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Teen Guilty In Stabbing Attack On Parents

PORT HURON, Mich., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A Michigan teenager has been found guilty of plotting and orchestrating an attack that killed her father and wounded her mother. Tia Skinner, 18, of Yale was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder, the Port Huron Times Herald reported. Skinner was downstairs […]

U.N. Withdraws Some Staff From Syria

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The United Nations announced Wednesday it is temporarily withdrawing some staff from Syria in light of the government’s violent crackdown on demonstrators. Michael Williams, the U.N. special coordinator for Lebanon, said 26 non-essential international staff and their families are being relocated from Syria, the United Nations said in a […]

GOP Leaders: Obama Must Act On Debt

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The two top U.S. House Republicans said in an op-ed published Wednesday in USA Today President Obama needs to focus on real debt reduction. The op-ed by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., says, “The American people elected the new House Republican majority with orders to […]

Harvard Animal Lab Cited In USDA Check

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A Harvard University animal research center has been cited in the death of a primate incorrectly given anesthesia, federal officials say. The citation was one of five issued as a result of a July inspection of several Harvard animal research facilities by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Boston […]

Ankara Vows To Fight PKK During Ramadan

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Turkish authorities aren’t going to wait until the holy month of Ramadan ends before taking on Kurdish militants, the country’s president said Wednesday. The militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, was blamed for killing eight Turkish soldiers and a village guard in an ambush Wednesday in Turkey’s southeastern province […]

U.S. Joins Miss. Hate Crime Investigation

JACKSON, Miss., Aug. 17 (UPI) — The U.S. Justice Department has joined the investigation of an alleged hate crime ending in homicide in Mississippi, U.S. and state officials say. A group of white teenagers allegedly killed a black man because of his color. James Craig Anderson, 49, was first beaten as he stood in a […]

Recession Pushed Children Into Poverty

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The prolonged U.S. recession pushed the number of children living in low-income families to 31 million in 2010, the Kids Count Data Center said Wednesday. The official child poverty rate jumped 18 percent from 2000 to 2009, meaning 2.4 million more children live below the poverty line, Kids Count, part […]

SSA Declares 14K Living Americans Dead

NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (UPI) — About 14,000 people are incorrectly declared dead by the Social Security Administration every year, officials say. That translates to about one of every 200 of the 2.8 million death reports the agency receives each year, or 38 a day, CNN reports. The names are entered into the death master […]

Md. State Park To Honor Harriet Tubman

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Maryland plans to open a state park honoring Harriet Tubman on the 100th anniversary of the slave turned abolitionist’s birth. The park and visitors center will be located on land the state acquired in 2007 about 10 miles from Cambridge on the Eastern Shore, The Baltimore Sun reported. Officials […]

Ivory Coast Reopens Central Prison

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Aug. 17 (UPI) — In a move to restore the rule of law in Ivory Coast, U.N. peacekeepers said they helped renovate a prison in Abidjan emptied during the political crisis. The prison in Abidjan, the commercial capital and largest city in Ivory Coast, was emptied during a political crisis that pushed […]

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