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Ex-teacher Charged In Child Porn Case

MIAMI, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Defense attorneys say a former teacher can’t be prosecuted for viewing child pornography because he did so before a law banning it was enacted. Prosecutors disagree and are pursuing charges against a Harvard-educated attorney who later earned a master’s degree in elementary education, The Miami Herald reported Monday. Prosecutors allege […]

Kurds Weigh In On PJAK Border Conflict

TEHRAN, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Authorities in Iraq need to take a stronger stance against militants threatening regional security, a Kurdish official said. Iraqi officials have expressed concern to Iran over cross-border raids in pursuit of militants with the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan, or PJAK. Iranian officials have acknowledged sending troops to the […]

Drone Attack Kills 6 Suspected Militants

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Six suspected militants were killed in a drone attack on a vehicle in Pakistan’s tribal region of South Waziristan Monday, intelligence officials said. The Pakistani officials told CNN a drone fired two missiles at the vehicle. South Waziristan is on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan and the majority of drone […]

U.S. Welcomes STL Release Of Names

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — The release of the names of members of Hezbollah allegedly tied to the killing of Rafik Hariri is a key development for the country, a U.S. official said. The U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon last week released the names of the four individuals wanted for the killing of Hariri, a […]

Sweat-lodge Defendant Seeks New Trial

CAMP VERDE, Ariz., Aug. 1 (UPI) — An Arizona judge agreed to hear defense arguments for a new trial for James Arthur Ray, convicted of negligent homicide for three sweat-lodge deaths. Judge Warren Darrow, during a teleconference hearing late last week, scheduled an Aug. 16 session to hear arguments for a new trial. The defense […]

Crystal Cathedral Says It’s Not For Sale

GARDEN GROVE, Calif., Aug. 1 (UPI) — Officials of California’s bankrupt Crystal Cathedral are appealing for donations after deciding not to sell the landmark property. Church leaders announced during Sunday services that the board had decided Thursday not to sell the famous building in Garden Grove, the Los Angeles Times reported. Buyers that had shown […]

Congresswoman’s Vehicle Hit By Police Car

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington, D.C.’s, non-voting delegate to the U.S. House, said a police car hit her car in a minor weekend accident. No one was injured. Norton told The Washington Post she was driving home from shopping around 9:30 Sunday morning when a Metropolitan Police Department vehicle struck the […]

Canada Stumps In U.S. For Oil Pipeline

WASHINGTON — The Canadian government is optimistic that Washington understands the economic and strategic importance of the Keystone XL pipeline, an official said. Canadian pipeline company TransCanada wants to build Keystone XL to supplement its existing pipeline carrying tar sands oil from Alberta. The current network terminates in Oklahoma and Illinois and the extension would […]

Kevin Rudd’s Heart Operation ‘a Success’

BRISBANE, Australia, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd was recovering in a Brisbane hospital Monday after undergoing heart surgery, his wife, Therese Rein, said. Rein called the operation to replace Rudd’s aortic valve “a success,” the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The aortic valve replacement was the second heart operation for Rudd, 53. […]

Cancun-bound Flight Diverted To Cuba

DULLES, Va., Aug. 1 (UPI) — United Airlines Flight 831, en route from Virginia to Mexico, was diverted to Cuba after its crew reported a burning smell in the cockpit, officials said. The plane, an Airbus A320, carrying 140 people, safely landed at Jose Marti Airport in Havana shortly after noon Sunday, CNN reported. Federal […]

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