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Dismissed For ‘empathy,’ Students Sues

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A student who says he was dismissed from a Webster University program for lacking empathy has filed a $2 million lawsuit against the Missouri school. David Schwartz, 44, said he was told by Dr. Stacy Henning, the director of counselor education at the school, that he lacked sufficient empathy […]

Videotaped Confessions Televised In Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Martinique, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Mexican law enforcement officials are taking to the TV airwaves, televising videotaped confessions that critics call suspect. The Washington Post reports officials have resorted to the confessions — known as “the presentation” — more and more as a tactic to try to prove to skeptical viewers the suspects […]

STD Experiments On Unwitting Guatemalans

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Federal investigators said they determined Monday U.S. researchers conducted sexual disease experiments on unwitting Guatemalans in the 1940s. The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues reported U.S. government researchers knew they were acting unethically when they intentionally infected people with sexually transmitted diseases without the subjects’ knowledge because […]

Motorcyclist’s Throat Sliced By Line

TORONTO, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A 26-year-old motorcyclist hospitalized after his throat was cut by a wire or string strung across a road in Toronto said he saw blood but felt no pain. “I didn’t feel anything and then all of a sudden there was blood squirting in front of me,” Humayun Kobir told CablePulse24-TV, […]

Bear Shot Near Crowded Festival

UNIONTOWN, Pa., Aug. 29 (UPI) — A black bear was shot and killed Sunday after getting too close to a downtown street festival in Uniontown, Pa., police say. Police received multiple reports of sightings of the 350-pound bear as it made its way closer to the city’s downtown area, where thousands of people were gathered, […]

Group Calls For Huge Protest In Cairo

CAIRO, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Young Egyptian activists called Monday for a huge demonstration in Cairo to demand, among other things, an end to military trials of civilians. The Revolution Youth Coalition, in a post on its Facebook page, urged Egyptians to participate in the demonstration Friday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the Middle East News […]

81-year-old Man Arrested In Wife’s Death

HOUSTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — An 81-year-old Texas man has been charged with murder in the death of his 74-year-old wife, who was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head Sunday night. Police went to the south Houston home of Johnny Walter Bass and his wife, Jewel Bass, to investigate reports that couple […]

Chilean President Reaches Out To Activists

SANTIAGO, Chile, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has called for dialogue with student activists after protests led to the killing of a teenager last week, officials said. Pinera said the Chilean government is taking full responsibility for the death of Manuel Gutierrez Reinoso, 16, who was shot dead last Thursday during a […]

Nigeria, Ethiopia: Support NTC In Libya

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Nigeria and Ethiopia urged other African countries to follow their lead in supporting the National Transitional Council as the official government of Libya. Nigeria called the move an effort to prevent the loss of more civilian lives in Libya, The (Lagos) Guardian reported Monday. “In the interest of […]

Jailed Russian Oil Magnate Writes Column

MOSCOW, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the jailed chief executive of Russian oil company Yukos, has joined the Russian weekly The New Times as a columnist, the publication said. A strong critic of the Kremlin, Khodorkovsky has previously contributed to other Russian opposition publications, including Novaya Gazeta and Nezavisimaya Gazeta. His current column, called […]

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