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2 Charged In Biggest Blaze Ever In Ariz.

PHOENIX, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Two cousins were charged Wednesday with leaving an unattended campfire that ignited the biggest wildfire in Arizona history. Caleb Joshua Malboeuf, 26, of Benson and David Wayne Malboeuf, 24, of Tucson each face five federal counts for allegedly leaving a campfire unattended and building a fire on national forest land […]

NYC Jail Loses $11,000 Worth Of Beef

NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Cooks at New York City’s Rikers Island jail were ordered to throw away $11,000 worth of beef patties that allegedly had turned rancid, officials say. Jail officials ordered the 14,000 Jamaican beef patties tossed last week after it had been determined they had gone bad, the New York Daily […]

U.S. Preps For Hurricane Irene

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 24 (UPI) — Preparations in North Carolina for the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene included mandatory evacuations in the Outer Banks Wednesday, state officials said. Irene was upgraded Wednesday to a Category 3 storm and forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said it could become a Category 4 storm by […]

Remains Of Man Who Died In WTC Identified

NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The remains of a man killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attack were identified just ahead of the 10th anniversary of the attack, officials say. Medical examiners announced Tuesday that the remains of Ernest James, 40, have been confirmed, the New York Daily News reported. James, […]

Census Updated For U.S. Territories

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Northern Mariana Islands lost population in the past decade, but Guam gained, the U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday. The bureau said in a release the Northern Mariana Islands commonwealth lost more than one-fifth of its population between 2000 and 2010, falling from 69,221 […]

Las Vegas Hotel Sued Over Legionnaire’s

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Six people have sued a Las Vegas casino resort, charging they contracted Legionnaire’s disease while staying there. The lawsuits name the Aria hotel, CityCenter, the development where it is located, MGM Resorts, which has a 50 percent interest in City Center, and Tutor Perini, the general contractor, the Las […]

Some Sex Abuse Charges Dropped In Okla.

OKLAHOMA CITY, N.Y., Aug. 24 (UPI) — A judge has dismissed many of the child sex abuse charges against a former Oklahoma City police sergeant accused of molesting teenagers. Maurice Martinez, 45, said Tuesday after the hearing that he expects to be acquitted when the case goes to trial, The Oklahoman reported. He remained in […]

Sex Trafficking Bar Owner Gets 30 Years

MCALLEN, Texas, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A Mexican man has been sentenced to 30 years in a U.S. prison for luring three teenage sisters to Texas and forcing them into prostitution. Beleal Garcia Gonzalez, who owned El Paraiso Bar in Mission, Texas, just north of the U.S.-Mexico border, was also ordered Tuesday to pay $230,000 […]

Court: Marijuana Business Can Be Shut Down

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich., Aug. 24 (UPI) — A medical marijuana operation that allows patients to sell their excess supply can be shut down as a public nuisance, a Michigan appeals court ruled Wednesday. The three-judge panel reversed a lower court’s finding that Compassionate Apothecary was in compliance with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. The court […]

Venezuela Nationalizes Gold Mining; Meanwhile, Gold Prices Drop

According to reports from The Associated Press, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez formalized the nationalization of the South American country’s gold mining industry early this week in response to rising concerns about the value of the U.S. dollar.


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