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Debt Deal May Be OK For States

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The U.S. debt deal struck Monday in Congress may not be as difficult on states as originally thought, budget analysts say. For fiscal year 2012, which begins Oct. 1, the legislation requires discretionary program spending be cut by $7 billion, Stateline.org reported Thursday. That means mandatory entitlement programs such as […]

Report: Man Shot By Army In 1971 Innocent

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A young man killed by a British soldier 40 years ago in Northern Ireland was unarmed and not a member of any militant group, a report released Thursday said. The Historical Enquiries Team released its findings on the 40th anniversary of Billy McKavanagh’s death, the Belfast Telegraph reported. […]

Man Dies Three Days After Riot Beating

LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A man who died days after he was beaten into a coma during a riot in London’s Ealing district was a victim of homicide, police said Friday. Richard Mannington Bowes, 68, was attacked Monday night. He died late Thursday, The Guardian reported. Investigators from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command […]

Claim Filed In Police Abuse Case

FULLERTON, Calif., Aug. 12 (UPI) — The family of a Fullerton, Calif., homeless man who died after an altercation with six police officers has filed a claim with the city, officials say. An attorney representing the parents of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic homeless man who died five days after a struggle with Fullerton police officers, […]

Quake Shakes Fukushima Region

TOKYO, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Japan’s quake-tsunami ravaged Fukushima Prefecture was jolted by a strong quake Friday morning but the crippled nuclear plant there reported no new trouble. Japan’s Meteorological Agency measured the quake at 6-magnitude but issued no tsunami warning, Kyodo News reported. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The United […]

Police Officer Accused Of Sexual Assault

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 12 (UPI) — A Philadelphia police officer is being investigated after a woman accused him of assaulting her while he was on duty, authorities said. Philadelphia Special Victims Unit and Internal Affairs investigators began looking into matter after the woman reported the alleged assault early Thursday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The woman, in […]

USPS To Cut Workforce, Benefits

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The U.S. Postal Service is looking to cut its workforce and change employee benefits in an attempt to cap a financial crisis, officials say. However, to meet its goal, the USPS would have to circumvent union contracts that prohibit layoffs by petitioning Congress, The Washington Post reported Thursday. In a […]

Lawyer: Student Apologized For Gay Video

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Aug. 12 (UPI) — The New Jersey grand jury that charged a college student with recording his roommate caressing another man was given incomplete information, lawyers said. Dharun Ravi’s defense team asked a judge in Middlesex County to dismiss charges against him, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday. Ravi, 19, a Plainsboro, N.J., […]

Man Killed In London By Falling Masonry

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A patron at the sidewalk cafe of an expensive restaurant was killed by a piece of masonry that broke loose from a building and landed on him, witnesses said. Friends identified the dead man as Peter Westropp, 27, The Independent reported. Westropp worked in London’s financial district and lived in […]

Woman Tried To Sell Baby, Gets 5 Years

HOLLY HILL, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) — A Holly Hill, Fla., grandmother who said she wanted her infant grandson to have a better life was sentenced to five years in prison for trying to sell him. Patty Bigbee, 46, pleaded no contest to the illegal sale of the child for $30,000 in June and was […]

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