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Cops: Killer Used Facebook To Lure Prey

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 2 (UPI) — A Florida teenager was lured to his death by a romantic rival using a fake Facebook profile, authorities say. Jason Rodriguez, 19, a student at Valencia College, was shot in the head and neck Feb. 2 and died a week later. Israel Nieves, 18, charged with murder, is being […]

Floods Swamp Manila Area, 1 Dead

MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Heavy rains flooded parts of Quezon City and Manila Tuesday, causing at least one death, Philippine authorities say. The body of an unidentified woman, 50 to 55 years old, was found floating in a creek in Quezon City, ABS-CBN News reported. Some streets were waist-deep under water and 30 […]

Ivorian Situation Remains Complex

DAKAR, Senegal, Aug. 2 (UPI) — An Ivorian paramilitary force accused of targeting former regime members are part of a complex civil structure in the country, a researcher said. Amnesty International, in a 44-page report, accused the state-backed militia known as Dozos of targeting perceived supporters of former President Laurent Gbagbo. Amnesty International said it […]

Eritrea Rejoins Regional Alliance

DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti, Aug. 2 (UPI) — An authority from the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development said Eritrea’s decision to rejoin the regional bloc was a bold and welcome step. Eritrea pulled out of IGAD in 2007 after member states Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan backed an Ethiopian intervention to drive al-Qaida’s affiliate al-Shabaab […]

Florida Turns To Facebook To Catch Poachers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 2 (UPI) — Florida wildlife officials have turned to Facebook and other social media to catch poachers who display photos of their illegal catches. “People go on Facebook bragging about their exploits. They think they’re protected,” Lt. George Wilson, who oversees the Internet Crimes Unit of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation […]

Senate To Vote On Compromise Debt Ceiling Bill Today

Today at noon EDT, the Senate is expected to vote on the compromise bill to raise the debt limit and reduce the deficit. The House passed the bill yesterday, 269 to 161.

Canada Again Debates Assisted Suicide

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 2 (UPI) — The debate to legalize assisted suicides has resurfaced in Canada, where two challenges are in provincial courts this week in British Columbia. The Farewell Foundation, which advocates supervised and regulated assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, is challenging the provincial government for denying it non-profit status, the Globe […]

11-foot Python Captured At Florida Farm

HOMESTEAD, Fla., Aug. 2 (UPI) — An 11-foot Burmese python suspected in the disappearance of several chickens, goats and pet cats was captured in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, authorities said. Firefighters were the first to respond to a call of the snake being spotted at a farm in Homestead near the Everglades, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel […]

Consumers Curbed Spending In June

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Consumer spending dropped 0.2 percent in June, a clear indication the U.S. economy is sputtering, The Bureau of Economic Analysis said Tuesday. Consumer spending is often cited as making up 70 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, which the government said last week rose by only 1.3 percent in […]

Autopsy Awaited On 11-year-old Celina Cass

WEST STEWARTSTOWN, N.H., Aug. 2 (UPI) — As a New Hampshire town awaited Tuesday’s autopsy report on Celina Cass, it emerged that her stepfather has a history of crime and insanity. The 11-year-old girl’s body was found Monday in the Connecticut River near the home in West Stewartstown, N.H., where she lived with her mother, […]

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