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Former Home Secretary Used Inmate Labor

LONDON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The British Prison Service is investigating why two inmates on work release painted the house of former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, officials said Wednesday. Smith, a former Labor member of Parliament, said the work was legitimate and that she and her husband, Richard Timney, had made a donation to a […]

Truckers Union Blocks Sydney Thoroughfare

SYDNEY, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Hundreds of union officials representing truckers and bus drivers stopped traffic on a major thoroughfare Thursday in Australia’s largest city. The protest in the Sydney district of Rose Hill was aimed at working conditions, The Daily Telegraph of Sydney reported. The shop stewards, who had been attending a conference at […]

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Top Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Afghan and coalition forces killed a senior Taliban leader during a joint operation in north Afghanistan’s Faryab Province, NATO said. A Taliban subordinate was also killed in the operation in the province’s Ghormach district, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force reported on its Web site. The Taliban leader was identified […]

Chinese Media React To Pentagon Report

BEIJING, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The U.S. Pentagon’s latest annual report on China’s military overlooked its peaceful defense policy, the official media said Thursday. Pentagon official Michael Schiffer, in a media briefing on the Pentagon report, noted China’s expanding military capabilities have allowed it contribute to activities such as international peacekeeping and fighting piracy, but […]

China Military Buildup Raises Concerns

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — China’s military buildup is “potentially destabilizing” to regional military balances, a U.S. Pentagon official warned. The warning came from Michael Schiffer, deputy assistant defense secretary for East, during a media briefing on the annual report on military developments in China, prepared by the defense secretary for Congress. Schiffer said China’s […]

Couple Gets 12 Years In Python Killing

BUSHNELL, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) — A Florida woman and her boyfriend were sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison for the death of her daughter, who was killed by her pet Burmese python. Lawyers for Jaren Hare, 21, and Charles Darnell, 34, argued at the sentencing — as they did at trial — that […]

Man Survives Attack By Swarm Of Bees

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Aug. 25 (UPI) — A 95-year-old man in Southern California survived an attack by bees that stung him hundreds of times Wednesday, authorities said. Police said an exterminator was trying to remove the bees, believed to be Africanized honeybees, from an apartment in Redondo Beach, the Los Angeles Times reported. That apparently […]

TV Footage Shows Cyber Attack Potential

BEIJING, Aug. 24 (UPI) — China denies involvement in cyber attacks, officials saying that would violate Chinese law, but video aired recently on state TV demonstrated such an attack. Viewers of a brief clip on China Central Television last month saw a military computer program in which the target — a Falun Gong Web site […]

Man Sues Ex-fiancee For Fraud And Deceit

FRESNO, Calif., Aug. 24 (UPI) — A California man has filed a lawsuit accusing his ex-fiance of fraud and deceit and demanding she return a $52,000 ring and a sport utility vehicle. James Mekalian is suing Nichole Grazioli in Fresno County Superior Court, accusing her of fraud and deceit regarding the April meltdown of their […]

Girls Rewarded For Returning Found Money

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Aug. 24 (UPI) — Three Fort Collins, Colo., girls received rewards for their honesty in returning $1,100 in cash they found in a park, officials said. Elise Forzley, Amy Moreng and Claire Hooker, all 13, received acclaim from city police and $100 each from the owner of Plato’s Closet, the rightful owner […]


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