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Teen kills older brother in sibling spat

LEOMINSTER, Mass., Oct. 4 (UPI) — A Massachusetts teenager was charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly stabbed his brother to death during an argument, prosecutors said.

Andrew Morales, 18, allegedly plunged a knife into the chest of h…

Alarm rises over missing Libyan missiles

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Air assets of the U.S. Africa Command are being reassigned to monitor Libya’s borders in the hunt for missiles looted from Moammar Gadhafi’s arsenals.

U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, head of AFROCOM, said those assets include u…

Ex-Kilpatrick aide strikes plea deal

DETROIT, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Emma Bell, who had been a longtime fundraiser for ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, pleaded guilty to tax evasion and agreed to testify against Kilpatrick.

Bell, 66, pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to not paying taxes…

U.S. foreign aid, international influence likely to decline

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) — U.S. State Department officials acknowledged a smaller budget is probable and the country’s influence abroad likely will decline.

“We’re going to have to do more with less — or less with less, depending on how you look at…

Theme park’s oldest dolphin dies at age 51

VALLEJO, Calif., Oct. 4 (UPI) — One of the oldest dolphins in captivity in North America has died at the age of 51 at a California theme park, officials said.

Marine mammal and veterinary staff at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo were with Ter…

Man charged with Facebook threats

DES ALLEMANDS, La., Oct. 4 (UPI) — A Louisiana man is accused of posting threatening messages against police and the St. Charles Parish School Board on Facebook, police said.

Witney P. Curole, 39, of Des Allemands was arrested Friday and charged wit…

Conn. man sentenced for Kuwait kickback

HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 4 (UPI) — A contract manager at a U.S. Army base in Kuwait was sentenced in federal court in Connecticut for taking a kickback from a Kuwaiti vendor.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Barry S. Szafran, 49, of Jewett City accepted…

Revolutionary Guards’ power grows in Iran

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 4 (UPI) — The recent appointment of a top commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as oil minister underlines the growing political and economic power of that elite force at a time when U.S. influence in the region is waning and…

Italian man cuts out eyeballs during mass

VIAREGGIO, Italy, Oct. 4 (UPI) — An Italian man who cut out his eyeballs while in church with his mother said he had done so under orders from “voices,” police said.

The man, 46, mutilated himself during Sunday mass at the church of Sant’Andrea in V…

Russia balks on Syrian resolution

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Russian officials said a draft resolution against Syria at the U.N. Security Council is unacceptable because it doesn’t advocate political dialogue.

The United Nations estimates that nearly 3,000 people have been kille…


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