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D.C. Mayor Wants End To Flash Mob Thefts

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) — The mayor of Washington, D.C., has denounced flash mob shoplifting after two instances of the mass thievery at convenience stores. The two stores were taken for mostly snack food, The Washington Post reported Friday. On Aug. 12 a 7-Eleven was robbed by about 25 people of about $450 worth of […]

Canadian Fish To Be Tested For Radiation

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Aug. 20 (UPI) — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it will be testing fish off the coast of British Columbia for radiation due to the nuclear disaster in Japan. However, the agency says it expects radiation levels found in fish tested will be below Health Canada’s level of concern, the Canadian […]

Woman Pleads No Contest To Texting Death

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 (UPI) — A Los Angeles woman has pleaded no contest to killing an elderly man with her car while texting and avoided jail time, officials say. Ani Voskanian, 21, was sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Patrick Hegarty Friday to serve three years of probation, 300 hours of community […]

1 Dead In Biplane Air Show Crash

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 20 (UPI) — A pilot died Saturday when his biplane crashed while he was doing aerial stunts at the Kansas City Air Expo Air Show in Missouri, authorities said. The Kansas City Star reported the aircraft nose-dived into a grassy area adjacent to a runway at the Kansas City Wheeler Downtown […]

Man Accused Of Killing Wife, 3 Children

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 20 (UPI) — A Virginia man was being held in South Carolina Saturday, suspected of killing his wife and three children, authorities said. The quadruple slayings were discovered Friday at a Newport News apartment, and the suspect, John Moses Ragin, 36, was being held in Manning, S.C., the Newport News Daily […]

Vacationing Obama Visits Friend’s Home

OAK BLUFFS, Mass., Aug. 20 (UPI) — President Obama, on vacation with his family in Massachusetts, spent part of Saturday at a social event at a friend’s home in Oak Bluffs. After a 20-minute motorcade from Blue Heron Farm where he and his family are staying, Obama arrived at the home of Harvard University Professor […]

Tropical Storm Greg Lingers In Pacific

MIAMI, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Greg was clinging to tropical storm status Saturday harmlessly over the Pacific Ocean, U.S. weather forecasters said. The National Hurricane Center said in its 2 p.m. PDT advisory that Greg had sustained winds of about 40 mph as it churned about 710 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico’s […]

Tropical Storm Irene Forms In Caribbean

MIAMI, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Irene formed in the Caribbean Sea Saturday, prompting warnings for Puerto Rico and several other islands, U.S. forecasters said. The storm, which was producing tropical force gales up to 120 miles from its center, could become a hurricane Monday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its […]

Harvey Weakens After Hitting Belize

MIAMI, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Harvey weakened Saturday afternoon after making landfall in Belize. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 4 p.m. CDT advisory that Harvey was losing its punch as it moved inland but was still producing winds up to 50 mph as it headed to the north-northwest at […]

Kilpatrick Says He Took No Bribes

DETROIT, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, now awaiting trial on federal corruption charges, denies ever taking bribes or kickbacks. In an interview with The New York Times published Saturday on the newspaper’s Web site, Kilpatrick called the federal charges “absolutely untrue.” “I’ve never accepted a bribe. I’ve never got a kickback. […]


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