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Friday, January 28

  • Iranian woman to be stoned   UPI / 6:05PM
    TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Hollywood stars have supported an illiterate Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning but critics say her case is diverting attention from real dissidents.
  • Obama to Mubarak: No violence, do reforms   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday urged Egypt not to use violence against anti-government protesters and to move forward with political and economic reforms.
  • Lura Ryan's condition 'very grave'   UPI / 9:54AM
    KANKAKEE, Ill., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The terminally ill wife of jailed former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is home from the hospital but may have only weeks to live, an attorney said.
  • Thursday, January 27

  • Top Obama YouTube questions: Legalize pot   UPI / 4:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The top questions Americans want to ask U.S. President Barack Obama on YouTube Thursday deal with legalizing marijuana, a review of the questions indicated.
  • Wednesday, January 26

  • DWTS Burke reveals she was abused   UPI / 10:34PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Two-time winner of "Dancing with the Stars" Cheryl Burke says she was repeatedly molested as a child by a trusted friend of her family at home in California.
  • Travolta to star in biopic of John Gotti   UPI / 10:24PM
    HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- John Travolta reportedly will portray mob boss John Gotti in an upcoming biopic, a Hollywood veteran says.
  • Kids eat mother's pot cookie   UPI / 5:05PM
    COVINA, Calif., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Covina, Calif., woman was arrested and her two children hospitalized after the girls ate a marijuana-laced cookie, police said.
  • Man gets five years for fake death scam   UPI / 2:44PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Florida restaurant owner is getting five years in prison for fabricating his own death with his wife's help.
  • Tuesday, January 25

  • County IQ and county crime rates linked   UPI / 10:14PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- There is an association between county-level IQ and county-level crime rates in the United States, researchers say.
  • Body of Italian quiz show host stolen   UPI / 7:24PM
    ROME, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The body of a popular Italian television quiz show host is missing from his tomb 16 months after he died, police said Tuesday.
  • Sunday, January 23

  • Alleged arsonist loses tip of finger   UPI / 10:44AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- An alleged arsonist-for-hire was busted after he left the tip of his finger at the crime scene, police in Florida said.
  • Mexican singer held on rape charges   UPI / 10:24AM
    MEXICO CITY, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A Mexican singer accused of raping a 17-year-old girl has been given a six-day extension to present evidence in his defense, Mexico's state media reported.
  • Friday, January 21

  • St. Jude settles in doctor kickback suit   UPI / 11:24AM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- St. Jude Medical Inc., a Minnesota medical device producer, agreed to pay $16 million to settle claims of kickbacks to doctors, the Justice Department said.
  • Thursday, January 20

  • Girls' coach charged with molesting 4   UPI / 9:14PM
    TEMECULA, Calif., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A 39-year-old California girls' softball coach was charged with molesting four young girls.
  • Teen sentenced for alpaca theft, killing   UPI / 8:54PM
    HAMILTON, Ohio, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- An Ohio teen was sentenced to more than a year behind bars Thursday for his part in the theft of a 3-month-old alpaca that was beaten to death.
  • TIger Woods hospital nurse alleges slander   UPI / 6:14PM
    OCOEE, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A nurse on duty when Tiger Woods was wheeled into a Florida hospital after crashing his car into a tree sued the hospital, alleging it defamed his reputation.
  • Producers told to tone down 'Skins'   UPI / 3:34PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- MTV executives have ordered producers to tone down some sexually explicit scenes featuring underage actors in the drama "Skins," The New York Times said.
  • EU emission trading system attacked   UPI / 1:34PM
    BRUSSELS, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Cyberattacks on national registries have led to the closure of the European Union's emissions trading system for at least a week, officials said.
  • Wednesday, January 19

  • Sentencing begins in Marine killing   UPI / 9:44PM
    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A sentencing hearing began Wednesday for a U.S. Marine who admitted the murder of a corporal who was killed with a 10-pound spike.
  • Loughner indicted in Giffords shooting   UPI / 9:34PM
    TUCSON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury in Tucson Wednesday indicted Jared Lee Loughner on charges of attempting to kill U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.
  • Giffords stands on own two feet   UPI / 7:34PM
    TUCSON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords stood on her own two feet Wednesday for the first time since she was shot in the head at point-blank range Jan. 8, her doctor said.
  • Monday, January 17

  • Ukraine politician in fund misuse probe   UPI / 9:04PM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A former Ukrainian premier suspected of misusing state funds said Monday she won't leave the country to avoid criminal prosecution, as a former minister did.
  • Giffords smiles at husband   UPI / 4:14PM
    TUCSON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' remarkable recovery from a gunshot wound through her brain includes her smiling at her husband, her doctors said Monday.
  • Sunday, January 16

  • Astros prospect DeShields in DUI bust   UPI / 5:54PM
    HOUSTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Houston Astros first-round draft choice Delino DeShields Jr. was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol Sunday, records indicated.
  • Thieves raiding British farms   UPI / 10:14AM
    LONDON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- British officials say a rural crime wave might be the result of higher food prices.
  • Friday, January 14

  • Prostitute gets beaten, then beats back   UPI / 6:44PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A Miami, Fla., prostitute attacked by a hammer-wielding customer wrestled away the weapon, knocking the trick bloody and unconscious, police said.
  • Taylor pleads guilty; probation expected   UPI / 2:05PM
    RAMAPO, N.Y., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A police chief said he believes the resolution reached in former NFL linebacker Lawrence Taylor's sexual misconduct case is "fair and appropriate."
  • Thursday, January 13

  • Three teens charged as adults in gang rape   UPI / 8:14PM
    STICKNEY, Ill., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Three Chicago-area teenagers were charged as adults in an alleged gang rape of a 14-year-old girl that police say was videotaped on a cellphone.
  • Cops follow prints in snow, nab suspects   UPI / 8:04PM
    EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Police in Evanston, Ill., said they followed footprints in the snow to catch up with and arrest two young men and a teenage boy for burglary.
  • New sentencing date for Conrad Black   UPI / 7:04PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Conrad Black, a former media mogul convicted of fraud, appeared in federal court in Chicago Thursday, where a judge delayed a sentencing hearing.
  • San Diego judge tapped for Loughner trial   UPI / 3:24PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A San Diego federal judge known for handling major felony cases will preside over the trial of Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner, court officials said.
  • Russia: Remember, West, you're 'pragmatic'   UPI / 11:14AM
    MOSCOW, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The West must remember it is "pragmatic" and not react emotionally to ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's sentence, Russia's foreign minister said Thursday.
  • Woman sentenced in fake funeral scam   UPI / 10:24AM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A court in California has sentenced a woman to a two-year federal prison term for staging fake funerals and collecting insurance proceeds, officials said.
  • Wednesday, January 12

  • Man gets 12 years for deadly barn fire   UPI / 8:44PM
    BRIGHTON, Colo., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A man who admitted setting fire to a barn was sentenced to 12 years in a Colorado prison Wednesday for killing 12 horses, a goat and some chickens.
  • 3 endangered whooping cranes shot in Ga.   UPI / 7:34PM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Hunters in southwestern Georgia found the carcasses of three endangered whooping cranes that had been shot, U.S. wildlife officials say.
  • Calif. man arrested for congressman threat   UPI / 7:05PM
    PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors announced the arrest Wednesday of a California man who allegedly threatened a Democratic congressman.
  • Tuesday, January 11

  • U.K. sends bogus Somali refugee to prison   UPI / 12:44PM
    LONDON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A woman who said she experienced unspeakable atrocities in Somalia was sentenced in Britain on fraud charges, authorities said.
  • Monday, January 10

  • Aussie bank call centers too eager to help   UPI / 3:44PM
    SYDNEY, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A new report indicates that call-center workers at Australian banks are a little to willing to help callers access other people's accounts.
  • Sunday, January 9

  • Phils, Dodgers mourn Green family death   UPI / 2:24PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies Sunday sent condolences to the baseball-connected family of a 9-year-old victim of the Arizona shootings.
  • Friday, January 7

  • Jailed Gov. Ryan visits dying wife   UPI / 1:14PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Federal prison officials in Terre Haute, Ind., allowed former Illinois Gov. George Ryan to visit his dying wife at a Kankakee, Ill., hospital, prosecutors said.
  • Thursday, January 6

  • 600 credit-card numbers stolen at gas pump   UPI / 7:05PM
    MELBOURNE, Fla., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Six hundred credit-card numbers were stolen at a Florida gasoline station by an operation that used a credit-card skimmer hidden inside a gas pump, police said.
  • Taggers hit Nevada nature site   UPI / 5:14PM
    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Graffiti vandals have struck Nevada's Red Rock Canyon, long a favorite spot for hikers, rock climbers and historians, officials said.
  • Wednesday, January 5

  • Paul Hogan to sue Australian government   UPI / 10:44PM
    SYDNEY, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Australian actor Paul Hogan plans to sue the Australian government for as much as $80 million over a failed investigation into his taxes.
  • Gas station investigated for fraud   UPI / 7:44PM
    SIERRA MADRE, Calif., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The number of people allegedly victimized in a credit-card scam by a Southern California gas station has risen to 230, police said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, January 4

  • Half of U.S. teens report abuse, crime   UPI / 9:34PM
    DURHAM, N.H., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- More than 45 percent of U.S. youth reported to authorities at least one instance of violence, abuse, crime or bullying in the past year, researchers say.
  • Turkey saw increased smuggling in 2010   UPI / 9:24PM
    ISTANBUL, Turkey, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Turkey saw an increase in 2010 in the amount of red meat and gasoline smuggled into the country, an official said.
  • Army board to evaluate Wikileaks suspect   UPI / 8:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- A soldier suspected of providing classified documents to the Web site Wikileaks will be evaluated by a mental health panel, a U.S. Army spokesman said.
  • Monday, January 3

  • Casey's lawyers in 'willful violation'   UPI / 8:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A Florida judge heard an estimated 22 motions Monday during a hearing for Casey Anthony, accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, documents show.
  • Prominent veteran found in landfill   UPI / 6:44PM
    NEWARK, Del., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Delaware police say they have identified a body found in a landfill as a former West Point graduate and chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
  • Hackers strike Zimbabwean regime sites   UPI / 2:24PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Cyber activists took down Zimbabwean government Web sites, apparently in support of the WikiLeaks whistle-blower site, a computer security firm said Monday.
  • Sunday, January 2

  • Orioles' Simon wanted in Dominican slaying   UPI / 3:05PM
    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Dominican Republic authorities said Sunday Baltimore Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon is wanted in connection with the shooting death of a 25-year-old man.
  • Saturday, January 1

  • Bail set for Texas bank holdup suspects   UPI / 8:24PM
    PEARLAND, Texas, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Bail was set at $13 million each Saturday for two men accused in a failed holdup of a Houston-area bank, while additional suspects were sought, police said.
  • Pitt fires coach Haywood after charges   UPI / 7:04PM
    PITTSBURGH, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- The University of Pittsburgh said Saturday it has fired newly hired football Coach Michael Haywood after he was charged with domestic battery.
  • Flood swimmer faces charges   UPI / 5:14PM
    ROCKHAMPTON, Australia, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A man who decided to take a New Year's dip Saturday in the raging waters of the Fitzroy River in northeastern Australia faces criminal charges, officials say.
  • Minn. junior college QB shot to death   UPI / 3:54PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Minnesota junior college All-American quarterback Dominique Corder was shot to death Saturday in Indianapolis, police said.
  • Friday, December 31

  • Ex-NBA guard's son charged in death   UPI / 11:24AM
    GARLAND, Texas, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The son of a former NBA player is accused of killing a friend with a shotgun blast in Garland, Texas, and dumping his body in a park, police said.
  • Thursday, December 30

  • 4th held in beating of Russian protester   UPI / 12:24PM
    KHIMKI, Russia, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Police near Moscow say they arrested a fourth suspect in a baseball-bat attack on an environmental activist who opposed clear-cutting a forest for a highway.
  • Wednesday, December 29

  • Fox News host: Vick should be 'executed'   UPI / 5:24PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Fox News analyst Tucker Carlson says Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick deserved to be executed for torturing and killing dogs.
  • Tuesday, December 28

  • Iowa's Robinson faces pot charge   UPI / 2:24PM
    DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Suspended Iowa running back Adam Robinson was cited for possession of marijuana Monday, the Iowa State Patrol said.
  • Monday, December 27

  • Blinded Calif., sea lion gets nurturing   UPI / 9:44PM
    SAUSALITO, Calif., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- California marine wildlife experts say they are looking for a home for Silent Knight, a sea lion found on a beach blinded in both eyes by a gunshot blast.
  • Fla. Int'l baseball star accused of rape   UPI / 8:14PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Florida International baseball star Garrett Wittels was arrested and charged with raping two 17-year-old girls, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Monday.
  • Brazil mulls extraditing Italian terrorist   UPI / 7:44PM
    BRASILIA, Brazil, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Brazil's outgoing president says he will decide this week whether to grant Italy's request to extradite convicted terrorist Cesare Battisti.
  • Redskins rookie arrested on DUI charge   UPI / 6:44PM
    LEESBURG, Va., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Washington Redskins rookie defensive tackle Joe Joseph was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Monday, authorities said.
  • Obama, Clinton blast Khodorkovsky ruling   UPI / 4:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The Obama administration Monday criticized the conviction of Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, saying it brings the Russian legal system into question.
  • Saturday, December 25

  • No suspects in rapper's death   UPI / 3:24PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Police say they're looking for a person in a surveillance photo who might know something about the death of bounce rapper Magnolia Shorty in New Orleans.
  • Friday, December 24

  • Pat Robertson: Rethink marijuana sentences   UPI / 4:44AM
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Pat Robertson's on-air criticism of marijuana possession sentences does not mean the U.S. TV evangelist advocates legalizing pot, his TV network said.
  • Thursday, December 23

  • Man, daughter admit to pigeon importing   UPI / 5:04PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A Florida man and his daughter pleaded guilty to illegally importing wildlife after 72 unhatched pigeon eggs were found in the daughter's luggage.
  • Microsoft warns of browser security flaw   UPI / 3:14PM
    REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. software giant Microsoft says a serious vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser could allow attackers to take control of an unprotected computer.
  • Man sentenced for teen snake porn   UPI / 2:14AM
    GULFPORT, Miss., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A man who befriended a snake-loving girl and took pornographic pictures of her with his reptiles has been sentenced to 40 years in a U.S. prison.
  • Wednesday, December 22

  • Dictator gets life for rights crimes   UPI / 8:05PM
    BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A former Argentine dictator, a top general and 28 others convicted of crimes against humanity have been sentenced to life in prison, authorities say.
  • Dad, son get death penalty for Oregon bomb   UPI / 4:34PM
    WOODBURN, Ore., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- An Oregon jury Wednesday handed down the death penalty for a father and son who planted a bomb in a bank that killed two police officers.
  • DUI driver gets 51 years in Adenhart death   UPI / 4:05PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A judge in California Wednesday sent the man who killed pro baseball pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others in a drunken driving accident to prison for 51 years.
  • Tuesday, December 21

  • Politically motivated cyberattacks rising   UPI / 7:34PM
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Web sites posting controversial materials or promoting human rights are up against rising numbers of politically motivated cyberattacks, U.S. researchers say.
  • Woman charged: Faked cancer for insurance   UPI / 4:24PM
    CANONSBURG, Pa., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A woman faked cancer to defraud an insurance company of nearly $100,000, a complaint by the Pennsylvania attorney general's office alleges.
  • Monday, December 20

  • Michigan State guard gets one day for DWI   UPI / 2:14PM
    EAST LANSING, Mich., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Korie Lucious, a junior guard at Michigan State, was sentenced Monday to one day in jail -- already served -- for drunken driving.
  • Thursday, December 16

  • Hospita shootings rare, assaults frequent   UPI / 10:24PM
    BALTIMORE, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. doctors say shootings in hospitals are rare but the rate of other assaults is four times that of other workplaces.
  • Conspiracy charge considered in WikiLeaks   UPI / 8:04AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. prosecutors are trying to build a conspiracy case against the WikiLeaks founder in the leak of diplomatic cables, people familiar with the matter said.
  • Tuesday, December 14

  • Protesters guilty of Navy break-in   UPI / 9:44PM
    TACOMA, Wash., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Five protesters, one of them an 84-year-old nun, have been convicted of breaking into a nuclear warhead storage area at a Washington State military base.
  • Security contractor's gun case dismissed   UPI / 2:14PM
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Weapons-related charges against a U.S. security contractor held for more than two months in the United Arab Emirates have been dismissed, officials said.
  • Medvedev vows to punish rioters   UPI / 2:05PM
    MOSCOW, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said a weekend riot outside the Kremlin in Moscow was an attempt to provoke religious and ethnic hatred.
  • Monday, December 13

  • Hearing on hearsay statements this month   UPI / 6:54PM
    ST. LOUIS, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A Missouri judge says he will hold a hearing this month on whether to admit at trial statements made by a woman whose husband is accused of killing her.
  • Saturday, December 11

  • Soccer fans protest death   UPI / 4:04PM
    MOSCOW, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- About 1,000 people took part in a protest over the death of a Moscow Spartek football fan, police said.
  • Thursday, December 9

  • Court: SEC porn watchers' names a secret   UPI / 8:24PM
    DENVER, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The names of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission employees who watched pornography online while on the job will remain secret, a U.S. judge ruled.
  • Ban on Tori Stafford murder trial lifted   UPI / 6:34PM
    OTTAWA, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court of Canada gave the news media permission Thursday to report a guilty plea in one of Canada's most notorious child abduction-killing cases.
  • Fla. GOP fundraiser pleads guilty   UPI / 2:24PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A South Florida ophthalmologist, lobbyist and Republican fundraiser pleaded guilty Thursday to paying off a Democratic legislator by hiring her friend.
  • Wednesday, December 8

  • Judge OKs burning of bomb house   UPI / 8:14PM
    ESCONDIDO, Calif., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday authorities can burn down a house where a California man allegedly operated a bomb factory.
  • Sunday, December 5

  • Men allegedly kill animals for thrills   UPI / 5:14PM
    SEATTLE, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Three Washington state men have been detained for allegedly going on wildlife thrill killings, police said.
  • Actor arrested for alleged drug use   UPI / 10:44AM
    SEOUL, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- South Korean actor Kim Sung-min was arrested in Seoul for allegedly using illegal drugs, officials said.
  • Suge Knight arrested, released   UPI / 9:14AM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Former Death Row records chief Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested in Los Angeles for outstanding traffic warrants, authorities said.
  • Saturday, December 4

  • Technicality scrubs Fla. porn conviction   UPI / 3:14PM
    LAKELAND, Fla., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A Florida appeals court reversed the child pornography conviction of a former Scott Lake school principal, officials said.
  • Thursday, December 2

  • Cable: Israeli organized crime a concern   UPI / 9:34PM
    TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. diplomats worried about Israeli organized crime's rise and wanted to stop it from expanding into the United States, a leaked U.S. cable indicated Thursday.
  • FBI agent: Russian was mega-spammer   UPI / 6:54PM
    MILWAUKEE, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. investigators say a 23-year-old Russian, arrested when he visited Las Vegas for a car show, was responsible for one-third of worldwide spam.
  • EU calls for cyberattack responses   UPI / 3:24PM
    BRUSSELS, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The European Union should criminalize the software tools used to conduct cyberattacks and set up an alert to flag such attacks, an EU commissioner says.
  • Wednesday, December 1

  • Possible Chasen slay suspect kills self   UPI / 11:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A man suspected of being involved in the slaying of celebrity publicist Ronni Chasen shot himself at a Hollywood hotel Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times said.
  • Doc pleads guilty in golfer suicide case   UPI / 9:34PM
    HENDERSON, Nev., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The personal physician of an LPGA golfer who committed suicide this year pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of justice in a Nevada court Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, November 30

  • Saints fan gets 5 years for killing calf   UPI / 8:05PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A New Orleans Saints fan has been sentenced to five years for fatally beating a stolen calf after his team lost to the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Ex-U.S. worker sentenced for overbilling   UPI / 6:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A former property management specialist with the U.S. National Archives has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for conspiring in an overbilling scheme.
  • Hackers attack government Web sites   UPI / 9:34AM
    KARACHI, Pakistan, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Hackers calling themselves the "Indian Cyber Army" said Tuesday they have gained access to a main server hosting major Pakistani government Web sites.
  • Monday, November 29

  • Woman in poisoning case out on bail   UPI / 7:24PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A Texas woman awaiting trial for trying to poison her child by smearing feces on her catheter is free on $100,000 bond, jail authorities say.
  • Ex-Quest Energy exec sent to prison   UPI / 5:34PM
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A former top executive of Quest Energy LP from Oklahoma was sent to federal prison Monday for 16 years for wire fraud.
  • Bomb kills Iranian nuclear scientist   UPI / 1:54PM
    TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed and another wounded in two bomb attacks in Tehran Monday, officials said.
  • Wednesday, November 24

  • Boxer Christy Martin shot, husband sought   UPI / 8:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Christy Martin, called the first superstar in women's boxing history, was recovering from gunshot and stab wounds Wednesday, Florida authorities said.
  • Veteran threatens to shoot president   UPI / 6:05PM
    SPARTANBURG, S.C., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A white South Carolina veteran said he wanted to shoot President Obama because he wasn't "doing enough to help African-Americans," an affidavit shows.
  • Conyers wants to withdraw guilty plea   UPI / 12:34PM
    DETROIT, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A federal prosecutor said former Detroit councilwoman Monica Conyers doesn't have sufficient reason to take back a guilty plea she entered in a bribery case.
  • Tuesday, November 23

  • Officer arrested for luring kids for sex   UPI / 8:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A retired Florida police officer was arrested on charges of using the Internet to lure children into sex, the state Attorney General's Office said.
  • Alleged 'bomb factory' found in San Diego   UPI / 7:14PM
    ESCONDIDO, Calif., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A San Diego County man pleaded not guilty to 28 explosives charges after prosecutors say police found "the largest quantity" in one place in U.S. history.
  • Teacher uses spy pen on bather   UPI / 7:05PM
    FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Police say a Texas second-grade teacher turned himself in after being discovered using a spy pen to secretly tape a female visitor at his home.
  • Computer worm causes Iranian nuke shutdown   UPI / 5:24PM
    TEHRAN, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Ali-Akbar Salehi, rejected rumors Iran has halted its uranium enrichment activities.
  • Six arrested from funeral insurance firm   UPI / 3:44PM
    ST. LOUIS, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Federal authorities arrested six officers of a defunct funeral service insurance company in Missouri on charges they played fast and loose with company funds.
  • Monday, November 22

  • Church spearheads massacre memorial   UPI / 8:14PM
    MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The Catholic Church in the Philippines says it is behind a memorial for 57 people killed last year in the politically motivated ''Maguindanao massacre.''
  • Professional wrestler killed at club   UPI / 10:54AM
    ATLANTA, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A professional wrestler working a security job at an Atlanta-area nightclub was shot and killed, possibly for ejecting unruly customers, a friend said.
  • Sunday, November 21

  • Rapper DMX back in jail   UPI / 10:54AM
    PHOENIX, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Earl Simmons, better known as the rapper DMX, said from jail in Phoenix his recent arrest came because he took a slug of alcohol at a concert in Scottsdale.
  • Adapters cost software makers billions   UPI / 10:05AM
    TOKYO, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Japanese software makers say they have lost about 350 billion yen ($4 billion) to a cheap adapter that lets portable game players run illegally copied software.
  • Saturday, November 20

  • BP in more trouble for Alaska oil spills   UPI / 2:05PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- BP could face more penalties for an Alaska oil spill after a federal official asked a judge to revoke its probation.
  • Friday, November 19

  • Former auto czar takes on his former firm   UPI / 1:44PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The New York firm founded by former White House auto czar Steve Rattner said it would defend itself against Rattner's claims that it owes him money.
  • Wednesday, November 17

  • Talabani won't sign Aziz execution order   UPI / 9:24AM
    PARIS, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Wednesday he won't sign the execution order for former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz.
  • Tuesday, November 16

  • Stuxnet aimed at Iran's nuclear program   UPI / 7:14PM
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The Stuxnet computer worm discovered in June likely was designed to attack and destroy Iran's nuclear centrifuges, U.S. and German researchers say.
  • Five guilty in China mine explosion   UPI / 12:34PM
    BEIJING, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Five managers of a coal mine in central China have been jailed over a 2009 gas explosion that killed 76 miners, authorities said.
  • Monday, November 15

  • London woman made son drink bleach   UPI / 7:44PM
    LONDON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- A woman in London pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of her 12-year-old autistic son by making him drink bleach, court records show.
  • Friday, November 12

  • No anonymity for British rape defendants   UPI / 8:14PM
    LONDON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The British government says it has dropped a proposal to grant anonymity to male suspects in rape cases, saying evidence shows there's no benefit from the plan.
  • Thursday, November 11

  • Election robocalls said to break U.S. law   UPI / 4:36PM
    BALTIMORE, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Anonymous election night robocalls saying the race was over when polls were still open sought to suppress the black vote, Maryland's attorney general alleged.
  • Wednesday, November 10

  • Homebuilding executive spared prison   UPI / 9:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A California home-construction executive was spared a federal prison term Wednesday for manipulating his company's stock options.
  • Fox TV reporter charged with child porn   UPI / 7:14PM
    HACKENSACK, N.J., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A New York Fox news reporter accused of sexual assault was charged with an additional count of possession of child pornography Tuesday, court records show.
  • Monday, November 8

  • Jerry Brown: Tax attorney Deutch a fraud   UPI / 7:24PM
    SACRAMENTO, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Months after Jerry Brown sued California tax lawyer Roni Lynn Deutch for allegedly bilking clients, her book sales are rising, her publisher says.
  • Gunmen take store's violent video games   UPI / 12:24PM
    BEL AIR, Md., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Armed robbers raided a Maryland video-game store during the weekend and took more than 100 copies of a coveted game not yet on sale, police said.
  • Sunday, November 7

  • Ex-NFL player Reggie Rogers facing 6th DUI   UPI / 6:44PM
    TACOMA, Wash., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Former NFL defensive lineman Reggie Rogers is facing his sixth DUI charge, court records show.
  • F1 champ Button escapes Brazil mugging   UPI / 3:05PM
    SAO PAULO, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Defending Formula One champion Jenson Button escaped an attempted armed mugging as he left the race course in Sao Paulo, his team said Sunday.
  • Saturday, November 6

  • At least four dead in Karachi shootings   UPI / 12:05PM
    KARACHI, Pakistan, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- At least four people were killed in shootings in Karachi amid heightened security for the burial of a slain political leader, Pakistani officials said.
  • Thursday, November 4

  • Hung jury for Outlaws biker gang president   UPI / 6:34PM
    RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A federal jury in Virginia convicted one of four Outlaws motorcycle gang members of racketeering but reached no verdict on the organization's president.
  • $7,500 may have blown away after robbery   UPI / 5:34PM
    HOMEWOOD, Ill., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- More than $7,500 may have blown away after a suburban Chicago bank robbery went awry, the FBI says.
  • Woman get 36 years for fatal hit-and-run   UPI / 12:44PM
    ATLANTA, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- An Atlanta woman was sentenced to 36 years in prison Thursday for killing five motorists in an Easter Sunday hit-and-run crash and then trying to cover it up.
  • OECD computer hacked   UPI / 11:14AM
    BRUSSELS, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Computers belonging to a Paris-based organization of the world's 33 richest countries have been hacked, officials said.
  • Tuesday, November 2

  • British groups seek to stop execution drug   UPI / 3:44PM
    LONDON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A British law firm said it was prepared to file suit against the government to stop a U.K. firm from exporting a drug used for executions.
  • Eyewitness takes stand at Leyritz trial   UPI / 10:34AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- An SUV had the green light when a car driven by former major league player Jim Leyritz crashed into it at a Fort Lauderdale intersection, a witness said.
  • Election robocalls jam N.H. phone lines   UPI / 8:44AM
    CONCORD, N.H., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- New Hampshire Republican and Democratic campaign workers say they regard each other with suspicion after both parties lost pre-election phone service.
  • Monday, November 1

  • Rapper T.I. returns to jail   UPI / 11:14PM
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Rapper T.I. began his 11-month sentence in an Arkansas prison Monday after violating his probation in a 2007 gun case, law enforcement sources told TMZ.
  • U.S. denounces Baghdad church carnage   UPI / 10:34PM
    BAGHDAD, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The United States Monday condemned an armed attack on a Christian church in Baghdad that left at least 58 people dead.
  • Sunday, October 31

  • 'Teen terrorist' given 40-year sentence   UPI / 8:14PM
    GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A military jury at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Sunday issued a 40-year prison term to a young al-Qaida insurgent for killing a U.S. soldier.
  • Saturday, October 30

  • Tiny, wife of T.I., charged in drug case   UPI / 3:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Tameka Cottle, wife of rapper T.I., has been charged with misdemeanor drug possession in Los Angeles County.
  • Friday, October 29

  • Conrad Black wins, loses on appeal   UPI / 8:14PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A federal appellate court in Chicago Friday gave convicted media mogul Conrad Black a partial victory, overturning two counts but upholding two others.
  • FBI: Washington shooter may be Marine   UPI / 2:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A U.S. Marine with a grudge may be behind a series of shootings at government targets in Washington, officials said Friday.
  • Thursday, October 28

  • Gitmo detainee apologizes   UPI / 10:54PM
    GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A Guantanamo Bay detainee Thursday apologized to the widow of the U.S. soldier he killed with a grenade during a firefight in Afghanistan eight years ago.
  • 'Botox Bandit' gets 5 years for burglaries   UPI / 9:34PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A Southern California woman dubbed the "Botox Bandit" was sentenced to five years in prison for burglary, fraud and identity theft.
  • Woman gets 15 years for cancer fraud   UPI / 7:54PM
    TOWSON, Md., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A Maryland woman who stole from friends by faking cancer got a 15-year prison term Thursday from a judge who called her a "professional thief."
  • Wednesday, October 27

  • Tiger sanctuary owner sentenced for theft   UPI / 6:54PM
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A Colorado man has been sentenced to six years in a halfway house for stealing donations to the lion and tiger sanctuary he runs with his wife.
  • Ex-Oilers owner sentenced to house arrest   UPI / 6:34PM
    PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington must serve six months of house arrest for his perjury conviction, a judge in California ruled Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, October 26

  • Man sold patients' records, gets 11 years   UPI / 8:05PM
    MIAMI-DADE, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A handicapped Florida man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for buying stolen patients' hospital records, creating hefty kickbacks for himself.
  • OSU's Blackmon arrested on DWI charge   UPI / 6:34PM
    STILLWATER, Okla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested in Texas on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, authorities said Tuesday.
  • Jogger testifies at Chandra Levy trial   UPI / 10:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A jogger testified she was attacked in Rock Creek Park by the same man accused of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy nine years ago.
  • Monday, October 25

  • Kentucky teen killer Todd Ice dead at 47   UPI / 11:54AM
    MUNCIE, Ind., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Todd Ice, who had been the youngest person in the United States to be sentenced to death, died of a heart attack in Missouri, his father announced.
  • Saturday, October 23

  • Man gets 14 years for plot to kill Obama   UPI / 8:44PM
    JACKSON, Tenn., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A Tennessee man was sent to prison for 14 years Friday for plotting the mass killing of blacks, including Barack Obama when he was a presidential candidate.
  • Pitino blackmailer sentencing postponed   UPI / 2:34PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A judge in Kentucky cited a glitch with Karen Sypher's lawyer's license in postponing her sentencing for trying to blackmail basketball Coach Rick Pitino.
  • Mystery person wants rehab for rapper T.I.   UPI / 1:24PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. rapper T.I. should be sent to drug rehabilitation, and not prison, for violating his parole, an unnamed person said in court documents in Atlanta.
  • Canada's killer colonel loses rank   UPI / 9:44AM
    OTTAWA, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The Canadian military said it stripped a senior officer of his rank after his sentencing this week for the murders of two women.
  • Friday, October 22

  • Woman threatened by scammer she busted   UPI / 6:24PM
    MADISON, Wis., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Madison, Wis., police said alleged phone scammers busted by an 84-year-old woman retaliated with threatening phone calls to her.
  • Nevada Supreme Court rejects Simpson appeal   UPI / 3:34PM
    CARSON CITY, Nev., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Nevada's Supreme Court Friday rejected former NFL star O.J. Simpson's appeal of his conviction on conspiracy, kidnapping and robbery charges.
  • Executive jailed in murder-for-hire plot   UPI / 10:24AM
    DENVER, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A Chicago real estate executive was in jail after being arrested in Denver and charged with trying to arrange a murder, the FBI said.
  • Thursday, October 21

  • Man gets reduced charges in wife's death   UPI / 9:54PM
    ROMEOVILLE, Ill., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Murder charges against an Illinois man accused of hitting his wife with a hammer and leaving her to die have been reduced to battery charges, authorities say.
  • Decorated Canadian pilot gets 2 life terms   UPI / 6:05PM
    BELLEVILLE, Ontario, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Col. Russell Williams, a decorated Canadian Forces pilot and base commander, was sentenced to two life terms Thursday for killing two women.
  • Cobalt founder sentenced to 85 years   UPI / 4:24PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The founder of the Cobalt Companies was sentenced Thursday to 85 years in prison for defrauding 250 investors of more than $23 million, U.S. officials said.
  • Wednesday, October 20

  • Police describe end to Fort Hood massacre   UPI / 11:44PM
    FORT HOOD, Texas, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Maj. Nidal Hasan, the accused Fort Hood, Texas, killer, had 177 bullets left when he was shot by police, officers testified at his pretrial hearing Wednesday.
  • So. Korean arms sales bring 57-month term   UPI / 9:54PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A South Korean-born businessman was sentenced Wednesday to 57 months in federal prison for illegally exporting rocket technology to his homeland.
  • 'South Park' jihadist pleads guilty   UPI / 8:24PM
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A 20-year-old Virginia man pleaded guilty Wednesday to threatening writers of the "South Park" animated TV show as part of his efforts to support jihad.
  • Murderous colonel to be sentenced   UPI / 10:34AM
    OTTAWA, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Canadian Col. David Russell Williams returns to court for a sentencing hearing Wednesday after pleading guilty to 88 charges, including murder.
  • Prison death of Taliban detainee probed   UPI / 10:24AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A U.S. soldier is being held in Afghanistan in connection with the fatal shooting of a Taliban detainee found dead in his holding cell, U.S. officials say.
  • Tuesday, October 19

