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Contractor Who Shot Civilian Seeks Return To Afghanistan

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 26 (UPI) — U.S. prosecutors asked a judge to reject the request of a former Blackwater contractor convicted of manslaughter who wants to return to work in Afghanistan. Chris Drotleff of Virginia Beach, Va., was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an Afghan civilian, and in June U.S. District […]

Libya Limits EU, NATO Options In Syria

BRUSSELS, Aug. 26 (UPI) — An uncertain political outcome in Libya is tying the hands of EU and NATO decision-makers as they weigh options in response to the government-led bloodbath in Syria. Neither direct military action nor support to an armed opposition is among options that can be seen as being available to an overburdened […]

Rallies Mark Last Friday Of Ramadan In Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Thousands of protesters rallied across Syria to mark the last Friday in Ramadan, as activists said President Bashar Assad’s troops killed at least eight people. Activists allege pro-government forces Thursday killed at least eight people, seven in Hama alone, Sky News reported. Widespread arrests and beatings also were reported […]

U.S. Hails End To Sri Lankan Emergency

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — A decision by the Sri Lankan president to end an emergency law in place since the 1970s is welcome news that must be enforced, the U.S. State Department said. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced Thursday that, with the Tamil Tiger rebel group defeated, there was no need to keep […]

Obama Heading Back To D.C. Early

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass., Aug. 26 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama Friday cut short his Martha’s Vineyard vacation as Hurricane Irene took aim at the Eastern Seaboard. Obama decided to head back to Washington Friday night instead of waiting until Saturday morning as planned, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. Obama, who spoke with […]

Texas Court Rejects Polygamist’s Appeal

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 26 (UPI) — A Texas court Friday refused to overturn a sexual-assault conviction against a Texas man who was in a polygamous marriage with an underage girl. Michael Emack, 60, sought to have his no-contest plea overturned on the grounds the search warrant in the investigation was illegal. Emack’s lawyer told the […]

19 Of 50 Slain Police Killed In Ambushes

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — At least 19 of 50 U.S. police officers fatally shot this year were victims of ambush-style attacks or were surprised by suspects with guns, a review shows. USA Today said it based its review on case summaries and interviews with police officials. The newspaper said the 50 fatal shootings of […]

Texas Supreme Court Upholds ‘pole Tax’

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 26 (UPI) — The Texas Supreme Court Friday upheld a state law that charges $5 per customer at nude dancing establishments that serve alcohol — the so-called pole tax. The unanimous ruling validated the 2007 Sexually Oriented Business Fee Act, overturning a ruling by the 3rd Court of Appeals, which found the […]

Urine Collector Will Stay On Probation

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 26 (UPI) — An Ohio man who has been forbidden from using public restrooms will remain under house arrest and probation, a judge said. In February, Alan Patton, 59, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years of house arrest and probation for a criminal mischief conviction after he was […]

Chilean Police Accused Of Killing Teen

SANTIAGO, Chile, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Chilean authorities allegedly shot and killed a 14-year-old protester during a violent strike in Santiago to demand free education, witnesses said. Manuel Gutierrez was apparently shot in the chest near a security barricade Thursday as protesters battled police by throwing rocks and setting fire to piles of rubbish to […]

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