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Sweat-lodge Defendant Seeks New Trial

CAMP VERDE, Ariz., Aug. 1 (UPI) — An Arizona judge agreed to hear defense arguments for a new trial for James Arthur Ray, convicted of negligent homicide for three sweat-lodge deaths. Judge Warren Darrow, during a teleconference hearing late last week, scheduled an Aug. 16 session to hear arguments for a new trial. The defense […]

Crystal Cathedral Says It’s Not For Sale

GARDEN GROVE, Calif., Aug. 1 (UPI) — Officials of California’s bankrupt Crystal Cathedral are appealing for donations after deciding not to sell the landmark property. Church leaders announced during Sunday services that the board had decided Thursday not to sell the famous building in Garden Grove, the Los Angeles Times reported. Buyers that had shown […]

Congresswoman’s Vehicle Hit By Police Car

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington, D.C.’s, non-voting delegate to the U.S. House, said a police car hit her car in a minor weekend accident. No one was injured. Norton told The Washington Post she was driving home from shopping around 9:30 Sunday morning when a Metropolitan Police Department vehicle struck the […]

Canada Stumps In U.S. For Oil Pipeline

WASHINGTON — The Canadian government is optimistic that Washington understands the economic and strategic importance of the Keystone XL pipeline, an official said. Canadian pipeline company TransCanada wants to build Keystone XL to supplement its existing pipeline carrying tar sands oil from Alberta. The current network terminates in Oklahoma and Illinois and the extension would […]

Kevin Rudd’s Heart Operation ‘a Success’

BRISBANE, Australia, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd was recovering in a Brisbane hospital Monday after undergoing heart surgery, his wife, Therese Rein, said. Rein called the operation to replace Rudd’s aortic valve “a success,” the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The aortic valve replacement was the second heart operation for Rudd, 53. […]

Cancun-bound Flight Diverted To Cuba

DULLES, Va., Aug. 1 (UPI) — United Airlines Flight 831, en route from Virginia to Mexico, was diverted to Cuba after its crew reported a burning smell in the cockpit, officials said. The plane, an Airbus A320, carrying 140 people, safely landed at Jose Marti Airport in Havana shortly after noon Sunday, CNN reported. Federal […]

First Big-city Russian Tornado Kills 1

BLAGOVESHCHENSK, Russia, Aug. 1 (UPI) — The first tornado to hit a major Russian city struck Blagoveshchensk in eastern Russia, killing one person and injuring dozens of others, officials said. The tornado was on the ground for 13 minutes Sunday night in the city of about 220,000 people that borders China, RIA Novosti reported Monday. […]

Poll: Conservatives Top Moderates Again

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 1 (UPI) — A Gallup poll released Monday indicates 2011 is on pace to be the third year in a row in which conservatives outnumber moderates. At the midyear point, 2011 is similar to 2009 and 2010, with 41 percent of poll participants identifying themselves as conservative, 36 percent as moderate and […]

Kashgar: 15 Die In Weekend Of Violence

BEIJING, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A second explosion in two days rocked Kashgar in western China, killing three people including a policeman, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua said. The blast happened in central Kashgar at 4:30 p.m. Sunday and came at the end of a murderous weekend for the city of 350,000 in the western […]

Alleged Teen Hacker Faces U.K. Charges

LONDON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A teenager who allegedly hacked into computer systems was charged with various offenses, British law enforcement officials said. Jake Davis, 18, arrested last week, was charged with unauthorized access to a computer system, conspiring with others to launch online attacks against the United Kingdom’s Serious and Organized Crime Web site […]

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