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U.S. Dismayed Over Conviction Of Blogger

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The United States is “dismayed” over a Vietnamese court’s sentencing of French-Vietnamese blogger to three years in prison, the State Department said. The Vietnamese court Wednesday sentenced activist Pham Minh Hoang on charge of subversion. “We are dismayed by Vietnam’s conviction of French-Vietnamese blogger Pham Minh […]

Judge: Extradite Alleged Honeymoon Killer

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A British judge ruled Wednesday that Shrien Dewani should be extradited to South Africa to face charges of arranging his wife’s killing. The final decision is in the hands of Immigration Minister Damien Green, The Independent reported. Dewani’s lawyers argued their client would be subject to violence in a South […]

High Food Prices Exacerbate Drought Victims

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) — The United Nations says grain and milk prices in the Horn of Africa have hit record highs, worsening the hardship for people in the drought-affected region. The August food price monitor of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization indicated the high price of cereals such as sorghum and maize […]

Vigil Held For 3 Killed In Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, England, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A vigil was held Wednesday night in Britain’s second-largest city for three young Asian men run down by a car as they patrolled the city. Tariq Jahan, father of one of the men, said Birmingham must come together, The Independent reported. “People have been hurt, families have been hurt, […]

Displaced Pelicans Shipped To San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Eight brown pelicans, displaced by monsoon winds, were sent to SeaWorld in San Diego before being released back into their natural habitat, officials say. The birds were carried by monsoon weather to Arizona in July, stranded far from their natural Pacific Coast habitat, The Arizona Republic reported. They were […]

Social Protests Held Across Israel

JERUSALEM, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Demonstrators in several Israeli cities are protesting against the rising cost of living and the limited supply of housing, organizers said. Homeless residents in Holon burned tires and blocked roads on Wednesday after city inspectors mandated they take down their tents, Haaretz reported. “The banks won’t give mortgages to people […]

Retail Liability May Reduce Alcohol Deaths

ATLANTA, Aug. 10 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say deaths, homicides and injuries drop when retail alcohol establishments are liable for injuries from their intoxicated customers or minors. The Community Preventive Services Task Force — an independent volunteer body of public health and prevention experts — determined commercial host liability, otherwise known as dram shop liability, […]

Donations For Fire Victims Found At Dump

CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 10 (UPI) — The owner of a garbage collection company in Calgary, Alberta, says he found boxes of donations meant for Slave Lake wildfire victims in the city dump. Paul Nielson said he discovered boxes of new clothes, toys and other items at the Spyhill Landfill in Calgary Monday, CTV reported. “I […]

Sarah Palin To Visit Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Conservative Republican Sarah Palin, mulling a run for president, says she will make an appearance at the Iowa State Fair as part of her One Nation Tour. The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate had not been anticipated in Iowa before her address at a […]

Marine Admits Scheme To Steal Generators

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 10 (UPI) — A U.S. Marine sergeant pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in the theft of more than 70 electrical generators while he was stationed in Iraq. Gunnery Sgt. Eric Scott Hamilton, 40, of Pelzer, S.C., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to two counts of conspiracy to steal public property, […]

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