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Seattle Bankers Indicted Over Home Loans

SEATTLE, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Four people were indicted in an alleged loan-fraud scheme that federal prosecutors said led to the collapse of a Seattle-area bank. Two of the defendants were former vice presidents of the now-defunct Pierce Commercial Bank and allegedly helped steer mortgage loans to unqualified buyers who wound up defaulting. The defendants […]

Meth Breastfeeding-death Charges Filed

EUREKA, Calif., Aug. 5 (UPI) — Prosecutors say a California mother knowingly endangered her infant’s life by breastfeeding while using methamphetamine and has been charged in his death. Six-week-old Anthony Acosta III died last year after an allegedly fatal level of the drug was passed to him by his mother, Maggie Jean Wortman, 26, who […]

Last Gay Concentration Camp Survivor Dies

PARIS, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Rudolf Brazda, who served 32 months in Buchenwald concentration camp for homosexuality and was the last survivor of Nazi persecution of gays, died in France. He was 98. Brazda had served two prison sentences for “debauchery between men” and was among 10,000 people the Nazis interned for homosexuality, Radio France […]

U.S. Military Concerned Over Cost Cutting

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — As the dust temporarily settles in the U.S. deficit debate military leaders are sounding the alarm over a “doomsday” provision in deficit reduction legislation. The mechanism could trigger another $500 billion in across-the-board cuts by the U.S. Department of Defense over the next decade instead of targeted cuts of about […]

Belarus Activist’s Arrest Criticized

MINSK, Belarus, Aug. 5 (UPI) — European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek has expressed “great concern” about the arrest of a prominent human rights activist in Belarus. Ales Belyatsky, head of the human rights group Vesna, was arrested Thursday, his apartment and office were raided and a computer and documents seized, said Anastasia Loiko, a Vesna […]

Moscow Warns Of ‘sad Fate’ For Damascus

MOSCOW, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Russia’s representative to NATO said the Western alliance might be ready for a Syrian assault after the Russian president warned of a “sad fate” for Damascus. Members of the U.N. Security Council this week issued a strong statement condemning the brutality in Syria. The Syrian military is waging a bloody […]

Online Brand Ad Model Adapted To Politics

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 (UPI) — SocialVibe, a leading U.S. digital advertising company, said it launched political advertising tailored to campaigns and political action committees. SocialVibe’s engagement ads are used by many of the world’s largest brands to offer people something of value for interacting with an ad. The political ad product presents messaging to […]

Greek Cabbies Suspend 19-day Strike

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Greek cab drivers halted a 19-day strike Friday after the government agreed to temporarily limit the number of new taxi licenses. After several hours of negotiations, taxi owners and drivers voted to suspend the strike against a government deregulation plan until Sept. 5, Ekathimerini.com reported. The vote came after […]

‘Rent Is Too Damn High’ Man Being Evicted

NEW YORK, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The New York man who ran for governor on the “Rent is Too Damn High” platform says his landlord company is trying to have him evicted so it can raise the rent. Jimmy McMillan said he paid about $275 a month for his rent-controlled ground-floor apartment on St. Marks […]

Florida Teacher Admits To Sex With Teen

MIAMI, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A Florida teacher was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old high school student, authorities said. Waleska Velasquez, 29, a science teacher at Miami Jackson Senior High, was arrested Wednesday and release on bond Thursday, The Miami Herald reported. Police say Velasquez, charged with three counts of having sex […]

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