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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 […]

FAA Bans Air Race At Calif. Air Show

CAMARILLO, Calif., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Federal officials say they’ve refused permission for a California air show to host a controversial air race, citing concern over the safety of spectators. The decision by the Federal Aviation Administration prohibits the Ultimate Air Race Championship from staging a high-speed race at the Camarillo Air Show this weekend, […]

Mexico Traffickers Indicted In Seattle

SEATTLE, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Fifteen people were in custody Friday after a Seattle grand jury indicted members of an alleged Mexican drug smuggling ring, federal prosecutors said. Eighteen individuals were named in the indictment against the reputed Sinaloa ring, which allegedly smuggled methamphetamines and heroin across the border into Arizona and then shipped it […]

Fla. City Bans Swimming For Health Concern

PALM BAY, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) — Authorities in Palm Bay, Fla., say they’ve closed a popular local swimming lake out of fears of a possibly deadly amoeba affecting swimmers. Palm Bay city officials fear the microscopic amoeba that can cause fatal swelling of the brain and its lining after entering the body through swimmers’ […]


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