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Two Convicted For Coating Seniors In Ointment

UKIAH, Calif., Aug. 10 (UPI) — Two women convicted of coating patients at a California nursing home with ointment for a practical joke on colleagues have been sentenced to 20 days in jail. Monica Rose Smith, 52, and Jennifer Louise Burton, 34, must also serve two years probation, The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat reported. They […]

Syria Ignores International Community: HRW

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Syria is clearly ignoring the international community through its continued use of force against civilian protesters, Human Rights Watch said. The U.N. Security Council last week issued a statement condemning Damascus for the crackdown against demonstrators in the country. Members of the Arab, Western and European communities have condemned the […]

Libya’s TNC Staffing Embassy In London

LONDON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Libya’s rebel-backed Transitional National Council is staffing the Libyan Embassy in London, the British foreign secretary announced. London said in July that it recognized the TNC as the sole governmental authority in Libya. All members of the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi were subsequently asked to leave the country. […]

Creditors: Crystal Cathedral Will Be Sold

SANTA ANA, Calif., Aug. 10 (UPI) — Creditors of the Crystal Cathedral in California have told the family of Robert Schuller the property will be sold whether or not they agree to it. A creditors’ plan filed Tuesday in federal bankruptcy court in Santa Ana calls for the sale of the landmark church in Garden […]

U.S. Steps Up Obama’s Secret War In Yemen

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Three days after U.S. Navy SEALs assassinated Osama bin Laden in May, the Americans mounted a major air operation in Yemen to kill a U.S.-born Muslim cleric they’ve branded one of al-Qaida’s most dangerous leaders. Anwar al-Awlaki just escaped the missiles fired from several U.S. aircraft but the operation […]

Wholesale Inventories Rose In June

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — U.S. wholesale inventories rose 0.6 percent in June following a downwardly revised level for May, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The June increase to a seasonally adjusted $458.7 billion put inventories 15.8 percent higher than June 2010. May’s inventory level was revised down by $200 million, which dropped the estimated […]

Another Arrest In Britain Phone Hack Case

LONDON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Police in Britain have made another arrest in the investigation of alleged telephone hacking by a newspaper, officials said. Greg Miskiw, 61, is a former news editor of the News of the World, and was being investigated for allegedly hacking into the phone messages of celebrities and public figures between […]

Politics Held Hostage In Yemen, U.S. Says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — The democratic process in Yemen shouldn’t be held in limbo while the country’s president weighs his options from Saudi Arabia, a U.S. official said. There are conflicting reports about whether Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is to return to Yemen after his release from a hospital in Saudi Arabia. He […]

2 Months For Officer In Alleged Rape Case

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A former New York police officer was given a two-month sentence Wednesday for official misconduct that involved the alleged rape of a drunken woman. Franklin L. Mata allegedly acted as a lookout while his partner, Kenneth Moreno, had sex with the woman in her Manhattan apartment. But a jury […]

DRC Sexual Violence Haunts Amnesty

LONDON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Amnesty International said the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo needs to do more to bring perpetrators of sexual violence to justice. Veronique Aubert, deputy director of African affairs at Amnesty International, said in a statement that only a handful of charges were brought against perpetrators of war crimes […]

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