  • Seau released from hospital after plunge   UPI / 9:54PM
    LA JOLLA, Calif., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Former San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau has been released from a hospital a day after his car plunged off a coastal bluff, officials said Tuesday.
  • Canadian military officer faces sentencing   UPI / 5:14PM
    OTTAWA, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A Canadian military officer appeared in court for the second day of his sentencing hearing Tuesday on murder and sexual assault convictions, authorities said.
  • Man admits ATM scheme was fraud   UPI / 2:24PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man has admitted he cheated investors of millions of dollars they thought were being used to purchase automatic teller machines.
  • Israeli official arrested for bribery   UPI / 9:14AM
    JERUSALEM, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Israel's interior minister said Tuesday he was surprised to learn the ministry's director general was arrested on bribery and money-laundering charges.
  • Vandalism marks West Bank olive harvest   UPI / 8:54AM
    JERUSALEM, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The West Bank's 2-week-old olive harvest has turned into the most violent of the last several years, an internal Israeli defense document indicates.
  • Monday, October 18

  • Medieval church artifacts stolen   UPI / 7:34PM
    KISA, Sweden, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Swedish officials say they have issued nationwide alerts for valuable artifacts stolen from one of the country's few remaining medieval wooden churches.
  • G.I. says was ordered to delete video   UPI / 6:44PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A soldier, testifying at a hearing for accused Fort Hood, Texas, killer Maj. Nidal Hasan, said he was ordered to delete his two videos of the shootings.
  • Dozens dead in latest violence in Karachi   UPI / 2:44PM
    KARACHI, Pakistan, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- At least 40 people were killed in weekend violence in Karachi as residents voted to replace a provincial politician slain earlier, officials said.
  • Saturday, October 16

  • Black firefighters allege discrimination   UPI / 5:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Dozens of black firefighters in Washington have filed a suit alleging discrimination within the D.C. Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services.
  • Platoon members drank, smoked hashish   UPI / 4:14PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. soldiers accused of murdering Afghan civilians were members of a platoon where drug use was as common as the lack of supervision, officials said.
  • T.I. drops single on eve of imprisonment   UPI / 1:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Rapper T.I. debuted his new track, "Get Back Up" featuring Chris Brown, hours after he was sentenced to 11 months in prison for violating his probation.
  • Thursday, October 14

  • Army orders return of photo evidence   UPI / 6:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has ordered the return of photos involved in the "Stryker dozen" Afghan civilian killings that were "inadvertently" provided to defense attorneys.
  • Delay in extortion sentence requested   UPI / 3:14PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The lawyer for a woman convicted of trying to extort money from University of Louisville men's basketball Coach Rick Pitino says he wants a sentencing delay.
  • Man sues for wrongly being deported   UPI / 2:34PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A mentally ill Georgia man sued the U.S. government for deporting him to Mexico as an illegal immigrant when he was in fact born in North Carolina.
  • Wednesday, October 13

  • Convicted sex offender wanted again   UPI / 7:44PM
    TORONTO, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A convicted sex offender and former junior hockey coach faces new charges based partly on accusations by a Calgary Flames hockey star, court documents show.
  • Botnets control millions of U.S. computers   UPI / 11:05AM
    REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Microsoft says more than 2.2 million U.S. personal computers were found to be part of networks of hijacked computers during the first six months of 2010.
  • Tuesday, October 12

  • Postcard campaign waged against ex-spy   UPI / 5:24PM
    BURNABY, British Columbia, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A former Russian secret agent, holed up in a church for more than a year while fighting deportation, should be kicked out of Canada, a civil rights group says.
  • School district laptop suits settled   UPI / 5:14PM
    ROSEMONT, Pa., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District says it has settled lawsuits over student laptops, ending eight months of privacy versus technology boundaries.
  • Fort Hood suspect appears at hearing   UPI / 4:44PM
    FORT HOOD, Texas, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The suspect in the Nov. 5 shooting massacre at Ford Hood, Texas, appeared in court Tuesday for an evidence hearing while his lawyers discussed a delay.
  • Monday, October 11

  • Home of 'Jeopardy' winner burglarized   UPI / 8:05PM
    SOMERVILLE, Mass., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts man who won a tidy sum on the television game show "Jeopardy" says his apartment was cleaned out by thieves.
  • Fed inspections of BP rig lacking   UPI / 5:54PM
    NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Federal inspectors did not make enough unannounced inspections to BP's deep-water drilling rigs in the gulf as required by law, U.S. data shows.
  • Ex- Indonesian Playboy editor imprisoned   UPI / 10:24AM
    JAKARTA, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Erwin Arnada, who was editor of the now-defunct Indonesian version of Playboy magazine, has been sent to prison for two years, officials said.
  • Sunday, October 10

  • Calif. National Guard fund probed   UPI / 4:34PM
    SACRAMENTO, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The California Army National Guard improperly awarded payments and cash bonuses meant to entice members to re-enlist, an investigation says.
  • Soldier allegedly steals top secret info   UPI / 1:24PM
    JERUSALEM, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A female Israeli soldier was charged in a military court for allegedly stealing top secret and classified information, the army said.
  • Saturday, October 9

  • Former Indonesian Playboy editor arrested   UPI / 3:05PM
    JAKARTA, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Erwin Arnada, a former editor of Indonesian Playboy, was arrested in Bali Saturday after ignoring three orders to turn himself in for indecency.
  • FDIC authorizes lawsuits in bank failures   UPI / 1:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has authorized lawsuits against more than 50 U.S. bank executives in an attempt to recover $1 billion in losses, officials said.
  • Friday, October 8

  • Phone call from Microsoft? Not!   UPI / 1:54AM
    PERTH, Australia, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Scammers posing as Microsoft computer technicians have bilked computer users of thousands of dollars, Australian officials say.
  • Thursday, October 7

  • Lester St. murders 'getaway bicycle' shown   UPI / 11:44PM
    MEMPHIS, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Prosecutors Thursday showed jurors a bicycle they said a man used to flee a Memphis residence after allegedly killing six people and critically injuring three.
  • Political aide gets 37 months for bribery   UPI / 10:24PM
    DETROIT, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Detroit political consultant Sam Riddle, sentenced to 37 months in prison for bribery and extortion, vowed to return to politics when he is released.
  • Top cyberthreats outlined in report   UPI / 8:24PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A Georgia security center has released its report on the top three security risks and concerns for consumer and business users of computers and the Internet.
  • 2 teens arrested in swastika vandalism   UPI / 7:14PM
    MERCER ISLAND, Wash., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Police say two Mercer Island, Wash., teenagers were arrested and charged in a wave of graffiti vandalism, including swastikas painted on a Jewish school.
  • 'Indignity' charge against B.C coroner   UPI / 7:05PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A retired British Columbia coroner faces charges of improperly handling the remains of two female homicide victims, police said.
  • Man kills guard, stabs nurse, holes up   UPI / 11:05AM
    WAWARSING, N.Y., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A man at a New York drug-treatment center stabbed a guard there to death, then stabbed a center nurse he forced to drive him away from the scene, police allege.
  • Museum unaware Munch artwork was stolen   UPI / 10:14AM
    LANDSKRONA, Sweden, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- An Edvard Munch painting worth $1.5 million was found by Swedish police who raided an apartment in an unrelated incident, officials said.
  • HHS to improve patient safety, cut abuse   UPI / 1:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. government allocated $13 million for six states to design criminal background check programs for those applying for work providing direct patient care.
  • Wednesday, October 6

  • N.C. student says nose piercing religious   UPI / 8:34PM
    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Attorneys filed suit Wednesday on behalf of a North Carolina high school freshman suspended repeatedly for refusing to hide or remove her nose piercing.
  • Man fined $1 billion for spam on Facebook   UPI / 10:05AM
    MONTREAL, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- An online marketer from Montreal has been fined more than $1 billion for spam messages placed on Facebook.
  • Army condemns belly dancing soldier   UPI / 9:54AM
    JERUSALEM, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The Israeli army condemned a clip aired on YouTube showing an Israeli soldier belly dancing next to a bound Palestinian woman and said it was investigating.
  • Tuesday, October 5

  • Countries to fight transnational crime   UPI / 9:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. national security adviser said Tuesday at an international meeting in Russia that nations must work together to eradicate transnational crime.
  • Baylor's Dunn arrested, suspended   UPI / 7:44PM
    WACO, Texas, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Baylor senior basketball guard LaceDarius Dunn has been suspended indefinitely after being charged with domestic violence, Coach Scott Drew said Tuesday.
  • Canadian captain booted from army   UPI / 6:24PM
    GATINEAU, Quebec, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A Canadian army officer convicted of killing a severely wounded and unarmed Afghan insurgent was dismissed from the military Tuesday.
  • Trader sentenced, ordered to repay $6.7B   UPI / 2:04PM
    PARIS, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A French court Tuesday ordered rogue Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel to spend a minimum of three years in prison and pay back the bank $6.7 billion.
  • Broken lock lets 17,000 minks escape   UPI / 11:54AM
    JONKOPING, Sweden, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Swedish police said they have opened a case of animal cruelty and criminal damage pertaining to 17,000 minks that escaped from a farm.
  • Afghan slayings whistle-blower in solitary   UPI / 8:34AM
    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. soldier who told the Army about soldiers linked to killings of Afghan citizens has been moved to solitary confinement for his safety, officials said.
  • Monday, October 4

  • Man accused of infecting partners with HIV   UPI / 11:54PM
    ADELAIDE, Australia, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A trial has begun for a South Australia man accused of infecting eight sex partners with HIV.
  • Mets owner: Madoff didn't hurt team   UPI / 8:10PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon admitted Monday he was burned in a swindle orchestrated by financier Bernard Madoff, but the Mets were unharmed.
  • Suspension over, Roethlisberger returns   UPI / 6:54PM
    PITTSBURGH, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to the team Monday after completing his four-game, season-opening suspension.
  • Hasan's lawyer expects death penalty case   UPI / 11:44AM
    BELTON, Texas, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's lawyer says he expects the Army to seek the death penalty for the Fort Hood shootings.
  • Sunday, October 3

  • Ancient petroglyphs defaced   UPI / 5:04PM
    WILLIAMS, Ariz., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A vandal defaced a remote rock wall containing ancient petroglyphs in Arizona which had stood unaltered for at least 1,000 years, a local archaeologist said.
  • Saturday, October 2

  • Aldi reports tampered payment terminals   UPI / 4:34PM
    BATAVIA, Ill., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Discount grocery chain Aldi said compromised payment card terminals were found in its stores in 11 states, including New York, Illinois and Connecticut.
  • Friday, October 1

  • Real IRA man gets 20 years for arms deal   UPI / 9:44PM
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A Northern Ireland judge who sentenced a Republican dissident for arms smuggling said the 20-year prison term was merited due to the potential for destruction.
  • Thursday, September 30

  • Okla. player suspended for Twitter remarks   UPI / 9:44PM
    NORMAN, Okla., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- University of Oklahoma officials suspended a sophomore from the football team for a note he sent on Twitter that mocked a rival school over a campus shooting.
  • 2 bombs defused near Northern Caucus area   UPI / 8:05PM
    STAVROPOL, Russia, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Two powerful bombs, including one attached to a dead body, were defused in a city near Russia's troubled Northern Caucus region, authorities said Thursday.
  • Ecuador's security forces attempt coup   UPI / 7:24PM
    QUITO, Ecuador, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Ecuador's president has declared a state of emergency, accusing national police who attacked him with tear gas and took over the airport of a coup attempt.
  • EU agencies ally to fight cyberterrorists   UPI / 1:14PM
    BRUSSELS, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Interagency teamwork will fight cyberterrorists whose attacks can cripple governments as well as hurt personal computers, European officials said Thursday.
  • Woman allegedly faked son's cancer   UPI / 10:24AM
    MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A Michigan woman has been charged with child abuse and taking money under false pretenses for making it appear her 12-year-old son had cancer, officials said.
  • Wednesday, September 29

  • Police: Shoplifter inspired by TV   UPI / 5:24PM
    SKOKIE, Ill., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Police in Illinois said a Nordstrom employee accused of stealing more than $30,000 in merchandise from the upscale store told them TV helped him hatch the plot.
  • Cuba travel bill put on hold   UPI / 8:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A bill lifting restrictions on travel to Cuba has been put on hold by a panel of the U.S. House of Representatives, the chairman says.
  • Tuesday, September 28

  • Supreme Court accepts 14 cases   UPI / 11:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday accepted 14 cases for its new term, including two dealing with the government's authority to invoke the state secrets doctrine.
  • Officer recklessly killed 2, files claim   UPI / 7:24PM
    MASCOUTAH, Ill., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- An Illinois state trooper who killed two sisters in a high-speed crash while using his phone and sending e-mails filed a claim for injuries, his lawyer said.
  • Report: Hyde Amendment not enforced   UPI / 11:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A law intended to deter misconduct by U.S. prosecutors and compensate innocent victims hasn't been doing what it's supposed to do, an investigation revealed.
  • Soldier's confession tells of killings   UPI / 8:24AM
    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. Army prosecutors urged a presiding Army judge to recommend courts-martial for five soldiers accused in a three-month killing spree in Afghanistan.
  • Monday, September 27

  • U.S. soldier describes alleged atrocities   UPI / 10:34PM
    FORT LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A "crazy" U.S. sergeant chose three innocent Afghans to be killed for sport, one of his men allegedly told military investigators.
  • Chechen separatist watched by Interpol   UPI / 7:54PM
    YEKATERINBURG, Russia, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Chechen separatist leader Akhmed Zakayev, arrested by Poland at Russia's request, was freed but remains wanted on terrorist charges in Russia.
  • U.S. plans new 'Net wiretap rules   UPI / 10:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. government is preparing new Internet rules aimed at improving its ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects, a policy group says.
  • Sunday, September 26

  • Computer worm strikes Iran nuclear staff   UPI / 2:44PM
    TEHRAN, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- A computer attack has hit the personal computers of staff at Iran's nuclear power station in what one official called "electronic war," Iranian media reported.
  • Saturday, September 25

  • False crime report enrages candidate   UPI / 5:05PM
    COOPER CITY, Fla., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A Florida town's new policy of criminal background checks for candidates has led to a false report.
  • Thursday, September 23

  • Teresa Lewis executed in Virginia   UPI / 9:54PM
    JARRATT, Va., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Virginia Thursday executed Teresa Lewis, the only woman on the state's death row, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections said.
  • Man gets new trial in minister's killing   UPI / 8:54PM
    PITTSBURGH, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A Pittsburgh man convicted of killing a popular campus minister will get a new trial a decade after his conviction, the judge in his first trial ruled.
  • Fires roar across central Indiana   UPI / 7:44PM
    WILLIAMSTOWN, Ind., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The small area of Williamstown was evacuated as several fire departments battled huge fires across many counties in central Indiana Thursday, state police said.
  • Pentagon: Military networks vulnerable   UPI / 7:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The Pentagon is "not where we need to be" in preventing cyberattacks against U.S. military networks in Afghanistan, the Army's cyber command chief says.
  • Massey Energy asks judge to void subpoenas   UPI / 6:24PM
    BECKLEY, W.Va., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. coalmining giant Massey Energy Co. asked a judge to stop investigators from forcing its employees to answer questions about a blast that killed 29 miners.
  • Jury deliberates in Blackwater murder case   UPI / 6:24PM
    NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Jurors began deliberations Thursday in the federal murder trial in Norfolk, Va., of two former Blackwater workers accused of killing two Afghan civilians.
  • Detroit wants stripper lawsuit thrown out   UPI / 5:14PM
    DETROIT, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Detroit filed a motion Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of a stripper who was killed in a hail of bullets in an unsolved drive-by shooting.
  • Court reporter jailed for blowing off work   UPI / 4:14PM
    DETROIT, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A judge sentenced a Detroit court reporter to 30 days in the county jail for repeatedly missing deadlines to produce a court proceeding transcript.
  • Marine admits killing birds at petting zoo   UPI / 3:14PM
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A U.S. Marine has admitted his part in killing 50 ducks and geese in an Iowa park in 2008.
  • Florida 'Botox bandit' gets probation   UPI / 1:04PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Florida's "Botox Bandit," who police say stole some $5,000 from two beauty clinics, has been sentenced to two years of probation, authorities said.
  • Crime gang 'sold' Rome police headquarters   UPI / 12:24PM
    ROME, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A reputed Rome crime gang allegedly cheated a man out of more than $67,000 by convincing him they could sell him the city's police headquarters, police said.
  • U.S. sailor gets life and fine in slaying   UPI / 12:24PM
    YOKOHAMA, Japan, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A U.S. Navy sailor serving a life sentence for the murder of a taxi driver must also pay the victim's family about $593,000, a Japanese judge said.
  • Wednesday, September 22

  • Facebook in line with Canadian privacy law   UPI / 8:34PM
    OTTAWA, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Facebook has made sufficient changes in the past year to be in line with Canada's privacy laws, the government's privacy commissioner says.
  • Chargers hang onto disgruntled Jackson   UPI / 6:14PM
    SAN DIEGO, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The San Diego Chargers opted to keep suspended wide receiver Vincent Jackson after letting a Wednesday deadline to trade him pass without a deal.
  • Mets pitcher cited for texting girlfriend   UPI / 5:54PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- New York Mets reliever Francisco Rodriguez was arraigned Wednesday on charges he ignored a court-imposed restraining order by texting his girlfriend.
  • Ryan to Jets: Clean up your acts   UPI / 4:54PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday he has ordered his players to behave more responsibly in the wake of several embarrassing incidents.
  • Drinking denied in Blackwater killings   UPI / 4:34PM
    NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Witnesses in the trial of two former Blackwater employees charged with killing two Afghan civilians say the men were not drinking alcohol before the shootings.
  • Wright Bros. graves vandalized in Dayton   UPI / 2:04PM
    DAYTON, Ohio, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Vandals in Dayton, Ohio, caused $25,000 in damage to graves in the city's cemetery, including those of the Wright Brothers, authorities said.
  • Illinois hat bandit nabbed in California   UPI / 12:34PM
    RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A man known in Illinois as "The Field Hat Bandit" has been arrested in California on charges of robbing a bank in Rancho Cucamonga, police say.
  • Tuesday, September 21

  • Fort Bliss shooter was a retired soldier   UPI / 10:54PM
    FORT BLISS, Texas, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The FBI said Tuesday a man who was shot and killed after shooting two women at Fort Bliss, Texas, has been identified as Steven Kropf of nearby El Paso.
  • Mixed-use neighborhoods can reduce crime   UPI / 8:34PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Mixed-use neighborhoods combining residential and business development may help lead to lower levels of some types of violent crime, a U.S. study suggests.
  • 21-year-old admits killing 4   UPI / 7:44PM
    FARMVILLE, Va., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- An aspiring so-called horrorcore musician from California has pleaded guilty to killing his 16-year-old girlfriend, her parents and her best friend in Virginia.
  • Aretha Franklin's son beaten   UPI / 11:05AM
    DETROIT, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A son of America's Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was attacked and severely beaten at a Detroit gas station, police said Tuesday.
  • Monday, September 20

  • Report: ID theft scam preys on job-hunters   UPI / 1:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Florida authorities are investigating a suspected global identity theft ring that allegedly targeted a local business and job-hunters.
  • Sunday, September 19

  • Quaid and wife charged with burglary   UPI / 2:24PM
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi were arrested and charged with felony burglary for allegedly occupying property they once owned, TMZ.com reported.
  • Thousands rally in Boston for legal pot   UPI / 1:04PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Reduced marijuana penalties are not enough, legalization advocates in Boston say.
  • Burress marks halfway point of sentence   UPI / 12:44PM
    ROME, N.Y., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- New York Giant Plaxico Burress says the worst aspect of his imprisonment is that his son asks why he's not playing this season.
  • Saturday, September 18

  • Paris Hilton on probation for drug charge   UPI / 3:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- American socialite Paris Hilton has agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor drug possession and serve one year of probation, court documents show.
  • Lindsay Lohan fails drug test   UPI / 1:44PM
    HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Lindsay Lohan admitted via Twitter that she failed her most recent court-ordered drug test.
  • Thursday, September 16

  • Former city official faces charges   UPI / 8:34PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- An Indiana federal grand jury charged a former city official with soliciting a bribe and attempted extortion.
  • FBI agents nabbed for alleged steroid use   UPI / 8:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Three FBI agents and a counterterrorism expert were arrested on charges they hid their use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, authorities said.
  • Sharpe back at CBS after woman drops claim   UPI / 6:34PM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Ex-Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe returned to CBS as a football analyst after a woman withdrew her petition for a protection order against him.
  • Jurors see car in Blackwater murder trial   UPI / 4:54PM
    NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. jurors in two ex-Blackwater contractors' murder trial Thursday viewed a car the men allegedly shot up in Afghanistan, killing two and wounding a third.
  • Slain NBA player's mother asks reward help   UPI / 3:24PM
    MEMPHIS, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The mother of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright says she is asking for public help to fund a reward to help find her son's killer.
  • Gang members sued for 'harming' city   UPI / 12:54PM
    ELGIN, Ill., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A state's attorney says he is suing reputed gang members in Elgin, Ill., alleging their actions harmed the suburban Chicago city.
  • N.Y. Yankees attire a criminal favorite   UPI / 12:44PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A recent crime wave in New York has featured a curious phenomenon -- a spate of suspects wearing Yankee baseball caps or clothing, police say.
  • Lawyer: close hearing for Army killings   UPI / 12:34PM
    SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The lawyer for an Army major charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood,Texas, last year says he wants the public and media barred from an upcoming hearing.
  • Google fired engineer for spying on teens   UPI / 12:34PM
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Internet firm Google said it had fired an engineer for allegedly violating its privacy policy by gathering information about four teenagers.
  • Craigslist: No more 'adult services'   UPI / 12:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The "adult services" section of Craigslist will remain closed, a company official told members of a congressional subcommittee in Washington.
  • Wednesday, September 15

  • Louisiana outfitter accused of gator hunts   UPI / 5:54PM
    BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A Louisiana outfitter was indicted Wednesday on charges he took hunters out to illegally bag alligators, federal prosecutors said.
  • Chinese worker disappears in Chad   UPI / 4:24PM
    N'DJAMENA, Chad, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A Chinese construction worker was abducted on his way to a site in northern Chad, a Chinese government authority says.
  • Thailand burns knockoffs   UPI / 4:14PM
    BANKOK, Thailand, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Authorities in Thailand said they burned more than 600,000 items weighing around 90 tons because they violated intellectual property rights.
  • Former sailor pleads innocent to theft   UPI / 8:44AM
    SAN DIEGO, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A former sailor with the U.S. Navy has pleaded innocent in federal court in San Diego to selling 290 pieces of stolen military equipment on eBay.
  • Tuesday, September 14

  • WVU's Hogan suspended after DUI arrest   UPI / 8:34PM
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- West Virginia senior cornerback Brandon Hogan has been suspended indefinitely after a drunken driving arrest, football Coach Bill Stewart said Tuesday.
  • Veteran's crime case moved to vet's court   UPI / 6:54PM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A New York veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, charged with making death and bomb threats, may end up avoiding prison, his lawyer said.
  • Attorney: Adenhart's death not murder   UPI / 6:34PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The man whose minivan crashed into a car carrying Nick Adenhart, killing the Los Angeles Angels pitcher, didn't commit murder, the man's lawyer said Tuesday.
  • Fort Drum soldier admits double homicide   UPI / 2:54PM
    WATERTOWN, N.Y., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A 20-year-old man has pleaded guilty to killing two fellow soldiers at Fort Drum in New York in a deal that spares him a life sentence, officials said.
  • Ex-mother-in-law defends acid victim   UPI / 11:24AM
    VANCOUVER, Wash., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The former mother-in-law of a woman who says she was the victim of an acid attack in Washington state labeled as "insane" allegations the incident was faked.
  • Monday, September 13

  • Jealousy cited in Mayweather incident   UPI / 8:54PM
    LAS VEGAS, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Jealousy sparked a violent confrontation between boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the mother of his son, a police report released Monday alleged.
  • Judge: Adenhart slay trial to proceed   UPI / 7:44PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The trial of a man accused of killing Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart in a drunken driving crash will proceed, a judge ruled Monday.
  • Briton tries to sell kidney via Internet   UPI / 6:44PM
    MANCHESTER, England, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Some cash-desperate Britons are digging deep -- into their own bodies, offering to sell their kidneys overseas via the Internet, an investigation reveals.
  • Sunday, September 12

  • Australian's house sold in scam   UPI / 10:14PM
    PERTH, Australia, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- An Australian man says he returned home recently to find a rental home he owned had been sold, which was a problem because he didn't have it up for sale.
  • Arsonist of Philly sound studio sentenced   UPI / 12:24PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- An admitted arsonist says he doesn't remember setting fire to a landmark recording studio where pop music's famed Philadelphia sound was born.
  • Bowersox popular search in cop database   UPI / 11:54AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Several public employees in Ohio were disciplined for snooping in state databases for information on "American Idol" singer Crystal Bowersox, officials said.
  • Saturday, September 11

  • Lohan returns to red hair   UPI / 11:54AM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Troubled U.S. actress Lindsay Lohan has dropped her platinum blond look and returned to her auburn locks, People magazine reports.
  • Friday, September 10

  • Racist e-mail draws aboriginal ire   UPI / 6:24PM
    WASAGAMING, Manitoba, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Aboriginal leaders say they want two Parks Canada employees in Manitoba, already disciplined, terminated for circulating a racist joke via e-mail.
  • Adviser to Hollywood elite pleads guilty   UPI / 3:05PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A New York investment adviser who catered to the Hollywood elite pleaded guilty to fraud in a federal court Friday, court papers say.
  • Thursday, September 9

  • Marley daughter pleads guilty in pot case   UPI / 9:44PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Makeda Marley, the daughter of late reggae great Bob Marley, has pleaded guilty in a Pennsylvania court to possessing marijuana plants in her home.
  • Church told its bell is too loud   UPI / 9:04PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A Philadelphia church was told its 7 a.m. bell was too loud and could lead to a $700 daily fine if it violated the city's noise ordinance, the pastor said.
  • Poll: 54 percent want Blagojevich retried   UPI / 6:44PM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Fifty-four percent of Illinois voters favor retrying disgraced ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich on the 23 of 24 counts a jury couldn't decide on, a state poll indicated.
  • Judge: Killer must pay despite bankruptcy   UPI / 3:34PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A man who shot and killed a Florida teenager must still pay a $750,000 court-ordered judgment even though he declared bankruptcy, a U.S. bankruptcy court ruled.
  • 9 dead in Somali airport suicide attack   UPI / 2:54PM
    MOGADISHU, Somalia, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Gunmen and suicide bombers tied to al-Qaida killed nine people at Mogadishu's airport Thursday shortly after envoys met the Somali president, officials said.
  • U.S. soldiers charged with Afghan murders   UPI / 2:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Twelve U.S. soldiers have been charged in what military authorities say they believe was a conspiracy to murder Afghan civilians and cover it up.
  • Wednesday, September 8

  • Facebook leads to illegal deer charges   UPI / 5:14PM
    INVERNESS, Fla., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Florida wildlife officials said charges of possessing illegally taken wildlife stemmed from photos of a deer carcass posted to Facebook.
  • Detroit is most stressful U.S. city   UPI / 11:05AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Detroit ranks as the most stressful metropolitan area to live and work in, an analysis of the 50 largest U.S. cities indicates.
  • Court told of political massacre plan   UPI / 10:05AM
    MANILA, Philippines, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A servant of a Philippine political clan has testified he was present when a plot was hatched to prevent a rival from becoming a provincial governor.
  • Tuesday, September 7

  • Lennon's killer denied parole again   UPI / 7:05PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Mark David Chapman, convicted of killing John Lennon in front of the former Beatle's New York City apartment, was denied parole Tuesday, officials said.
  • Snipes' tax adviser gets more prison time   UPI / 3:14PM
    MOUNT DORA, Fla., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The Florida tax adviser for actor Wesley Snipes and other clients got 20 years added to his prison term for advising how to beat revenuers, a judge ruled.
  • Travolta drops case related to son's death   UPI / 11:54AM
    NASSAU, Bahamas, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. actor John Travolta decided to drop his case against two alleged Bahamian extortionists, saying he wants to move on from his son's 2009 death.
  • Monday, September 6

  • Hilton out of jail in half the normal time   UPI / 1:24PM
    LAS VEGAS, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Paris Hilton was able to bond out of a Las Vegas jail in about half the normal time to reduce distractions, officials say.
  • Sex ads still appearing on Craigslist   UPI / 12:44PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The Web site "Craigslist" has censored its "Adult Services" section, but ads seeking money for sexual services are still appearing, ABC News said.
  • Probe ordered in violence at rock fest   UPI / 11:05AM
    MIASS, Russia, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Police who allegedly failed to provide proper security at a Russian rock festival face a criminal investigation, an official says.
  • Sunday, September 5

  • Did jailed rapper get special treatment?   UPI / 1:44PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- A female jail captain at New York's Rikers Island is being questioned for allegedly giving rapper Lil Wayne preferential treatment, officials say.
  • Lashing ordered for woman condemned to die   UPI / 10:24AM
    TEHRAN, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- An Iranian woman sentenced to die for adultery faces a sentence of 99 lashes because of a case of mistaken identity, a human rights group says.
  • Life sentence in slaying of Georgia judge   UPI / 10:14AM
    JESUP, Ga., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- A jury has sentenced the killer of a Georgia municipal judge to life in prison without parole, sparing him from the death penalty.
  • Man blames wife's murder on dream   UPI / 9:54AM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A former Chicago high school basketball star convicted of murdering his wife says he killed her after dreaming she was having sex with four of his old friends.
  • Saturday, September 4

  • Craigslist censors adult services listings   UPI / 12:05PM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Craigslist blocked its "adult services" section in the United States after attorneys general in 17 states complained the Internet site promoted prostitution.
  • Judge throws book at pair in Chicago arson   UPI / 11:54AM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A federal judge said the physical and psychological scars suffered by two Chicago girls justified sending an arsonist to prison for 25 years.
  • Sex offender caught in Florida   UPI / 11:54AM
    MIAMI, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A registered sex offender on the run from a Texas halfway house has been captured near Miami International Airport, police said.
  • Ex-treasurer admits stealing from GOP   UPI / 10:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A former Republican Party financial official and consultant pleaded guilty Friday in Washington to embezzling $850,000 from party committees.
  • Friday, September 3

  • Balloon Boy, family move to Florida   UPI / 6:54PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The Colorado man who staged the "balloon boy" charade last year had his mug shot taken Friday in Florida after moving his family there, officials said.
  • Snoop Dogg jumps on anti-cybercrime wagon   UPI / 4:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Rapper Snoop Dogg, once a criminal, is now a crime-stopper, teaming with U.S. Internet security company Symantec on the "Hack is Wack" video contest.
  • Smuggler of 95 snakes pleads guilty   UPI / 2:14PM
    SEPANG, Malaysia, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A man caught at a Malaysian airport with 95 boa constrictors in his luggage pleaded guilty to exporting without a permit, court officials said.
  • Thursday, September 2

  • Letterman's would-be blackmailer freed   UPI / 5:34PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The former New York CBS television producer convicted of trying to blackmail "Late Show" host David Letterman was released from prison Thursday.
  • 'Sleepwalking' rapist gets 2 years   UPI / 4:54PM
    HAPARANDA, Sweden, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A 35-year-old man was convicted and sentenced to two years in jail for raping a sleeping woman at a party, despite claims he was sleepwalking.
  • Somali pirates ally with both sides in war   UPI / 11:34AM
    HOBYO, Somalia, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Local Somali leaders increasingly align with former pirate foes to fight a much graver common enemy -- the militant al-Shabaab Islamic movement, officials say.
  • Wednesday, September 1

  • Catholic school hit with abuse lawsuit   UPI / 7:34PM
    MONTREAL, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A former student says he is suing a Montreal school for the deaf, alleging sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic brothers who taught there.
  • Judge allegedly pimped lawyer wife   UPI / 7:14PM
    WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The Canadian Judicial Council says a complaint has been filed against an associate chief justice alleging she engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior.
  • Cancer faker sentenced to jail   UPI / 6:24PM
    DENVER, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A former Colorado college athlete who pleaded guilty to faking cancer and duping donors out of more than $30,000 will spend 36 days in jail, documents show.
  • Tuesday, August 31

  • Oilers' Khabibulin gets a month in jail   UPI / 8:34PM
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin must spend a month in jail on a drunk driving conviction, an Arizona judge ruled Tuesday.
  • Giuliani to move trash for shoplifting   UPI / 7:54PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A judge Tuesday ordered former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's daughter to do community service for her shoplifting attempt earlier this month.
  • Burress denied work release privileges   UPI / 7:14PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Imprisoned former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress has been denied work release privileges, New York corrections officials said Tuesday.
  • 'Virgin' co-star on trial for stabbing   UPI / 3:05PM
    VISTA, Calif., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles actor stabbed his former girlfriend repeatedly when he found her with another man at her home, prosecutors said at the start of the trial.
  • Man indicted in 'Shizz' creator's death   UPI / 1:05PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Police were searching for a 27-year-old man indicted in the death of Leshawn "Sugar Shizz" Talbert, who inspired the dance "The Shizz," Louisville police said.
  • In China, a retailer's prison drama   UPI / 11:54AM
    BEIJING, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- An appeals court in China upheld the 14-year prison sentence of retail executive Huang Guangyu, who is struggling to maintain influence on his company.
  • Mexican appeal for Frenchwoman in kidnap   UPI / 11:14AM
    MEXICO CITY, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Attorneys for a Frenchwoman sentenced to prison in Mexico on kidnapping charges say they have filed an appeal on constitutional grounds.
  • Monday, August 30

  • McCourts begin divorce fight over Dodgers   UPI / 11:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers began divorce proceedings with ownership of the baseball team at the center of their dispute, documents show.
  • Ex-Kennesaw St. hoops star shot, killed   UPI / 10:24PM
    DECATUR, Ga., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Former Kennesaw (Ga.) State University star basketball player Shuan Stegall was killed in a weekend shooting, authorities said Monday.
  • Ex-OSU star Clarett signs UFL contract   UPI / 6:14PM
    OMAHA, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Troubled former Ohio State star running back Maurice Clarett has been signed by Omaha of the United Football League, the team announced Monday.
  • Lawyer in Angel's pitcher death appeals   UPI / 4:24PM
    ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The lawyer for a man accused in the death of California Angels pitcher Mick Adenhart says she will take a change of venue request to the State Supreme Court.
  • Sunday, August 29

