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Canadian Politico Member Of Three Parties

OTTAWA, Aug. 3 (UPI) — The new interim leader of Canada’s socialist New Democratic Party was busy Wednesday explaining how she was a member of three political parties at once. Nycole Turmel was named interim leader of the NDP last Thursday by Jack Layton, who went on a leave of absence for cancer treatment. She […]

Judge Rules In Dispute Over Whale’s Fate

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A killer whale will remain in the Netherlands pending further considerations of her eventual fate, a judge in Amsterdam has ruled. Last week, the Dutch government granted an export license to the Dolfinarium in Hardewijk, where Morgan a female orca, has lived since being found in a severely weakened […]

Arrests After Pilot Blinded By Laser

GELENDZHIK, Russia, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Police say they arrested two men who allegedly blinded the pilot of a passenger plane with a laser pointer as it was landing at an airport in southern Russia. There were no injuries as the plane with 115 passengers aboard landed safely Tuesday at the airport in the Russian […]

Dugard Kidnapper Passed Mental Exams: DA

PLACERVILLE, Calif., Aug. 3 (UPI) — Sex offender of Phillip Garrido got glowing reports from psychiatrists while he held Jaycee Lee Dugard captive for 18 years, California records show. “His prognosis is excellent,” one wrote in 1997. “I do not suspect he will ever be at risk for violence.” Dugard was kidnapped by Garrido and […]

U.S. Encouraging Syrian Opposition

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Syrian activists in the United States are encouraged to work with allies back home to chart a united vision for transition, Washington said. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met in Washington with members of the Syrian opposition in the United States. The Syrian government is using military force to […]

Disarmament Like Chess, Expert Says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Pakistan objects to a measure to curtail nuclear proliferation though it has enough nuclear weapons to lay the region to waste, an arms expert said. Islamabad remains the last opponent to a treaty stalled in the United Nations on disarmament. Washington has the backing for disarmament measures from nuclear powers […]

Tornado Hits Florida Communities

TAMARAC, Fla., Aug. 3 (UPI) — A rare tornado touching down in southern Florida damaged scores of homes, uprooted trees and littered streets with debris during rush hour, authorities said. The tornado touched down shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday and moved through the communities of Tamarac, North Lauderdale and Margate, the South Florida Sun Sentinel […]

SUV Crashes Into Miami Shop, 2 Women Dead

MIAMI, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Two women were killed when a salsa singer’s father drove his SUV into a Miami shop, police said Wednesday. Celeste Gaitan, 33, owner of Celeste Boutique, and an unidentified woman in her 20s were killed in the accident shortly after noon Tuesday, The Miami Herald reported. Rescue workers rushed Gaitan, […]

Italian Ban On Burqas Advances

ROME, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A parliamentary committee in Italy has approved a bill that would ban the wearing of the burqa and other garments that cover the face. Parliament is expected to vote on the bill in September, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. Italy has banned the wearing of clothing aimed at concealing […]

N.Z. Man Killed In Hovercraft Accident

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Aug. 3 (UPI) — New Zealand authorities say an investigation has begun into the death of a man killed while test-driving a hovercraft. Investigators say the 40-year-old man was driving the hovercraft he had built from a kit for the first time in West Auckland when a problem with the engine caused […]

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