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Wisconsin Senate Stays In Republican Hands

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 10 (UPI) — Republicans retained control of the Wisconsin state Senate early Wednesday, successfully defending four seats in the broadest recall effort in state history. Republican state Sens. Robert Cowles of Green Bay, Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls and Luther Olsen of Ripon survived the recall, beating Democratic challengers. Incumbent Republican Alberta […]

New Syrian Barrage, U.S. Sanctions Readied

DEIR AL-ZOR, Syria, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Syria stepped up its crackdown Wednesday as Washington readied new sanctions and the U.N. Security Council was to debate a new response to the bloodshed. The early-morning fresh assaults targeted at least two restive cities and several towns and villages, including in Idlib province bordering Turkey, rights and […]

Six Die In Karachi Violence

KARACHI, Pakistan, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Ethnic and targeted killings claimed six more lives in violence-ravaged Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and its main port and financial capital, police said. The victims in the overnight drive-by shootings and other acts of violence in different parts of the city included activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and […]

Suspected Militants Killed In Drone Strike

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Missiles that may have been fired by a U.S. drone Wednesday killed several suspected militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region, officials said. CNN, quoting two Pakistani intelligence officials, said the missiles killed seven suspected pro-Taliban militants in the region near the border with Afghanistan. Other reports gave a […]

Search On For Missing Cargo Plane

MOSCOW, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A search was on Wednesday in Russia’s Far East for a cargo plane that crashed with 11 aboard, officials said, denying reports its wreckage had been found. Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said it had renewed its search for the Antonov An-12 that was carrying more than 17 tons of food supplies […]

Prince William And Wife Get SAS Training

LONDON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, have received special training by British special forces on what to do if taken hostage, officials say. A source told the Evening Standard the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent a day at the Special Air Service base in Hereford. They […]

Hospital Reports High Number Of Snakebites

LOGAN, Utah, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A Utah hospital reports treating six cases of snakebite so far this year, far more than the average one or two a year. Staffers at Logan Regional Hospital say an unusual number of rattlesnakes have been reported in residential districts in the area in Cache County on Utah’s border […]

Swamp Fire Consumes 2,500 Acres

SUFFOLK, Va., Aug. 9 (UPI) — A wildfire in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge has burned at least 2,500 acres of swampland near Suffolk, Va., officials say. An air quality alert has been put into place for the Hampton Roads region until midnight Tuesday, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported. However, refuge officials don’t believe […]

Park Workers Find Civil War Bullets In Tree

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Gettysburg (Pa.) National Military Park workers found Civil War-era bullets while cutting up a fallen oak tree, officials say. The 148-year-old bullets were found in a fallen tree resting on a boulder on Culp’s Hill, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. “Culp’s Hill is one of the areas on the Gettysburg […]

Youth Pastor Videotape Case May Be Void

PASADENA, Texas, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Charges against a former youth pastor accused of videotaping teenage girls while showering at a Pasadena, Texas, church may not be valid, officials say. Thomas Jason Fortenberry, 30, was charged Thursday with two counts of improper photography for an incident that allegedly took place Nov. 4, 2007, the Houston […]

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