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China Calls White Paper ‘irresponsible’

BEIJING, Aug. 4 (UPI) — China termed as “irresponsible” Japan’s expressions of concerns about Chinese military’s recent maritime activities. The Japanese concerns were expressed in its 2011 defense white paper released Tuesday by its Defense Ministry, calling attention to Chinese naval operations near Japan and the development of bases. “The Japanese 2011 defense white paper […]

Tent City Prison Turns 18

PHOENIX, Aug. 3 (UPI) — The Tent City prison compound set up by Maricopa (Ariz.) County Sheriff Joe Arpaio commemorated its 18th year in operation Wednesday. The compound is comprised of military-style tents and can house as many as 1,000 inmates at a time, The Arizona Republic reported. The facility is for minimal to medium […]

Rosa Parks’ Estate To Be Auctioned

NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (UPI) — An attorney for an organization named for Rosa Parks says the U.S. civil rights icon’s friend are “mortified” that her personal letters are to be auctioned. The battle between Parks’ relatives and the Rosa and Raymond Institute for Self Development over her estate has been ongoing since Parks’ death […]

Man Bought Puffer Fish Poison To Kill Wife

CHICAGO, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A Chicago-area man pleaded guilty to attempting to kill his wife with poison from a puffer fish, court records show. Edward F. Bachner IV, of Lake in the Hills, was trying to cash in on his wife’s $20 million life insurance policy, WBBM, Chicago, reported. Bachner was arrested in July […]

3 In Ultra-Orthodox Cult Charged In Abuse

JERUSALEM, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Three members of an ultra-Orthodox cult in Jerusalem were charged with abusing women and children, officials say. An investigation into the cult led to the indictment filed in Jerusalem District Court Wednesday, Haaretz reported. The report names three men, the cult leader and two others — one said to be […]

Convicted, Fined For Taunting Suicidal Man

SALEM, Mass., Aug. 3 (UPI) — A Salem, Mass., man pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct and was fined $150 for taunting a suicidal man. David Duchesne, 19, was one of two men who yelled taunts at a suicidal man who was in a standoff with police Monday, The Salem News reported. Duchesne […]

Ex-deputy Bail Hiked For Facebook Post

HIGHLAND, Calif., Aug. 3 (UPI) — A former Highland, Calif., deputy, accused of having sex with a minor in a police vehicle, had his bail raised for his Facebook comments, a judge said. Nathan James Gastineau’s bail was raised from $150,000 to $350,000 Monday for posting about “revenge” and “payback” on a Facebook page made […]

Oregon Rep. Wu Officially Resigns

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) — U.S. Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., his career dashed by sexual allegations, gave notification Wednesday his resignation would be effective just before midnight. Wu submitted his notice to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhabe and U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Roll Call reported. “Serving as a U.S. congressman has been the greatest […]

Al Shabab Appears Split On Foreign Aid

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A United Nations relief group has been able, for the first time in two years to land a load of supplies at a Somali airstrip controlled by Al Shabab. While the group’s leadership remains opposed to accepting aid from western agencies, moderate local commanders appear to be more willing […]

Teller Allegedly Gambles Away Stolen $70K

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Aug. 3 (UPI) — A credit union teller in Aliso Viejo, Calif., is accused of stealing $70,000 and then gambling the money away, police say. Alexander Buduria Flores, 36, allegedly took the money over the span of a month, The Orange County Register reported. “He lost all the money gambling,” Jim Amormino, […]

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