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Sex Offender Sues Over Residency Ordinance

ELK GROVE, Calif., Aug. 1 (UPI) — A registered sex offender is suing a California city, saying the city’s ordinance restricting where he can live violates state and federal constitutions. Michael Steven Escobar, a registered sex offender on parole for child molestation, has sued the city of Elk Grove, near Sacramento, saying its ordinance would […]

Prosecutor Sought In Wisconsin Supreme Court Spat

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 1 (UPI) — A Wisconsin district attorney called Monday for a special prosecutor in a dispute between two state Supreme Court justices. Justice Ann Walsh Bradley accuses Justice David Prosser of physically attacking her during an argument in her office June 13, just before the court ruled on a bitterly divisive labor […]

Bus Driver Found Dead Behind The Wheel

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A New Jersey bus driver was found dead at the wheel of his vehicle, which had been missing for almost 5 hours, authorities said. Thomas Truex, 26, of Edison, a driver for NJ Transit, was supposed to deliver the bus to a Meadowlands garage after dropping off his last […]

Jeffs Says God Ordered Judge To Quit

SAN ANGELO, Texas, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Polygamist Warren Jeffs began the sixth day of his trial in San Angelo, Texas, Monday by demanding the judge step down on instructions from God. Judge Barbara Walther called a recess to have another judge review the recusal motion, Jeffs’ third, announced it was denied and resumed the […]

Construction Spending Up A Touch In June

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Construction spending for June rose above the the revised May estimate, but stayed below spending a year earlier, the U.S Census Bureau reported Monday. Spending during June was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $772.3 billion, 0.2 percent above the previous month’s revised estimate of $770.5 billion. June’s […]

Rescuers Sue Woman They Pulled From Car

MARION, Ohio, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Two Ohio men who rescued a woman from a burning vehicle are now suing her, saying they suffered permanent and disabling injuries during the rescue. David Kelley and Mark Kinkaid of Marion filed a lawsuit against Theresa Tanner, alleging she was responsible for the accident that led to the […]

Man Faces Sentencing In Ivory Case

NANTUCKET, Mass., Aug. 1 (UPI) — A Massachusetts scrimshaw artist facing sentencing in an ivory smuggling case is no smuggler, just a man who uses ivory “as his medium,” his lawyer said. Charles Manghis of Nantucket, convicted of conspiring to smuggle ivory into the United States, faced sentencing in federal court Monday, The Boston Globe […]

Arrests After Philly Flash-mob Attacks

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Police say four people, including an 11-year-old boy, have been arrested for allegedly participating in a flash-mob attack at Philadelphia’s City Center. Raymond Gatling, 19, was arrested along with three juveniles, ages 11, 16 and 17, for allegedly taking part in a youth mob of 20 to 40 people Friday […]

Twitter Takes Down Fake Va. Police Account

ROANOKE, Va., Aug. 1 (UPI) — A seemingly official Twitter account of the Virginia Sate Police, with links to its Web site, was suspended after it was found to be fake, officials said. The account featured the official seal of the agency and included information on the force, with postings linking to actual agency releases, […]

Battle Rages Near Somali Refugee Camp

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Somalia’s al-Shabaab battled African peacekeepers near a refugee camp outside Mogadishu as the group continued to block aid Sunday, witnesses said. “They are trying to make it very impossible for the humanitarian groups,” Lt. Colonel Paddy Ankunda of the African Union force told ABC. The militant Islamic group has […]

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