  • Man arrested after macing at funeral   UPI / 10:44AM
    OMAHA, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Sixteen protesters at a military funeral in Omaha were doused with pepper spray from passing motorists, police said.
  • Saturday, August 28

  • Paris Hilton, boyfriend   UPI / 9:34PM
    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Socialite Paris Hilton is facing a cocaine charge and her boyfriend, Cy Waits, is accused of driving under the influence, Las Vegas authorities say.
  • Friday, August 27

  • Brewers' Gallardo robbed at gunpoint   UPI / 3:14PM
    MILWAUKEE, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Milwaukee pitcher Yovani Gallardo lost a baseball game Thursday and then it got worse when he and a clubhouse attendant were robbed at gunpoint hours later.
  • British man sentenced in pedophile sting   UPI / 1:24PM
    MELBOURNE, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A British man has been sentenced to four years in prison for publishing up to 100,000 pictures of sexual child abuse on Facebook, officials say.
  • Report alleges possible genocide in Africa   UPI / 10:54AM
    UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A United Nations draft report alleges the Rwandan army and allies may have committed genocide during a 10-year period in the Congo, the BBC reported.
  • Thursday, August 26

  • Iran said to ban local news of opposition   UPI / 8:54PM
    TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Iranian media are being prohibited from reporting about government opposition leaders under a purported media directive, opposition Web sites said.
  • Chilean miner family sues mine owner   UPI / 6:34PM
    SANTIAGO, Chile, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- One of the families of 33 trapped Chilean miners entombed a half-mile underground filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing the mine owner of criminal negligence.
  • Greenpeace: Danish fish operations illegal   UPI / 3:24PM
    GILLELEJE, Denmark, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Environmentalists illegally put global positioning devices on Danish fishing boats to claim falsely the fishermen operate in banned waters, the fishermen said.
  • Canadian sentenced for cancer drug scam   UPI / 1:44PM
    PHOENIX, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A Canadian man has been sentenced to almost three years in a U.S. prison for selling what he claimed was an experimental cancer drug on the Internet.
  • Hackers raiding iTunes accounts   UPI / 11:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Hackers are raiding Apple iTunes accounts and racking up charges on consumer credit cards, a report says.
  • Kim leaves North Korea during Carter visit   UPI / 10:54AM
    SEOUL, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was in China with his youngest son as ex-U.S. President Jimmy Carter was in Pyongyang, South Korean officials said.
  • Mexico asks for help to ID 72 bodies   UPI / 8:14AM
    MEXICO CITY, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Mexican investigators have asked diplomats from several Latin American countries to help identify the 72 bodies found this week at a ranch in northeast Mexico.
  • Wednesday, August 25

  • Huge pot bust in San Diego County   UPI / 7:14PM
    SANTA YSABEL, Calif., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. drug agents say they found about 25,000 marijuana plants worth $100 million on a farm near San Diego believed to be run by Mexican drug traffickers.
  • Marine sergeant pleads to sex charges   UPI / 3:34PM
    NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. Marine staff sergeant has pleaded guilty to mistreating 17 male subordinates through sexual actions and comments, authorities say.
  • Tuesday, August 24

  • Ex-GI charged in Afghan bribe scheme   UPI / 7:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- A former U.S. Army staff sergeant was charged Tuesday with accepting $400,000 in bribes from a government contractor in Afghanistan.
  • Alleged Moldovan uranium dealers arrested   UPI / 6:14PM
    CHISINAU, Moldova, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Three gang members were in custody in Moldova after allegedly trying to sell uranium they had brought into the country illegally, authorities say.
  • Golfer Blasberg's death ruled a suicide   UPI / 6:14PM
    HENDERSON, Nev., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Former LPGA Tour player Erica Blasberg died as the result of a suicide, the Clark County, Nev., Coroner's Office ruled Tuesday.
  • Body parts worker files suit against N.Y.   UPI / 1:54PM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- A New York tissue-recovery worker, acquitted of charges she harvested body parts without permission, is suing the state, court records say.
  • Canada releases prisoners by mistake   UPI / 1:14PM
    TORONTO, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- At least 143 prisoners were mistakenly allowed to leave Ontario correctional facilities during the last eight years, Canadian government documents indicate.
  • Ga. man convicted for raping girl in Japan   UPI / 1:14PM
    VALDOSTA, Ga., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- A Georgia man, convicted of raping a girl over a four-year period in Japan, faces a sentence of up to life in federal prison, court records show.
  • Monday, August 23

  • Pitt: Oil spill may warrant death penaity   UPI / 12:44PM
    LONDON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor and activist Brad Pitt says he would consider the death penalty for those responsible for the BP oil spill.
  • Defiant Blago hints at political comeback   UPI / 7:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Sunday he would be "vindicated" in a second trial and hinted at a political comeback.
  • Sunday, August 22

  • Congressional candiate robbed in Florida   UPI / 2:24AM
    NORTH MIAMI, Fla., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Marleine Bastien, a Democratic candidate for Congress in Florida's 17th District, and her sister were robbed at gunpoint Saturday outside a church, police said.
  • Saturday, August 21

  • Experts: Public WiFi not always secure   UPI / 5:34PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. experts say computer users should be more security-aware and cautious when using WiFi networks in public places like libraries and coffee shops.
  • Friday, August 20

  • Clemens: 'We'll get to have our say'   UPI / 9:24PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Roger Clemens, in his first public appearance since his indictment on federal charges he lied to Congress, said Friday that "in time we'll get to have our say."
  • Greek medical scam convictions upheld   UPI / 7:44PM
    PATRA, Greece, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A Greek appeals court upheld the convictions of two men found to have illegally prescribed unneeded in vitro fertilization drugs, documents show.
  • Hague prosecutor will 'smoke out' Mladic   UPI / 7:14PM
    BELGRADE, Serbia, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- War crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic says he will bring former Serbian military leader Ratko Mladic to justice, vowing to "smoke Mladic out of his hole."
  • Mummified LA remains may be from abortions   UPI / 6:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Investigators say forensic and autopsy results will determine if mummified remains found wrapped in 1930's Los Angeles newspapers were the result of abortions.
  • Mask around neck, robber flees N.Y. bank   UPI / 4:34PM
    EDEN, N.Y., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Lawmen in western New York are hunting a would-be robber who ran out of a bank when he realized his face was exposed.
  • Smuggler caught with falcon eggs in belt   UPI / 3:14PM
    BIRMINGHAM, England, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A man who tried to smuggle 14 peregrine falcon eggs out of Britain using a belt made of socks was sentenced to 30 months in jail.
  • Soccer show hid messages for prisoners   UPI / 1:04PM
    ROME, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The Mafia in Italy used a popular soccer show on Italian state television as a way to get messages to imprisoned gang bosses, a former prosecutor says.
  • Economic Outlook: Is merger mania back?   UPI / 9:44AM
    Two big merger deals this week, one friendly and one not-so-friendly, may signal growing confidence in the world economy.
  • Thursday, August 19

  • Lawyer: Snooki pleads not guilty   UPI / 9:54PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A lawyer for TV's Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi pleaded not guilty on her behalf to several charges stemming from her arrest last month on a New Jersey beach.
  • Leroy Hill works out domestic violence rap   UPI / 9:24PM
    SEATTLE, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Leroy Hill's domestic-assault charge will be dropped in 18 months if the Seattle Seahawks linebacker meets the terms of a court deal, his lawyer said.
  • Blackwater founder moves to Abu Dhabi   UPI / 7:54PM
    MOYOCK, N.C., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The founder of the largest U.S. State Department private security contractor moved himself and his family to the United Arab Emirates, court papers indicate.
  • Clemens indicted on federal perjury charge   UPI / 5:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Baseball great Roger Clemens was indicted Thursday on federal charges he lied to the U.S. Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
  • Wednesday, August 18

  • Ted Nugent fined, violated hunting laws   UPI / 9:54PM
    SACRAMENTO, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Rocker Ted Nugent pleaded no contest to two hunting-related misdemeanors in California's Yuba Superior Court, court records show.
  • Friends, foes comment on Cossiga's death   UPI / 7:14PM
    ROME, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- In death, as in life, former Italian President Francesco Cossiga drew praise from supporters and derision from detractors, observers say.
  • U.S. accused of tarnishing China's image   UPI / 10:44AM
    BEIJING, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Chinese experts are accusing the U.S. military of trying to tarnish their country's image by saying China is developing cyberwarfare capabilities.
  • U.S. threatens to sue Arizona sheriff   UPI / 12:35AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. officials say they have threatened to sue Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio if he refuses to cooperate in a discrimination investigation.
  • Tuesday, August 17

  • Mets place injured Rodriguez on DQ list   UPI / 8:35PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The New York Mets placed closer Francisco Rodriguez on the disqualified list Tuesday after he underwent season-ending thumb surgery.
  • $18M deal upheld in Internet Ponzi scam   UPI / 4:35PM
    CARSON CITY, Nev., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A federal appeals court in California has upheld an $18 million settlement for hundreds of consumers bilked in an Internet kiosk scam.
  • Lion and tiger mating produces liger cubs   UPI / 10:14AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The Taiwanese government will fine a private zoo operator for cross-breeding a lion and a tiger, resulting in the birth of three liger cubs, an official says.
  • Monday, August 16

  • Oklahoma woman: Churchill's granddaughter?   UPI / 8:05PM
    TULSA, Okla., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- A Tulsa, Okla., woman may be the granddaughter of Winston Churchill, a records search shows.
  • Superheros affect boys differently   UPI / 7:14PM
    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Superheroes beating up villains may not be the best image for boys to see if society wants to promote kinder, less stereotypical male behaviors, scientists say.
  • Mets' Rodriguez tears thumb ligament   UPI / 6:44PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- New York Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was facing surgery Monday for an injury ESPN said he sustained during an alleged assault on his girlfriend's father.
  • Mexican reporters fear they'll be killed   UPI / 11:44AM
    REYNOSA, Mexico, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Reporters, fearing they will be killed, often fail to report Mexico's drug cartel violence, or report only what they are forced to write, some journalists said.
  • British boxer suspect in American's death   UPI / 8:35AM
    BANGKOK, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- A manhunt is under way in Thailand for a British boxer suspected of killing a former U.S. Marine following a bar fight, authorities say.
  • Pacers' Stephenson arrested   UPI / 1:44AM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Rookie Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson is facing charges for allegedly pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs in New York.
  • Friday, August 13

  • 7 in 10 in New Orleans feel forgotten   UPI / 9:44PM
    MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Five years after Hurricane Katrina, most in New Orleans say rebuilding is going well, but 70 percent say the nation has forgotten them, a survey indicates.
  • 4 bodies found in S. Africa mine shaft   UPI / 9:05PM
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- South African police said Friday they found four bodies in an unused shaft of a mine while investigating reports mine guards shot as many as 20 illegal miners.
  • Iran quietly backs away from stoning   UPI / 5:14PM
    TEHRAN, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Outrage over plans to stone to death a 43-year-old mother of two has prompted Iran to change its method of execution from stoning to hanging, observers say.
  • Khadr trial delayed after lawyer collapses   UPI / 4:14PM
    GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Canadian-born terror suspect Omar Khadr's trial will be delayed 30 days as his defense attorney seeks treatment after collapsing in court, officials said.
  • Lifetime ban from airline after air rage   UPI / 12:35AM
    WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A woman who forced a WestJet airliner to land in Winnipeg, Manitoba, after trying to open the emergency door has been banned from the airline for life.
  • Thursday, August 12

  • Obama to sign $600M border security bill   UPI / 11:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Thursday sent a $600 million bill adding agents and equipment along the U.S.-Mexican border to U.S. President Barack Obama for his signature.
  • Judge green-lights Chinese drywall cases   UPI / 4:14PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Chinese drywall cases consolidated in a Florida county may move forward without waiting for rulings in drywall cases filed in federal courts, a judge ruled.
  • Cops charged with beating terror suspect   UPI / 3:05PM
    LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Four British police officers face criminal charges over an alleged attack on a Muslim terrorism suspect wanted by U.S. authorities, prosecutors said Thursday.
  • Killer of NBA star's brother sentenced   UPI / 1:14PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A judge in Illinois has sentenced the man convicted of the murder of NBA star Quentin Richardson's brother to a 180-year prison term, officials said.
  • Most Russian prisoners said to be diseased   UPI / 10:05AM
    MOSCOW, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Some 90 percent of Russian prisoners have diseases such as tuberculosis or are infected with the virus that causes AIDS, the Prosecutor General's office said.
  • 'Most Wanted' cyber bandit nabbed in Nice   UPI / 8:24AM
    NICE, France, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- One of the world's most notorious cyber-criminals has been arrested at an airport in France, authorities say.
  • Wednesday, August 11

  • Jail time for new father nurse fondler   UPI / 7:44PM
    OGDEN, Utah, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A Utah man was sentenced to six months in jail for fondling the breasts of a nurse wheeling his pregnant girlfriend to a hospital delivery room, officials say.
  • New charge brought in cancer fraud case   UPI / 4:24PM
    MILTON, Ontario, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A more serious fraud charge was leveled Wednesday against a Canadian woman accused of faking terminal cancer to scam people out of money
  • Attorney wants more Kilpatrick testimony   UPI / 11:35AM
    DETROIT, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- An attorney representing the family of a slain exotic dancer says he will seek additional deposition testimony from former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
  • Lawyers want sweat lodge trial moved   UPI / 7:54AM
    PRESCOTT, Ariz., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Prosecutors are fighting self-help guru James Arthur Ray's bid to move his trial in the Arizona sweat lodge deaths because of publicity.
  • Campbell: 'Nothing to gain' by lying   UPI / 2:14AM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Supermodel Naomi Campbell said she has testified truthfully at the war crimes trial of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor and had "nothing to gain" by lying.
  • MIT frat settles suit over explosion   UPI / 1:35AM
    BOSTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts Institute of Technology fraternity has settled a lawsuit over a prank that caused an explosion in which two people were injured.
  • Tuesday, August 10

  • Comcast hacker gets 4 months from judge   UPI / 4:54PM
    SEATTLE, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Seattle sentenced a computer hacker to four months detention and ordered him to pay Comcast for damages caused by a 2008 hacker intrusion.
  • Trial against youngest Gitmo detainee set   UPI / 11:44AM
    GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A military judge ruled the most serious evidence against Canadian-born Omar Khadr is admissible in his terror trial and not the product of torture.
  • Bin Laden's ex-cook, feds reach plea deal   UPI / 7:54AM
    GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- U.S officials and an ex-cook for Osama bin Laden struck a deal allowing him to serve time at a minimum security prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, lawyers said.
  • Monday, August 9

  • Inmate urged not to boycott military trial   UPI / 10:54AM
    GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- As Omar Khadr's terrorism trial drew near in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Canadian's attorney urged him to attend and said "the world needs to hear his story."
  • Sunday, August 8

  • Family disavows alleged cancer fraudster   UPI / 8:05PM
    MILTON, Ontario, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The estranged parents of a Canadian woman who allegedly faked having terminal cancer to trick people into giving her money say they are through with her.
  • British Columbia ends youth penile test   UPI / 7:24PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- British Columbia has stopped its decades-long practice of testing the arousal rates of young sex offenders after a tester was charged with sexual assault.
  • Friday, August 6

  • Man charged with illegal gator trapping   UPI / 4:05PM
    FORT PIERCE, Fla., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said two men who allegedly tried to capture an alligator that clamped down on a woman's boot are facing illegal trapping charges.
  • Internet harassment is a legal matter   UPI / 9:14AM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Chicago and Los Angeles say they are filing charges against men who allegedly used the Internet to harass others.
  • Thursday, August 5

  • Two charged in credit history fraud case   UPI / 11:24PM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Federal authorities in Kansas City, Mo., have charged two men with scheming to create fictitious credit histories to help others buy expensive homes.
  • Giuliani's daughter nabbed for shoplifting   UPI / 9:54PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The daughter of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was arrested for shoplifting in an Upper East Side cosmetics shop, police said.
  • Guilty verdict in extortion of coach   UPI / 3:54PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A Kentucky woman has been found guilty of threatening University of Louisville basketball Coach Rick Pitino to extort money from him.
  • Brazilian goalie charged with murder   UPI / 11:06AM
    CONTAGEM, Brazil, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A former Brazilian soccer goalie is among those charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend, prosecutors said.
  • Wednesday, August 4

  • Roethlisberger says cooperating with NFL   UPI / 5:44PM
    LATROBE, Pa., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he has met the NFL's requirements for reducing his upcoming six-game suspension.
  • Quick DNA test could identify suspects   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Researchers say a new DNA forensic test is so fast it could match crime scene samples with suspects' DNA within hours with the suspects still in custody.
  • Osaka man arrested for infecting computers   UPI / 9:54AM
    OSAKA, Japan, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- A 27-year-old man was arrested in Osaka, Japan, Wednesday on a charge of using a computer virus to destroy stored data, police said.
  • Former bank officials indicted in Japan   UPI / 9:34AM
    TOKYO, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Japan indicted a former high-level government adviser on obstruction of justice charges, court papers say.
  • Tuesday, August 3

  • Goodell: No discipline for Michael Vick   UPI / 8:24PM
    BETHLEHEM, Pa., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick won't be disciplined for his role in a June shooting incident, the NFL indicated Tuesday.
  • Bound woman toe-types to tell of robbery   UPI / 1:54PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- An Atlanta woman, tied to her bed by an armed robber Tuesday, managed to type a computer message to her boyfriend with her toes, authorities said.
  • Cadillac Escalade is No. 1 for car thieves   UPI / 10:05AM
    ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A luxury SUV and a pickup truck are the top two vehicles in the United States that thieves want to get their hands on, insurance statistics indicate.
  • Monday, August 2

  • National Guard deploys to Mexican border   UPI / 10:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. National Guard troops being deployed along the border with Mexico will play mostly unseen support roles, the Border Patrol says.
  • Home of slain ex-player's ex-wife searched   UPI / 7:05PM
    MEMPHIS, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Authorities have searched the home slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife, multiple reports indicated Monday.
  • Thai PM: no elections this year   UPI / 6:54PM
    BANGKOK, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- As Red Shirt protests continue with deadly ramifications, Thailand's prime minister says he won't hold national elections until next year.
  • Sunday, August 1

  • Jail sentence for Pa. 'vomit' assault   UPI / 4:14PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to intentionally vomiting on a father and his two daughters at a baseball game has been sentenced to jail, officials said.
  • MIT grad denies role in Afghan war leaks   UPI / 11:44AM
    BOSTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A former MIT student confirmed he was in contact with the soldier charged with funneling classified U.S. records from Afghanistan to the WikiLeaks Web site.
  • Saturday, July 31

  • 'Old man bandit' gets 13 years   UPI / 2:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 31 (UPI) -- A 55-year-old bank robber nicknamed "the old man bandit" has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for a string of holdups in South Florida, officials say.
  • Friday, July 30

  • Strip club waitresses file suit   UPI / 5:54PM
    NEW YORK, July 30 (UPI) -- Waitresses at the Sin City strip club in New York claim they had their tips stolen by managers who allegedly groped them and demanded sexual favors.
  • Suit claims rough citizen's arrest   UPI / 4:54PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 30 (UPI) -- A Florida man serving a prison sentence for stealing a bicycle from a car is suing three men he accuses of perpetrating a rough citizen's arrest.
  • Thursday, July 29

  • School board cracks down on cyberbullies   UPI / 6:54PM
    CHICAGO, July 29 (UPI) -- Cyberbullying is now considered as serious an offense as burglary, gang activity and more traditional forms of bullying, the Chicago Board of Education said.
  • Terrorism suspect may face death penalty   UPI / 3:44PM
    NASHVILLE, July 29 (UPI) -- The botched house attack and a subsequent slaying and rampage allegedly by a Nashville man was kept quiet pending an FBI investigation, a local rabbi said.
  • 32 killed in Somalia; al-Shabab gains ally   UPI / 3:44PM
    BOSASO, Somalia, July 29 (UPI) -- At least 13 combatants were killed in an intense insurgent-government battle in the normally stable Puntland region of northern Somalia, authorities said.
  • Specialty pothole-filling equipment stolen   UPI / 2:05PM
    MONTREAL, July 29 (UPI) -- Thieves in Montreal stole a pickup truck and went to the owner's hotel parking lot to steal pothole-filling equipment, the owner said.
  • Wednesday, July 28

  • American hikers: 1 year in Iranian prison   UPI / 7:44PM
    PHILADELPHIA, July 28 (UPI) -- Three American hikers accused by Iran of illegal entry remain in a Tehran prison after a year in legal limbo without formal charges, U.S officials say.
  • Spied-on student files law suit   UPI / 7:34PM
    PHILADELPHIA, July 28 (UPI) -- A student says he is suing a Montgomery County, Pa., school district for privacy invasion arising from images captured by software in school-issued computers.
  • U.S. indictment in Kuwait fatal crash   UPI / 7:14PM
    NEWPORT NEWS, Va., July 28 (UPI) -- A grand jury in Virginia has indicted a former Army contractor on charges of involuntary manslaughter and assault in a fatal crash in Kuwait, documents show.
  • Candidate taped pulling up opposing signs   UPI / 6:44PM
    MILTON, Fla., July 28 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said they were investigating whether a crime was committed when a political candidate was videotaped pulling up his opponent's signs.
  • Pitino testifies at Sypher extortion trial   UPI / 6:14PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., July 28 (UPI) -- University of Louisville basketball Coach Rick Pitino testified Wednesday that he's sure a woman on trial for extortion was trying to blackmail him.
  • FBI: Arrests made in botnet investigation   UPI / 12:34PM
    WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) -- The FBI said Wednesday an international investigation of the Mariposa Botnet, a "zombie" network formed by a computer virus, is showing progress.
  • NYC settles bridegroom killing suit   UPI / 1:05AM
    NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) -- New York City will pay more than $7 million to settle a suit over the police shooting of a black man on the day he was to be married, a lawyer in the case said.
  • Tuesday, July 27

  • Ex-MLB player Mitchell jailed for battery   UPI / 7:44PM
    BONITA, Calif., July 27 (UPI) -- Former San Francisco Giants third baseman Kevin Mitchell is being investigated on a misdemeanor battery complaint, California authorities say.
  • Fake cancer victim gets fine, prison   UPI / 2:05PM
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., July 27 (UPI) -- A Tennessee city worker who faked having cancer and bilked Chattanooga out of $79,000 was sentenced to 42 months in prison, court records showed.
  • Killer of John Lennon makes parole bid   UPI / 1:24PM
    NEW YORK, July 27 (UPI) -- The killer of former Beatle John Lennon will be considered for parole next month, 30 years after he shot and killed the famous musician, authorities said.
  • Moonshine kills 17 in Kenya   UPI / 10:34AM
    NAIROBI, Kenya, July 27 (UPI) -- Kenya's Alcoholic Beverages Association Tuesday called for government action to halt the trade in homemade liquor following the death of 17 people.
  • Cavs trade West, Telfair to Minnesota   UPI / 1:24AM
    CLEVELAND, July 27 (UPI) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers traded guards Delonte West and Sebastian Telfair to the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday, the teams said.
  • Monday, July 26

  • Problem gambler sues casino   UPI / 8:44PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 26 (UPI) -- A gambler who signed a voluntary agreement to keep him from gambling is suing the British Columbia Lottery Corp. because he wagered and won, records show.
  • Panel urges return to long-form census   UPI / 8:44PM
    OTTOWA, Ontario, July 26 (UPI) -- A Canadian government advisory group is urging a return to the long-form census but recommends removing the threat of jail time for not completing it.
  • Drexel players surrender on robbery charge   UPI / 6:24PM
    PHILADELPHIA, July 26 (UPI) -- Two Drexel University basketball players have surrendered to face charges of armed robbery of a female student, police said Monday.
  • Marine impersonator in custody   UPI / 4:34PM
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 26 (UPI) -- An Arizona man convicted in absentia of fraud and forgery after his past as a U.S. Marine was revealed as a fabrication was taken into custody in California.
  • Copter firm employee gets prison for fraud   UPI / 2:05PM
    FORT WORTH, Texas, July 26 (UPI) -- A Texas woman who prosecutors suspect may have been following the orders of her boss was sentenced to prison for defrauding the U.S. government.
  • Mass. judge hears student-slaying motion   UPI / 2:05PM
    SUDBURY, Mass., July 26 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts judge said Monday she would consider a request to reduce the conviction of a former high school student who stabbed a classmate to death.
  • Sunday, July 25

  • Detroit worries about television 'image'   UPI / 5:04PM
    DETROIT, July 25 (UPI) -- Officials in Detroit say they worry that television police shows using the city as a backdrop may lead to negative perceptions about Detroit and its residents.
  • Saturday, July 24

  • 'Bling ring' convict released early   UPI / 2:04PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 24 (UPI) -- Alexis Neiers, the 19-year-old star of reality TV show "Pretty Wild," was released from jail after serving less than 30 days of her 6-month term for burglary.
  • Friday, July 23

  • Media mogul free but can't go home   UPI / 7:34PM
    CHICAGO, July 23 (UPI) -- A judge ruled Friday ex-media mogul Conrad Black, freed on bond from prison, may not return to Canada until the court gets more information about his finances.
  • Report: Child-porn users found at Pentagon   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) -- Investigators said they found dozens of Pentagon employees, contractors and military personnel who accessed child pornography on their government computers.
  • Dell settles SEC charges for $111 million   UPI / 12:44PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, July 23 (UPI) -- Dell Inc. settled a five-year battle over security fraud charges with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission for more than $100 million.
  • Thursday, July 22

  • Smart phone, really dumb thief   UPI / 10:04PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, July 22 (UPI) -- Police in San Francisco said a mugger was arrested after stealing an iPhone while it was being used to demonstrate new GPS tracking software.
  • Alaska man charged with ramming whales   UPI / 2:14PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 22 (UPI) -- An Alaskan man has been charged with intentionally ramming his jet boat into breaching humpback whales in the state's southeast waters, authorities said.
  • Palestinian shot infiltrating settlement   UPI / 9:34AM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank, July 22 (UPI) -- One Palestinian died when Israeli military forces fired on a group of Palestinians trying to infiltrate a West Bank settlement, officials said.
  • Wednesday, July 21

  • Wife of Pirates outfielder pleads guilty   UPI / 8:24PM
    TAMPA, Fla., July 21 (UPI) -- The wife of Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing a baby in Florida and trying to pass it off as her own.
  • 2 men charged with selling Armstrong form   UPI / 6:54PM
    BOSTON, July 21 (UPI) -- Two men were charged Tuesday, the 41st anniversary of the moon landing, with trying to sell a U.S. government document signed by Neil Armstrong, officials say.
  • Predators buy jailed former owner's shares   UPI / 5:54PM
    NASHVILLE, July 21 (UPI) -- The Nashville Predators' majority owners said Wednesday they have bought the shares of convicted fraud artist William "Boots" Del Biaggio.
  • Conrad Black released on $2M bail   UPI / 4:44PM
    CHICAGO, July 21 (UPI) -- Former media mogul Conrad Black was released from a Florida prison on a $2 million unsecured bond while he appeals his fraud conviction.
  • Tuesday, July 20

  • Lohan may spend only two weeks in jail   UPI / 11:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 20 (UPI) -- Lindsay Lohan Tuesday began serving her 90-day jail sentence for skipping an alcohol education class following a court appearance in Beverly Hills, Calif.
  • Former QB Russell pleads not guilty   UPI / 6:34PM
    MOBILE, Ala., July 20 (UPI) -- Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell pleaded not guilty in an Alabama court Tuesday to a charge of possessing a controlled substance.
  • Posted images could put some at risk   UPI / 5:54PM
    BERKELEY, Calif., July 20 (UPI) -- Photos and videos uploaded to Web sites may be revealing more information than their posters intended, experts say, leading to real-world vulnerabilities.
  • Rattlesnake hunter plans guilty plea   UPI / 3:24PM
    MALTA, Idaho, July 20 (UPI) -- An Idaho man who allegedly captured and possessed 27 rattlesnakes illegally said he is planning to plead guilty as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
  • Mom's hot-car infant death trial begins   UPI / 2:54PM
    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn., July 20 (UPI) -- The trial of a Tennessee mother charged with murder for leaving her infant in a hot car while she went bar-hopping began Tuesday, court records indicated.
  • Thieves take woman's cremains from car   UPI / 2:24PM
    DES MOINES, Iowa, July 20 (UPI) -- A Virginia man's car was broken into in Iowa, and thieves took his late wife's cremated remains among other items pertaining to her death, the victim said.
  • Dolphins' Merling faces formal charges   UPI / 11:35AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 20 (UPI) -- Formal felony battery charges have been filed against the Miami Dolphins' Phillip Merling for allegedly hitting his pregnant girlfriend, prosecutors say.
  • Singapore releases British author   UPI / 8:05AM
    SINGAPORE, July 20 (UPI) -- British author Alan Shadrake has been released on $7,000 bail after being charged with defamation by the government of Singapore, authorities there say.
  • Monday, July 19

  • Human rights group wants author released   UPI / 7:54PM
    SINGAPORE, July 19 (UPI) -- The British author of a book critical of Singapore's death penalty who was arrested by Singapore authorities must be released, a human rights group says.
  • Extremists suspected in journalist's death   UPI / 7:14PM
    ATHENS, Greece, July 19 (UPI) -- Police in Greece said they suspect leftist extremists in the death of a Greek journalist gunned down by masked men outside his apartment near Athens.
  • Pitt DE Sheard suspended after arrest   UPI / 7:14PM
    PITTSBURGH, July 19 (UPI) -- Pitt defensive end Jabaal Sheard was suspended after an arrest for allegedly throwing a man through a glass door, school officials said Monday.
  • Canadian captain acquitted in war killing   UPI / 5:24PM
    GATINEAU, Quebec, July 19 (UPI) -- A Canadian army captain was found guilty of disgraceful conduct Monday but cleared of second-degree murder for killing a wounded Afghan fighter.
  • Buffalo 'HIV Predator' to remain in prison   UPI / 1:14PM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., July 19 (UPI) -- A New York judge Monday ruled that the so-called "HIV Predator" could remain locked up even though his prison sentence has been served in full.
  • Sunday, July 18

  • Fugitve porn star nabbed in Chatanooga   UPI / 10:54AM
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., July 18 (UPI) -- A fugitive adult movie actor wanted for murder in Florida was in custody in Tennessee Sunday, sheriff's deputies announced.
  • Saturday, July 17

  • Scientists examine exhumed Bolivar remains   UPI / 10:34PM
    CARACAS, Venezuela, July 17 (UPI) -- Forensic scientists Saturday examined the remains of Latin American liberator Simon Bolivar, exhumed on orders of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
  • Dell proposes settlement to SEC   UPI / 11:05AM
    ROUND ROCK, Texas, July 17 (UPI) -- Dell Inc. said it has proposed a settlement with U.S. regulators over the computer maker's accounting for deals with chip giant Intel Corp.
  • Friday, July 16

  • Toronto site of Medical Marijuana Expo   UPI / 7:14PM
    TORONTO, July 16 (UPI) -- Organizers of Toronto's International Medical Marijuana Expo say they want to attract people tired of taking pharmaceutical drugs with adverse side-effects.
  • Rwanda: Arrest in killing of politician   UPI / 6:54PM
    KIGALI, Rwanda, July 16 (UPI) -- Rwandan police have arrested a man in connection with the killing of a presidential opposition party politician, authorities said.
  • Iowa group starts fund for Ariz. sheriffs   UPI / 6:05PM
    DES MOINES, Iowa, July 16 (UPI) -- A non-profit in Iowa has started a Web site to raise money for a legal defense fund for two Arizona sheriffs named in a suit over that state's immigration law.
  • Thursday, July 15

  • Israeli soldier, officer convicted   UPI / 11:34PM
    JERUSALEM, July 15 (UPI) -- An Israeli soldier and his commanding officer were convicted Thursday in the firing of a rubber bullet at the feet of a blindfolded Palestinian prisoner.
  • Firebomb attack brings prison sentences   UPI / 8:44PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, July 15 (UPI) -- Two brothers who firebombed the home of a Swedish cartoonist who drew the Prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog were sentenced to prison Thursday.
  • Former Clinton moneyman gets 12 years   UPI / 5:24PM
    NEW YORK, July 15 (UPI) -- The former finance chair of Hillary Clinton's U.S. presidential campaign received a 12-year sentence Thursday for a $300 million financial fraud.
  • Porky Pig attackers fired   UPI / 5:14PM
    GURNEE, Ill., July 15 (UPI) -- Two Illinois men were fired from their theme park jobs for allegedly slapping a female co-worker dressed as Porky Pig multiple times, officials said.
  • Blagojevich jurors may hear a dozen tapes   UPI / 4:24PM
    CHICAGO, July 15 (UPI) -- The judge hearing former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption case in Chicago rejected most of the tapes the defense seeks to admit into evidence.
  • Football team members accused of hazing   UPI / 4:24PM
    SENECA, Mo., July 15 (UPI) -- Members of the Seneca, Mo., High School football team were charged with 39 counts of aggravated battery stemming from a hazing incident in June, officials said.
  • Wednesday, July 14

  • New Nebraska abortion law blocked   UPI / 6:14PM
    LINCOLN, Neb., July 14 (UPI) -- A federal judge blocked the state of Nebraska Wednesday from making doctors perform extensive screening of women before allowing them abortions, officials say.
  • Tea Party funds, covers Hitler billboard   UPI / 6:14PM
    MASON CITY, Iowa, July 14 (UPI) -- A billboard paid for by the North Iowa Tea Party comparing President Obama to Adolph Hitler and Vladimir Lenin was covered up Wednesday, observers say.
  • U.S. transfers detainees to Iraqis   UPI / 6:05PM
    BAGHDAD, July 14 (UPI) -- This week 29 officials from Saddam Hussein's former regime have been transferred by the U.S. military to the Iraqi government, authorities say.
  • Embezzler of $6.3M given 5-year sentence   UPI / 1:54PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, July 14 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Minneapolis Wednesday ordered Haas TCM chemical company embezzler Chad Jurgens to return $6.3 million and serve five years in prison.
  • 2 admit they killed eagles, sold parts   UPI / 12:05AM
    YAKIMA, Wash., July 13 (UPI) -- Two Washington state men pleaded guilty to killing bald and golden eagles and selling their parts in violation of federal law, U.S. prosecutors said.
  • Tuesday, July 13

