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Panetta: U.S. Troops In Iraq Beyond 2011

WASHINGTON, Ill., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Iraq has agreed to allow non-combat U.S. forces to remain in the country beyond the end of 2011, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday. All U.S. forces had been scheduled to leave Iraq by Dec. 31 and Panetta said the drawdown is progressing on schedule. When he visited […]

Teen Says She Was Forced Into Prostitution

DETROIT, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A teenager described weeks of working as a prostitute, beaten and raped over and over, during a hearing for a Detroit man charged with sexual trafficking. The girl, now 15, testified that Sedrick Leman-Isaac Mitchell, 32, picked her up when she was a 14-year-old runaway, The Detroit News reported. Mitchell, […]

Teens, Boy Sentenced For Flash Mob Attack

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Two Philadelphia teens have been given custodial sentences and an 11-year-old house arrest for participating in an attack by a violent “flash mob.” A judge scolded the three as they were sentenced Thursday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. All pleaded guilty as juveniles to assault, robbery and rioting. “Downtown is not […]

Critics: Toronto Strip Searches Arbitrary

TORONTO, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Critics say Toronto police conduct too many strip searches, often without just cause. Such searches were conducted on 31,072 people in 2010 — or in 44 percent of arrests, the Toronto Police Association says, CBC News reported. “I think the numbers are speaking for themselves. They’re too high,” said Heather […]

Israel Continues To Bomb Gaza Targets

JERUSALEM, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Israeli aircraft pounded targets in Gaza in retaliation Friday for rocket strikes and the attacks a day earlier near Eilat. Military officials said the first round of airstrikes were aimed at Hamas facilities and were prompted by the killings Thursday on the roads leading into the Red Sea resort of […]

Egypt Angry Over Sinai Deaths

CAIRO, Aug. 19 (UPI) — The Egyptian government Friday called an emergency Cabinet meeting following the deaths of Egyptians in clashes with Israeli forces in the Sinai. Prime Minister Essam Sharaf called the meeting to discuss reports of clashes between Egyptian and Israeli soldiers in the Sinai in the wake of a Palestinian terror attack […]

2011 Record Year For Weather Disasters

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Weather experts say 2011 has tied a record for billion-dollar weather disasters, as blizzards, tornadoes and flooding have hit U.S. states. The National Weather Service said nine meteorological disasters this year have each caused at least $1 billion in economic damage. Losses so far this year have totaled […]

Record Numbers Of Mosquitoes Plague Fla.

TITUSVILLE, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Authorities in Florida say mosquito breeding in marshes, ponds and puddles along the state’s so-called Space Coast has hit historic levels. Officials with Brevard County Mosquito Control said Friday they would spray mosquito-killing pesticides across more than 3 million acres by summer’s end, the highest total in at least […]

Victims Of Eilat Attacks Buried In Israel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Three victims of the attacks near Eilat — an intelligence officer, a military sergeant and a civilian — were buried Friday in Israel. Paskal Avrahami, 49, a veteran counter-terrorism expert, and Staff Sgt. Moshe Naftali were both buried in Mount Herzl, the national cemetery in Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Post reported. […]

Overloaded Backpacks Can Injure Children

NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Overstuffed backpacks can injure schoolchildren, says an expert, who asks parents to make sure their kids aren’t lugging around “unnecessary items.” Dr. Joshua Hyman, director of orthopedic surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, said in a statement millions of children will be at risk of injury when they return […]

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