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Officials Worry About Crowding In Jails

LONDON, Aug. 20 (UPI) — The increasing number of people jailed in England and Wales as a result of social unrest is dangerously overcrowding jails there, police officials said. The Prison Service said Friday it is “closely monitoring the estate for any potential unrest” following the jailing of hundreds of rioters in the United Kingdom, […]

Palin Video Keeps Her Name In Media

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Former vice-presidential candidate and ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has released a video hinting she might be a presidential candidate this year, officials said. In the video released by Palin’s political action committee Friday, Palin highlighted her appearance at the Iowa State Fair last week and alludes to a scheduled visit […]

N. Korean Leader Starts Russian Tour

SEOUL, Aug. 20 (UPI) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Il traveled by train to Russia Saturday on a weeklong visit that includes meetings with Russia’s president and prime minister. South Korean intelligence officials in Seoul said the 70-year-old leader and his entourage traveled to the eastern city of Khasan and would continue on to […]

Judge: Towns Can Ban Medical Pot Stores

ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 20 (UPI) — Anaheim, Calif.’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries doesn’t violate a state law permitting them, a superior court judge has ruled. The case is now headed to appeals court, but the ruling this week gave anti-marijuana advocates something to cheer about, The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. “I think both […]

Violence Hits Karachi, Dozens Killed

KARACHI, Pakistan, Aug. 20 (UPI) — The worst violence in 16 years has left 27 people dead within 24 hours, officials in Pakistan said. Six new deaths were reported since midnight Friday in Karachi, DawnNews reported Saturday. The Pakistani government has deployed extra security to deal with unrest, the report said. Two bodies were recovered […]

Pope Leads Mass Prayer Vigil In Madrid

MADRID, Aug. 20 (UPI) — An estimated 1 million Roman Catholics crowded a military airfield outside Madrid Saturday as Pope Benedict XVI led an open-air prayer service. Prior to the prayer rally, part of World Youth Day observations, hundreds of priests heard confessions at 200 tent-like temporary confessionals. The pope took confessions from four people, […]

Fate Of Strauss-Kahn Case Comes To Head

NEW YORK, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. could face political fallout over charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York, officials said. Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund who stepped down after a New York chambermaid accused him of rape in May, will find out Tuesday if Vance […]

Lawmaker: Ron Paul Snubbed By Media

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Media arrogance is responsible for the relatively sparse news coverage of Rep. Ron Paul’s second-place finish in the Iowa Straw Poll, a Paul colleague said. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., who has endorsed Paul, R-Texas, in his bid to win the Republican nomination to seek the presidency of the United States, […]

Gulf Drilling Leases Go On Sale In Dec.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Interior says it is more than doubling the minimum bid for the right to drill oil wells in deep water in the Gulf of Mexico. Announcing the first sale of oil drilling rights since the BP disaster in April 2010 that killed 11 people and dumped […]

Shelling Frosts Egypt-Israel Relations

CAIRO, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Israeli officials made conciliatory gestures to Egypt Saturday after Cairo withdrew its ambassador over a border shelling that killed three Egyptians. Egypt’s interim ruling military council that took over power after President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster earlier this year issued a harsh rebuke to Israel over the incident in which an […]


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