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U.N. Report: Russia Rigged Crimea Vote

UNITED NATIONS (UPI) — The U.S.-based news magazine Foreign Policy said a United Nations draft report on human rights in Ukraine indicates Russia compromised the Crimean referendum in March, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported Monday. The report, written by Ivan Simonovic, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, alleges the Russian government repressed dissent […]

3 Dead After Shootings At Jewish Centers In Kansas

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (UPI) — Shootings at two facilities, a Jewish community center and a retirement home, killed three people and critically injured a 14-year-old boy in the Kansas City-area on Sunday. The first shooting occurred outside Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, while the second took place at the Village […]

Scientists Predict Quiet Atlantic This Year With Only Three Hurricanes

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (UPI) — El Niño, the upwelling of warm water in the Pacific, will damp down the Atlantic hurricane season this year, with only nine named storms, researchers say. Philip Klotzbach and William Gray of the tropical meteorology project at Colorado State University predicted Thursday that only three of the storms will grow […]

Crimea Approves New Constitution

SIMFEROPOL, Russia (UPI) — The parliament of Crimea overwhelmingly voted in favor of adopting a new constitution as a Russian republic Friday. The text of the constitution was approved in the Crimea State Council with 88 of 100 deputies signaling their support in an extraordinary session. The vote signifies the council considers Crimea a part […]

Rand Paul: ‘I Want All Pilots To Be Armed’

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says that he would like to see “100 percent” of pilots armed in order to prevent another terrorist attack like 9/11. “I think that you should be allowed to have weapons on military bases. I’m for allowing those who have concealed carry, at the very least, have their […]

U.S. Sentencing Commission Votes To Cut Terms For Drug Crimes

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Sentencing Commission has voted to cut the terms recommended for most Federal drug crimes. At a public meeting Thursday, the commission approved new guidelines that officials said would mean shorter terms for about 70 percent of offenders. Generally, the changes would reduce mandatory minimums suggested for various quantities of drugs […]

Satellite Photos Show Russian Troops Massed On Ukraine Border

BRUSSELS (UPI) — NATO satellite photos show over 40,000 Russian troops, and military equipment including tanks and aircraft, massed along the Russian border with Ukraine, NATO said. Release of the photographs Thursday in Brussels came after repeated assurances from Moscow the troop build-up is no cause for alarm. President Barack Obama conferred with German Chancellor […]

6-year-old Leaves Hillary Clinton Speechless

PORTLAND, Ore. (UPI) — Hillary Clinton was left speechless at a speaking event in Portland Tuesday when a 6-year-old girl asked her a question about her plans for 2016. “In 2016, would you prefer to be called Madam President or Mrs. President?” the Glencoe elementary student asked through a moderator. Clinton laughed, told the moderator […]

House Panel Votes To Hold Lois Lerner In Contempt Of Congress

For the second time in as many days, a House committee voted Thursday to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner criminally accountable for refusing to testify on the political targeting scandal that engulfed the IRS last year. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 21-12 along party lines to send a contempt resolution […]

Glenn Greenwald And Laura Poitras Return To U.S.

NEW YORK (UPI) — The journalists who first published the documents obtained by Edward Snowden detailing the extensive National Security Agency surveillance program are returning to the United States. Former Guardian journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras — both Americans — have not returned to the U.S. since they first made public the Snowden files […]

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