militant group, a report released Thursday said. The Historical Enquiries Team released its findings on the 40th anniversary of Billy McKavanagh’s death, the Belfast Telegraph reported. […]

Man Dies Three Days After Riot Beating

LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A man who died days after he was beaten into a coma during a riot in London’s Ealing district was a victim of homicide, police said Friday. Richard Mannington Bowes, 68, was attacked Monday night. He died late Thursday, The Guardian reported. Investigators from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command […]

Claim Filed In Police Abuse Case

FULLERTON, Calif., Aug. 12 (UPI) — The family of a Fullerton, Calif., homeless man who died after an altercation with six police officers has filed a claim with the city, officials say. An attorney representing the parents of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic homeless man who died five days after a struggle with Fullerton police officers, […]

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