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U.S. Hails End To Sri Lankan Emergency

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — A decision by the Sri Lankan president to end an emergency law in place since the 1970s is welcome news that must be enforced, the U.S. State Department said. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced Thursday that, with the Tamil Tiger rebel group defeated, there was no need to keep […]

Obama Heading Back To D.C. Early

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass., Aug. 26 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama Friday cut short his Martha’s Vineyard vacation as Hurricane Irene took aim at the Eastern Seaboard. Obama decided to head back to Washington Friday night instead of waiting until Saturday morning as planned, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. Obama, who spoke with […]

Texas Court Rejects Polygamist’s Appeal

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 26 (UPI) — A Texas court Friday refused to overturn a sexual-assault conviction against a Texas man who was in a polygamous marriage with an underage girl. Michael Emack, 60, sought to have his no-contest plea overturned on the grounds the search warrant in the investigation was illegal. Emack’s lawyer told the […]

19 Of 50 Slain Police Killed In Ambushes

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — At least 19 of 50 U.S. police officers fatally shot this year were victims of ambush-style attacks or were surprised by suspects with guns, a review shows. USA Today said it based its review on case summaries and interviews with police officials. The newspaper said the 50 fatal shootings of […]

Texas Supreme Court Upholds ‘pole Tax’

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 26 (UPI) — The Texas Supreme Court Friday upheld a state law that charges $5 per customer at nude dancing establishments that serve alcohol — the so-called pole tax. The unanimous ruling validated the 2007 Sexually Oriented Business Fee Act, overturning a ruling by the 3rd Court of Appeals, which found the […]

Urine Collector Will Stay On Probation

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 26 (UPI) — An Ohio man who has been forbidden from using public restrooms will remain under house arrest and probation, a judge said. In February, Alan Patton, 59, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years of house arrest and probation for a criminal mischief conviction after he was […]

Chilean Police Accused Of Killing Teen

SANTIAGO, Chile, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Chilean authorities allegedly shot and killed a 14-year-old protester during a violent strike in Santiago to demand free education, witnesses said. Manuel Gutierrez was apparently shot in the chest near a security barricade Thursday as protesters battled police by throwing rocks and setting fire to piles of rubbish to […]

Mystery Safe Discovered In Former Casino

STATELINE, Nev., Aug. 26 (UPI) — The owners of a former casino in Nevada said they are trying to open a mystery safe discovered by crews demolishing the building. The family of the current owner, attorney Mike Laub, said crews discovered the large safe hidden behind sheetrock while demolishing the former Bill’s Lake Tahoe Casino […]

Tenants Sue Landlord Over Bats

NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Two women who said they were run out of their New York apartment by bats are suing the landlord for $1 million, court documents show. Irene Katehis and Dimitra Malliaros moved into their Manhattan apartment July 25 and left July 31 because of two encounters with bats, the New […]

Bees Sting Children At Florida School

COCOA BEACH, Fla., Aug. 26 (UPI) — Honeybees swarmed and stung many children and followed them into the cafeteria and a classroom at a Cocoa Beach, Fla., school, authorities said. During lunch recess at Our Saviour Catholic School Thursday a nest of honeybees in a nearby tree was disturbed and bees stung 38 children, Florida […]

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