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Memorial Service For China Daily Editor

BEIJING, Aug. 17 (UPI) — China Daily held a memorial service at its Beijing office for assistant editor-in-chief Li Xing, who died of cerebral hemorrhage in Washington at age 54. The highly respected journalist, who was also a columnist for the newspaper and its chief U.S. correspondent, was in the U.S. capital to cover a […]

Witness Says Last To See Gardner Alive

ORANJESTAD, Aruba, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A dive shop owner says he was the last to see a missing Maryland woman alive in Aruba. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he saw Robyn Gardner and Gary Giordano the afternoon Gardner disappeared, ABC News reported Tuesday. He said he later saw Giordano’s rental car […]

Anti-corruption Campaign Grows Wider

NEW DELHI, Aug. 16 (UPI) — India’s government faced a dilemma Wednesday as the arrested leader of a popular anti-corruption campaign refused to leave the New Delhi jail, authorities said. Social activist and Mahatama Gandhi follower Anna Hazare, 74, arrested Tuesday morning before his planned hunger strike to seek a tougher “Jan Lokpal,” or citizens’ […]

Man Convinced To Climb Down From TV Tower

TULSA, Okla., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A retired police negotiator ended a six-day standoff with a man clinging to a Tulsa, Okla., TV tower, officials said Tuesday. Tyrone Lynn convinced William Sturdivant, 25, to come down from his 150-foot-high perch, ending the city’s longest standoff at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, KTUL-TV, Tulsa, reported. “When we finally […]

8 Hurt By Lightning Bolt At SeaWorld

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A lightning strike at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday afternoon injured eight people, a spokesman for the tourist venue said. Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Genevieve Latham said the victims — five SeaWorld employees and three customers — were all expected to survive, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The victims […]

Transgender Woman Wins $55,000 Settlement

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A transgender woman who got a letter from a California motor vehicles clerk saying homosexual acts would lead to hell won a $55,000 settlement, her lawyers say. Amber Yust, 23, got the letter saying homosexual acts were “an abomination that leads to hell” after going to the Department of […]

Neighbor Thwarts Kidnapper

ALBUQUERQUE, Aug. 16 (UPI) — An Albuquerque man saved his 6-year-old neighbor by calling police while he chased an alleged kidnapper, police say. The neighbor saw a man attempt to coax the girl into his van Monday afternoon at a playground, KRQE-TV, Albuquerque, reported. “The child was being resistant to his enticement and that is […]

Goodall Sues Over Baby Food Deal

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Primatologist Jane Goodall’s non-profit organization says in a lawsuit a company owes $720,000 it had agreed to pay for marketing its vegetarian baby food. The Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation filed the suit against Sprout Foods, founded by the Food Network’s Tyler Florence, the New York Post […]

Quartet Calls For Palestinian-Israel Talks

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The Middle East Quartet Tuesday called for Palestinians and Israelis to engage in direct peace negotiations next month in Washington. The quartet — comprised of the United Nations, the Russian Federation, the United States and the European Union — issued a statement in New York in which it “again […]

U.S. Targets Haqqani Network Commander

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department said Tuesday it has labeled as a terrorist a commander of a Taliban-affiliated group plaguing Afghanistan, freezing his U.S. assets. The terrorist tag also forbids U.S. citizens from doing business with the commander, Sangeen Zadran, who the department said is responsible for numerous high-profile attacks in […]


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