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Porn Heir Gets 35 To Life For Murder

MARIN, Calif., Aug. 17 (UPI) — The heir to a porn empire has been sent to prison in California for 35 years to life for killing his ex-girlfriend. James Mitchell, who was convicted July 12 for clubbing Danielle Keller to death with a baseball bat, was given the maximum sentence Tuesday in Marin, Calif., Superior […]

Experts Say Fair Stage Collapse Foreseen

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair that killed five people was predictable, experts say. The deadly Saturday night incident that fair spokesman Andy Klotz called “a freakish act of God” on Tuesday was caused by storm winds the National Weather Service and Accuweather.com warned about, The Indianapolis Star […]

Secret Service Agent Arrested In DUI

DECORAH, Iowa, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A Secret Service special agent faces a drunken driving charge after being pulled over in Iowa last weekend ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit, police say. Daniel L. Valencia, 40, of Washington, allegedly ran a red light about 1:30 a.m. Saturday in Decorah, The Des Moines Register reported Wednesday. […]

4th Suspect Caught In $6.6 Million Robbery

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The last of four men suspected of robbing $6.6 million from ATM Solutions in St. Louis has been caught more than a year after the robbery, authorities said. Four masked, armed men overpowered guards and stole the cash Aug. 2, 2010, carrying it off in one of the company’s […]

Stolen Tombstones Show Up In Back Yard

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Sheriff’s deputies in San Bernardino, Calif., found 24 stolen tombstones in a back yard while serving a search warrant in a narcotics investigation. Authorities are now trying to identify the markers to they can be matched to the proper grave sites, The (Riverside, Calif.) Press-Enterprise reports. The granite […]

Alleged ‘Bad Hair Bandit’ In Custody

AUBURN, Calif., Aug. 17 (UPI) — The FBI said Wednesday a woman suspected of being the “Bad Hair Bandit” is in custody in California. Cynthia Van Holland, 46, of Hayden, Idaho, and her alleged getaway driver, Christopher Alonzo, 26, also of Hayden, were arrested Monday following a bank holdup in Auburn, Calif., The Seattle Times […]

NYU Pays Employee Taunted By Racist Slurs

NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (UPI) — New York University paid a library worker $210,000 for being ridiculed by his supervisor with racist remarks, officials say. The NYU employee, Osei Agyemang, an immigrant from Ghana, filed a lawsuit against the school last September through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York Daily News reported. Agyemang’s […]

Thieves Steal Donations To Cancer Charity

NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Money collected for a cancer charity in honor of a 5-year-old boy with the disease was stolen by a couple in a sport utility vehicle, a New York man says. Philip Carone, 63, told the New York Daily News he had been collecting donations outside his mother’s house in […]

Groups Slam Weak Coal Ash Protections

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Environmental groups say a study shows U.S. regulations are inadequate to protect public health and drinking water, near on coal ash disposal sites. Earthjustice and Appalachian Mountain Advocates released the study Wednesday, a review of regulations in 37 states which together are responsible for almost 98 percent of all coal […]

Turks Strike Kurds In Iraq In Retaliation

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Turkish warplanes bombed suspected Kurdish positions in Iraq Wednesday in retaliation for a Kurdish ambush on a military convoy in Turkey, officials said. The Turkish newspaper Zaman reported that after the clash at Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey, 14 Turkish F-16 fighter jets targeted members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, […]

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