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LAPD Expands Killer Probe To 230 Cases

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Los Angeles police say they have widened the number of unsolved homicide cases they are reviewing in connection with the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer. Detectives are looking into 230 cases dating back as far 1976 that may be tied to the killer, The Los Angeles Times reported. “There’s […]

Study: Genetic Link To Intelligence

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 9 (UPI) — A study offers the first direct biological evidence that genes and inheritance have a big role in intelligence, a Scottish researcher says. Researcher Ian Deary of the Center for Cognitive Aging at the University of Edinburgh says previous family and twin studies strongly suggested many characteristics of intelligence are […]

Study: Narcissists Don’t Make Good Leaders

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Narcissists rise to the top because people think their confidence, dominance and self-esteem make them good leaders — but they’re not, Dutch researchers say. “Our research shows that the opposite seems to be true,” University of Amsterdam psychologist Barbora Nevicka says. The study by Nevicka and colleagues found narcissists’ preoccupation […]

Father Of Drowned Children Files Claims

CITY OF NEWBURGH, N.Y., Aug. 9 (UPI) — The father of three children who drowned when their mother drove their minivan into the Hudson River says he’ll sue a New York city and county for $80 million. Jean Pierre says the City of Newburgh should have had a barrier at its boat ramp, where Pierre’s […]

Twins At Center Of Killing Investigation

CHANDLER, Ariz., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Prosecutors in Arizona are trying to determine which identical twin brother allegedly fired a fatal shot at a nightclub when both were there, authorities said. Several witness identified Orlando Nembhard, originally from Yonkers, N.Y., as the man they saw brandish a pistol in February outside a crowded Chandler nightclub […]

Study: Graphic Warnings To Reduce Smoking

SELINSGROVE, Pa., Aug. 9 (UPI) — A U.S. study suggests the new health warnings with graphic pictures on cigarette packages will reduce demand for cigarettes, researchers say. Study co-author Matthew Rousu, a professor of economics at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., and colleagues say the study involved a sample of 404 adult smokers from four […]

Baucus, Kerry, Murray On ‘supercommittee’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Majority Leader Harry Reid Tuesday named three U.S. Senate colleagues to serve on a so-called supercommittee to come up with further debt reduction this year. The Nevada Democrat chose Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., along with Democrats John Kerry of Massachusetts and Patty Murray of Washington, to serve […]

Study: Chimpanzees Are Naturally Generous

ATLANTA, Aug. 9 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say chimpanzees have shown a significant bias toward prosocial, or altruistic, behavior among themselves, contradicting some earlier studies. Scientists as Emory University said their study is in contrast to previous studies that had characterized chimpanzees as reluctant altruists and led to the widely held belief that human altruism […]

Falklands’ New Oil Find Seen As Viable

STANLEY, Falkland Islands, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The latest offshore oil discovery in the Falkland Islands waters is seen as a viable proposition, encouraging news for investors who have staked millions into developing the British overseas territories as a major energy hub. Rockhopper Exploration, one of the prospecting firms with financial interests closely tied to […]

Teenage Pregnancy May Be ‘contagious’

BRISTOL, England, Aug. 9 (UPI) — A study of about 42,000 Norwegian teen girls suggests those who had an older sister who had been pregnant are more likely to become pregnant, researchers say. Professor Carol Propper of the University of Bristol and colleagues in Norway examined data of children born between 1947 and 1958 to […]

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