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Teacher Suspended For Facebook Posting

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) — Florida education officials have suspended a teacher from the classroom for his alleged Facebook postings about gay and lesbian marriages. Jerry Buell, a former teacher of the year, was reassigned pending an investigation into comments he allegedly made on his Facebook page about homosexual marriages, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel […]

Gadhafi Looking For Exit Door?

LONDON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Sources were conflicted about the status of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and whether he and his family are planning to leave the country. The rebel-backed Transitional National Council in Libya has gained diplomatic momentum in recent weeks, securing recognition as the sole governmental authority in Tripoli from several Western governments. […]

Miami Archdiocese Sued Over Alleged Abuse

MIAMI, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The Archdiocese of Miami has been sued over allegations a now-retired priest sexually abused three young boys in the 1960s, officials said. The suits claim Father Neil Flemming, now in his 80s and living in Florida, abused three boys between the ages of 12 and 14 at Boystown, a former […]

Spanish Protesters Against Pope’s Visit

MADRID, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Spanish demonstrators clashed with police in a protest against public funding of a visit that began Thursday by Pope Benedict XVI, officials said. At least 11 people were injured and eight arrested Wednesday after an estimated 20,000 demonstrators marched in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square to protest the pope’s controversial […]

Mladic Has Surgery, Two Trials Sought

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Ratko Mladic, accused of war crimes during the Bosnian conflict, underwent surgery to repair a hernia, an international court at The Hague, Netherlands, said. Mladic had the surgery on Wednesday and called his family after the operation, B92 reported. His condition was not revealed. “We do not release […]

Madoff’s Wife Living With Her Sister

BOCA RATON, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) — Ruth Madoff, wife of convicted Ponzi scheme swindler Bernard Madoff, is living with a sister in Florida who was also scammed in Madoff’s schemes, officials say. Ruth Madoff is living in Boca Raton with her older sister Joan, 73, and her brother-in-law Robert Boman, 76, the South Florida […]

‘World’s’ U.S. Reporter Arrested In London

LONDON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A former “News of the World” reporter in Hollywood has been arrested in London in connection with the telephone hacking scandal there, officials said. James Desborough was arrested Thursday when he arrived at a south London police station to answer questions about his alleged involvement in the telephone hacking investigation […]

Two IED Blasts Kill 2 Dozen Afghans

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Coalition forces and Afghan government leaders condemned a roadside bombing that killed 24 Afghans and wounded 11 Thursday in Herat province. Afghan officials said Taliban insurgents were behind the bombing, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force said in a release. “Insurgents plan attacks such as these without […]

Insurgents Responsible For Afghan Deaths

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 18 (UPI) — The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says 80 percent of the civilian casualties there are caused by “anti-government elements.” Militants have stepped up their suicide attacks on civilians, the UNAMA said in its June report to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The biggest killer of civilians in Afghanistan […]

Daycare Workers Cleared Of Assault Charge

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A Canadian judge ruled two daycare workers who taped an unruly 3-year-old boy to a chair weren’t guilty of assault in the Winnipeg, Manitoba, facility. The incident dates back to 2009 when the two unidentified daycare workers admitted to loosely taping the boy to a chair twice after they […]

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