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Moscow Opposing Syrian Sanctions

MOSCOW, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Despite warnings from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russia said Tuesday that U.N. Security Council action on Syria wouldn’t stop violence there. The European Union hit members of the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad with new punitive measures in response for a brutal crackdown on demonstrations against the […]

Blood Sample In Homicide Case Missing

NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (UPI) — A blood sample from a New York woman who allegedly gave her son a fatal drug overdose is missing and charges against her should be dismissed, her lawyers say. The sample was taken from pharmaceutical millionaire Gigi Jordan in the hours after her autistic son Jude, 8, died at […]

Judge Rejects Virginia Execution Stay

ROANOKE, Va., Aug. 2 (UPI) — A Virginia death row inmate is closer to execution for a murder for hire after a federal judge rejected a stay. U.S. District Judge James Jones in Roanoke, Va., Monday denied the stay request of Ivan Teleguz, 32, who was convicted and sentenced to death in Rockingham County Circuit […]

Woman Fined $535 Over Woodpecker Rescue

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Aug. 2 (UPI) — A Virginia woman said she feels “harassed and angry” after being slapped with a $535 fine after her daughter rescued a baby woodpecker from a cat. Alison Capo of Fredericksburg said her daughter, Skylar, 11, saved the bird from a cat in her father’s backyard and she agreed to […]

Fla. Man Dies From Snorting Unknown Matter

MIAMI, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Police say a Florida man has died from ingesting an unknown substance, possibly cocaine, from a brick he found floating off the Florida Keys. Police said Thomas Swindal, 53, of Merrit Island was fishing with his brother Kenneth Swindal last week when they found what they believed to be a […]

Expert Says Jeffs Never Legally Wed Girls

SAN ANGELO, Texas, Aug. 2 (UPI) — A Texas family law expert testified Tuesday that polygamist Warren Jeffs was not legally married to his underage so-called wives. Jack Sampson, a University of Texas professor, testified in San Angelo that Jeffs, 55, was not married “under any stretch of the imagination” to the girls, ages 12 […]

Washington Stands By Libya’s TNC

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Despite reports of infighting among rebel forces in Libya, Washington has confidence that transitional groups were functioning properly, a spokesman said. Members of the international community involved in NATO operations over Libya have thrown support behind the rebel-backed Transitional National Council. London in July recognized the TNC as the sole […]

FBI Files Show Threats Against Ted Kennedy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — The FBI has released records on reports of threats to assassinate Edward M. Kennedy during his decades in the U.S. Senate. Kennedy, D-Mass., unlike his three older brothers, died of natural causes, a brain tumor that killed him in 2009. The FBI records show threats against him took off after […]

Papuans March For Secession From Indonesia

JAKARTA, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Thousands of protesters marched for independence in Indonesia’s Papua region Tuesday despite threats of violence, police and witnesses said. Demonstrations took place in several cities and towns in the provinces of Papua and West Papua, demanding a referendum on independence and reversal of a 1969 vote that gave Indonesia control […]

Behavioral Air Screening Starts In Boston

BOSTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — America’s first behavioral screening to weed out suspicious air travelers began Tuesday at Boston’s Logan International Airport, officials said. Transportation Security Administration staff will ask every passenger passing through the Terminal A checkpoint a few simple questions like “Where are you traveling today?” or “How long have you been in […]


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