  • N.C. man, 27, faces cyberbullying charge   UPI / 9:14PM
    MATTHEWS, N.C., July 13 (UPI) -- A 27-year-old man allegedly assumed the online identity of a 17-year-old co-worker and sent humiliating e-mails to her friends, police in North Carolina say.
  • HIV assault case goes to trial in Dallas   UPI / 6:24PM
    DALLAS, July 13 (UPI) -- A trial started in Dallas Tuesday for an HIV-infected man accused of assaulting a woman with a deadly weapon by having unprotected sex with her.
  • Microsoft issues critical security updates   UPI / 6:05PM
    REDMOND, Wash., July 13 (UPI) -- U.S. software giant Microsoft issued four security updates Tuesday to patch five Windows and Office vulnerabilities it rated "critical."
  • L. Taylor pleads not guilty to rape charge   UPI / 3:14PM
    NEW YORK, July 13 (UPI) -- Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor pleaded not guilty in New York Tuesday to charges he raped a 16-year-old girl at a hotel.
  • Monday, July 12

  • Rangers bankruptcy negotiator threatened   UPI / 10:24PM
    FORT WORTH, Texas, July 12 (UPI) -- The negotiator appointed to help lift the Texas Rangers out of bankruptcy has received phone threats, a judge said Monday.
  • Canadian general charged in alleged affair   UPI / 9:44PM
    OTTAWA, July 12 (UPI) -- A Canadian general and an enlisted woman have been charged for their alleged affair, military officials said Monday.
  • Jails are top mental health institutions   UPI / 8:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 12 (UPI) -- New York's Riker's Island, Chicago's Cook County Jail and the Los Angeles County Jail are the largest mental health institutions in the nation, a study found.
  • 'Borderline retarded' man to be executed   UPI / 7:05PM
    CINCINNATI, July 12 (UPI) -- The Ohio Supreme Court declined to intercede Monday in the impending execution of a "borderline retarded" man.
  • Accused killer held on $1.6 million bail   UPI / 6:14PM
    TROY, Ohio, July 12 (UPI) -- Bail has been set at $1.6 million for an Ohio man accused of fatally shooting his stepson and abducting his biological son, court documents say.
  • Sunday, July 11

  • Immigration law could bring 2nd U.S. suit   UPI / 11:24PM
    WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday the U.S. government could file a second lawsuit against Arizona if its immigration law leads to racial profiling.
  • Vick misses events after travel restricted   UPI / 8:14PM
    PHILADELPHIA, July 11 (UPI) -- Michael Vick is being prevented from traveling by his probation officer, a spokesman for the quarterback said Sunday.
  • Lohan seeks help from Chicago attorney   UPI / 7:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 11 (UPI) -- Troubled U.S. actress Lindsay Lohan has contacted a Chicago criminal defense attorney to help her handle her latest legal predicaments.
  • Saturday, July 10

  • U.S.: Anti-terror program leads to arrests   UPI / 12:24AM
    BRUSSELS, July 10 (UPI) -- A U.S. anti-terrorism program tracking bank transactions helped nab three al-Qaida suspects charged in a planned Norway attack, the Obama administration said.
  • Friday, July 9

  • Italy journalists strike against 'gag law'   UPI / 9:44PM
    MILAN, Italy, July 9 (UPI) -- Many journalists in Italy went on strike Friday to protest government plans to restrict reporting of information gained from police wiretaps.
  • Detroit ex-first lady mulls re-filing suit   UPI / 8:04PM
    DETROIT, July 9 (UPI) -- Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's wife mulled re-filing a lawsuit to keep her assets from seizure after a Texas judge said he lacked jurisdiction in the case
  • Tape: Blago cursed voters as ingrates   UPI / 5:24PM
    CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich cursed bitterly that voters weren't grateful for all he did for the state, a tape played at his corruption trial indicated.
  • Kyrgyzstan opens 1,400 ethnic riot cases   UPI / 3:24PM
    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, July 9 (UPI) -- Kyrgyzstan has opened nearly 1,400 criminal cases following ethnic rioting that killed 309 people and injured some 2,300, the regional commandant said Friday.
  • N.Y. mob boss Franzese Sr. gets 20 years   UPI / 12:24AM
    NEW YORK, July 9 (UPI) -- Reputed New York Mafia leader John "Sonny" Franzese Sr. could go to prison for 20 years following his conviction for shaking down strip clubs, officials said.
  • Thursday, July 8

  • Netanyahu bodyguards' guns missing in NYC   UPI / 9:04PM
    NEW YORK, July 8 (UPI) -- Four high-powered semiautomatic guns are missing from a suitcase belonging to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security team, U.S. officials said.
  • Life, no parole for attack on Javon Walker   UPI / 8:14PM
    LAS VEGAS, July 8 (UPI) -- A man convicted of multiple felonies, including kidnapping and robbery, in an attack on NFL star Javon Walker, was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
  • 2 ex-Kansas workers charged in ticket scam   UPI / 6:44PM
    TOPEKA, Kan., July 8 (UPI) -- Two former University of Kansas Athletic Department officials were charged with ticket skimming in a $1 million sports ticket scandal, authorities said.
  • Cyber shield would protect U.S. computers   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- A new U.S. government program is designed to detect cyberattacks on crucial agencies in the private and public sectors, sources tell The Wall Street Journal.
  • Murder rap in 'ThunderCats' writer's death   UPI / 4:24PM
    ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla., July 8 (UPI) -- The roommate of "ThunderCats" cartoon series writer Stephen Perry was charged with first-degree murder in Perry's death, Florida police said.
  • Rush U. center, doctors named in lawsuit   UPI / 3:35PM
    CHICAGO, July 8 (UPI) -- Doctors at a Chicago teaching hospital's orthopedic unit routinely had residents perform surgeries, violating U.S. Medicare billing rules, a lawsuit alleges.
  • Wednesday, July 7

  • Army major guilty of smuggling cash   UPI / 9:05PM
    MEMPHIS, July 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Maj. Charles E. Sublett pleaded guilty in Memphis Wednesday to federal charges arising from the smuggling of cash out of Iraq, authorities said.
  • Death sentences for two linked to al-Qaida   UPI / 9:54AM
    SANAA, Yemen, July 7 (UPI) -- A Yemeni court sentenced two men to death Wednesday for being affiliates of al-Qaida and forming a gang that killed soldiers and civilians, prosecutors said.
  • Mercy killing court-martial winding down   UPI / 9:34AM
    GATINEAU, Quebec, July 7 (UPI) -- Defense attorneys said they were confident a Canadian army captain would be acquitted of murder in the mercy killing of an Afghan rebel in 2008.
  • Tuesday, July 6

  • New leak charges against U.S. soldier   UPI / 9:24PM
    WASHINGTON, July 6 (UPI) -- A U.S. soldier in Iraq, charged in May with leaking a video to Wikileaks of an attack that killed 12 people, faces additional charges, officials said Tuesday.
  • Long Beach, Calif., considers pot tax   UPI / 8:34PM
    LONG BEACH, Calif., July 6 (UPI) -- Lawmakers in Long Beach, Calif., say they're weighing a measure that would allow voters to decide whether to levy a 5 percent tax on medical marijuana.
  • Jailed consultant wants to visit his mom   UPI / 12:24PM
    DETROIT, July 6 (UPI) -- A Michigan political consultant awaiting sentencing for bribery and extortion wants permission to visit his elderly mother on her deathbed, his attorney says.
  • Accused con man says he's royalty   UPI / 10:54AM
    NEW YORK, July 6 (UPI) -- Officials in Belgium say they have no comment on the claims of a former financier that he's related to Belgian royalty.
  • Monday, July 5

  • Swiss say decision on Polanski coming soon   UPI / 10:14AM
    LOS ANGELES, July 5 (UPI) -- Swiss justice officials say a decision will be coming soon on whether director Roman Polanski will be sent back to the United States.
  • Sunday, July 4

  • Luxury homebuilder convicted in $18M scam   UPI / 8:24PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 4 (UPI) -- A 46-year-old luxury home builder in Ohio could spend the rest of his life in prison after his conviction in an $18 million loan scheme.
  • Suicide bombings kill 4, injure 25 in Iraq   UPI / 6:44PM
    RAMADI, Iraq, July 4 (UPI) -- Two terrorist blasts killed at least four people and injured 25 others in Iraq Sunday as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged the formation of a new government.
  • Navy targets sex assaults after cases jump   UPI / 4:05PM
    SAN DIEGO, July 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy wants commanders to "feel very uncomfortable" about sexual assaults, happening at a rate of more than one a day, military officials said.
  • Bail for man charged with beating musician   UPI / 2:54PM
    CHICAGO, July 4 (UPI) -- Bail was set at $125,000 for a man charged with beating a Chicago rock musician when the musician tried to stop him from choking his own wife, prosecutors said.
  • 4 sentenced in 2007 Paris suburb riots   UPI / 1:24PM
    PONTOISE, France, July 4 (UPI) -- Four young men were sentenced Sunday to three to 15 years in prison for attempted murder of police officers during 2007 riots in an impoverished Paris suburb.
  • Industrial spying rises in S. Korea   UPI / 10:44AM
    SEOUL, July 4 (UPI) -- South Korean industrial spying cases have risen consistently, largely in the electronics industry, a center tied to the chief national intelligence agency said.
  • Saturday, July 3

  • Gambler seeks to settle $14.7M in debts   UPI / 5:14PM
    LAS VEGAS, July 3 (UPI) -- Prosecutors say they gave a high roller with $14.7 million in debts to Las Vegas casinos more time to work out a settlement with the casinos.
  • Friday, July 2

  • 'Spy' childrens' future unclear   UPI / 9:14PM
    WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- The children of Russian couples jailed on U.S. spying charges face uncertainty about where they'll live and who their family actually is, officials say.
  • Teacher leashes middle school child   UPI / 6:44PM
    PORT ORANGE, Fla., July 2 (UPI) -- A south Florida middle school teacher was fined for allegedly having a student lead a classmate around on a leash, authorities say.
  • Thursday, July 1

  • Olympic swimmer Thompson assaulted   UPI / 3:34PM
    BROOKLINE, Mass., July 1 (UPI) -- Former Olympic swimming champion Jenny Thompson says she was assaulted in Brookline, Mass., by two men trying to steal her scooter.
  • Nine bootleg movie Web sites closed down   UPI / 11:44AM
    LOS ANGELES, July 1 (UPI) -- Federal authorities in the United States, cracking down on film piracy, said they forced nine bootleg movie Web sites off the Internet.
  • Wednesday, June 30

  • Judge struggles to jail child's killer mom   UPI / 11:05PM
    CALGARY, Alberta, June 30 (UPI) -- A mother convicted of strangling her teenage daughter should not be incarcerated, her attorney told a judge in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday.
  • Sources: Woods queried in Galea probe   UPI / 8:44PM
    NEW YORK, June 30 (UPI) -- Authorities probing a doctor accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs have interviewed U.S. golfer Tiger Woods, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
  • Video shows Michael Vick before shooting   UPI / 7:14PM
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., June 30 (UPI) -- Video from a Virginia restaurant hosting a party for quarterback Michael Vick contradicts his lawyer's account of a subsequent shooting incident, officials say.
  • Tuesday, June 29

  • Prosecutors oppose Adenhart venue change   UPI / 8:24PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., June 29 (UPI) -- Prosecutors say the murder trial of a man accused of killing Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart in a car crash should not be moved from Orange County.
  • Gubernatorial candidate killed in Mexico   UPI / 11:34AM
    CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico, June 29 (UPI) -- The leading candidate for governor in the violence-torn Mexican state of Tamaulipas was ambushed and killed, officials said.
  • Movie inspires bank robber   UPI / 8:44AM
    LONDON, June 29 (UPI) -- Police in Britain say a three-hour bank siege near Heathrow Airport bore similarities to Spike Lee's 2006 crime thriller Inside Man.
  • S. Korea could accept G8-like statement   UPI / 8:04AM
    SEOUL, June 29 (UPI) -- A U.N. Security Council statement similar to one from Group of Eight leaders on the sinking of its ship could be acceptable to South Korea, Yonhap news said.
  • Monday, June 28

  • Cellphones lead to 'Google mistrials'   UPI / 10:04PM
    WOODBRIDGE, N.J., June 28 (UPI) -- Jurors' cellphones are the latest challenge for U.S. judges trying to keep jurors from discussing a case with others outside the courtroom, legal experts say.
  • Vick cooperating in Va. shooting probe   UPI / 9:24PM
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., June 28 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is cooperating with police investigating a shooting at his birthday party last week, his attorney said Monday.
  • Calif. NAACP backs legal pot measure   UPI / 9:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 28 (UPI) -- NAACP leaders in California said Monday they support a state referendum on the November ballot to legalize marijuana.
  • High court decides in favor of gun rights   UPI / 11:54AM
    WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday that state and municipal laws banning handguns for self-protection in the home are unconstitutional.
  • Sunday, June 27

  • Reds' Phillips booked for reckless driving   UPI / 1:54PM
    CINCINNATI, June 27 (UPI) -- Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was jailed and charged with reckless driving Friday night, police said.
  • Friday, June 25

  • German court decides right-to-die case   UPI / 11:05PM
    KARLSRUHE, Germany, June 25 (UPI) -- Germany's highest court ruled Friday it's legal to cut off life support to a dying person who has given consent.
  • Thursday, June 24

  • Cyclist raising money for cancer is killed   UPI / 11:44PM
    ALBUQUERQUE, June 24 (UPI) -- John Anczarski, a 19-year-old cycling across the United States to raise money for breast cancer, died after being struck by a car, hospital officials said.
  • Pitino jurors asked to reveal views on sex   UPI / 9:24PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 24 (UPI) -- Potential jurors in the case of a woman accused of trying to extort money from Louisville Coach Rick Pitino were asked about premarital sex and Cardinal games.
  • Ex-Michigan cornerback faces 45 years   UPI / 8:24PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 24 (UPI) -- A 22-year-old former University of Michigan football player faces as much as 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to four robbery charges, authorities said.
  • Court slams prosecution against Olmert   UPI / 5:44PM
    JERUSALEM, June 24 (UPI) -- A Jerusalem court Thursday slammed the prosecution for alleged witness coaching in a corruption case against former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
  • Probe of massacre witness killing sought   UPI / 5:34PM
    MANILA, Philippines, June 24 (UPI) -- A key witness to the massacre of at least 58 people in the southern Philippines was killed while awaiting government protection, Human Rights Watch said.
  • Koss takes auditor and executive to court   UPI / 3:54PM
    MILWAUKEE, June 24 (UPI) -- U.S. electronics firm Koss Corp. said it would issue new financial statements by June 30 as it took its former auditor and vice president of finance to court.
  • Man charged with $33,000 tie theft scam   UPI / 1:54PM
    EVERETT, Wash., June 24 (UPI) -- Washington state authorities said a man who claimed car thieves stole his $33,000 silk necktie collection has been charged with insurance fraud.
  • Van der Sloot's mom says son lied as child   UPI / 11:05AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, June 24 (UPI) -- Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch man accused of killing one woman and a suspect in the disappearance of another, was a liar as a child, his mother says.
  • Wednesday, June 23

  • Rubella may have shifted abortion views   UPI / 10:24PM
    URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, Ill., June 23 (UPI) -- Ten years before 1973's Roe vs. Wade decision, German measles played a major part in shifting public attitudes toward abortion laws, a new book contends.
  • Radio ads stolen, Mich. campaign aide says   UPI / 9:44PM
    DETROIT, June 23 (UPI) -- A campaign spokesman for Michigan gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox says he is certain four commercials posted on an anti-Cox Web site were stolen.
  • Killer may have slain more than admitted   UPI / 9:14PM
    SEATTLE, June 23 (UPI) -- An Oregon detective says he thinks the convicted Green River killer is responsible for more deaths than he admitted to and could face the death penalty.
  • Eight tons of sludge at Pensacola beaches   UPI / 8:44PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., June 23 (UPI) -- Busloads of workers tried to clean up a 3-mile-long trail of tons of oil spill waste collected off of Perdido Key, Fla., officials said.
  • Hamas disallows mail, Red Cross visits   UPI / 7:54PM
    JERUSALEM, June 23 (UPI) -- Hamas says it will not allow the Red Cross to visit or allow any mail to or from captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit because of security concerns.
  • Sex session ends in bloodshed   UPI / 7:44PM
    LONDON, June 23 (UPI) -- A married lawyer, his lover and a drug-fueled sadomasochistic sex session ended in bloodshed at a posh London hotel, court documents show.
  • Mets' Santana acknowledges rape allegation   UPI / 6:54PM
    NEW YORK, June 23 (UPI) -- New York Mets star pitcher Johan Santana acknowledged Wednesday he was accused of raping a woman last year at a Florida golf course.
  • Northrop Grumman agrees to $12.5M fine   UPI / 5:54PM
    WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Justice said Northrop Grumman had agreed to pay $12.5 million to settle charges it made false claims concerning electronic components.
  • Football's Lawrence Taylor in sex charges   UPI / 3:34PM
    NEW YORK, June 23 (UPI) -- Former New York Giants football player Lawrence Taylor has been indicted on charges of rape, criminal sexual acts and sexual abuse, legal documents show.
  • Tuesday, June 22

  • Paralyzed man allegedly stalked online   UPI / 10:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 22 (UPI) -- A California paraplegic used his computer skills to get video of girls and women in sex acts and blackmail them into sending him more, the FBI said Tuesday.
  • Chicago teacher accused of nude photos   UPI / 5:24PM
    CHICAGO, June 22 (UPI) -- A Chicago teacher is facing felony charges for allegedly using his cellphone to take videos of undressed males in an amusement park locker room, police say.
  • Author: No simple answers for Abu Ghraib   UPI / 10:24AM
    DETROIT, June 22 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army attorney says the abuse of inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq was not merely the aberrant behavior of a few misfits.
  • Monday, June 21

  • 500,000 line LA streets for Lakers parade   UPI / 8:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 21 (UPI) -- A mostly orderly crowd estimated at between 500,000 and 2 million lined the streets of downtown Los Angeles Monday to celebrate the Lakers' NBA Finals victory.
  • Doctor with HIV jailed for sex with 2 men   UPI / 7:05PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, June 21 (UPI) -- A male doctor was jailed in Stockholm, Sweden, for having unprotected sex with two other men despite knowing he was HIV positive, court documents show.
  • Vacuum salesmen face charge over mattress   UPI / 3:34PM
    NEW YORK, June 21 (UPI) -- New York State Police said a pair of vacuum salesmen are facing a criminal charge for allegedly damaging a homeowner's mattress during a demonstration.
  • Sunday, June 20

  • OSU football recruit shot; girl found dead   UPI / 2:24PM
    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, June 20 (UPI) -- A troubled Ohio State football recruit was injured and a 17-year-old girl killed in a weekend shooting in Youngstown, Ohio, police said Sunday.
  • Actor Nicholas Brendon gets probation   UPI / 12:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 20 (UPI) -- Actor Nicholas Brendon has pleaded no contest to charges in a scuffle with police and was given probation, Los Angeles prosecutors said.
  • Saturday, June 19

  • Alcohol content of Lohan's tea downplayed   UPI / 12:14PM
    HOLLYWOOD, June 19 (UPI) -- The creator of a special tea favored by U.S. actress Lindsay Lohan says he doubts it has enough alcohol to set off her court-ordered booze-detecting bracelet.
  • Friday, June 18

  • Microsoft launches cybercrime center   UPI / 10:24PM
    WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- Microsoft Corp. has announced a business coalition, the Internet Fraud Alert group, aimed at combating computer crime.
  • Hurricane glass foils would-be robbery   UPI / 7:34PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 18 (UPI) -- Two alleged would-be bank robbers in Florida were foiled when the bricks they threw didn't bust the bank's glass windows and door, police say.
  • Army shooting death investigated in Ga.   UPI / 1:44PM
    FORT GILLEM, Ga., June 18 (UPI) -- An Army reservist at Fort Gillem in Georgia allegedly shot and killed another reserve soldier, military officials said.
  • Stolen World Cup tickets net 3-year term   UPI / 11:34AM
    PRETORIA, South Africa, June 18 (UPI) -- A Nigerian man drew a three-year prison sentence from a special World Cup court for having 30 stolen event tickets, officials in South Africa said.
  • Arrests, vandalism in LA after Lakers win   UPI / 1:34AM
    LOS ANGELES, June 18 (UPI) -- Celebrations in Los Angeles after the Lakers won the NBA title Thursday resulted in some vandalism and a handful of arrests, Los Angeles police said.
  • Thursday, June 17

  • Palin e-mail hacker sentencing date set   UPI / 11:05PM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., June 17 (UPI) -- A Tennessee man convicted on a charge related to hacking former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's e-mail account will be sentenced in September, court records show.
  • Sitter sentenced for giving wine to infant   UPI / 6:54PM
    CARROLLTON, Ga., June 17 (UPI) -- A babysitter was sentenced to eight years in prison for feeding an infant wine, shooting the baby's alcohol level to four times the legal limit for an adult.
  • Daley mulls options if court OKs handguns   UPI / 5:04PM
    CHICAGO, June 17 (UPI) -- Chicago will ensure that officials can account for handguns if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the city's 28-year-old handgun ban, Mayor Richard Daley said.
  • Gun confiscated from former NFL star   UPI / 3:44PM
    PHILADELPHIA, June 17 (UPI) -- Police in Philadelphia say they confiscated a handgun from a former National Football League player during a minor traffic incident.
  • Mandela at great-granddaughter's funeral   UPI / 3:35PM
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 17 (UPI) -- Nelson Mandela attended the funeral of his 13-year-old great-granddaughter, killed in a car crash after the World Cup's opening concert in South Africa.
  • Call for broad Canada air-safety changes   UPI / 3:35PM
    OTTAWA, June 17 (UPI) -- Canada's air security systems need sweeping changes to be prepared for terrorist attacks, a report by a retired Supreme Court justice said Thursday.
  • Guilty plea in Mass. black church arson   UPI / 1:24PM
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 17 (UPI) -- A 23-year-old white man pleaded guilty to torching a predominantly black church in Massachusetts hours after Barack Obama was elected the U.S. president.
  • Report says U.S. cybersafety lacking   UPI / 10:05AM
    WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. government's ability to fight cyberattacks on non-military computer systems is lacking on several fronts, including adequate personnel, a report said.
  • Wednesday, June 16

  • Drug cartels improve skills against police   UPI / 8:24PM
    MEXICO CITY, June 16 (UPI) -- Mexican drug cartels are becoming more skillful at ambushing and trapping police in commando-style raids, officials say.
  • Canadian court martial moves to Kandahar   UPI / 8:14PM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, June 16 (UPI) -- The court martial of Canadian Capt. Robert Semrau, charged with the battlefield shooting death of an Afghan insurgent, reconvened at Kandahar Airfield.
  • Woman pleads guilty to cancer hoax   UPI / 7:14PM
    TOWSON, Md., June 16 (UPI) -- A Baltimore-area woman was jailed immediately after she admitted she falsely claimed to have terminal cancer to get money.
  • Tuesday, June 15

  • 9/11 plaintiffs: Judge too slow   UPI / 9:14PM
    NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) -- Families of 2001 terror attack victims asked a New York court to replace a judge handling lawsuits targeting financial backers of terrorism, court records show.
  • Not guilty plea in fatal alpaca beating   UPI / 7:35PM
    CINCINNATI, June 15 (UPI) -- Two Ohio teens pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges they beat a baby alpaca to death, court records showed.
  • Guilty plea in 'Gatling gun' purchase   UPI / 5:05PM
    NORFOLK, Va., June 15 (UPI) -- A former museum director has pleaded guilty to conspiring to buy a "Gatling-gun" type of rotary machine gun used on U.S. F-14 fighter jets, authorities say.
  • Alleged sex abusers get non-felony charges   UPI / 4:44PM
    CARMEL, Ind., June 15 (UPI) -- The lawyer for an Indiana boy who allegedly was sexually assaulted said influence was exerted in charging the suspects with misdemeanors rather than felonies.
  • Anti-government leaders to remain in jail   UPI / 10:24AM
    BANGKOK, June 15 (UPI) -- Thailand's Criminal Court refused to grant bail Tuesday to eight leaders of the anti-government Red Shirt movement and three Red Shirt guards, police say.
  • Couple held after trying to enter MacDill   UPI / 7:54AM
    MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., June 15 (UPI) -- A man and a woman were in custody after they tried to gain access to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., and weapons were found in their vehicle, officials said.
  • Monday, June 14

  • Israeli police officer killed in attack   UPI / 8:04AM
    HEBRON, West Bank, June 14 (UPI) -- Palestinians fired on an Israeli police vehicle near Hebron in the West Bank Monday, killing one officer and wounding three others, Israeli officials said.
  • Sunday, June 13

  • Thai arrests for World Cup gambling   UPI / 5:44PM
    BANGKOK, June 13 (UPI) -- Bangkok police say they arrested more than two dozen people suspected of betting on the opening match in the World Cup soccer tournament.
  • Theft of M-16 rifle brings jail term   UPI / 3:34PM
    JERUSALEM, June 13 (UPI) -- An Israeli soldier who stole an M-16 rifle from a military post and then sold it to a civilian for $1,800 will spend 40 months in prison, a court ruled.
  • Saturday, June 12

  • Terms of Sheen sentence up to jail   UPI / 3:24PM
    ASPEN, Colo., June 12 (UPI) -- Sources say a Colorado sheriff is refusing to intervene on behalf of actor Charlie Sheen, who faces jail for a domestic dispute with his wife.
  • Friday, June 11

  • Ex-Taiwan president's sentence reduced   UPI / 7:44AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 11 (UPI) -- A Taiwanese high court Friday reduced the life sentences of former President Chen Shui-bian and his wife -- both convicted of corruption -- to 20 years.
  • Thursday, June 10

  • Police: Aluminum nitrate buy not suspect   UPI / 7:54PM
    TORONTO, June 10 (UPI) -- Toronto police said they were not suspicious after recovering 1.6 tons of ammonium nitrate, even though the fertilizer compound is used in explosives.
  • British police abused counterterror powers   UPI / 5:04PM
    LONDON, June 10 (UPI) -- British and Welsh police abused counterterrorism powers to illegally stop and search thousands of people for eight years, Britain's Home Office said Thursday.
  • Slaying suspect treated for suicide try   UPI / 8:24AM
    LONDON, June 10 (UPI) -- The man British authorities accuse of killing three prostitutes has been treated by prison medical personnel after an apparent suicide attempt, officials said.
  • Wednesday, June 9

  • Google data gathering called 'criminal'   UPI / 10:14PM
    LONDON, June 9 (UPI) -- A British privacy advocacy group says Google should be prosecuted for collecting private WiFi data while gathering visuals for its StreetView service.
  • Ex-Blagojevich aide testifies at trial   UPI / 8:54PM
    CHICAGO, June 9 (UPI) -- Rod Blagojevich's chief of staff from 2003 to 2005 said in court he agreed to testify against his former boss in exchange for a lenient sentence.
  • World Cup journalists robbed   UPI / 5:34PM
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 9 (UPI) -- Three journalists covering the World Cup soccer championship in South Africa were robbed at gunpoint Wednesday, police said.
  • Roethlisberger file to be released   UPI / 10:44AM
    MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga., June 9 (UPI) -- Interviews were to be released Wednesday from the sexual assault investigation against Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, authorities said.
  • Fonseka denies accusations   UPI / 8:24AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 9 (UPI) -- Former Sri Lankan Gen. Sarath Fonseka, now in military detention, denied accusations by the defense secretary that he is a liar and a traitor, the BBC reported.
  • Many killed in attack on NATO convoy   UPI / 6:34AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 9 (UPI) -- Gunmen attacked a convoy of trucks near Islamabad, Pakistan, killing several people and torching supplies destined for NATO forces in Afghanistan, police said.
  • Tuesday, June 8

  • U.K. won't give Chris Brown a visa   UPI / 9:05PM
    LONDON, June 8 (UPI) -- U.S. singer Chris Brown has canceled his upcoming U.K. tour after Britain's Home Office declined to issue him a visa to enter the country, the BBC said.
  • Police crack down on Calabrian mafia   UPI / 7:44PM
    REGGIO CALABRIA, Italy, June 8 (UPI) -- Italian police said Tuesday they arrested 52 members of the Calabrian mafia suspected of skimming money off the construction contract for expanding a motorway.
  • Lawyer: Packers player will be cleared   UPI / 7:44PM
    LAKE DELTON, Wis., June 8 (UPI) -- Green Bay Packers cornerback Brandon Underwood will be cleared of sexual assault allegations, his lawyer predicted Tuesday.
  • Atty. sentenced in Rwanda, denied genocide   UPI / 7:34PM
    KIGALI, Rwanda, June 8 (UPI) -- An American lawyer, charged with denying and trivializing Zimbabwe genocide, was sentenced Monday to 30 days detention, court records showed.
  • Most likely shoplifter: Unpleasant male   UPI / 1:44AM
    LEICESTER, England, June 8 (UPI) -- Shoplifters tend to be anti-social, unreliable, disorganized and usually male, British researchers suggest.
  • Monday, June 7

  • South Africa deports 10 soccer hooligans   UPI / 8:14PM
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 7 (UPI) -- South African authorities deported 10 Argentine soccer hooligans after arresting them at the Johannesburg airport, police reports indicated Monday.
  • U.S. Army analyst detained in leak probe   UPI / 4:24PM
    KUWAIT CITY, June 7 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army specialist is being detained in Kuwait on suspicion of leaking classified information to Wikileaks.org, officials say.
  • Fugitive tycoon explores return to Britain   UPI / 11:44AM
    LONDON, June 7 (UPI) -- Fugitive tycoon Asil Nadir faces trial if he decides to return to England 17 years after the collapse of his business empire, authorities said.
  • Scaring computer owners is big business   UPI / 10:54AM
    NEW YORK, June 7 (UPI) -- U.S. software giant Microsoft said the number of anti-virus protection scams for computers grew in the second half of 2009.
  • Thursday, June 3

  • Sarkozy asked to be honest about arms deal   UPI / 4:14PM
    PARIS, June 3 (UPI) -- Opposition lawmakers called on French President Nicolas Sarkozy Thursday to be honest about suspicions kickbacks from arms deals funded political activities.
  • Wednesday, June 2

  • Guilty pleas entered in bobcat poaching   UPI / 11:54PM
    DENVER, June 2 (UPI) -- A Colorado couple have pleaded guilty to illegally trapping and killing bobcats and selling their furs to buyers in Kansas and Montana, authorities say.
  • Guilty plea in bobcat poaching   UPI / 11:44PM
    DENVER, June 2 (UPI) -- A Colorado couple have pleaded guilty to illegally trapping and killing bobcats and selling their furs to buyers in Kansas and Montana, authorities say.
  • Authorities: Snake bit theft suspect   UPI / 4:24PM
    CLARKSVILLE, Ind., June 2 (UPI) -- Authorities in Indiana say two young men admitted stealing a snake from a nature center after one of them was bitten by a venomous serpent during a return trip.
  • Kilpatrick's new lawyer to ask for bail   UPI / 2:44PM
    DETROIT, June 2 (UPI) -- Kwame Kilpatrick's new lawyer says he will ask a judge to release the former Detroit mayor from prison while he appeals his sentence for probation violation.
  • Rubashkin trial nears end in Iowa   UPI / 1:05PM
    WATERLOO, Iowa, June 2 (UPI) -- A judge says he plans to dismiss 16 of 83 charges against Sholom Rubashkin for allegedly letting minors work in a slaughter house in Postville, Iowa.
  • Tuesday, June 1

  • Roethlisberger back at Steelers practice   UPI / 7:14PM
    PITTSBURGH, June 1 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to the practice field Tuesday for the first time in six weeks, teammates said.
  • Dad sentenced for child's methadone death   UPI / 6:05PM
    CALGARY, Alberta, June 1 (UPI) -- A Canadian father was sentenced Tuesday to 2 1/2 years in prison for the methadone overdose death of his 16-month-old daughter, court records showed.
  • Ex-NASCAR driver accused of attempted rape   UPI / 4:14PM
    LAKE FOREST, Calif., June 1 (UPI) -- A former NASCAR driver was arrested in California and charged with attempted rape shortly after he completed a jail sentence for reckless driving, police said.
  • Kings' Tyreke Evans cited for speeding   UPI / 2:04PM
    SACRAMENTO, June 1 (UPI) -- The NBA's Rookie of the Year, Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings, was cited in California for speeding at more than 100 mph, police said.
  • Woman, 72, charged for pregnancy test   UPI / 12:06PM
    NEW YORK, June 1 (UPI) -- A New York woman, 72, says thieves used her identity to bill Medicare for nearly $50,000 in fraudulent charges, including a pregnancy test and tests for men.
  • Kilpatrick hires new lawyer for appeal   UPI / 10:54AM
    DETROIT, June 1 (UPI) -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has hired a new lawyer to handle his prison appeal, authorities said.
  • Breaks proposed for beheader   UPI / 9:04AM
    WINNIPEG, Manitoba, June 1 (UPI) -- A Canadian man who stabbed, beheaded and dismembered a passenger aboard a Greyhound bus in 2008 is ready for short breaks from his mental ward, a doctor says.
  • Saturday, May 29

  • Lohan wants to decorate monitoring anklet   UPI / 1:04PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 29 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Lindsay Lohan says she wants to decorate the alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet a judge has ordered her to wear.
  • Friday, May 28

  • Sheen has 4 options in abuse case   UPI / 1:54PM
    ASPEN, Colo., May 28 (UPI) -- Lawyers for Charlie Sheen and prosecutors reached agreement on four options for resolving the U.S. actor's domestic violence case, TMZ.com reported Friday.
  • Thursday, May 27

  • Hmong Americans say they were framed   UPI / 7:14PM
    SACRAMENTO, May 27 (UPI) -- Hmong Americans accused of plotting to overthrow the Laotian government seek dismissal of the case in California, court records indicate.
  • U.S. charges fraud in 'scareware' scheme   UPI / 5:44PM
    CHICAGO, May 27 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury in Chicago has indicted three men in an alleged massive bogus software scheme, U.S. officials said.
  • Ohio man gets 12 animal cruelty charges   UPI / 3:44PM
    MARYSVILLE, Ohio, May 27 (UPI) -- An Ohio man accused of brutally beating cattle at a dairy farm said he is a wounded Army veteran and is soon to take exams to become an Ohio police officer.
  • Protests to greet Michael Vick in Florida   UPI / 2:34PM
    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- Animal-rights activists say they will be outside a South Florida nightclub when Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick hosts a party there.
  • Actress pleads no contest to DUI charges   UPI / 2:24PM
    EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 27 (UPI) -- "Three's Company" star Joyce DeWitt pleaded no contest in a drunken driving incident last year in El Segundo, Calif., officials said.
  • Wednesday, May 26

  • USAF top kick could face court-martial   UPI / 6:34PM
    DAYTON, Ohio, May 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force says it has begun hearings in the case of a top enlisted man facing allegations of sexual harassment, adultery and other offenses.
  • Man pleads guilty to vomiting at ballpark   UPI / 2:24PM
    PHILADELPHIA, May 26 (UPI) -- A Cherry Hill, N.J., man has pleaded guilty to intentionally vomiting on a man at a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game, authorities said.
  • Activists: Mexico's immigration laws tough   UPI / 1:05PM
    MEXICO CITY, May 26 (UPI) -- Mexico is blasting Arizona's get-tough immigration law even as it treats illegal immigrants shamefully under a similar law, activists in Mexico say.
  • Tuesday, May 25

  • Judge refuses to move Sypher trial   UPI / 11:34AM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 25 (UPI) -- A judge in Louisville, Ky., has refused to move the trial of a woman accused of trying to extort money from basketball coach Rick Pitino, authorities said.
  • Acrobat accused of spreading HIV   UPI / 10:14AM
    SYDNEY, May 25 (UPI) -- Police in Australia say a circus acrobat accused of spreading HIV has given authorities the names of 12 women with whom he had unprotected sex.
  • Former astronaut to remain on probation   UPI / 9:54AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 25 (UPI) -- A Florida judge says he has denied former astronaut Lisa Nowak's request to end probation early in a battery case against a female military officer.
  • China again calls for restraint   UPI / 2:14AM
    BEIJING, May 25 (UPI) -- China, repeating its earlier plea, urged restraint in dealing with the sinking of South Korea's naval ship which has been blamed on North Korea.
  • Monday, May 24

  • Lee asks N. Korean apology, suspends trade   UPI / 1:05PM
    SEOUL, May 24 (UPI) -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Monday sought an apology from North Korea, accused of sinking a South Korean navy ship, and suspended trade with the North.
  • Resolution hails Ariz. on immigration law   UPI / 1:05PM
    NASHVILLE, May 24 (UPI) -- Tennessee lawmakers may honor Arizona's leaders for enacting a controversial immigration law that has drawn criticism from many quarters.
  • One killed at party promoted on Facebook   UPI / 12:54PM
    NEW YORK, May 24 (UPI) -- A New York man was fatally shot and five other people wounded at a middle-school reunion that drew hundreds after it was promoted on Facebook, police said.
  • Hamas expels spy from Gaza   UPI / 9:14AM
    GAZA, May 24 (UPI) -- An Egyptian spy expelled from Gaza had infiltrated the region to collect information on residents and the Hamas government, Hamas officials said.
  • White House expresses support   UPI / 8:05AM
    WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- The White House said Monday the measures announced by South Korea over the sinking of its navy ship are "entirely appropriate."
  • Sunday, May 23

  • WH: Justice Dept. looking at oil spill   UPI / 3:54PM
    WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday the U.S. Justice Department has been looking at the Gulf of Mexico explosion and oil spill.
  • Saturday, May 22

  • Madonna blasts sentence given gay couple   UPI / 11:24AM
    BLANTYRE, Malawi, May 22 (UPI) -- Pop star Madonna, who has adopted two children from Malawi, calls the 14-year sentence given a gay couple there "a giant step backward."
  • Friday, May 21

  • Marine sentenced for leaking documents   UPI / 11:05AM
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., May 21 (UPI) -- A Marine at Camp Pendleton, Calif., was sentenced for mishandling classified documents on possible terrorist groups in Southern California, the military said.
  • S. Korea's Lee holds emergency meeting   UPI / 6:14AM
    SEOUL, May 21 (UPI) -- South Korea Friday considered its response to the sinking of one of its ships and North Korea, blamed for the attack, amplified its warning against retaliation.
  • China calls for restraint   UPI / 1:24AM
    BEIJING, May 21 (UPI) -- China, reacting to the finding North Korea was responsible for the March 26 sinking of a South Korean ship, called on all parties to use restraint.
  • Thursday, May 20

  • One of 'America's Most Wanted' nabbed   UPI / 10:24PM
    TUCSON, May 20 (UPI) -- A man featured on the national TV program "America's Most Wanted" was arrested in Arizona for a 2007 Tucson murder, officials said.
  • Sports names associated with doping case   UPI / 11:44AM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., May 20 (UPI) -- At least one National Football League superstar has emerged in the U.S. doping case of a Toronto physician charged with smuggling muscle-building drugs.
  • Wednesday, May 19

  • Celtics player's stepdad arrested at game   UPI / 8:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 19 (UPI) -- Orlando, Fla., police used a stun gun to arrest the stepfather of Boston guard Marquis Daniels during Tuesday's Celtics-Magic playoff game, documents show.
  • Ex-Miss Russia arrested in New York   UPI / 4:54PM
    NEW YORK, May 19 (UPI) -- Miss Russia 1998 Anna Malova was charged in New York with criminal possession of narcotics, forgery and criminal impersonation of a physician, officials said.
  • Ex-NASCAR driver jailed for 140 mph chase   UPI / 3:54PM
    SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., May 19 (UPI) -- Former professional race car driver James Neal has pleaded guilty to reckless driving for leading police on a 140 mph chase in California, authorities say.
  • Knicks' Chandler ticketed for pot   UPI / 3:05PM
    NEW YORK, May 19 (UPI) -- The New York Knicks' Wilson Chandler was ticketed for allegedly holding a small amount of pot after being pulled over in a traffic stop, police said Wednesday.
  • Kennedy spouse charged with DUI   UPI / 8:24AM
    BEDFORD, N.Y., May 19 (UPI) -- Police in Bedford, N.Y., say they have charged the wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. with driving while intoxicated.
  • Tuesday, May 18

  • TV cameras blamed for girl's death   UPI / 4:24PM
    DETROIT, May 18 (UPI) -- The attorney for the family of a 7-year-old girl fatally shot by Detroit police has blamed the presence of TV cameras for the shooting.
  • Report: Canada vulnerable to cyber attack   UPI / 4:05PM
    TORONTO, May 18 (UPI) -- Canadian government, college and industry computers are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack, federal authorities said.
  • Monday, May 17

  • Amanda Knox may give TV interview   UPI / 8:14PM
    ROME, May 17 (UPI) -- An American college student convicted in a sex-charged slaying in Italy may tell her side of the story on television, her lawyer says.
  • At least 20 killed in Mogadishu shelling   UPI / 10:44AM
    MOGADISHU, Somalia, May 17 (UPI) -- At least 20 people were killed and the number of casualties was expected to rise in fighting in Mogadishu, authorities in Somalia said.
  • Sunday, May 16

  • Polanski petition circulated in Cannes   UPI / 2:34PM
    CANNES, France, May 16 (UPI) -- Actors, directors and film-goers attending the Cannes Film Festival in France face a dilemma over whether to sign a petition supporting director Roman Polanski.
  • Saturday, May 15

  • 'Commando' chef in slay-for-hire plot   UPI / 1:44PM
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 15 (UPI) -- A former Food Network star allegedly tried to hire homeless people to kill an unidentified target, police in Santa Monica, Calif., police charge.
  • 'Commando' chef in slay-for-hire plot   UPI / 10:14AM
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 15 (UPI) -- A former Food Network star allegedly tried to hire homeless people to kill an unidentified target, Santa Monica (Calif.) police charge.
  • Friday, May 14

  • 7 killed in Bangkok protests   UPI / 3:44PM
    BANGKOK, May 14 (UPI) -- Thai security forces and Red Shirt protesters waged battle in Bangkok Friday with the confrontations leaving at least seven dead and 100 hurt, officials said.
  • More cars vulnerable to computer hackers   UPI / 12:34PM
    SAN DIEGO, May 14 (UPI) -- Increasingly sophisticated cars need to be protected from hackers who could tamper with computerized systems, U.S. scientists said.
  • Wednesday, May 12

  • New York plans beefed up camera system   UPI / 11:24AM
    NEW YORK, May 12 (UPI) -- A surveillance system planned for 30 blocks of New York will be modeled on London's "ring of steel" security camera system, police in Midtown Manhattan said.
  • Professor arrested for weapons in luggage   UPI / 10:34AM
    CAIRO, May 12 (UPI) -- A professor who flew from New York to Cairo was detained after Egyptian officials allegedly found weapons and ammunition in his luggage, authorities said.
  • Man poses as teenage Haitian orphan   UPI / 10:05AM
    ODESSA, Texas, May 12 (UPI) -- A 22-year-old man from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was arrested in Odessa, Texas, after allegedly posing as a high school sophomore, police said.
  • Tuesday, May 11

  • Man uses Cubs player's name to steal truck   UPI / 6:05PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, May 11 (UPI) -- A Nevada man used the identity of a rookie Chicago Cubs baseball player to steal a truck from a car dealership in Utah, authorities said.
  • Monday, May 10

  • Canadian soldier arrested in sex attacks   UPI / 10:24AM
    PEMBROKE, Ontario, May 10 (UPI) -- A Canadian soldier training for deployment to Afghanistan has been charged in four sexual assaults in Ontario, police said.
  • Anwar's sodomy trial resumes   UPI / 9:34AM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 10 (UPI) -- Lawyers for Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, accused of sodomy, cross-examined his accuser Monday as the trial resumed.
  • China mine safety criticized   UPI / 2:24AM
    BEIJING, May 10 (UPI) -- Lax enforcement of safety laws is partly to blame for making China's coal mines the most dangerous in the world, a Chinese safety official said.
  • Saturday, May 8

  • Robbery left Peet 'panicked,' husband says   UPI / 12:34PM
    NEW YORK, May 8 (UPI) -- A thief left pregnant actress Amanda Peet distressed when he broke into her home last year, her husband testified in a New York court.
  • Judge: No 'Celebrity Rehab' for DMX   UPI / 11:54AM
    PHOENIX, May 8 (UPI) -- An Arizona judge has denied hip-hop star DMX's request to leave the state so he can participate in the television reality show, "Celebrity Rehab."
  • Friday, May 7

  • Arenas leaves halfway house   UPI / 2:54PM
    NORTH BETHESDA, Md., May 7 (UPI) -- Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas has completed the part of his gun charge sentence that had him spend 30 days at a halfway house.
  • Thursday, May 6

  • Kilpatrick: Sons told me to stop fighting   UPI / 10:24PM
    DETROIT, May 6 (UPI) -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick says he wanted to keep fighting the fallout from a political-sex scandal, but his twin boys convinced him to stop.
  • Wednesday, May 5

  • Hofstra names Cassara to replace Welsh   UPI / 9:04PM
    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., May 5 (UPI) -- Assistant Hofstra men's basketball Coach Mo Cassara has been named to head the program, replacing Tim Welsh, the school said Wednesday.
  • Police: Fenway Park bomb threat unfounded   UPI / 7:54PM
    BOSTON, May 5 (UPI) -- A bomb threat targeting Fenway Park before Wednesday's Boston Red Sox game was false, authorities say.
  • Ex-NBA player Snyder sent to prison   UPI / 4:04PM
    LEBANON, Ohio, May 5 (UPI) -- Kirk Snyder, who played for four NBA teams, has been sent to prison for three years for a home invasion assault on an Ohio couple.
  • Tuesday, May 4

  • Attorney: Va. student's death 'accident'   UPI / 3:24PM
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., May 4 (UPI) -- The death of a University of Virginia women's lacrosse player was an accident, the lawyer for the men's lacrosse team player charged with the crime said.
  • Trial date set in artifacts theft case   UPI / 3:05PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, May 4 (UPI) -- Five defendants charged with illegal trafficking in American Indian artifacts are to be tried in Salt Lake City in October, a federal judge has ruled.
  • Third SEAL tried in Iraqi abuse case   UPI / 2:54PM
    NORFOLK, Va., May 4 (UPI) -- The last of three U.S. Navy SEALs charged with abusing an Iraqi terror suspect says he's confident he will be exonerated at his trial in Norfolk, Va.
  • Feds test investigative software   UPI / 2:34PM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 4 (UPI) -- Federal agents in Kansas City say they are testing software developed by a private company that can be used to identify Internet sellers of stolen goods.
  • 'Spider-Man' stops comic book theft   UPI / 10:24AM
    ADELAIDE, Australia, May 3 (UPI) -- An Australian comic book store owner said he was dressed as Spider-Man for a promotion when he stopped a thief with the help of two Jedi knights.
  • Monday, May 3

  • New trial sought in Abu Ghraib case   UPI / 8:14PM
    WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army private convicted of being the ringleader in the detainee abuse scandal at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq requested a new trial Monday.
  • Plaxico Burress lost prison privileges   UPI / 1:54PM
    ONEIDA, N.Y., May 3 (UPI) -- Incarcerated former pro football player Plaxico Burress had his recreation privileges yanked for lying to a guard, New York prison disciplinary records reveal.
  • Britain investigates torture allegations   UPI / 11:05AM
    LONDON, May 3 (UPI) -- An investigation of alleged abuse by British soldiers against hundreds of former Iraqi detainees is expected to take two years, officials said.
  • Saturday, May 1

  • Huizenga gets prison for drunken boating   UPI / 4:34PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 1 (UPI) -- The son of former Florida Marlins and Miami Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga has been imprisoned for drunken boating while on probation for drunken driving.
  • Life without parole in Williams killing   UPI / 2:24PM
    DENVER, May 1 (UPI) -- Willie Clark, who still claims he is innocent, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams.
  • Brewer revises Arizona immigration law   UPI / 9:44AM
    PHOENIX, May 1 (UPI) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill revising the state's tough new immigration law to say racial profiling is illegal.
  • Friday, April 30

  • Palin e-mail hacker convicted   UPI / 4:34PM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 30 (UPI) -- A Knoxville, Tenn., jury Friday convicted a University of Tennessee student of hacking into former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's e-mail.
  • Prototype iPnone seller, helper, revealed   UPI / 2:14PM
    CUPERTINO, Calif., April 30 (UPI) -- Two California residents have been identified as the pair responsible for delivering an Apple prototype iPhone to a technology magazine, PC World reported.
  • Thursday, April 29

  • Sources: Canadian officer to plead guilty   UPI / 11:05PM
    BELLEVILLE, Ontario, April 29 (UPI) -- A former Canadian air base commander intends to plead guilty to murder, sexual assault and 82 burglary-related charges, sources close to the investigation say.
  • Gitmo defendant's confession at issue   UPI / 8:05PM
    GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, April 29 (UPI) -- A military judge will decide the admissibility of a Guantanamo Bay defendant's confessions at trial regarding his role in a soldier's death in Afghanistan.
  • Terror suspect wives may collect benefits   UPI / 6:14PM
    LUXEMBOURG, April 29 (UPI) -- The spouses of suspected terrorists are allowed to claim basic benefits, even though the suspects' assets are frozen, a top European court ruled Thursday.
  • Video may show different Taliban flogging   UPI / 5:35PM
    KALA KALAY, Pakistan, April 29 (UPI) -- A video of Pakistan's Taliban flogging a girl may show another flogging but it still awakened a nation that had misjudged the Taliban's reach, activists say.
  • Wednesday, April 28

  • Mercy petitions swamp Obama's desk   UPI / 11:34AM
    WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama hasn't OK'd any pardon or clemency request so far even though he's received more than 2,300, Justice Department records indicate.
  • Tuesday, April 27

  • Ex-Kilpatrick bodyguard's trial begins   UPI / 4:54PM
    DETROIT, April 27 (UPI) -- Jurors hearing a whistle-blower lawsuit filed against the city of Detroit by an ex-mayoral bodyguard were told he was either a victim or an opportunist.
  • Former Steeler charged with domestic abuse   UPI / 1:44PM
    PITTSBURGH, April 27 (UPI) -- Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mike Tomczak has been charged with assaulting his wife at their home in Bell Acres, Pa., police said.
  • Judge weighs gunmaker's role in crime   UPI / 12:54PM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., April 27 (UPI) -- A Buffalo, N.Y., man seriously injured in a drive-by shooting says the handgun's maker, distributor and dealer should be held responsible for the crime.
  • 3 men in Nazi garb beaten outside Pa. club   UPI / 12:34PM
    PHILADELPHIA, April 27 (UPI) -- Three men who showed up in full Nazi regalia at a punk show in a Philadelphia club were attacked afterward outside by approximately 50 people, witnesses said.
  • Japan revises serious crime laws   UPI / 10:54AM
    TOKYO, April 27 (UPI) -- Japan's legislature Tuesday abolished the nation's statute of limitations for murder in a crackdown on crime, authorities said.
  • U.S.-born cleric featured in al-Qaida film   UPI / 10:34AM
    SANAA, Yemen, April 27 (UPI) -- A Muslim cleric born in New Mexico has been featured for the first time in a propaganda video released by al-Qaida operatives in Yemen, authorities said.
  • Horrible prison conditions in Zambia   UPI / 9:44AM
    NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- Malnutrition, overcrowding and grossly inadequate medical care are just some of the problems with which prisoners in Zambia must deal, a report said Tuesday.
  • Jury gets Palin e-mail hacking case   UPI / 9:34AM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 27 (UPI) -- A Knoxville, Tenn., jury is deliberating the case of a former University of Tennessee student accused of hacking into political luminary Sarah Palin's e-mail.
  • Inspector admits faking reports   UPI / 8:24AM
    NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- A safety inspector says he filed asbestos and lead reports for New York City buildings and construction sites that he never inspected.
  • Monday, April 26

  • Randy and Evi Quaid jailed in Calif.   UPI / 8:14PM
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif., April 26 (UPI) -- Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi were jailed Monday in Santa Barbara, Calif., after missing several court hearings in their felony theft case.
  • Lawyer: Gitmo client won't get fair trial   UPI / 2:54PM
    TORONTO, April 26 (UPI) -- Pretrial hearings began Monday for the only Canadian citizen held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on terrorism charges, officials said.
  • Defense seeks delay in Pitino case   UPI / 2:05PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 26 (UPI) -- The attorney for a woman accused of trying to extort money from Louisville basketball Coach Rick Pitino wants her federal trial delayed at least a month.
  • Bones not those of missing girl   UPI / 1:34PM
    SATSUMA, Fla., April 26 (UPI) -- Bones and teeth recovered from a Florida river proved to be animal remains and not those of missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings, authorities said.
  • Sunday, April 25

  • Protesters clash in Jerusalem   UPI / 8:44AM
    JERUSALEM, April 25 (UPI) -- Israeli nationalists clashed with Palestinians and police in Jerusalem Sunday as U.S. envoy George Mitchell met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
  • Saturday, April 24

  • Police: Cinematographer had explosives   UPI / 7:24PM
    LITCHFIELD, Conn., April 24 (UPI) -- Investigators looking into a sexual-assault complaint found explosives in the home of cinematographer Adam J. Kimmel, Connecticut State Police said.
  • Jury awards $18.5M in Scouts abuse case   UPI / 4:24PM
    PORTLAND, Ore., April 24 (UPI) -- An Oregon jury has ordered the Boy Scouts of America to pay $18.5 million to a man who had been sexually abused as a child by a scout leader.
  • Kwame Kilpatrick to face only jail?   UPI / 12:24PM
    DETROIT, April 24 (UPI) -- Probation officials plan to recommend less than a year in jail for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Michigan officials say.
  • Friday, April 23

  • Parent's suicide ups child's suicide risk   UPI / 7:05PM
    BALTIMORE, April 23 (UPI) -- Losing a parent -- from suicide, accident or illness -- increases a child's risk of being hospitalized for depression, U.S. researchers found.
  • Indictment alleges spam extortion attempt   UPI / 11:54AM
    NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- A California man is facing federal charges he demanded up to $3 million from New York Life Insurance Co. or he would unleash a firestorm of spam.
  • Thursday, April 22

  • Thousands protest Arizona immigration bill   UPI / 9:54PM
    PHOENIX, April 22 (UPI) -- Thousands of people protested outside the Arizona Capitol Thursday appealing to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the nation's toughest immigration bill.
  • Wednesday, April 21

  • U.S. Army sgt. accepted illegal gratuities   UPI / 7:05PM
    WASHINGTON, April 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army sergeant pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting more than $1 million in illegal gratuities in 2002 and 2003 while he was deployed in Kuwait.
  • Hoax 'death calls' made to U.S. families   UPI / 6:54PM
    MONTPELIER, Vt., April 21 (UPI) -- Vermont officials say they'll investigate hoax phone calls to families of soldiers serving in Afghanistan telling them a son or daughter was killed or injured.
  • Bones found near missing girl's home   UPI / 1:14PM
    SATSUMA, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- Bones from the St. John's River in Florida may belong to missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings and tests will be conducted to determine that, authorities said.
  • Palin could testify at e-mail trial   UPI / 12:54PM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 21 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin could be the star witness at the trial of a Tennessee legislator's son charged with hacking into her private e-mail.
  • Abuse survivor finishes Florida walk   UPI / 10:54AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- A woman who was sexually abused as a child by her nanny has completed a 500-mile walk across Florida in support of tougher laws to protect children.
  • Tuesday, April 20

  • Steelers expect Roethlisberger ruling   UPI / 6:44PM
    PITTSBURGH, April 20 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers expect an NFL disciplinary ruling on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to come soon, team sources said Tuesday.
  • Google Internet raid began in China   UPI / 8:34AM
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 20 (UPI) -- An instant message sent to a Google employee in China using Microsoft's Messenger program was the start of an Internet raid against Google, an insider says.
  • Monday, April 19

  • Goodell: Roethlisberger violated policy   UPI / 8:14PM
    PITTSBURGH, April 19 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has violated the NFL's personal conduct policy, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday.
  • Saturday, April 17

  • Roethlisberger's 'bodyguard' investigated   UPI / 5:54PM
    PITTSBURGH, April 17 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania State Police officials say they are investigating whether a trooper allegedly acting as a bodyguard to Ben Roethlisberger violated regulations.
  • Friday, April 16

  • Bhutto assassination probe highly critical   UPI / 3:14AM
    NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- A United Nations probe into the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto says Pakistani officials "failed profoundly" to protect her.
  • Thursday, April 15

  • Pentagon adopts Fort Hood recommendations   UPI / 7:54PM
    WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has adopted 26 recommendations made by the panel that examined the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, the Pentagon said.
  • 2 years for forcing his sons to fight   UPI / 7:05PM
    BELFAST, Maine, April 15 (UPI) -- A Maine man was sentenced to two years in prison for forcing his 4- and-6-year-old sons to fight each other while he lay in bed and watched.
  • Deputy sues over spit in burger   UPI / 4:24PM
    VANCOUVER, Wash., April 15 (UPI) -- A sheriff's deputy in Washington state has sued Burger King, saying the chain is responsible for a worker who spit on his Whopper last year.
  • Severely beaten girl awakens from coma   UPI / 4:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 15 (UPI) -- A 15-year-old Florida girl allegedly kicked in the head with steel-toed boots by a male schoolmate has awakened from a medically induced coma, her doctor says.
  • Ex-Bill Nails charged with credit fraud   UPI / 2:54PM
    MIAMI, April 15 (UPI) -- Ex-Buffalo Bills football player Jamie Nails was charged with credit fraud for allegedly stealing the identity of a former teammate's grandmother, police said.
  • Horse deaths anger Canadian judge   UPI / 2:34PM
    WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 15 (UPI) -- A Canadian judge in Manitoba was so perturbed by gruesome photos of horses she saw in an animal cruelty case, she warned she could impose a prison sentence.
  • UBS whistle-blower seeking clemency   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) -- UBS whistle-blower Bradley Birkenfeld chose April 15, Tax Day, to request President Barack Obama grant him clemency, the National Whistleblowers Center said.
  • Iowa prep coach killer gets life in prison   UPI / 12:24PM
    ALLISON, Iowa, April 15 (UPI) -- An Iowa judge sentenced convicted killer Mark Becker to life in prison for the shooting death of a renowned high school football coach in front of his students.
  • Tuesday, April 13

  • Philly man sentenced in fatal accident   UPI / 5:44PM
    PHILADELPHIA, April 13 (UPI) -- A Philadelphia man was sentenced Tuesday to seven to 14 years in prison for running down and killing a visiting St. Louis baseball fan and injuring another.
  • UBS client pleads guilty to tax evasion   UPI / 4:14PM
    WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday that an agreement with UBS bank in Switzerland has netted its eighth guilty plea on tax felony charges.
  • Monday, April 12

  • WaMu 'dumped toxic mortgage assets'   UPI / 10:14PM
    WASHINGTON, April 12 (UPI) -- Washington Mutual executives made subprime home loans they knew were likely to fail and then bundled them into risky instruments, U.S. Senate investigators say.
  • Jets acquire Holmes, NFL suspends him   UPI / 5:14PM
    NEW YORK, April 12 (UPI) -- Troubled wide receiver Santonio Holmes, acquired by the New York Jets Monday, has been suspended for four games without pay, NFL officials said.
  • Sunday, April 11

  • 7 shot near French Quarter in New Orleans   UPI / 12:54PM
    NEW ORLEANS, April 11 (UPI) -- New Orleans police said they were investigating a shooting that wounded seven people outside a McDonald's near the French Quarter.
  • Order could mean Palestinian deportations   UPI / 10:54AM
    JERUSALEM, April 11 (UPI) -- A new Israeli military order leaves thousands of of Palestinians from the West Bank vulnerable to deportation or indictment, Haaretz reports.
  • Friday, April 9

  • Roethlisberger decision expected Monday   UPI / 2:04PM
    MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga., April 9 (UPI) -- Georgia prosecutors said they will announce Monday if sexual assault charges will be filed against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
  • Thursday, April 8

  • Roethlisberger sex assault claim reviewed   UPI / 7:24PM
    MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga., April 8 (UPI) -- A Georgia prosecutor declined to say when he will decide whether to charge Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in an alleged sexual assault.
  • Documents submitted in Berlusconi case   UPI / 2:44PM
    ROME, April 8 (UPI) -- Prosecutors Thursday submitted to a special court documents dealing with accusations Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi exerted pressure to silence a talk show.
  • Customs: Woman hid plants in diaper   UPI / 2:24PM
    EL PASO, Texas, April 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Texas said a woman attempted to smuggle live plants concealed in a disposable diaper across the border from Mexico.
  • EU poll observers leave Darfur over safety   UPI / 12:34PM
    EL-FASHER, Sudan, April 8 (UPI) -- The European Union's election observers left Sudan's Darfur region over safety concerns three days ahead of presidential elections, an EU official said.
  • Video claims to show U.S. soldier   UPI / 8:14AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, April 8 (UPI) -- A new Taliban video claiming to show a U.S. soldier believed captured in Afghanistan in June of last year appeared on a Web site.
  • Wednesday, April 7

  • Scammers, frauds and tax cheats -- Oh my!   UPI / 5:44PM
    WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- The Justice Department's Tax Division has helped the IRS track down and close hundreds of tax cheats, scams and shelters, department officials said Wednesday.
  • Son sues mother for Facebook harassment   UPI / 5:14PM
    ARKADELPHIA, Ark., April 7 (UPI) -- An Arkadelphia, Ark., teenager is suing his mother for allegedly hacking his Facebook account and posting slanderous entries about him, officials said.
  • American sentenced to 8 years hard labor   UPI / 12:14AM
    PYONGYANG, North Korea, April 6 (UPI) -- North Korea Wednesday sentenced an American to eight years of hard labor and imposed a $700,000 fine for allegedly entering the country illegally.
  • Tuesday, April 6

  • Judge: Rogers owes Lions $6.1 million   UPI / 8:34PM
    DETROIT, April 6 (UPI) -- Former Detroit Lions receiver Charles Rogers owes the team $6.1 million of a $9.1 million signing bonus because of substance abuse, a judge has ruled.
  • Saturday, April 3

  • Lil Wayne sends fans message from jail   UPI / 5:54PM
    NEW YORK, April 3 (UPI) -- Rap singer Lil Wayne, who recently began serving a one-year jail sentence on New York City's Rikers Island, has started communicating with his fans.
  • Erykah Badu charged for nude video   UPI / 1:54PM
    DALLAS, April 3 (UPI) -- Hip-hop soul singer Erykah Badu has been charged with disorderly conduct for removing her clothes on a Dallas street in public while filming a music video.
  • Friday, April 2

  • Seattle parks limit smoking   UPI / 11:44AM
    SEATTLE, April 2 (UPI) -- Non-smoking visitors to Seattle parks will no longer encounter cigarette or tobacco smoke, city officials say.
  • Thursday, April 1

  • Golfer Thorpe begins tax-evasion sentence   UPI / 10:54PM
    MONTGOMERY, Ala., April 1 (UPI) -- Professional golfer Jim Thorpe turned himself in to a federal prison in Alabama Thursday to begin a one-year sentence for failing to pay income taxes.
  • Man charged in body parts case   UPI / 10:24PM
    KANSAS CITY, Kan., April 1 (UPI) -- A New Mexico man was charged Thursday in a case in which body parts that were supposed to be cremated and returned to families turned up in plastic buckets.
  • Fla. ex-GOP head probed over secret deal   UPI / 6:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 1 (UPI) -- Ousted Florida Republican Party head Jim Greer is being probed over a secret contract that funneled party money to his consulting firm, party officials said.
  • Girl in coma after beating has pneumonia   UPI / 4:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 1 (UPI) -- A 15-year-old Florida girl in a coma and on life support after allegedly being beaten by a male schoolmate also has pneumonia, her lawyer says.
  • TV host scheduled for beheading   UPI / 12:34PM
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 1 (UPI) -- A former Lebanese television show host who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for sorcery is scheduled to be beheaded Friday, his lawyer said.
  • Guilty plea expected in artifacts case   UPI / 12:34AM
    SALT LAKE CITY, April 1 (UPI) -- Another of the 26 people indicted in Utah for illegal trafficking in prehistoric tribal artifacts is expected to plead guilty, court papers indicate.
  • Wednesday, March 31

  • Chess teacher sent to prison for sex abuse   UPI / 9:54PM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo., March 31 (UPI) -- A chess teacher has been sent to prison in Colorado despite his protestations he didn't sexually prey on boys interested in learning the game.
  • Warrant out for accused video game thief   UPI / 2:24PM
    BOSTON, March 31 (UPI) -- A Boston judge issued an arrest warrant for a college student who missed his arraignment on charges he tried to steal the code for a new computer game.
  • Tuesday, March 30

  • Calif. group fights inmate-release plan   UPI / 8:44PM
    SAN DIEGO, March 30 (UPI) -- A victims' rights group has sued to block a California law allowing release of 6,500 inmates before they finish their original sentences this year.
  • Saturday, March 27

  • Student arrested in running back's slaying   UPI / 5:44PM
    MIAMI, March 27 (UPI) -- A fellow Florida International University student has turned himself in for the slaying of running back Kendall Berry, authorities said Saturday.
  • Thursday, March 25

  • Drug wars push Mexican news CEO to Texas   UPI / 11:14PM
    SAN ANTONIO, March 25 (UPI) -- The chief executive of Latin America's largest newspaper company says he moved himself and his family to Texas from Mexico out of fear of ruthless drug gangs.
  • Ex-NFL player's teen-sex charge dropped   UPI / 4:54PM
    ROSEVILLE, Mich., March 25 (UPI) -- A sexual-misconduct charge was dropped against a former Detroit Lions football player because a judge ruled the sex with a 16-year-old girl was consensual.
  • Gorillas could vanish from Congo by 2025   UPI / 1:44PM
    UNITED NATIONS, March 25 (UPI) -- Gorillas could disappear from much of Africa's Congo River Basin within 15 years without urgent action to protect them, a United Nations and police report says.
  • Man accused of vandalizing petroglyphs   UPI / 11:54AM
    LAS VEGAS, March 25 (UPI) -- National Park Service rangers allege an Arizona man used paintballs to vandalize four petroglyph panels and several rock faces in Nevada's Grapevine Canyon.
  • Balloon boy's dad gets home detention   UPI / 8:14AM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo., March 25 (UPI) -- A Colorado man who told police his 6-year-old son disappeared in a homemade balloon is completing his sentence with home detention, authorities said.
  • Wednesday, March 24

  • Kansas ticket policy investigation expands   UPI / 9:34PM
    LAWRENCE, Kan., March 24 (UPI) -- An investigation into Kansas University's athletics ticket distribution activities may well go beyond the school itself, a university regent says.
  • Gooden arrested, charged after accident   UPI / 7:44PM
    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., March 24 (UPI) -- Former New York Mets and Yankees pitcher Dwight Gooden was arrested for driving under the influence after a New Jersey car accident, police said Wednesday.
  • Depositions ordered in slain stripper case   UPI / 2:24PM
    DETROIT, March 24 (UPI) -- A judge says the wife and father of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick can be deposed in a lawsuit brought by the family of an exotic dancer killed in 2003.
  • Marine wins key ruling in Haditha case   UPI / 8:24AM
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., March 24 (UPI) -- A judge wants proof that generals did not unduly influence the case of a U.S. Marine charged in the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, officials said.
  • Tuesday, March 23

  • Prosecutors: Arenas should get 3 months   UPI / 8:24PM
    WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- Washington Wizards star guard Gilbert Arenas should spend three months in jail for bringing guns into his team's locker room, prosecutors say.
  • Pa. lawmaker guilty in campaign corruption   UPI / 6:44PM
    PITTSBURGH, March 23 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania state lawmaker and two aides have been found guilty of charges connected with an attempt to fund his election campaigns, court records show.
  • Report on accused killer deemed public   UPI / 6:24PM
    CLEVELAND, March 23 (UPI) -- A court-ordered evaluation of an alleged Cleveland serial killer was a public record and could be used by a newspaper reporter for a story, a judge has ruled.
  • Former Nazi soldier sentenced to life   UPI / 12:54PM
    AACHEN, Germany, March 23 (UPI) -- An 88-year-old former Nazi soldier was sentenced to life Tuesday for killing three Dutch civilians during World War II, prosecutors in Germany said.
  • Sypher trial scheduled for June   UPI / 12:34PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 23 (UPI) -- Karen Sypher is to be tried in June on charges of trying to extort money from University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino, officials said.
  • Doctor ordered to pay back $1.7 million   UPI / 12:14AM
    NEW YORK, March 22 (UPI) -- A New York physician was sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to make restitution of $1.7 million for Medicaid kickbacks, officials said.
  • Monday, March 22

  • 'Fatal Vision' killer seeks new trial   UPI / 5:34PM
    RICHMOND, Va., March 22 (UPI) -- Lawyers for Jeffrey MacDonald say DNA findings could clear the former North Carolina Green Beret in the murder of his wife and two daughters 40 years ago.
  • Cyber-assaults bombard federal computers   UPI / 1:54PM
    WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- Worms, Trojan horses and spyware are infecting computers, with government computers being hacked 1.8 billion times a month, authorities said.
  • Last Marine in Haditha case due in court   UPI / 1:44PM
    OCEANSIDE, Calif., March 22 (UPI) -- Lawyers for a U.S. Marine said they want a judge to drop all charges against their client in the 2005 civilian killings in Haditha, Iraq.
  • Scam on Twitter seeks personal info   UPI / 12:44PM
    CHICAGO, March 22 (UPI) -- Twitter users are being warned of a scam that asks for personal information in private messages sent through the social networking service.
  • Sunday, March 21

  • Musician suing over flag abuse incident   UPI / 1:05PM
    TULSA, Okla., March 21 (UPI) -- A musician alleges in a lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma his free speech rights were violated when he was arrested for allegedly abusing a U.S. flag.
  • Saturday, March 20

  • Whale served at sushi restaurant   UPI / 2:14PM
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 20 (UPI) -- A Santa Monica, Calif., sushi restaurant says it is closing its doors voluntarily after serving endangered whale meat.
  • Friday, March 19

  • 2 charged in oyster, clam poaching case   UPI / 2:05PM
    PORT TOWNSEND, Wash., March 19 (UPI) -- Two men were charged in connection with an oyster and clam poaching operation in Washington state's Jefferson County, authorities said.
  • Dog DNA leads to man's murder conviction   UPI / 1:44PM
    LONDON, March 19 (UPI) -- British authorities said their use of a new animal DNA database helped place a gang member at the scene of a fatal stabbing and led to his murder conviction.
  • Thursday, March 18

  • Lawmaker calls for end to death penalty   UPI / 10:24PM
    SEOUL, March 18 (UPI) -- The speaker of South Korea's National Assembly said Thursday his country should abandon its "ambiguous" moratorium and completely abolish the death penalty.
  • U.S. firm guilty in oil-for-food fraud   UPI / 5:24PM
    WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- Delaware firm Innospec Inc. pleaded guilty Thursday to bribing former Iraqi officials under the U.N. Oil for Food program, U.S. attorneys said.
  • Police: Ex-worker disabled cars via Web   UPI / 5:14PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, March 18 (UPI) -- Police in Texas said they arrested a former auto dealership worker who allegedly used a computer to disable more than 100 vehicles after he was fired.
  • Money laundering to cost Wachovia $160M   UPI / 3:14PM
    MIAMI, March 18 (UPI) -- Wachovia Bank agreed to settle a money laundering case with a $160 million settlement, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.
  • Copiers treasure trove for data thieves   UPI / 2:05PM
    TORONTO, March 18 (UPI) -- Tens of thousands of used photocopiers sold or discarded contain a treasure trove of information hackers can easily access, a Toronto security expert said.
  • U.S. reports big drop in baggage claims   UPI / 10:34AM
    WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- Complaints have plunged more than 50 percent since the U.S. government imposed tighter safeguards on airline baggage, federal records indicate.
  • Wednesday, March 17

  • Self-revealing source frees reporter   UPI / 4:05PM
    CLEVELAND, March 17 (UPI) -- The self-revelation by the source of leaked medical documents of a suspected serial killer kept a Cleveland newspaper reporter out of jail, officials said.
  • Monday, March 15

  • Erin Andrews stalker gets 30 months   UPI / 8:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, March 15 (UPI) -- An Illinois man convicted of stalking and secretly taking nude video of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews was sentenced Monday to 30 months in prison.
  • O'Hare using full-body scanner   UPI / 12:14PM
    CHICAGO, March 15 (UPI) -- Chicago's O'Hare airport Monday unveiled a full-body scanner capable of detecting explosives, federal safety officials said.
  • Saturday, March 13

  • Oregon QB suspended for year after plea   UPI / 3:34PM
    EUGENE, Ore., March 13 (UPI) -- Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has been suspended for the entire 2010 season after pleading guilty to burglary, school officials say.
  • Haim death tied to prescription drug ring   UPI / 12:14PM
    SAN DIEGO, March 13 (UPI) -- California Attorney General Jerry Brown says the death of actor Corey Haim appears to be connected to a prescription drug ring operating in the state.
  • New York cabbies accused in meter scam   UPI / 9:24AM
    NEW YORK, March 13 (UPI) -- Criminal charges are expected against some of the nearly 36,000 New York cab drivers who allegedly overcharged passengers $8.3 million, officials said.
  • Friday, March 12

  • Nepalese soldiers accused of rape, killing   UPI / 7:34PM
    KATHMANDU, Nepal, March 12 (UPI) -- Nepalese soldiers are accused of raping and fatally shooting a 12-year-old girl and two others inside Bardia National Park Wednesday night, officials say.
  • Boston Blackie's owners arrested   UPI / 11:24AM
    CHICAGO, March 12 (UPI) -- The father and son who ran Boston Blackie's restaurants are charged in a multimillion-dollar check-kiting scheme, the Cook County, Ill. state's attorney said.
  • Egg scammer sentenced to jail   UPI / 10:34AM
    WORCESTER, England, March 12 (UPI) -- The former head of a British company that perpetrated a major egg scam will spend three years in prison and pay a $4.5 million fine, a court has ruled.
  • Report: Lehman used misleading'gimmicks   UPI / 1:24AM
    NEW YORK, March 12 (UPI) -- Lehman Brothers resorted to misleading accounting gimmicks to hide bad investments, a report by an examiner for the now-bankrupt U.S. investment firm concluded.
  • Thursday, March 11

  • Identifying serial killer's pics of women   UPI / 10:24PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., March 11 (UPI) -- California prosecutors asked the public for help in identifying women pictured in photographs found in the home and storage locker of a convicted serial killer.
  • Report: 8 journalists kidnapped in Mexico   UPI / 5:54PM
    REYNOSA, Mexico, March 11 (UPI) -- Eight journalists were kidnapped and at least one was killed in northern Mexico in a record wave of abductions, an inter-American press advocacy group said.
  • Wife of Ponzi schemer sued for $1.13M   UPI / 3:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 11 (UPI) -- The wife of a Florida man who pleaded guilty in a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme was sued to get back $1.13 million she allegedly took from her husband's law firm.
  • Wednesday, March 10

  • Oregon QB facing burglary charges   UPI / 9:44PM
    EUGENE, Ore., March 10 (UPI) -- University of Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli is facing second-degree burglary charges, records indicate.
  • Jury deliberating in Williams murder case   UPI / 3:54PM
    DENVER, March 10 (UPI) -- Jurors in the trial of a man accused of killing Denver Broncos player Darrent Williams deliberated for a second day Wednesday.
  • Smartphone user accused of ticket scam   UPI / 1:34PM
    CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 10 (UPI) -- A North Carolina woman faces charges for using a smartphone to scam would-be airline ticket buyers, a police cybercrimes unit spokesman said Wednesday.
  • Veteran accused of violating probation   UPI / 1:24PM
    SAN ANTONIO, March 10 (UPI) -- Federal officers allege a U.S. Army veteran who falsely claimed to be a highly decorated Army Ranger has violated the terms of his probation.
  • Investigators to probe Roethlisberger case   UPI / 12:54PM
    PITTSBURGH, March 10 (UPI) -- A lawyer representing Ben Roethlisberger said a team of investigators will be looking into allegations of sexual assault against the Pittsburgh Steelers star.
  • Vick faces protesters at awards ceremony   UPI / 12:05PM
    BALTIMORE, March 10 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Eagles player Michael Vick should not have been given the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation prize at a Baltimore event, protesters said.
  • Former Detroit mayor free on bond   UPI / 10:24AM
    DETROIT, March 10 (UPI) -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was free on $10,000 bond after being arraigned on multiple probation violations.
  • Thai military to be ready during rally   UPI / 8:34AM
    BANGKOK, March 10 (UPI) -- Thai military officials say the tough Internal Security Act will be enough to maintain order during a weekend rally by supporters of a former prime minister.
  • Tuesday, March 9

  • Alcala sentenced to death in California   UPI / 11:35PM
    LOS ANGELES, March 9 (UPI) -- A California jury Tuesday decided convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala should be executed for killing four women and a 12-year-old girl during the late '70s.
  • Woman admits faking cancer   UPI / 6:54PM
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., March 9 (UPI) -- A former city employee in Chattanooga, Tenn., admitted Tuesday she falsely claimed to have breast cancer to get money and time off.
  • Soldier to face murder court-martial   UPI / 6:14PM
    SEATTLE, March 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army soldier accused of killing two others stationed at her Washington military base will face general court-martial, military authorities say.
  • Britain cracks down on unruly dogs, owners   UPI / 12:34PM
    LONDON, March 9 (UPI) -- All dogs in Britain should have microchips and owners should be covered by insurance to pay for injuries from attacks, Home Secretary Alan Johnson said.
  • Thirty-five suspected pirates captured   UPI / 7:34AM
    PARIS, March 9 (UPI) -- Thirty-five suspected pirates and four ships were captured off Somalia in an operation involving the French Navy and European Union forces, officials said.
  • Monday, March 8

  • 'Faith healing' parents sentenced   UPI / 7:54PM
    PORTLAND, Ore., March 8 (UPI) -- An Oregon couple was sentenced to 16 months in prison in the death of their son, for whom they prayed in lieu of medical treatment, authorities said.
  • Roethlisberger accuser supported by peers   UPI / 7:44PM
    MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga., March 8 (UPI) -- A Georgia student who alleged that NFL star Ben Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her is not the kind of person who seeks attention, two other students said.
  • MSU receivers get probation for fracas   UPI / 1:44PM
    EAST LANSING, Mich., March 8 (UPI) -- Two Michigan State University wide receivers will serve 18 months of probation for being involved in a fracas on campus, a judge said Monday.
  • Families sue serial killer for damages   UPI / 12:14PM
    ALLENTOWN, Pa., March 8 (UPI) -- Eight Pennsylvania families are seeking damages from a penniless former nurse serving life in prison for killing 29 patients, authorities said.
  • Sunday, March 7

  • Grammy winner arrested for solicitation   UPI / 10:44AM
    NEW YORK, March 7 (UPI) -- Grammy Award-winning crooner D'Angelo has been arrested in New York for allegedly propositioning an undercover police officer, authorities said.
  • Saturday, March 6

  • Fatal arson called part of insurance scam   UPI / 11:44AM
    CICERO, Ill., March 6 (UPI) -- The owner of a Chicago-area apartment building where a fire killed seven people had the blaze set to cash in on a $250,000 insurance payout, prosecutors said.
  • Friday, March 5

  • Obama may reverse course on terror trials   UPI / 10:54AM
    WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama may be advised not to prosecute Sept 11, 2001, defendant Khalid Sheik Mohammed in civilian court, administration sources say.
  • Thursday, March 4

  • Woman to pay $40,000 for downloaded songs   UPI / 7:24PM
    SAN ANTONIO, March 4 (UPI) -- A Texas woman lost an appeal of a trial court's ruling she was liable for illegally downloading music, which may cost her $40,000, her lawyer said.
  • Ex-NFL player Boyd facing sex charges   UPI / 2:05PM
    ROSEVILLE, Mich., March 4 (UPI) -- Former Detroit Lions player Tommy Boyd is facing sex charges for an alleged sexual rendezvous with a teenage girl, authorities say.
  • Facebook posting endangers operation   UPI / 11:05AM
    JERUSALEM, March 4 (UPI) -- A soldier's posting on his Facebook page forced the Israeli Army to postpone a military operation on the West Bank recently, officials say.
  • Aftershocks rumble through Chile   UPI / 8:24AM
    SANTIAGO, Chile, March 4 (UPI) -- Aftershocks rocked Chile Thursday but aid was reaching areas ravaged by the 8.8-magnitude earthquake during the weekend, officials said.
  • Wednesday, March 3

  • Report: N.Y. gov tried to quiet accuser   UPI / 2:24PM
    ALBANY, N.Y., March 3 (UPI) -- Investigators are looking into whether New York Gov. David Paterson enlisted a friend to try to quiet a woman who accused his aide of assault, a source said.
  • Life term sought for ex-Nazi in slayings   UPI / 2:14PM
    AACHEN, Germany, March 3 (UPI) -- A German prosecutor called for a life prison sentence for a former Nazi SS officer involved in the deaths of some 50 Dutch civilians during World War II.
  • Kentucky drops killer's death sentence   UPI / 12:54PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 3 (UPI) -- A Louisville, Ky., judge set aside the death sentence of a convicted killer who agreed to drop his long-running appeal.
  • Md. street racer gets 15 years for crash   UPI / 11:24AM
    WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- A Washington-area judge has sentenced the driver in a deadly street race that killed eight people to 15 years in prison.
  • Police: Hackers infected 13 million PCs   UPI / 10:44AM
    MADRID, March 3 (UPI) -- Spanish police say they arrested hackers who infected 13 million computers worldwide with a virus that stole credit card numbers and personal data.
  • Tuesday, March 2

  • Husband with guilty conscience gets life   UPI / 11:24PM
    BELTON, Texas, March 2 (UPI) -- A man who confessed to police last year he killed his wife in 1994 was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison in a case prosecutors said involved "blood money."
  • Chile quake toll 795, likely to rise   UPI / 9:34PM
    SANTIAGO, Chile, March 2 (UPI) -- The death toll has reached 795 from Saturday's 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile and the government said Tuesday that number likely will rise.
  • Fla. man gets 20 years in supplement scam   UPI / 7:04PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., March 2 (UPI) -- A Florida man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a nutritional supplement scam in which he bilked customers of more than $7 million, prosecutors said.
  • Steelers' Reed draws community service   UPI / 5:44PM
    PITTSBURGH, March 2 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Jeff Reed must complete 40 hours of community service stemming from an October arrest, a judge says.
  • Teens charged with 'Chipmunk' theft   UPI / 3:54PM
    GURNEE, Ill., March 2 (UPI) -- Suburban Chicago police said a Facebook post about the theft of a chipmunk statue from a movie theater led to the arrests of three teenagers.
  • Trump: Amanda Knox is innocent   UPI / 3:44PM
    NEW YORK, March 2 (UPI) -- Celebrity developer and reality TV star Donald Trump says he will boycott Italy while U.S. college student Amanda Knox remains in prison for a 2007 homicide.
  • Toyota recalls could reopen homicide case   UPI / 2:24PM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., March 2 (UPI) -- Toyota's sudden acceleration recalls could reopen the case of a Minnesota man convicted of vehicular homicide in 2006, a report said.
  • Ponzi operator Rothstein visits hospital   UPI / 2:14PM
    MIAMI, March 2 (UPI) -- Disbarred Florida attorney Scott Rothstein was brought to a hospital for treatment, but has not been released from federal custody, federal authorities confirm.
  • Scammers clean up on fake bridal show ads   UPI / 2:05PM
    BOSTON, March 2 (UPI) -- Thousands of engaged couples registered for a Boston bridal show that turned out to be a scam, police said.
  • Widow sentenced in Israeli museum heist   UPI / 2:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- The widow of Israel's most notorious cat burglar was convicted in Los Angeles of trying to sell items stolen from a Jerusalem museum, California officials said.
  • U.S. to reveal parts of 'net security plan   UPI / 7:54AM
    WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- The Obama administration said it plans to declassify parts of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, a U.S. effort on Internet security rules.
  • Monday, March 1

  • Rodriguez to meet with investigators   UPI / 7:04PM
    TAMPA, Fla., March 1 (UPI) -- New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez says he'll meet with federal authorities investigating a doctor linked to doping allegations.
  • Friday, February 26

  • Heat's Arroyo arrested after traffic stop   UPI / 8:05PM
    CORAL GABLES, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Miami Heat guard Carlos Arroyo was arrested during a traffic stop Friday, police records indicate.
  • Thursday, February 25

  • Corruption defendant Twitters for money   UPI / 3:54PM
    DETROIT, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A Michigan political consultant on trial for corruption is using the social networking site Twitter to try to drum up legal defense funds, his messages show.
  • Guilty plea made in AIDS crime case   UPI / 1:05PM
    FRANKLIN, Ind., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A 47-year-old man pleaded guilty in an Indiana court to charges he met women online and had sex with them without informing them he has AIDS.
  • No charges against Irvin over rape claim   UPI / 12:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Broward County, Fla., said they are not filing criminal charges involving rape allegations against former NFL star Michael Irvin.
  • Wednesday, February 24

  • New smartphone security threat identified   UPI / 3:44PM
    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Rutgers University researchers say they have identified an old computer security threat that can attack new generations of smartphones.
  • Court: Google broke Italy's privacy laws   UPI / 9:54AM
    ROME, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Three Google executives were convicted Wednesday of breaking Italy's privacy laws in a case Google says could undercut freedom of expression on the Internet.
  • Tuesday, February 23

  • Mafia extending its reach, Italians say   UPI / 8:14PM
    ROME, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Italy's Mafia has spread its influence into the country's wealthy northern cities and gained control of sectors of the legal economy there, a report says.
  • Man accused of not disclosing his AIDS   UPI / 2:24PM
    GREENWOOD, Ind., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- An Indiana HIV-positive man faces a felony charge for having sex with as many as 100 partners without telling them he is carrying the AIDS virus, police said.
  • Jayson Williams sentenced to five years   UPI / 12:05PM
    SOMERVILLE, N.J., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Former New Jersey Nets star Jayson Williams was sentenced in Somerville, N.J.,Tuesday to five years in prison for the 2002 shooting death of his driver.
  • Friday, February 12

  • Prison ordered in illegal logging case   UPI / 3:24PM
    MOSCOW, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for illegally cutting down trees in eastern Russia, the World Wildlife Fund said Friday.
  • $10.5 million awarded for teen's death   UPI / 2:05PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A $10.5 million settlement has been reached between Philadelphia and the family of a teenager who died at a Tennessee treatment center, court records show.
  • Thursday, February 11

  • Court set to free Montreal nun-killer   UPI / 1:44PM
    MONTREAL, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- An epileptic Canadian man who killed an 80-year-old Montreal nun during a seizure in 2007 will be set free next week, a judge said.
  • Dissident's sentence upheld   UPI / 7:14AM
    BEIJING, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A Chinese high court Thursday upheld the 11-year sentence of prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo, 53, who had been convicted of subversion.
  • Wednesday, February 10

  • Man takes baseball bat to TVs in Wal-Mart   UPI / 11:14PM
    ATLANTA, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A Georgia man did more than yell at a TV -- he walked into a Wal-Mart Wednesday, grabbed a baseball bat and belted 29 flat-screen sets, police allege.
  • Gunman surrenders after bank standoff   UPI / 6:05PM
    KEARNEY, Neb., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A gunman who held hostages in a Nebraska bank during a two-hour standoff Wednesday surrendered peacefully, authorities said.
  • Rwandan gov't said intimidating opponents   UPI / 2:34PM
    KIGALI, Rwanda, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Rwanda's upcoming presidential election is sparking threats and attacks on opposition party members, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.
  • Gov't says family has access to Fonseka   UPI / 7:24AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The Sri Lankan military, which arrested former Gen. Sarath Fonseka this week, said Wednesday his family has unhindered access to him.
  • China jails quake activist   UPI / 1:34AM
    BEIJING, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A Chinese activist, who probed construction of earthquake-flattened schools, got a five-year sentence arising from the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.
  • Tuesday, February 9

  • Alleged counterfeiter made $1.6 billion   UPI / 6:24PM
    DULUTH, Ga., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- A Georgia man is facing mortgage fraud charges after allegedly printing up $1.6 billion in bogus U.S. Treasury bonds and trying to buy a house, officials said.
  • AI: Arrest escalates post-poll repression   UPI / 1:34PM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Amnesty International says the Sri Lankan military's arrest of Gen. Sarath Fonseka, the ex-army chief, has escalated post-election repression in the country.
  • Monday, February 8

  • Fonseka in Sri Lankan military custody   UPI / 11:44PM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan military officials said former Army Chief and losing presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka has been arrested for "military offenses."
  • Browns terminate Stallworth's contract   UPI / 9:34PM
    BEREA, Ohio, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Wide receiver Donte Stallworth, who was suspended for the 2009 season by the NFL, was cut by the Cleveland Browns Monday, the day after the suspension ended.
  • Retired engineer gets 15 years in spy case   UPI / 4:44PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A retired Boeing engineer convicted of supplying trade secrets to China must serve 15 years in prison, a California judge ruled Monday.
  • Soldier accused of waterboarding daughter   UPI / 12:24PM
    YELM, Wash., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Police in Yelm, Wash., allege a U.S. soldier punished his 4-year-old daughter for failing to recite the alphabet by waterboarding her.
  • Three shot at Super Bowl celebration   UPI / 10:14AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Three people were wounded Monday in New Orleans' French Quarter when a gunman fired into a crowd celebrating the Saints' Super Bowl win, police said.
  • Three Labor MPs cast out of party   UPI / 9:54AM
    LONDON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Three British members of Parliament facing charges over their personal expenses claims have been cast out of the Labor Party, officials said Monday.
  • Anwar sodomy trial delayed   UPI / 7:34AM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial, which opened last week, was halted Monday after the defense moved for the judge's disqualification.
  • China says hacker training site closed   UPI / 7:34AM
    BEIJING, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Chinese authorities shut down the country's largest hacker training Web site in central Hubei province, China Daily reported Monday.
  • Sunday, February 7

  • U.S. Army looks at serving Muslims   UPI / 7:14PM
    DALLAS, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army, following the Fort Hood, Texas, shooting, is rethinking what constitutes moderate Islam, officials say.
  • Internet poker backers all in on Hill push   UPI / 6:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. backers of Internet gambling say they are pushing ahead with efforts to legalize and regulate online poker and other games.
  • Warren Sapp charged with domestic battery   UPI / 5:54PM
    MIAMI, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Former NFL All-Pro Warren Sapp was arrested by Miami Beach police after his girlfriend accused him of choking her, a police report said.
  • Stanford cheating accusations increase   UPI / 5:44PM
    PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Accusations of student cheating at California's Stanford University have taken a big jump, school officials say.
  • Jailed socialite misses elite lifestyle   UPI / 5:24PM
    GATESVILLE, Texas, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A Scottish socialite turned convicted Texas scam artist says she once lived in 30,000-square-foot home outside Edinburgh with maids and cooks.
  • Man allegedly impersonates army general   UPI / 4:14PM
    HOUSTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A Texas man was charged with impersonating a U.S. army general by wearing a uniform laden with military honors, the FBI said.
  • 'My Way' a dangerous song in Philippines   UPI / 4:14PM
    GENERAL SANTOS, Philippines, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Singing the U.S. hit "My Way" in a karaoke bar in the Philippines can result in death as part of a troubling trend across the country, authorities say.
  • Sentence in 'Alpha Dog' case upheld   UPI / 12:55PM
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A judge in Santa Barbara County, Calif., said he is upholding the life prison sentence given in the murder case that inspired the film "Alpha Dog."
  • Parts of Mexico descending to narco-states   UPI / 11:44AM
    MEXICO CITY, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Rising drug cartel lawlessness is threatening to push Mexico into "narco-state" status, such as 1990s-era Colombia, analysts warn.
  • Saturday, February 6

  • U.S. citizen faces years in Myanmar prison   UPI / 2:34PM
    BANGKOK, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A naturalized U.S. citizen who returned to his native Myanmar faces 12 years imprisonment if convicted by a Myanmar court, said human rights activists.
  • Police: Charlie Sheen car stolen, wrecked   UPI / 2:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Police say a car belonging to Charlie Sheen was stolen from the actor's garage and later found wrecked in a Los Angeles ravine.
  • Man pleads guilty to 'pump-and-dump' hack   UPI / 10:44AM
    OMAHA, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- An Indian man has pleaded guilty to U.S. charges he conspired to hack into online brokerage accounts and manipulate stock prices in a "pump and dump" scheme.
  • Friday, February 5

  • Woman accuses former WR Irvin of rape   UPI / 3:04PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A woman alleges in a lawsuit filed in Broward County, Fla., she was raped by former NFL player Michael Irvin more than two years ago.
  • Thursday, February 4

  • Sweat lodge leader pleads not guilty   UPI / 11:34PM
    SEDONA, Ariz., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The motivational speaker charged in the deaths of three participants in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony pleaded not guilty Thursday.
  • Man executed for convenience store killing   UPI / 12:14PM
    LUCASVILLE, Ohio, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Death row inmate Mark Brown was executed via lethal injection Thursday in Ohio for the murders of two men at a convenience store, authorities say.
  • Wednesday, February 3

  • Holder: I made call on Abdulmutallab   UPI / 7:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday he made the decision to prosecute a terror suspect in a civilian court and that intelligence officials agreed.
  • Illegal lobster harvesters going to prison   UPI / 12:05PM
    MIAMI, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A federal judge said two men will each spend a year and a day in prison for illegally harvesting lobsters in the Florida Keys.
  • Fla. teens nabbed for defacing synagogue   UPI / 11:44AM
    CORAL SPRINGS, Fla., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Six Florida teenagers are facing charges for allegedly spray painting gang signs on a Jewish synagogue, authorities in Coral Springs say.
  • Tuesday, February 2

  • Intel chiefs warn terror threat is real   UPI / 7:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The possibility of another terror attack on the United States "keeps me awake at nights," CIA Director Leon Panetta told a Senate panel Tuesday.
  • G20 summit cost Pittsburgh $12.2 million   UPI / 1:44PM
    PITTSBURGH, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh's costs for hosting last September's two-day Group of 20 nations summit was $12.2 million, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl says.
  • Iran to execute nine more protesters   UPI / 1:14PM
    TEHRAN, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Nine Iranians alleged to have taken part in last year's anti-government riots are to be executed, semi-official media reported Tuesday.
  • Opposition leader faces sodomy charge   UPI / 8:05AM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim went on trial Tuesday on sodomy and other charges, his second such trial on similar charges.
  • Monday, February 1

  • Merhige arraignment hearing postponed   UPI / 3:04PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- An arraignment hearing for a Florida man accused of killing four family members Thanksgiving Day has been postponed, officials say.
  • Jury selection stops in home invasion case   UPI / 12:54PM
    NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The judge in the trial of a man accused of a triple homicide in Connecticut halted jury selection Monday because of a defendant drug overdose, sources say.
  • Navy mulls punishment for ex-astronaut   UPI / 11:05AM
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Ex-astronaut Lisa Nowak faces possible military imprisonment for attacking a former U.S. Air Force captain over a love interest, authorities said.
  • Expert: Climate change hack sophisticated   UPI / 9:44AM
    LONDON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A foreign intelligence service was likely behind the hacking operation that led to the leaking of British climate change researchers' e-mails, an expert says.
  • Sunday, January 31

  • Fatal crash victim was editor Schmeer   UPI / 5:14PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- "Fog of War" film editor Karen Schmeer was killed when a car allegedly containing fleeing criminals struck her in New York, her father Michael says.
  • Actor Torn accused of breaking into bank   UPI / 4:24PM
    SALISBURY, Conn., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Connecticut state police allege actor Elmore "Rip" Torn was intoxicated when he broke into a bank in Salisbury carrying a loaded revolver.
  • MI5 cites Chinese spying on Brit business   UPI / 2:14PM
    LONDON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- China is running a massive program to spy on British business executives and hack into their computers, leaked intelligence documents indicate.
  • Friday, January 29

  • Va. teacher accepts 'Macbeth' punishment   UPI / 4:24PM
    CHESAPEAKE, Va., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A high school teacher in Chesapeake, Va., says he deserved to be suspended for five days for showing a racy film version of "Macbeth" without permission.
  • Six die in military base attack   UPI / 12:24PM
    BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry opened an investigation Friday into a shooting rampage on a military base that left six dead, officials said.
  • House leaders seek stronger cyber guards   UPI / 11:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Democratic and Republican House leaders are demanding additional Web security measures after a cyber attack struck nearly 50 members' Web sites.
  • Thursday, January 28

  • Children charged for cellphone 'sexting'   UPI / 6:05PM
    VALPARAISO, Ind., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- An Indiana boy and girl were charged with child exploitation and possession of child pornography for sending nude photos of themselves over their cellphones.
  • Police: Suspect used needles in robberies   UPI / 4:14PM
    CHESTER, Pa., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania state police allege a 38-year-old man robbed a tanning salon and a bathing-suit store using needles he claimed were infected with HIV.
  • Two MSU football players plead guilty   UPI / 3:34PM
    EAST LANSING, Mich., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Two members of the Michigan State University football team pleaded guilty in East Lansing, Mich., to charges they took part in an on-campus fight.
  • Ex-NFL lineman Terry arrested for drugs   UPI / 3:24PM
    CLARKSVILLE, Ind., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Former NFL offensive lineman Chris Terry was arrested in Indiana on charges including possession of cocaine, authorities said.
  • Police: 'American Idol' sparked stabbing   UPI / 2:44PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Florida police said they arrested a woman who allegedly stabbed and severely burned her boyfriend after an argument over "American Idol."
  • Wrestlers Helms and Irvine arrested in Ky.   UPI / 12:54PM
    ERLANGER, Ky., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Pro wrestlers Gregory "Hurricane" Helms and Christopher "Jericho" Irvine were arrested on public intoxication charges in Kentucky, jail officials said Thursday.
  • Agency: 'Climategate' scientists hid data   UPI / 11:24AM
    LONDON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A British university whose scientists are accused of manipulating climate data broke the law by refusing to show the raw data for review, a British agency said.
  • Wednesday, January 27

  • Tourist with lizards in shorts jailed   UPI / 10:44PM
    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A German visitor who tried to smuggle 44 skinks and geckos out of New Zealand in his underpants is getting a longer vacation than he planned.
  • Arenas, Crittenton suspended for season   UPI / 8:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Washington's Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton are suspended without pay for the rest of the season for their gun-flashing incident, the NBA said Wednesday.
  • Nashville lawyer ordered jailed, disbarred   UPI / 1:44PM
    NASHVILLE, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A Nashville attorney must serve jail time and face disbarment over allegations of client mistreatment and ethical lapses, Tennessee's highest court ruled.
  • Woman fakes cancer, collects from friends   UPI / 11:44AM
    BALTIMORE, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A Baltimore woman who allegedly pretended she was dying of cancer has been released from the county detention center after posting bail, officials say.
  • Tuesday, January 26

  • 4 charged in alleged phone tamper plot   UPI / 9:44PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A conservative filmmaker and three others were charged Tuesday with a plot to tamper with the office phones of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., authorities said.
  • Doctor says mother over-dosed child   UPI / 3:44PM
    BROCKTON, Mass., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts mother charged with murdering her daughter, frequently increased doses of the child's medication without approval, a psychiatrist testified.
  • Paraguay soccer star stable after shooting   UPI / 2:35PM
    MEXICO CITY, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Paraguyan soccer star Salvador Cabanas was in serious but stable condition after being shot at a Mexico City bar, doctors said Tuesday.
  • Bologna mayor to resign in scandal   UPI / 12:05PM
    BOLOGNA, Italy, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The mayor of Bologna, Italy, says he will resign amid allegations he used taxpayer funds to take his former secretary on romantic trips.
  • Nancy Kerrigan's dad dies, brother jailed   UPI / 9:44AM
    WOBURN, Mass., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The father of former U.S. figure skater Nancy Kerrigan has died after an alleged attack by his son, the skater's eldest brother, police in Massachusetts say.
  • Monday, January 25

  • Arrest made in Canada pie-throwing   UPI / 7:54PM
    BURLINGTON, Ontario, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- One suspect was arrested after a Canadian government minister was hit in the face with a pie Monday, authorities said.
  • Death penalty sought for wildfire suspect   UPI / 5:24PM
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- California prosecutors say they are seeking the death penalty against a man charged with starting a deadly 2003 wildfire.
  • Authorities targeting counterfeit Nikes   UPI / 1:24PM
    MILWAUKEE, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Local and federal authorities say certain small stores in Milwaukee are selling counterfeit versions of Nike shoes at discount prices.
  • Minister: Suu Kyi to be released in Nov.   UPI / 12:54PM
    YANGON, Myanmar, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's pro-democracy leader, will be released in November when her house arrest sentence ends, a minister said.
  • Canadian faces prisoner-killing trial   UPI / 10:24AM
    OTTAWA, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- A Canadian soldier faced a military trial Monday in Ontario on charges he shot a wounded Taliban insurgent in Afghanistan, court observers say.
  • Sunday, January 24

  • Drug war has some seeking U.S. asylum   UPI / 8:44PM
    PHOENIX, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A vicious drug war in Mexico has caused a dramatic increase in the number of Mexicans seeking safety in the United States under U.S. asylum laws, officials say.
  • Gunmen attack U.S. mining convoy   UPI / 12:14PM
    JAKARTA, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Nine people were wounded Sunday in Indonesia when gunmen attacked the convoy of a U.S. mining company in Papua province, authorities said.
  • Saturday, January 23

  • Judge rejects plea in hepatitis case   UPI / 3:24PM
    DENVER, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A Denver judge rejected a plea deal that would have sent an ex-hospital worker to prison for 20 years for infecting patients with hepatitis C, authorities say.
  • National car fraud database getting nearer   UPI / 3:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department says it is closer to launching a comprehensive national database to deter auto theft and fraud.
  • Suspect found playing 'Grand Theft Auto'   UPI / 1:44PM
    HAINES CITY, Fla., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A suspected Florida car thief was arrested while playing the video game "Grand Theft Auto," authorities say.
  • Army orders Fort Hood review   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The Army is to review whether leaders were negligent in supervising accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Defense Department said.
  • Tamil Tigers weapons buyers sentenced   UPI / 1:04PM
    BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Two men convicted in New York of trying to buy $1 million worth of weapons for the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms.
  • Friday, January 22

  • Golfer Jim Thorpe convicted of tax evasion   UPI / 8:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Professional golfer Jim Thorpe was sentenced to one year in prison Friday for income tax evasion.
  • Mother made own son sick, court hears   UPI / 8:05PM
    LONDON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A British mother who forced her son to use a wheelchair and persuaded doctors he was ill to collect benefits has been sentenced to jail, officials said.
  • Murdered lawyer's ex-wife denied parole   UPI / 1:05PM
    SAN DIEGO, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A San Diego woman whose anger prompted her to fatally shoot her ex-husband and his new wife can't be paroled now, the California Parole Board has ruled.
  • Thursday, January 21

  • Chimp smuggling crisis in Cameroon   UPI / 9:05PM
    ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Chimpanzee smuggling has become a crisis in Cameroon, with some rescued chimps found through DNA tests to have been stolen from preserves, researchers say.
  • E-mail of Finnish PM possibly breached   UPI / 4:04PM
    HELSINKI, Finland, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The government of Finland said the e-mail account of Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen may have been breached by an information technology worker three years ago.
  • Official hints at genocide suspect search   UPI / 3:34PM
    BELGRADE, Serbia, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Serbian Labor Minister Rasim Ljajic said investigators have presumptions on the whereabouts of wanted genocide suspect Ratko Mladic.
  • Telemarketer companies facing N.Y. lawsuit   UPI / 2:54PM
    ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo alleges in a lawsuit that telemarketing companies did not provide potential donors with mandatory information.
  • Terror suspect allegedly targeted troops   UPI / 2:05PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors allege a New York man accused of terror charges intended to attack U.S. soldiers after being trained by al-Qaida in Pakistan.
  • '123456' tops common password study   UPI / 11:34AM
    BELMONT, Calif., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. data security firm said a study of passwords from the Rockyou.com breach found "123456" was the most commonly used password among users.
  • Abuse as child ups risk of abuse as adult   UPI / 1:34AM
    MONTREAL, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A child who is sexually abused has a higher risk of being a victim of abuse as an adult, researchers in Canada found.
  • Wednesday, January 20

  • 23 killed in Mexican prison riot   UPI / 4:24PM
    MEXICO CITY, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Twenty-three inmates were killed Wednesday in a drug gang-related prison riot in northern Mexico, authorities said.
  • Fla. sportscaster faces child porn charges   UPI / 4:14PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Florida sportscaster Steven Babik has pleaded innocent to child-pornography charges in federal court.
  • Former NFLer Porter reports jewelry theft   UPI / 2:54PM
    OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jerry Porter says about $312,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from him.
  • Cybersecurity may be growth area   UPI / 2:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. defense companies, likely to face a cut in Pentagon spending, may find cyber-security a profitable replacement, an analyst says.
  • Microsoft to release IE patch   UPI / 1:54AM
    SEATTLE, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday it is releasing an emergency patch to prevent hackers from carrying out the kinds of attacks Google experienced in China.
  • Tuesday, January 19

  • Lincecum asks for $13M in arbitration   UPI / 8:05PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum has asked for a Major League Baseball record $13 million in salary arbitration, sources say.
  • Chargers' Jackson cited before loss   UPI / 1:24PM
    SAN DIEGO, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Police stopped and ticketed San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson before Sunday's 17-14 loss to the New York Jets, authorities say.
  • Cincy prepares for lynchings exhibition   UPI / 11:54AM
    CINCINNATI, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Officials of Cincinnati's National Underground Railroad Freedom Center say they know an exhibition of photographs of lynchings will be controversial.
  • Lawsuit targets alleged junk faxes   UPI / 10:54AM
    DETROIT, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A Michigan company says it is seeking class-action status for lawsuits aimed at stopping "junk faxes."
  • Bank robberies down despite recession   UPI / 9:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The recession has not spurred more U.S. bank robberies and such crimes plunged to their lowest levels in at least 10 years, FBI crime statistics indicate.
  • Red Brigades co-founder's son arrested   UPI / 8:24AM
    ROME, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Italian police said Tuesday they have arrested the son of one of the founders of a 1970s leftist militant group for trying to revive it.
  • Monday, January 18

  • Three Duke football players facing charges   UPI / 1:05PM
    DURHAM, N.C., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Officials at Duke University said three members of the North Carolina school's football team are facing felony firearm charges.
  • U.S. Army deserter says he'd do it again   UPI / 10:44AM
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. soldier who opposed the Iraq War and was jailed for desertion says he stands by his decision.
  • S. Korea Truth Commission to disband   UPI / 10:14AM
    SEOUL, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The South Korean Truth and Reconciliation Commission's window of opportunity to investigate government crimes is running out, observers say.
  • Pirates free oil supertanker after ransom   UPI / 8:24AM
    LONDON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The oil supertanker Maran Centaurus was released by Somali pirates Monday after more than a month of captivity, its owners said.
  • Sunday, January 17

  • Beauty shop owner sentenced for Botox use   UPI / 3:34PM
    BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A former Washington state beauty salon owner was sentenced to 13 months in prison for administering fake Restylane and Botox to customers, court records say.
  • UC Berkeley fraternities to face lawsuit   UPI / 1:24PM
    BERKELEY, Calif., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A man in Berkeley, Calif., says he intends to file suit against 35 fraternities at the University of California, Berkeley, for alleged unruly behavior.
  • Bin Laden mock-up gone from Web site   UPI / 12:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department has withdrawn a mocked-up image of how al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden would look today, The Sunday Times of London reported.
  • Saturday, January 16

  • Pakistan gov't files review of NRO verdict   UPI / 1:34PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Pakistan's government has filed a review petition against the Supreme Court's move to overturn amnesty granted to politicians, officials said Saturday.
  • 'Idol' contestant known to police   UPI / 1:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- "American Idol" contestant Antonio "Skii Bo Ski" Wheeler has had several brushes with the law in Florida dating back to 2004, records reveal.
  • Bomb kills soldier in Kashmir   UPI / 11:24AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A suicide bomber killed one soldier and wounded several others Saturday in an attack on the army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, authorities said.
  • Friday, January 15

  • Arenas pleads guilty to gun possession   UPI / 6:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas pleaded guilty Friday to one felony count of carrying a pistol without a license.
  • Ex-boxing champ Tubbs sentenced to prison   UPI / 2:05PM
    CINCINNATI, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A judge in Hamilton County, Ohio, said former heavyweight boxing champion Tony "TNT" Tubbs will spend six months in prison for cocaine possession.
  • Woman claims she spread AIDS virus   UPI / 12:04PM
    DETROIT, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- People from all over the country are calling Detroit police after a woman posted a video on the Web saying she infected men with the AIDS virus, police say.
  • China firm on Internet security   UPI / 8:14AM
    BEIJING, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry, reacting to Google's review of its presence in China, said the government will regulate the Internet according to its laws.
  • Thursday, January 14

  • NASA probing cocaine in shuttle hangar   UPI / 7:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- NASA is investigating how a bag of cocaine ended up in a space shuttle hangar at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, agency officials said Thursday.
  • Man admits wearing unearned Purple Hearts   UPI / 7:34PM
    SAN DIEGO, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A Southern California man charged with impersonating a U.S. Marine general pleaded guilty Thursday to wearing unearned medals.
  • Former Buffalo Bill Bruce Smith admits DWI   UPI / 6:06PM
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Vt., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Bruce Smith, a Hall of Fame defensive end who played for the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins, pleaded guilty to drunken driving Thursday in Virginia.
  • Judge rules in favor of e-cigarettes   UPI / 5:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has no authority to regulate electronic cigarettes, a federal trial court ruled Thursday.
  • Terrorist suspect makes juror demand   UPI / 3:24PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Accused terrorist Aafia Siddiqui said the jury in her New York trial should not contain anyone with a "Zionist or Israeli background."
  • Young offenders anticipate early death   UPI / 1:54AM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The more young criminals think they are going to die young the more likely they are going to engage in criminality and violence, U.S. researchers found.
  • Wednesday, January 13

  • Unlicensed Miami slaughterhouses cited   UPI / 1:34PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Florida officials say they have swept through an area of Miami-Dade County where illegal slaughterhouses were operating, handing out citations.
  • Chihuahua hoarder reaches plea deal   UPI / 11:24AM
    DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A man in Dearborn, Mich., will serve five years probation for keeping more than 100 Chihuahuas in his home, his lawyer says.
  • Tuesday, January 12

  • Google hacked, re-thinks China presence   UPI / 7:44PM
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Google Inc. Tuesday said it "may well" shut down its operations in China because of a computer network attack on its e-mail service.
  • Edwards: 'No contest' on fight charges   UPI / 7:44PM
    CLEVELAND, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- New York Jets receiver Braylon Edwards pleaded no contest Tuesday in Cleveland to charges arising from an October nightclub fight, observers said.
  • Sri Lankan journalist freed on bail   UPI / 12:24AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- An award-winning Sri Lankan Tamil journalist, sentenced to 20 years for allegedly inciting violence, has won release on bail, his lawyer said.
  • Monday, January 11

  • Tylenol case extortionist pushes book   UPI / 4:25PM
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts man convicted of extortion in the 1982 Tylenol poisonings case has appeared on a TV show to promote a book, observers say.
  • 'Balloon Boy' dad begins jail sentence   UPI / 3:54PM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- "Balloon Boy" father Richard Heene turned himself in to Colorado authorities to begin a 30-day jail sentence Monday, witnesses said.
  • Lawyer: Sentences given for Georgia mutiny   UPI / 12:14PM
    TBILISI, Georgia, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Three military officials were sentenced to prison Monday in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi for their roles in a mutiny attempt, a lawyer in the trial said.
  • Jayson Williams in plea deal   UPI / 11:24AM
    SOMERVILLE, N.J., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Former NBA player Jayson Williams pleaded guilty to an assault charge Monday and will be sentenced to prison for the 2002 death of a limousine driver.
  • Israel erecting barrier on Egyptian border   UPI / 3:14AM
    JERUSALEM, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Israel says it hopes planned barriers along its border with Egypt will help keep out illegal migrants, militants and smugglers.
  • Sunday, January 10

  • Forest Service, 'ski bum' face off   UPI / 7:14PM
    DENVER, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A 63-year-old Colorado man labeled the "epitome of ski bums," jailed for camping on public land, could walk free if he admits guilt, authorities say.
  • Informants: Vick shot, bludgeoned dogs   UPI / 5:44PM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Informants say the NFL's Michael Vick -- formerly with Atlanta, now with Philadelphia -- drowned, shot and bludgeoned fighting dogs to death, documents show.
  • Celebrity murder case set to begin   UPI / 3:34PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Linda Stein's assistant, set to go on trial, says in a video confession she did not mean to kill the New York celebrity real estate agent, officials allege.
  • Would-be pope assassin eyeing media deals   UPI / 12:54PM
    ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A Turkish man imprisoned for trying to assassinate Pope John Paul II says he is seeking deals for book, TV and film projects about his actions.
  • Saturday, January 9

  • French official wants fines for burqas   UPI / 1:34PM
    PARIS, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The head of France's Union for a Popular Movement political party says France should have a law that fines women $1,000 for wearing burqas.
  • Video of Afghanistan CIA bomber released   UPI / 12:54PM
    AMMAN, Jordan, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A video aired Saturday shows a suicide bomber who blew up a CIA base in Afghanistan saying the act was to avenge the killing of a Taliban leader.
  • Passenger charged for 'Gilligan's' note   UPI / 8:44AM
    PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. authorities have charged an Oregon man with interfering with a flight when his in-flight note prompted pilots to turn the plane around.
  • Friday, January 8

  • Volunteers dismiss swingman Tyler Smith   UPI / 5:54PM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- University of Tennessee men's basketball Coach Bruce Pearl has dismissed senior swingman Tyler Smith a week after his arrest on drug and weapons charges.
  • Pair get death for leaking secrets   UPI / 8:14AM
    RANGOON, Myanmar, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Two Burmese whistle-blowers have been sentenced to death for leaking secret information about the Myanmar government, officials say.
  • Thursday, January 7

  • Ex-military official sent to prison   UPI / 8:35PM
    COLUMBUS, Ga., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Georgia Thursday sentenced a former U.S. military official to three years in prison for his role in a bribery conspiracy.
  • LA Clippers announcer denies theft charge   UPI / 8:05PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- An announcer for the NBA Los Angeles Clippers entered a not guilty plea Thursday to charges he cheated a longtime friend of $735,000.
  • Innocent pleas over scientist's death   UPI / 1:54PM
    HEBRON, Ky., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A woman and her son have pleaded innocent to charges they abducted schizophrenic scientist Walter Sartory in Kentucky and later killed the man.
  • Latin American police get Spanish boost   UPI / 10:34AM
    MEXICO CITY, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Police in Latin America soon will be able to track down weapons traffickers in their own language, the U.S. government says.
  • Wednesday, January 6

  • China accused of abusing drug users   UPI / 7:14PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Chinese drug users are imprisoned in detention centers where they are denied treatment, physically abused and used as forced labor, a group says.
  • U.S. court slams prisoner voting ban   UPI / 6:05PM
    SEATTLE, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- State laws barring imprisoned felons from voting has been challenged by a U.S. appellate court ruling, legal observers say.
  • Right to challenge McCain on immigration   UPI / 4:24PM
    PHOENIX, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Conservative critics of U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., say they will hammer him on his support of immigration reform when he runs for re-election this year.
  • Former Lions WR Rogers ordered jailed   UPI / 3:05PM
    NOVI, Mich., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers must return to jail for violating his probation on drunken driving charges, a judge ruled Wednesday.
  • Florida 'Ponzi' attorney to plead guilty   UPI / 2:34PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Accused Florida Ponzi scheme attorney Scott Rothstein will plead guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges, his attorney said Wednesday.
  • School computers rigged for alien hunt?   UPI / 1:14AM
    PHOENIX, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A former IT director allegedly cost an Arizona school district more than $1 million by rigging its computers to search for intelligent space aliens.
  • Tuesday, January 5

  • Ampatuan pleads not guilty in massacre   UPI / 7:44PM
    MANILA, Philippines, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Local Philippine politico Andal Ampatuan Jr. pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 41 counts of murder in the massacre of a political rival's family and followers.
  • Third USC white powder envelope found   UPI / 5:44PM
    IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A third envelope containing white powder has been found on the University of California, Irvine, campus, officials said Tuesday.
  • Medicare fraud suspect held without bond   UPI / 2:24PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A Miami man who allegedly bought a fleet of luxury cars with the proceeds of a Medicare fraud scheme has been denied bail, authorities say.
  • Israel warns on British arrest warrants   UPI / 11:54AM
    JERUSALEM, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Britain's tolerance of arrest warrants issued against Israeli officials is undermining bilateral relations, Israel warned Tuesday.
  • Former NBA star Williams charged with DWI   UPI / 10:44AM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Former NBA star Jayson Williams was charged Tuesday with driving while intoxicated after a crash in Manhattan, authorities say.
  • Monday, January 4

  • Grammar vandals awarded book deal   UPI / 7:14PM
    PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Two U.S. men convicted on federal vandalism charges for fixing typos on public signs said they have landed a book deal to write about their adventures.
  • Docs: Accused Fla. shooter unfit for trial   UPI / 2:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- A Florida man accused of a shooting rampage at an architectural firm isn't competent to stand trial, doctors said Monday.
  • Help urged for Canadian held in Ethiopia   UPI / 12:24PM
    OTTAWA, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The Canadian government needs to help set free Canadian businessman Bashir Makhtal after three years in custody in Ethiopia, Makhtal's cousin says.
  • Roughriders' GM says guilty on sex charge   UPI / 12:14PM
    REGINA, Saskatchewan, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Saskatchewan Roughriders general manager Eric Tillman pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of sexual assault against a 16-year-old girl, observers said.
  • Blagojevich to compete on 'Apprentice'   UPI / 10:34AM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Rod Blagojevich's spokesman confirmed Monday the former Illinois governor has joined the cast of the third edition of TV's "Celebrity Apprentice."
  • Personal data susceptible to hackers   UPI / 12:14AM
    BOSTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Hackers are to blame for most thefts of credit card numbers, medical records and other information of a million Massachusetts residents, The Boston Globe said.
  • Sunday, January 3

  • Text messages alert on crime sweeps   UPI / 5:44PM
    PHOENIX, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A civil rights activist says she is fighting back against controversial crime sweeps aimed at illegal immigrants in Arizona, using text messaging as a weapon.
  • Arenas says he used 'bad judgment'   UPI / 4:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas says he made a mistake when he stored a gun in his locker at the Verizon Center, the team's home facility.
  • 'Sons of Iraq' targeted for retribution   UPI / 3:54PM
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A rash of killings of U.S.-allied Sunni militiamen is pointing to signs of weakness for the "Sons of Iraq," military experts say.
  • Saturday, January 2

  • Somali pirates hijack two more ships   UPI / 5:44PM
    HOBYO, Somalia, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The Somali pirates who captured a British-flagged ship with a Bulgarian captain had yet to make a ransom demand, Bulgarian officials said Saturday.
  • Music producer Stewart charged with murder   UPI / 3:54PM
    HAMPTON, Ga., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Music producer Demetrius Lee Stewart is facing murder charges in Georgia for a deadly shooting at his home in Hampton, authorities say.
  • New state laws target distracted driving   UPI / 1:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- There has been a flurry of U.S. state legislative proposals aimed at cutting down on the number of distracted drivers, policy analysts say.
  • 'Deadliest' deckhand arrested in Illinois   UPI / 1:14PM
    EAST PEORIA, Ill., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Police in Eugene, Ore., say a former deckhand featured on "Deadliest Catch" was arrested in Illinois on an arrest warrant for three bank robberies.
  • Friday, January 1

  • Businesses warned about online banking   UPI / 2:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- The FBI and the American Bankers Association have issued a warning to small business owners to use a separate computer for online banking.
  • Thursday, December 31

  • Center sued for canceling anti-Darwin film   UPI / 5:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The California Science Center has been sued for canceling a film that attacked the science of evolution and promoted intelligent design, court records say.
  • Police searching for 'Deadliest' deckhand   UPI / 3:54PM
    EUGENE, Ore., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Police in Eugene, Ore., said they are searching for Joshua Tel Warner, a deckhand who appeared on "Deadliest Catch," in connection with three bank robberies.
  • Race horse trainer arrested in Ohio   UPI / 3:34PM
    BATAVIA, Ohio, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A race horse trainer with ties to horse deaths at a farm in Clermont County, Ohio, has been arrested for an alleged probation violation, authorities say.
  • Man gets house arrest for fish smuggling   UPI / 11:34AM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A California man was sentenced to six months of house arrest for illegally smuggling six endangered fish through a Los Angeles airport, a federal judge ruled.
  • Wednesday, December 30

  • 'Trek' most pirated film of 2009   UPI / 3:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Hollywood's "Star Trek" was illegally downloaded more than 10 million times, making it the most pirated film of the year, a file-sharing blog reported.
  • 4 suspended for drug lord slaying photos   UPI / 1:44PM
    MEXICO CITY, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Four Mexican state employees have been suspended in connection with controversial photos taken of a slain reputed drug lord, an official source says.
  • Signed guitars stolen ahead of benefit   UPI / 12:24PM
    GARLAND, Texas, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- More than 60 guitars that had been signed by celebrities were stolen from a Texas facility before they could be sold at a benefit sale, their owner says.
  • Corrupt officials face tough year in China   UPI / 8:04AM
    BEIJING, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- At least 15 governors and high-level ministerial officials among others in China were ousted this year in the government's drive against official corruption.
  • Tuesday, December 29

  • Boston pays $3.2M in wrongful conviction   UPI / 1:44PM
    BOSTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A man wrongfully imprisoned for 18 years for raping three women has won a $3.25 million settlement against the city of Boston, attorneys say.
  • Navy CPO charged with false identity   UPI / 11:05AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A U.S. Navy chief petty officer stationed in Jacksonville, Fla., has for years used the identity of a dead Oregon child, U.S. officials allege.
  • Former NFL DL Perry injured in shooting   UPI / 11:05AM
    LITHONIA, Ga., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Former NFL defensive lineman Gerald Perry was shot after an argument broke out in front of a Georgia car wash, witnesses say.
  • Foreign office: China executes British man   UPI / 1:54AM
    BEIJING, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- China Tuesday executed a 53-year-old British father of five who had been convicted of drug smuggling, the British Foreign Office said.
  • Monday, December 28

  • Lawyer claims Gosselin break-in a hoax   UPI / 4:05PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A lawyer for Jon Gosselin's ex-girlfriend says Hailey Glassman had nothing to do with the alleged ransacking of the reality TV personality's New York home.
  • Hundreds of carts taken from toy shop   UPI / 3:14PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Police said a series of shopping cart thefts beginning the day after Thanksgiving ended with a New York Toys 'R' Us being left without a single shopping cart.
  • Sunday, December 27

  • Morgenthau: Bankers needed jail threat   UPI / 5:54PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Legendary New York prosecutor Robert Morgenthau says he won a huge forfeiture from Credit Suisse only because he threatened criminal penalties.
  • Hoekstra: White House 'downplays' terror   UPI / 3:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The Obama administration has underestimated the threat posed by homegrown terrorism, a Republican lawmaker said Sunday.
  • Jon Gosselin's home robbed, vandalized   UPI / 11:54AM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The New York apartment of former reality TV star Jon Gosselin was vandalized and a number of items were removed from the home, Gosselin's representative says.
  • Source says Sheen, wife eyeing counseling   UPI / 11:24AM
    ASPEN, Colo., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Actor Charlie Sheen and his wife, Brooke Mueller, will take part in counseling in the wake of Sheen's arrest in Aspen, Colo., a source close to Mueller says.
  • Saturday, December 26

  • Six Palestinians killed by Israeli forces   UPI / 5:05PM
    NABLUS, West Bank, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The Israeli military said Saturday it killed three Palestinians planning an attack and three others blamed for the death of a Jewish settler.
  • Justice sought for slain journalist   UPI / 4:44PM
    CHETUMAL, Mexico, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists said authorities in Mexico must bring the individual responsible for the death of a slain journalist to justice.
  • Charlie Sheen freed after Colorado arrest   UPI / 1:24PM
    ASPEN, Colo., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Actor Charlie Sheen was released from jail in Aspen, Colo., Christmas Day after being arrested on domestic violence-related charges.
  • Madoff suffers dizzyness, hypertension   UPI / 10:05AM
    BUTNER, N.C., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Disgraced U.S. financier Bernard Madoff was hospitalized in prison due to dizziness and hypertension, prison officials say.
  • Too much TV, juice in home child care   UPI / 12:05AM
    CORVALLIS, Ore., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Home-based child care exposes children to too much TV, U.S. researchers said.
  • Friday, December 25

  • Actor Charlie Sheen released on bail   UPI / 11:54PM
    ASPEN, Colo., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Actor Charlie Sheen has been released on bail on Aspen, Colo., where he was arrested Friday in an alleged domestic violence incident, officials said.
  • Nevada's top court opposes Simpson ruling   UPI / 1:14PM
    CARSON CITY, Nev., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- The Nevada Supreme Court said a judge in Clark County, Nev., should have given the media access to questionnaires from ex-athlete O.J. Simpson's robbery trial.
  • Thursday, December 24

  • Petition led to subversion charge   UPI / 11:34PM
    BEIJING, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The 11-year prison sentence given Friday in a Beijing court to Liu Xiaobo shows China's Communist regime will not tolerate dissidence, critics said.
  • Hackers wreak huge holiday-time fraud   UPI / 7:44PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Computer hackers obtained information belonging to an Anchorage, Alaska, retailer that pertained to between 150 and 1,000 credit card users, police said.
  • Wednesday, December 23

  • Fraudster Madoff moved to prison hospital   UPI / 8:54PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Bernard Madoff has been moved to the medical wing at the North Carolina prison where he is serving a 150-year sentence for fraud, authorities say.
  • Philippines journos honor slain colleagues   UPI / 11:54AM
    AMPATUAN, Philippines, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Philippines journalists lit candles Wednesday as they visited the site where at least 22 of their colleagues were slain in November, observers said.
  • 'Most Wanted' focuses on family killing   UPI / 11:34AM
    JUPITER, Fla., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh said his TV show is doing a segment on Paul Merhige, who is accused of killing four relatives in Jupiter, Fla.
  • Report: DOE must upgrade computer security   UPI / 12:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- An Inspector General's report finds the U.S. Department of Energy has been dragging its feet on computer security, ABC News reported Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, December 22

  • General: No court-martial for pregnancy   UPI / 6:05PM
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army general in Iraq who called for court-martialing female soldiers who got pregnant said he would not jail a soldier for pregnancy, ABC News reported.
  • Student guilty in Facebook sex blackmail   UPI / 2:44PM
    WAUKESHA, Wis., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A former Wisconsin schoolboy accused of using the Facebook Web site to blackmail male classmates into sex is guilty of sexual assault, a judge has ruled.
  • Crime, drugs rose after intense weather   UPI / 2:24PM
    WACO, Texas, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- People who believe storms today are more intense than they were years ago are more likely to prepare for bad weather, a Texas scientist said.
  • ID thief hits Chicago hockey great Mikita   UPI / 2:24PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Stan Mikita, center of the Chicago Blackhawks' "Scooter Line" in the 1960s, has lost $100,000 to an identity thief who raided his bank account.
  • 'Ponzi' lawyer's office items auctioned   UPI / 11:34AM
    TAMARAC, Fla., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Items from the law offices of Florida attorney Scott Rothstein, indicted for a massive Ponzi scheme, will be auctioned off, officials say.
  • Citigroup denies huge cyber theft occurred   UPI / 10:34AM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A Citigroup Inc. security director has denied the FBI was investigating a computer breach in which Russian thieves allegedly stole tens of millions of dollars.
  • Aussie court fines, bans e-mail spammer   UPI / 9:44AM
    BRISBANE, Australia, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A New Zealand man accused of being an e-mail spam mastermind has been fined and banned from e-mailing for seven years, Australian officials say.
  • Monday, December 21

  • Palin e-mail intruder faces trial   UPI / 9:14PM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A Tennessee politician's son accused of hacking Sarah Palin's e-mails while she was the Republican vice-presidential nominee says he didn't steal her identity.
  • 'Ponzi' lawyer's campaign donations probed   UPI / 1:05PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Law partners of a Florida attorney indicted in a massive Ponzi scheme have come under scrutiny for political donations he allegedly organized, sources say.
  • Anti-gay hate crimes surge in Honduras   UPI / 11:44AM
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Up to 18 gay and transgender men have been killed in Honduras in the six months since its president was deposed in a coup, human rights advocates say.
  • Sunday, December 20

  • Sturgeon poachers hit with sizable fines   UPI / 2:44PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Individuals found guilty of sturgeon poaching in Canada's Fraser River received sizable fines in an attempt to protect the endangered fish, an official says.
  • Ex-official: Bhutto, Zardari targeted   UPI / 2:05PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A one-time Pakistani elections official claims the country's anti-corruption agency tried to target Benazir Bhutto and Asif Zardari in 2005.
  • Saturday, December 19

  • Pirates release Greek vessel near Somalia   UPI / 4:24PM
    MOGADISHU, Somalia, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The European Union Naval Force said the MV Delvina, a Greek-owned bulk carrier, was released by pirates off the east coast of Somalia.
  • Two suspected terrorists caught in Iraq   UPI / 3:44PM
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The Multi-National Force in Iraq said two suspected terrorist leaders were apprehended Saturday during operations in Baghdad.
  • Lebanese PM Hariri visits Damascus   UPI / 3:04PM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Damascus Saturday in a landmark move experts say could heal political and personal rifts.
  • Mother sentenced to 120 years for deaths   UPI / 2:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A District of Columbia woman who kept the decomposing bodies of her four daughters in her home has been sentenced to 120 years in prison, officials said.
  • Study: Illegal downloads steady in U.K.   UPI / 2:14PM
    LONDON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Results of a survey for the British Phonographic Industry trade association indicate illegal downloading of music in the United Kingdom is not decreasing.
  • Drone hackings produce calls for change   UPI / 1:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Angry U.S. lawmakers say the White House needs to quickly fill a vacant cybersecurity post after reports surfaced of hackers tapping drone military aircraft.
  • Jury socks BP with $100 million verdict   UPI / 10:34AM
    GALVESTON, Texas, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A Texas jury has awarded $100 million in punitive damages to workers at a BP refinery near Galveston after they were exposed to toxins, attorneys said.
  • Twitter hacks raise security questions   UPI / 10:34AM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The third computer hacker attack this year on the popular Internet site Twitter shows the weakness of the company's security systems, U.S. experts say.
  • Ala. foundry guilty on pollution counts   UPI / 10:34AM
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- An Alabama cast iron manufacturer has pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of knowingly violating the Clean Water Act, U.S. officials say.
  • Friday, December 18

  • Louisiana residents top 'happy' survey   UPI / 1:24PM
    CLINTON, N.Y., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Residents of Louisiana and Hawaii ranked highest, and residents of New York and Connecticut lowest, in a study of happiness in the United States, authors said.
  • Mexican drug lord's death prompts concern   UPI / 1:24PM
    MEXICO CITY, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The death of wanted drug kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva may prompt a war between drug traffickers along the border of Sonora, Mexico, and Arizona, experts say.
  • Judge to consider Okla. abortion law   UPI / 8:05AM
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- An Oklahoma judge was set to hear argument Friday to block a state law that would post information about women getting abortions in the state, attorneys say.
  • Genocide charges against former leaders   UPI / 7:44AM
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia in its first such actions against former Khmer Rouge leaders charged Ieng Sary and Nuon Chea with genocide.
  • Thursday, December 17

  • Paraguay president to take paternity test   UPI / 5:34PM
    ASUNCION, Paraguay, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The president of Paraguay, a former Catholic bishop, has agreed to take a paternity test amid an ongoing scandal involving children of supposed lovers.
  • Berlusconi: Felt Italy's love in hospital   UPI / 5:34PM
    MILAN, Italy, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Thursday he felt loved by Italy during four days in a hospital after being struck in the face by an attacker.
  • Convicted serial killer gets new trial   UPI / 5:04PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Swedish serial killer Sture Bergwall was granted a retrial in the murder of an Israeli tourist Thursday after recanting his confessions to eight killings.
  • Fort Hood suspect moved out of ICU   UPI / 4:05PM
    SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Army psychologist Nidal Hasan, accused in the deadly Fort Hood shootings, is out of intensive care in San Antonio, his defense lawyer says.
  • Royce White leaves Minnesota men's hoops   UPI / 2:24PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Freshman forward Royce White, who pleaded guilty to shoplifting and is a suspect in a dorm room theft, has left the University of Minnesota basketball program.
  • Arroyo aides accused in martial law   UPI / 11:05AM
    MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Six Philippine officials were accused Thursday of illegally encouraging martial law in a province where 57 people were killed in election-related violence.
  • Wednesday, December 16

  • New charges in sex-for-series tickets case   UPI / 8:05PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A Philadelphia woman accused of offering sex to an undercover police officer in return for World Series tickets has been charged with prostitution, police said.
  • Afghan militants release 3 journalists   UPI / 6:24PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A reporter for the British newspaper The Guardian and two other journalists were released Wednesday after being held hostage in Afghanistan, officials said.
  • Ohio man arrested in court firebomb case   UPI / 6:14PM
    MANSFIELD, Ohio, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- An Ohio man has been jailed for allegedly firebombing a municipal courtroom where he was to stand trial on other charges, authorities say.
  • Chinese jailed for making computer viruses   UPI / 5:24PM
    XUZHOU, China, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Eleven people were sentenced to jail by Chinese officials Wednesday for their roles in creating and distributing computer viruses.
  • Police review evidence against Bonds's son   UPI / 5:24PM
    MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- California authorities say they are gathering more evidence for a possible assault charge against the son of home run king Barry Bonds.
  • Death row inmate wants to donate organs   UPI / 4:24PM
    SALEM, Ore., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- An Oregon death row inmate says he is seeking permission from state prison authorities to donate his organs.
  • Slain dancer's family seeking records   UPI / 12:54PM
    DETROIT, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The family of an exotic dancer shot dead in 2003 is seeking medical records from a Detroit hospital regarding treatment the woman received, court filings show.
  • N.M. man accused of false military claim   UPI / 12:24PM
    LAS CRUCES, N.M., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- New Mexico state police allege a former police officer falsely identified himself as a brigadier general with the Army Reserves.
  • Tuesday, December 15

  • Male cheerleader booted after fight   UPI / 2:14PM
    COLUMBIA, Mo., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A Missouri University male cheerleader who says he was assaulted by two female basketball players has been suspended from cheering, school officials say.
  • Pa. men, police indicted in beating death   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Two Pennsylvania men and four police officers were indicted for a hate crime and corruption in the fatal beating a Latino man, the Justice Department said.
  • Murder count dropped in road-rage case   UPI / 12:44PM
    LAS VEGAS, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A U.S. soldier on leave from Iraq will likely face a manslaughter charge in the death of a Las Vegas man during a road rage incident, a prosecutor said.
  • Athletes' doctor probed in doping case   UPI / 9:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A Canadian sports medicine doctor is being investigated by the FBI on suspicion he provided performance-enhancing drugs to athletes, The New York Times said.
  • Monday, December 14

  • Pot measure headed for California ballot   UPI / 9:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- An initiative to legalize marijuana in California has collected sufficient signatures to qualify for the November 2010 ballot, its supporters said.
  • Judge denies request to examine penis   UPI / 1:54PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Jeffrey Epstein's penis cannot be examined by lawyers for women who say the billionaire sex offender abused them, a Palm Beach, Fla., judge ruled Monday.
  • Man gets 17 years in Atlanta terror trial   UPI / 1:54PM
    ATLANTA, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Atlanta sentenced a former Georgia man to 17 years in prison Monday on terrorism-related charges.
  • Networking Web sites targeted by viruses   UPI / 11:44AM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Social networking Web sites such as Facebook are being targeted by malicious programs that hijack users' accounts to mail promotions, U.S. victims said.
  • FDA issues its first debarment action   UPI / 7:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has issued its first debarment order, prohibiting a Virginia seafood dealer from importing food for 20 years.
  • Sunday, December 13

  • Couple says not negligent in son's death   UPI / 9:44PM
    OREGON CITY, Ore., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Oregon parents charged with criminally negligent homicide in the spiritual-healing death of their son say they will ask that the charges be dismissed.
  • Hasan lawyer: Soldier deserves fair trial   UPI / 7:05PM
    FORT HOOD, Texas, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A lawyer says he has agreed to defend the Army major charged in the Nov. 5 massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, because all soldiers deserve a fair trial.
  • Kidnapping hoax convict seeks house arrest   UPI / 4:54PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A Philadelphia woman, jailed for a highly publicized kidnapping hoax, seeks house arrest even as accusations of fraud and theft mount against her, lawyers said.
  • Author Watts accused of choking guard   UPI / 4:24PM
    PORT HURON, Mich., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Canadian author Peter Watts said he did not choke a U.S. border guard during a border crossing despite allegations to the contrary.
  • Reggae star Banton in custody in Miami   UPI / 4:05PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton was in federal custody in Miami after being arrested on drug conspiracy charges, authorities say.
  • Blagojevich seeks Obama interview notes   UPI / 3:24PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Attorneys for indicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich say they want the FBI to turn over notes of interviews with President Barack Obama.
  • Patriots mascot arrested in sex sting   UPI / 2:05PM
    WARWICK, R.I., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The Rhode Island man who serves as the mascot for the New England Patriots was arrested as part of a prostitution sting, state police said.
  • Man accused of cheating L'Oreal heiress   UPI / 11:54AM
    PARIS, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Authorities in Nanterre, France, allege photographer Francois-Marie Banier cheated L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt out of $1.45 billion.
  • Israeli soldier guilty of prisoner abuse   UPI / 11:44AM
    JAFFA, Israel, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- An Israeli military court has found a company commander guilty of beating Palestinian detainees during interrogation, officials said Sunday.
  • Mexican gangs siphon $1B from Pemex   UPI / 11:34AM
    MEXICO CITY, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Mexican criminal gangs during the past two years have stolen $1 billion in oil from the country's state-run oil company, officials say.
  • Saturday, December 12

  • Shoplifting goes serious, organized   UPI / 6:54PM
    HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- In South Windsor, Conn., police say bold daylight criminals are focusing on shoplifting quality, high-ticket items for resale rather than personal use.
  • Ex-child star Bonsall accused of assault   UPI / 4:34PM
    BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Ex-child actor Brian Bonsall, best known for his role on "Family Ties," is being held in Colorado for allegedly beating a friend with a stool, authorities said.
  • Zelaya backers said killed, arrested   UPI / 3:04PM
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Dozens of supporters of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya have been killed and thousands more arrested, human rights groups allege.
  • Cuba detains U.S. contractor   UPI / 2:54PM
    HAVANA, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Cuba has detained a contractor for allegedly distributing cellphones and laptop computers on behalf of the U.S. government, officials in Washington said.
  • Friday, December 11

  • Alleged deer poacher pleads not guilty   UPI / 12:54PM
    CANNON FALLS, Minn., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A Minnesota man pleaded not guilty to illegally killing three deer, including the world's highest-scoring, eight-point whitetail buck.
  • Thousands on hand for big asbestos trial   UPI / 11:54AM
    TURIN, Italy, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The trial of two former executives of a Swiss building firm accused of negligence in 2,200 asbestos-related deaths moved into its second day in Italy Friday.
  • Man to plead guilty to stalking Andrews   UPI / 4:05AM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- An Illinois man accused of secretly videotaping ESPN reporter Erin Andrews in hotel rooms will plead guilty to a federal stalking charge, court papers say.
  • Thursday, December 10

  • Former boxer Tubbs facing year in prison   UPI / 3:05PM
    CINCINNATI, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The mother of former world heavyweight boxing champion Tony "TNT" Tubbs said her son is facing prison in Ohio because of crack cocaine.
  • Wednesday, December 9

  • Blagojevich on Constitution: 'F'n golden'   UPI / 4:54PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Indicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a copy of the U.S. Constitution with a near-profanity that has become his catchphrase, witnesses said.
  • Pa. man accused of illegally baiting bear   UPI / 1:44PM
    WILKES-BARRE, Pa., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A man in Luzerne County, Pa., illegally baited a large black bear using doughnuts, breads and pastries, a wildlife official alleges.
  • 2 soldiers, alleged felons, to be deployed   UPI / 2:34AM
    OLYMPIA, Wash., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Two U.S. Army Rangers accused in a bar burglary that left a man with a stab wound will be allowed to deploy overseas under a judge's ruling.
  • Tuesday, December 8

  • Students nabbed for bullying redheads   UPI / 10:54PM
    CALABASAS, Calif., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Los Angeles authorities say they are considering whether to bring criminal charges against three of nine students who allegedly bullied red-headed classmates.
  • Rights group urges arrest of Nepali major   UPI / 6:44PM
    KATHMANDU, Nepal, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Nepal's government must arrest an army major expelled from a U.N. peacekeeping force and accused of torturing a girl to death, Amnesty International said.
  • Barry Bond's son arrested after fight   UPI / 3:44PM
    MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The 19-year-old son of former San Francisco Giants baseball star Barry Bonds was arrested in California after a violent fight with his mother, authorities say.
  • Homeless shelter execs to plead guilty   UPI / 3:05PM
    DETROIT, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Two leaders of a Detroit homeless shelter will plead guilty to charges they diverted taxpayer funds to political causes, The Detroit Free Press said Tuesday.
  • Florida billionaire battles wine fakery   UPI / 2:44PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A Palm Beach, Fla., billionaire says he's launching a legal campaign to stamp out counterfeit wine collectibles.
  • 'Celebrity' stars in hot water over rat   UPI / 2:34PM
    MURWILLUMBAH, Australia, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A pair of Britons are being charged with animal cruelty in Australia for slaughtering and eating a rat on TV show "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!"
  • Webster tapped to lead Ft. Hood probe   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Former FBI director William Webster has been tapped to review the agency's performance in the run-up to last month's Fort Hood, Texas, shootings, sources say.
  • 2 Navy SEALs arraigned in abuse case   UPI / 9:54AM
    NORFOLK, Va., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Two U.S. Navy SEALs accused in the alleged abuse of an Iraqi detainee were arraigned in Virginia Monday, with one not entering a plea and one pleading innocent.
  • FBI probes death threats in 'climategate'   UPI / 9:05AM
    LONDON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Two British climate scientists involved in a hacking incident have received death threats since their e-mail messages were made public, officials said.
  • Monday, December 7

  • Teacher challenges apartment search   UPI / 2:54PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The lawyer for a former teacher accused of starving her cats says the search of her Boca Raton, Fla., apartment was conducted illegally.
  • Report: Russians hacked climate e-mails   UPI / 11:14AM
    LONDON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- E-mails purporting to show a coverup by British climate change scientists were hacked in a sophisticated operation originating in Russia, sources say.
  • U.S. teens arrested in Japanese rope case   UPI / 11:04AM
    TOKYO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Four teenage children of U.S. military personnel stationed in Tokyo were arrested during the weekend on suspicion of attempted murder, officials said.
  • Canada debates gun control laws   UPI / 10:54AM
    TORONTO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The Canadian Parliament may vote to eliminate a gun-control measure enacted after a 1989 shooting spree that left 15 dead, officials said.
  • Sunday, December 6

  • 'The Zetas' going legit with business buys   UPI / 6:14PM
    LAREDO, Texas, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The notorious Mexican drug cartel enforcers known as the Zetas are branching out into legitimate businesses, law enforcement officials say.
  • 'Celebrity' star accused of animal cruelty   UPI / 4:24PM
    SYDNEY, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Italian chef Gino D'Acampo, winner of the British version of "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here," is guilty of animal cruelty, an organization alleges.
  • Injured sea lion recuperating in Calif.   UPI / 3:44PM
    SAUSALITO, Calif., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A sea lion allegedly shot by a Sacramento River fisherman is resting after being rescued, a spokesman for an animal center in Sausalito, Calif., says.
  • Report: Stanford destroyed bank records   UPI / 3:34PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. banker Allen Stanford went to great lengths to hide his failing financial condition as fraud investigators closed in, records and interviews indicate.
  • Singer Michael hints at new material   UPI / 2:14PM
    LONDON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- British singer George Michael says he is in the studio working on new music, indicating he's mining his troubled past for material.
  • Saturday, December 5

  • Man allegedly sold kangaroos in Indonesia   UPI / 3:54PM
    SURABAYA, Indonesia, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A man has been arrested in Indonesia's East Java province for allegedly selling red kangaroos, a protected species in the Asian country, authorities said.
  • Four U.S. teens face Japanese charges   UPI / 2:05PM
    TOKYO, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Four teenagers -- all children of U.S. military personnel in Japan -- have been arrested on charges of attempted murder, authorities say.
  • Man injected wife with HIV-infected blood   UPI / 2:05PM
    AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- An HIV-positive man was convicted in Auckland, New Zealand, of twice injecting his sleeping wife with his infected blood.
  • California mayor convicted of voter fraud   UPI / 1:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A three-year investigation has produced voter fraud convictions for two members of a longtime California political family, observers say.
  • Medical unit deploys after Ft. Hood losses   UPI / 11:54AM
    FORT HOOD, Texas, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army Reserve medical unit that lost three members in last month's Fort Hood, Texas, base shootings has left for Afghanistan, officials say.
  • Martial law set in Philippines province   UPI / 8:24AM
    MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Martial law in the Philippines province of Maguindanao was in force Saturday after last month's massacre of 57 people there, officials said.
  • Friday, December 4

  • Massacre investigators find buried armory   UPI / 12:24PM
    MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Philippine authorities, investigating the Nov. 23 massacre, report finding a huge cache of high-powered firearms near the Ampatuan family home.
  • U.S. border agents seize counterfeit toys   UPI / 12:14PM
    SAN DIEGO, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Nearly $1.6 million worth of counterfeit toys were seized by U.S. border agents after the items crossed the U.S.-Mexican border, officials said.
  • Thursday, December 3

  • Lawmaker: Police misuse anti-terrorism law   UPI / 5:14PM
    LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- British police are misusing their anti-terrorism powers to stop innocent photographers taking pictures of tourist attractions, a British politician said.
  • Woman accused of 'Twilight' taping   UPI / 4:44PM
    ROSEMONT, Ill., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- An Illinois woman accused of trying to tape "Twilight: New Moon" on her digital camera said she was merely documenting her sister's surprise party.
  • Internet scammers prey on H1N1 fears   UPI / 3:24PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Internet scammers are taking advantage of swine flu worries by sending fake U.S. government e-mails to install a virus in victims computers, authorities said.
  • Boxer wants climate e-mail hacking probed   UPI / 12:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The leaking of e-mail purporting to undermine climate change theories should be criminally investigated, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said Wednesday.
  • Rights experts call for probe of massacre   UPI / 7:54AM
    MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- U.N. human rights experts are urging the Philippines government to investigate the massacre of 57 people and take measures to prevent a recurrence.
  • School worker fired over search for E.T.   UPI / 12:24AM
    PHOENIX, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- An Arizona school district employee resigned after officials accused him of using district computers to search for extraterrestrial life, authorities said.
  • Wednesday, December 2

  • California man shoots teenage wall-jumper   UPI / 8:05PM
    GARDENA, Calif., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A California man was charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon for shooting a teenager who used the man's yard as a shortcut, police say.
  • Formaldehyde in carpet clears courthouse   UPI / 7:14PM
    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Watery eyes, coughing and burning resulting from formaldehyde in a Tennessee courtroom's new carpet caused a judge to delay a homicide trial, he said.
  • Blood found in Yale suspect's apartment   UPI / 6:44PM
    NEW HAVEN, Conn., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A search of Yale University slaying suspect Raymond Clark's apartment yielded blood in plain view, police allege.
  • Arms procurement agent to be sententenced   UPI / 6:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- An Iranian arms procurement agent who pleaded guilty to selling U.S. military components will be sentenced in mid-December, the U.S. Justice Department said.
  • New charges filed in Fort Hood killings   UPI / 5:14PM
    FORT HOOD, Texas, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, was charged with 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder Wednesday, officials said.
  • Taylor: Taiwan, Libya backed campaign   UPI / 4:35PM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, facing a Sierra Leone war crimes tribunal, says Taiwan and Libya contributed to his 1997 presidential campaign.
  • Indian man held over diamonds in Zimbabwe   UPI / 4:14PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A 35-year-old Indian man is facing allegations he failed to have a license or permit to carry seven diamonds in his possession, Zimbabwean authorities said.
  • Israeli soldier punished for Shabbat meal   UPI / 3:54PM
    JERUSALEM, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Israeli military sources said a soldier received 20 days of detention after he cooked himself a meal on the holy day of Shabbat in violation of orders.
  • Ex-Miami spokesman sentenced in porn case   UPI / 2:54PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A Florida judge sentenced the former spokesman for the University of Miami football program to three years in prison for child-pornography possession.
  • Fla. Ponzi probe focusing on accomplices   UPI / 12:35PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The investigation of a Ponzi scheme allegedly run by a Florida attorney now seems to be centering on possible accomplices, court documents indicate.
  • Police: Man blackmailed teens' parents   UPI / 11:44AM
    LEIDEN, Netherlands, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A Dutch man was arrested for allegedly using information posted on the Internet by teenage girls to blackmail their parents, authorities say.
  • Tuesday, December 1

  • Anti-tax activist faces Oregon tax charges   UPI / 10:14PM
    PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- An Oregon anti-tax activist and Republican candidate for governor has been charged with failing to file state tax returns for three years.
  • 8 Mich. State football players suspended   UPI / 8:35PM
    EAST LANSING, Mich., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Team officials said eight Michigan State football players were suspended Tuesday after a fight last month at a residence hall.
  • High Court cites PTSD in death sentence   UPI / 2:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled post-traumatic stress disorder must be considered when applying the death sentence.
  • Somali commander hails death sentence   UPI / 12:24PM
    MOGADISHU, Somalia, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A Somali commander aligned with the country's transitional government says a death sentence against one of his men may help end violence against civilians.
  • Attorney: Knox naive like movie's 'Amelie'   UPI / 11:24AM
    PERUGIA, Italy, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- An Italian defense attorney says accused killer Amanda Knox is not a diabolical schemer but merely a naive girl like one from a romantic movie.
  • Pentagon studied personnel radicalization   UPI / 11:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A 2005 report to the Pentagon dealt with spotting U.S. service members who may have been "radicalized" by outside influences, USA Today reported Tuesday.
  • Murder charges filed in massacre   UPI / 9:54AM
    MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The Philippine Department of Justice filed murder charges against Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. in last week's massacre in Maguindanao, officials said.
  • Accused Cole bomber tests tribunal system   UPI / 9:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The trial of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri will be a key test of the new U.S. military tribunal system, analysts say.
  • Monday, November 30

  • Colleague kills six Afghan police officers   UPI / 10:54AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- An Afghan police officer fatally shot six other officers and wounded two more at a checkpoint in the province of Nimroz, authorities said Monday.
  • Sunday, November 29

  • Report: No LAX footage of Tyson fight   UPI / 4:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- No Los Angeles International Airport security cameras captured an alleged fight between boxer Mike Tyson and a photographer, TMZ.com reported exclusively.
  • Saturday, November 28

  • Group wants Honduran shooting probe   UPI / 10:05PM
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Amnesty International wants an investigation of a shooting by military personnel in the Honduran capitol of Tegucigalpa, and protection of witnesses, it says.
  • Report: Actress Kitaen accused of DUI   UPI / 5:04PM
    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Actress Tawny Kitaen is facing a driving under the influence charge for a September arrest in Newport Beach, Calif., TMZ.com reported exclusively.
  • Elk blamed for death of woman in Sweden   UPI / 2:34PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- An elk is suspected of killing a 63-year-old woman near Loftahammer, Sweden, last year, her husband said after being cleared as a suspect in her death.
  • Screenwriter Avary in full-time custody   UPI / 1:44PM
    OJAI, Calif., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. screenwriter Roger Avary, serving time for vehicular manslaughter, is in full-time custody after reports he was in a work furlough program, officials say.
  • Ex-Bagram detainees allege abuse   UPI / 7:54AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Abuse of prisoners held by the U.S. military in Afghanistan has continued under the Obama administration, two former teenage detainees allege.
  • Friday, November 27

  • Charges filed in death of art expert   UPI / 4:05PM
    SYDNEY, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Police in New South Wales, Australia, said they have charged the son of art expert Nick Waterlow with killing his father and sister.
  • Police officers rounded up in Philippines   UPI / 3:44PM
    MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- More than 300 police and paramilitary personnel have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the Mindanao massacre, Philippine officials said Friday.
  • Thursday, November 26

  • S. Korea admits civilian massacre in war   UPI / 6:14PM
    SEOUL, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- South Korea should formally apologize for the massacre of thousands of civilians at the beginning of the Korean War, a commission said Thursday.
  • Conviction of Ben Ali critic draws fire   UPI / 2:24PM
    TUNIS, Tunisia, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Amnesty International Thursday condemned the conviction of a vocal opponent of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
  • HRW: Nigeria must prosecute over deaths   UPI / 12:14PM
    ABUJA, Nigeria, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The Nigerian government has not prosecuted those responsible for 2008 clashes in the country that left more than 130 civilians dead, Human Rights Watch said.
  • Report: Jailed militant made hoax calls   UPI / 7:44AM
    KARACHI, Pakistan, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Pakistani investigators say a jailed militant claiming to be India's foreign minister made threatening calls to leaders in Pakistan last year.
  • Arrests in Philippines' kidnap-slaughter   UPI / 12:34AM
    MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Philippines' ruling coalition expelled members of a political clan allegedly linked to the election-related massacre as arrests began Thursday of suspects.
  • Wednesday, November 25

  • At least 10 killed in Iraq violence   UPI / 9:34PM
    BAGHDAD, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- At least 10 people were killed in two bombings and a raid on a home in Iraq Wednesday, authorities said.
  • Settlement in Alaska clergy abuse case   UPI / 2:14PM
    FAIRBANKS, Alaska, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, reached a $9.8 million settlement regarding allegations of sexual abuse by priests, lawyers involved in the matter said.
  • Guilty pleas in Bay Area highway shooting   UPI / 1:44PM
    OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Two defendants have pleaded guilty to shooting at cars with a pellet gun in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • 'Robin Hood' banker sentence suspended   UPI / 11:54AM
    BONN, Germany, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A German banker has drawn a suspended sentence for transferring $11.5 million from wealthy account holders to those of poorer ones, her attorney says.
  • Man handling Gitmo closing resigns   UPI / 10:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The Pentagon official charged with closing the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military prison has resigned, the U.S. Defense Department said.
  • Tuesday, November 24

  • Arroyo promises justice after massacre   UPI / 10:14PM
    MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo promised Tuesday those behind a political massacre of 46 people would be brought to justice.
  • Jury convicts Miami pastor, wife of fraud   UPI / 3:34PM
    MIAMI, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A Miami-area minister and his wife were convicted for their participation in a $7 million scheme involving money laundering and mortgage fraud.
  • Belgian arms dealer admits conspiracy   UPI / 1:35PM
    MOBILE, Ala., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A Belgian arms dealer known as the "Field Marshall" has admitted he's guilty of breaking U.S. conspiracy laws.
  • Two in custody linked to Mumbai attacks   UPI / 12:54PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Two men in custody in Chicago are being investigated for possible links to last year's terrorist attacks in Mumbai, a source says.
  • Fergie's ex-aide Andrews flees prison   UPI / 9:44AM
    LONDON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A former aide to Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has fled from a British prison where she was serving a murder sentence, officials say.
  • Monday, November 23

  • UCLA's Dragovic charged with assault   UPI / 9:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Nikola Dragovic, a forward on UCLA's basketball team, has been charged with felony assault, the Los Angeles district attorney's office announced Monday.
  • Sanford faces 37 ethics charges   UPI / 4:54PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford faces ethics charges on 37 counts of using his office for personal financial gain, the state ethics commission said Monday.
  • 'Madoff victim' auction called ploy   UPI / 2:34PM
    NASHVILLE, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Attendees at a Tennessee auction purporting to sell items put up for bid by the victims of financial fraudster Bernie Madoff say it's a marketing ploy.
  • Police tie S.D. Chargers player to brawl   UPI / 1:35PM
    SAN DIEGO, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- San Diego police said at least one San Diego Chargers player was involved in a brawl at a local bar early Monday morning.
  • Court overturns lawnmower conviction   UPI / 1:24PM
    ATLANTA, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The Georgia Supreme Court Monday reversed the conviction of a man sentenced to 10 years for stealing a riding lawnmower.
  • Canadian reporter defends accused brother   UPI / 11:44AM
    OTTAWA, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The brother of a Canadian man jailed in Chicago for alleged involvement in a plot to attack a Danish newspaper says Tahawwur Hussain Rana is innocent.
  • Canada introducing online child porn laws   UPI / 11:24AM
    OTTAWA, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Canadian Internet providers would be required to alert police if they come across any Web sites linked to child pornography under a proposed law, sources say.
  • Support for legalized marijuana grows   UPI / 11:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Support for legalizing marijuana is growing rapidly in the United States and received a push when President Barack Obama said he once smoked it, advocates said.
  • Worm targets Dutch bank iPhone app   UPI / 11:05AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A computer worm is targeting iPhone users who use an application to conduct online transactions with Dutch bank ING Direct, security experts say.
  • N.Y. trial of Gitmo detainee holds lessons   UPI / 8:05AM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The New York trial of a former Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee holds lessons for the planned trial of the self-avowed Sept. 11, 2001, mastermind, analysts say.
  • Sunday, November 22

  • Accused teen girl-killer's options weighed   UPI / 5:24PM
    ST. MARTINS, Mo., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Child welfare and judicial officials in Missouri are trying to determine how to deal with a 15-year-old girl accused of child murder, observers say.
  • FTC: Invasive spyware illegal   UPI / 4:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and a Florida company said they are near agreement on appropriate use of spyware that can invade others' computers.
  • Fundraiser to aid victim of burning crime   UPI / 3:04PM
    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A Florida fundraiser to benefit a 15-year-old burn attack victim netted about $50,000 and boosted the family's spirits, the boy's mother said.
  • U.S., Mexico draw closer in cartel battle   UPI / 11:34AM
    MEXICO CITY, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The United States and Mexico are putting aside longstanding mistrust of each other and working together against narcotics cartels, officials say.
  • NY1 anchor guilty of attempted assault   UPI / 12:54AM
    RAMAPO, N.Y., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- An anchor for the New York City cable news channel NY1 has been found guilty of an attempted assault on his wife at their home north of the city.
  • Saturday, November 21

  • Singer Bieber appearance causes near-riot   UPI / 3:54PM
    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- An appearance by Justin Bieber at a New York mall resulted in a near-riot by the Canadian singer's young fans and the arrest of a record label executive.
  • Schumer: Megrahi should be re-jailed   UPI / 2:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi should be returned to a Scottish jail because he has not yet died, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says.
  • Rioters ransack India TV station   UPI / 2:05PM
    MUMBAI, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A mob angry over criticism of their right-wing leader by a Mumbai television station ransacked the broadcaster's offices, authorities say.
  • UN calls for Iran prisoner release   UPI / 1:44PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A U.N. committee says Iran should release political prisoners arrested during protests over the country's disputed presidential election in June.
  • New evidence in Andrews' stalker case   UPI / 1:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A lawyer for Erin Andrews said in a Los Angeles courtroom the man who allegedly stalked the ESPN sportscaster also stalked another woman.
  • Kidnappers demand $7M for yacht couple   UPI / 8:24AM
    LONDON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The Somali kidnappers of a British yachting couple say they want $7 million for their release, the BBC reported Saturday.
  • Friday, November 20

  • Man, wife plead guilty to spying for Cuba   UPI / 6:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A former U.S. State Department official and his wife pleaded guilty to a 30-year conspiracy to give classified data to Cuba, the Justice Department said.
  • Swim coach allegedly impregnated teen   UPI / 5:05PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A swim coach in San Jose, Calif., allegedly impregnated a 14-year-old girl who later had an abortion, court documents reveal.
  • Crist fundraiser accused of fraud   UPI / 4:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- An attorney who was a major fundraiser for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist allegedly conducted an investment scam that cost investors millions, a lawsuit alleges.
  • Ex-Pittsburgh anchor arrested for DUIs   UPI / 4:14PM
    PITTSBURGH, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- An attorney for Don Cannon said the former Pittsburgh TV news anchorman was arrested for not serving sentences on two driving under the influence convictions.
  • Hearing for former NBA star postponed   UPI / 3:05PM
    NEWARK, N.J., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A hearing for former NBA star Jayson Williams concerning the death a limo driver has been indefinitely postponed, the office of a New Jersey judge says.
  • Arrests made in European match-fixing ring   UPI / 11:54AM
    BOCHUM, Germany, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Law enforcement officials in Germany said Friday that 17 people were arrested for allegedly taking part in a major match-fixing ring in European soccer.
  • Thursday, November 19

  • New indictments in Pitino extortion case   UPI / 9:54PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A woman accused of attempted extortion against Louisville basketball Coach Rick Pitino faces charges of retaliating against him for reporting the alleged plot.
  • U.S. Sen. Kerry's daughter accused of DUI   UPI / 5:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Los Angeles police said Thursday that Alexandra Forbes Kerry, eldest daughter of U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is accused of driving under the influence.
  • Jayson Williams ready to plead guilty?   UPI / 4:24PM
    FLEMINGTON, N.J., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Former New Jersey Nets star Jayson Williams has agreed to plead guilty to a charge in the death of a limo driver at his New Jersey mansion, sources said.
  • Official: Take pics of subway gropers   UPI / 3:04PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A New York city councilman is encouraging women to snap cellphone pictures of subway gropers.
  • Insects to be used in serial slaying case   UPI / 1:44PM
    CLEVELAND, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- An insect specialist will examine bugs found on bodies of 11 women found in a Cleveland home to determine when they were killed, police said.
  • $1M youth anti-violence program in Chicago   UPI / 12:14PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The University of Chicago opened a $1 million anti-violence program for Chicago's public schools that it will methodically assess to see if it's cost effective.
  • Wednesday, November 18

  • 2 UT Vols football players kicked off team   UPI / 5:14PM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Tennessee Volunteers football Coach Lane Kiffin has dismissed two of the three players charged with attempted armed robbery.
  • Arrests in U.K. over ZeuS virus attack   UPI / 3:54PM
    MANCHESTER, England, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Two suspects are in custody in England for their alleged role in a devastating worldwide computer virus attack that infected thousands of computers, police say.
  • Holder: 9/11 civilian trial a 'tough call'   UPI / 2:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The decision to try five alleged Sept. 11, 2001, plotters in a civilian court will withstand "the judgment of history," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said.
  • Lawyer: British copied U.S. interrogations   UPI / 10:54AM
    LONDON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Prisoners held in secret British army centers in Iraq said their captors used harsh interrogation techniques similar to methods used by U.S. interrogators.
  • Former Mo. legislator gets year in jail   UPI / 1:54AM
    ST. LOUIS, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A former Missouri state senator was sentenced to a year and a day in jail Tuesday for lying to federal investigators looking into a campaign mailing.
  • Tuesday, November 17

  • Former Titans player sentenced for scheme   UPI / 10:05PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A former Tennessee Titans player has been sentenced to 57 months for bilking investors out of $5 million in a Ponzi scheme.
  • Report: Casey picking Hood probe panel   UPI / 3:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. military career of accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan will be examined by an Army panel, a military source says.
  • Cell phone firm targeted in privacy case   UPI / 3:35PM
    LONDON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A British data privacy watchdog says he's going to prosecute a mobile telephone company for selling customers' records.
  • Irish woman arrested in deaths of soldiers   UPI / 10:44AM
    ANTRIM, Northern Ireland, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A woman jailed 36 years ago for an IRA bombing was in custody Tuesday for the deaths of two soldiers in Northern Ireland this year, officials said.
  • Somali pirates take chemical tanker   UPI / 8:14AM
    LONDON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A Singapore-operated chemical tanker with 28 North Korean crew members has been hijacked by Somali pirates off the Seychelles Islands, military officials say.
  • Monday, November 16

  • Beauty shop owners plead guilty to bribery   UPI / 3:34PM
    SEATTLE, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The owners-operators of a beauty salon in Washington state pleaded guilty to bribery and illegally importing cosmetic equipment, officials said.
  • iPhone app creates 'Balloon Boys'   UPI / 1:34PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- A U.S. software developer said it has created an iPhone application inspired by the hoax story of a Colorado boy trapped in a balloon.
  • Britain releasing more inmates early   UPI / 11:44AM
    LONDON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- An overnight release program in Britain to ease prison overcrowding puts the public at risk from repeat offenders, critics said.
  • Report: Gunmen kill 13 Iraqi civilians   UPI / 8:54AM
    ZAUBA, Iraq, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Thirteen Iraqi civilians were slain by gunmen wearing Iraqi Army uniforms, police sources said Monday.
  • Sunday, November 15

  • 'Belle de Jour' is research scientist   UPI / 7:14PM
    LONDON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Successful author and London call girl Belle de Jour is really obscure British research scientist Brooke Magnanti, The Sunday Times of London revealed.
  • Six Fort Hood victims laid to rest   UPI / 4:35PM
    WEST JORDAN, Utah, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Six victims of the Fort Hood, Texas, mass shootings were laid to rest around the United States Sunday, mourners said.
  • Giuliani: Fort Hood 'clearly terrorism'   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- This month's mass shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, were "clearly a terrorist act," former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said Sunday.
  • Reality star Shayne Lamas accused of DUI   UPI / 2:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Reality TV star Shayne Lamas said she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence at a police checkpoint in Los Angeles.
  • Self-radicalized terrorists more common   UPI / 10:35AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The man accused of killing 13 at Fort Hood, Texas, may have become a self-radicalized terrorist with the aid of the Internet, a terror expert alleged.
  • Saturday, November 14

  • 'Hills' star Pratt to enroll in rehab   UPI / 4:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- "The Hills" star Stephanie Pratt said she's headed to rehab while facing drunken driving charges in Los Angeles.
  • Munch's 'History' stolen from art dealer   UPI / 1:54PM
    OSLO, Norway, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- An art dealer in Oslo, Norway, says thieves smashed a large window at his dealership and stole the lithograph "History" by Edvard Munch.
  • 4 jailed in online bank customer scam   UPI / 10:14AM
    LONDON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Four men have been jailed by a British court after admitting to an Internet fraud in which nearly $1 million was stolen from NatWest bank customers.
  • Britain probing Iraq detainee abuse claims   UPI / 8:44AM
    LONDON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The British Ministry of Defense says it is looking into seven new cases of alleged Iraqi prisoner abuse by British troops.
  • Obama to Congress: Hold off on Hood probe   UPI / 6:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday urged members of Congress not to turn the investigation into the Fort Hood massacre into "political theater."
  • Friday, November 13

  • Madoff victim turns to art therapy   UPI / 6:05PM
    SANTA FE, N.M., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A New Mexico senior who lost her savings in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme says she has taken to drawing portraits of the convict as therapy.
  • Guilty verdict in Agriprocessors case   UPI / 4:34PM
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A jury found a former Agriprocessors Inc. executive guilty on 86 felony fraud counts related to sales records at the meat company's plant in Postville, Iowa.
  • Crawford an alleged extortion victim   UPI / 3:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. authorities have charged a German man for allegedly demanding money from supermodel Cindy Crawford for a photo of her young daughter bound to a chair.
  • An apology from Jaycee's alleged abductor   UPI / 8:24AM
    SACRAMENTO, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A man accused of kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old, and holding her captive for 18 years, has issued an apology, a TV station says.
  • Hasan prosecutors to seek death penalty   UPI / 1:24AM
    FORT HOOD, Texas, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Military prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty for the man accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, a senior U.S. Army officer said.
  • Thursday, November 12

  • Phone scam traced to prison   UPI / 9:44PM
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Detectives in Oklahoma City say they've traced an expensive cell phone scam to a prison 445 miles away in Houston.
  • Priest says captors treated him well   UPI / 9:24PM
    MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- An Irish Catholic priest who was held for a month by Islamic rebels in the Philippines said they treated him kindly and he would continue his missionary work.
  • Woman to fight fine for feeding ducks   UPI / 8:14PM
    OLDBURY, England, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- An Oldbury, England, woman says she'll fight a $125 littering fine handed her for feeding ducks and geese in a park with her toddler son.
  • Ex-Neb. RB Collins gets life for murder   UPI / 5:35PM
    OMAHA, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Former Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Thunder Collins was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for killing a California drug dealer.
  • Hasan may have wired money to Pakistan   UPI / 5:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, may have wired money to Pakistan, a congressman says.
  • Delta suspends pilot jailed after threats   UPI / 3:35PM
    GRIFFIN, Ga., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Delta Air Lines Inc. suspended a Georgia pilot Thursday while authorities investigated charges he tried to run over two police officers with his private plane.
  • Wednesday, November 11

  • Guilty verdict in anchorwoman slaying   UPI / 8:14PM
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A jury in Arkansas Wednesday found Curtis Lavelle Vance guilty of capital murder in the slaying of Little Rock TV anchorwoman Anne Pressly.
  • Imam in Fort Hood case born in New Mexico   UPI / 6:44PM
    ALBUQUERQUE, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim imam who had communicated with suspected Foot Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was born in New Mexico, records indicate.
  • Prosecutors: Students paid witnesses   UPI / 5:04PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Two witnesses said Illinois journalism students paid them to make statements the students hoped would cast doubt on a man's murder conviction, prosecutors said.
  • Miners damage Great Wall in Mongolia   UPI / 3:54PM
    HOHHOT, China, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Police in the Inner Mongolia region of China are investigating reports a gold mining operation damaged 328 feet of the historic Great Wall, officials said.
  • Fla. attorney faces new financial scandal   UPI / 2:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A high-flying Florida attorney, already accused of running a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, is being probed in a separate, $57 million scam, sources say.
  • Mich. AG to testify in slain stripper case   UPI / 2:14PM
    DETROIT, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The parents of a slain Detroit stripper will depose Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox as part of their lawsuit against the city, a judge says.
  • Counterfeit condoms a problem in China   UPI / 10:44AM
    BEIJING, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The spread of counterfeit condoms is rampant in China, state media reports.
  • AMA body calls for medical pot review   UPI / 1:24AM
    HOUSTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The American Medical Association House of Delegates has called for a review of a U.S. ban on prescribing marijuana for medical use.
  • Tuesday, November 10

  • Charges against wrestler Angle dropped   UPI / 9:34PM
    CORAOPOLIS, Pa., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Assault charges against U.S. professional wrestler Kurt Angle were dropped during a Pennsylvania court hearing Tuesday, attorneys said.
  • Ex-astronaut pleads guilty in assault case   UPI / 3:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Lisa Marie Nowak, the former NASA astronaut accused in Florida of attacking a romantic rival, pleaded guilty to reduced charges in Florida Tuesday.
  • Chiefs release Larry Johnson   UPI / 12:14AM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The Kansas City Chiefs Monday cut running back Larry Johnson, who was recently suspended after posting anti-gay comments on the Internet.
  • