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Va. Scheduled To Execute Rapist-murderer

JARRATT, Va., Aug. 18 (UPI) — A man convicted of raping and killing an 88-year-old Williamsburg, Va., woman will be executed Thursday by lethal injection barring an 11th-hour reprieve. Jerry Terrell Jackson is scheduled to be put to death Thursday night at the Greensville Correctional Center near Jarratt, the Newport News Daily Press reported. Jackson, […]

Shalit Talks Said To Be Deadlocked

JERUSALEM, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Indirect Israeli-Hamas talks on a deal to secure the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit have been postponed indefinitely, al-Hayat reported. The London based newspaper reported Thursday a third round of indirect talks has been delayed at the request of Egyptian mediators. “Each party is interested in getting the […]

Two Missing In Alaska Plane Crash

CORDOVA, Alaska, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Two men believed to be aboard a small plane that crashed east of Cordova, in the Gulf of Alaska, were missing and presumed dead, Alaska State Troopers said. Wreckage of the airplane, which is owned by Cordova resident Richard Stoltzfus, was found washing ashore near the mouth of Seal […]

Casey Anthony’s Attorney Under Florida Bar Probe

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) — The Florida Bar says it’s investigating attorney Jose Baez, who successfully defended Casey Anthony in the death of her daughter, over his client’s probation. Meanwhile, lawyers for Casey Anthony asked a Florida appeals court Wednesday to overrule an order requiring her to return to Orlando to serve a year’s […]

Toronto Imam Charged In 5 Sex Assaults

TORONTO, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A Toronto imam was in jail Thursday facing 13 charges of sexually assaulting five male and female victims since November 2008, Toronto Police said. At a news conference Wednesday, Detective Karen Armstrong said Mohammad Masroor, 48, an assistant imam and a married father of two daughters and three sons was […]

Israel And Turkey Still At Loggerheads

JERUSALEM, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Turkey is planning a series of anti-Israel campaigns in response to Israel’s refusal to apologize for the flotilla raid last year, an Israeli official said. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday Israel had no intention of apologizing to Ankara for the incident in which nine Turkish activists were killed by […]

Victim’s Family Wants Van Der Sloot Trial Speeded Up

LIMA, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A suspect in the death of a U.S. teenager could see charges dropped in the death of a Peruvian woman if prosecutors don’t move quickly, the woman’s family said. Joran van der Sloot is a suspect in the death of Stephany Flores, whose body was found in his hotel room […]

Obama’s Schedule For Thursday, Aug. 18

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — President Obama meets with members of his administration before leaving for Martha’s Vineyard Thursday, the White House said. The daily schedule indicates Obama will: – Meet with his senior economic advisers. – Meet with his national security team. – Travel to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Serbia: Kosovo Border Talks To Resume

BELGRADE, Serbia, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Serbia and Kosovo will resume talks next month in Brussels to settle their border crisis, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Bozidar Djelic said. Djelic said at a Tuesday news conference in Belgrade the fresh round of the 6-month-old talks aimed at defusing the cross-border tension with Kosovo will be Sept. […]

Romney: Obama Rest During Crisis Is Wrong

CHILMARK, Mass., Aug. 18 (UPI) — A presidential vacation, even in Massachusetts, is wrong when the U.S. economy is in crisis, GOP White House hopeful and ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said. “If I were president today, I wouldn’t be looking to go spend 10 days on Martha’s Vineyard,” Romney told WLS-AM, Chicago’s “Don Wade & […]

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