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Body Of Drowned NYPD Officer Found

SMITHTOWN, N.Y., Aug. 13 (UPI) — The body of a New York Police Department officer who disappeared while kayaking with his 5-year-old son was recovered Saturday from Smithtown Bay, police said. Authorities found the body of Patrick Luca, 41, shortly before noon Saturday after a massive search overnight, NBC-TV, New York, reported. Luca’s son, who […]

Report: Syrian Tanks Enter Latakia

LATAKIA, Syria, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Syrian government tanks rolled into Latakia Saturday, with residents fleeing under heavy gunfire, human-rights activists said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in London said women and children fled en masse after tanks and armored personnel carriers descended on the southern district of Al-Ramleh, which has seen large demonstrations […]

Small Cairo Rally Calls For Secular Egypt

CAIRO, Aug. 13 (UPI) — A demonstration calling for a secular state in Egypt drew a few hundred protesters to Tahrir Square in Cairo. The protest was held Friday evening after iftar, the daily meal that breaks the fast held during daylight hours in Ramadan, CNN reported. Those gathered in the square, scene of huge […]

SEC To Look At S&P Downgrade Of U.S. Debt

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Regulators will examine the straw that broke the Wall Street camel’s back, S&P’s downgrade of U.S. debt from AAA to AA+, sources told The Wall Street Journal. The U.S. Treasury Department has said the downgrade by credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s is the result of a $2 trillion mathematical […]

North Korea: Don’t Hold Joint Exercise

SEOUL, Aug. 13 (UPI) — A joint military exercise by South Korea and the United States could undermine possible peace talks, North Korea said, demanding the drills be canceled. The annual joint drill, this year called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, starts Tuesday in the Yellow Sea off the west coast of South Korea, Yonhap News Agency […]

Iowa Straw Poll Could Cut GOP Field

AMES, Iowa, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Saturday’s Iowa straw poll could weed some candidates out of the crowded Republican presidential field. The poll may be make-or-break time for Tim Pawlenty, who served as governor in neighboring Minnesota and has invested more time and money in Iowa than his rivals, The Hill reported. It also could […]

‘Comfort Women’ Bill Voted Down 8 Times

SEOUL, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Japanese legislators who support a bill to compensate World War II Korean “comfort women” have not given up, a former lawmaker said Saturday. Haruko Yoshikawa, a member of the Japanese Communist Party, told a conference in Seoul that the Diet or parliament rejected a bill she and other woman legislators […]

Explosions, Casualties Fall In China Mines

BEIJING, Aug. 13 (UPI) — The number of casualties from coal mine gas explosions in China has dropped but remains high, officials said. This year 245 people have died in 62 mine explosions, said Xinhua, China’s state-run news agency. The numbers represent reductions of 31 percent and 25 percent, respectively, from a year ago, the […]

Chemicals Damaging Great Barrier Reef

SYDNEY, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Australian authorities say agricultural pesticides are causing significant damage to the Great Barrier Reef. The information was gleaned from a report on water quality at the site calling for farmers to be more careful with their chemicals, the BBC reported. The report said about 25 percent of horticulture producers and […]

Gov. Rick Perry To Join Presidential Fray

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 13 (UPI) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, after unofficially announcing his candidacy for president, plans to make his official entry into the crowded Republican field Saturday. Perry is set to announce he is seeking the Republican nomination in a 1 p.m. speech in South Carolina before the conservative RedState Gathering, USA Today […]


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