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School Bus Seat Belt Requirement Rejected

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has rejected a petition asking the agency to require seat belts on school buses. The agency said the seat belts are an unnecessary expense, the Washington Post reported. NHTSA, in documents published Thursday in the Federal Register, said large school buses […]

Hariri Trial To Start In 2012

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Regardless of whether anyone is custody, a trial in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri starts next year, an official said. The U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon revealed it issued arrest warrants for four members of Hezbollah wanted for the 2005 assassination of Hariri in a […]

Police Hit Sex-trafficking Ring In Sweden

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Police in Stockholm, Sweden, say they arrested six men allegedly involved in a sex-trafficking ring that exploited at least 20 Lithuanian women. The arrests Wednesday were the result of a lengthy surveillance operation, The Local reported Friday. The men, who are all of Lithuanian origin, face human trafficking and […]

Man Accused Of Abusing Daughters For Years

ST. PETER AM HART, Austria, Aug. 26 (UPI) — A retired Austrian man is being investigated on accusations he repeatedly sexually abused his two daughters for more than four decades, police said. Police said Friday they had arrested the suspect — identified only as 80-year-old “Gottfried W” — several weeks ago, the Austrian Times reported […]

Many Die In Police Station, Bank Attacks In Nigeria

GOMBI, Nigeria, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Attacks on two banks and two police stations in the northern Nigerian town of Gombi left many people dead, witnesses said. Reports on the death toll ranged from at least a dozen to 32 victims. Witnesses told Britain’s Guardian newspaper more than 15 suspected members of the radical group […]

Arizona Challenges Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Arizona is suing the U.S. government, questioning the constitutionality of a portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horn said the suit, filed Thursday, challenged a part of the law that requires Arizona and other jurisdictions — mainly in the South — to get permission, or […]

Obama Leadership Takes A Hit, Poll Says

According to a Pew Research Center Poll, more than 86 percent of Americans who were polled said that they are frustrated or angry with the Federal government and the work that it has done.

Turkey Denies Civilian Deaths In Iraq

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 26 (UPI) — The Turkish military says no civilians have been killed in attacks on Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. Turkey says 90 to 100 Kurdish rebels were killed and about 80 people wounded in the attacks last week on rebel barracks and ammunition depots, CNN reported Friday. A spokesman for the […]

Firefighters Battle Blaze Near Yosemite

MARIPOSA, Calif., Aug. 26 (UPI) — A main entrance to Yosemite National Park was closed Friday while firefighting crews battled a wildfire near Mariposa, Calif., officials said. Officials said the so-called Motor fire in the Merced River Canyon had burned about 1,000 acres since it broke out Thursday, KMPH-TV, Fresno, Calif., reported. CNN said the […]

Barak: Egypt To Deploy Troops In Sinai Peninsula

JERUSALEM, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Israel will allow Egypt to deploy thousands of troops in the Sinai Peninsula, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Friday. Barak said Israel would allow helicopters and armored vehicles into Sinai but would bar tanks. Another Israeli official said the deployment may need the Knesset’s approval. Barak’s comments in The […]


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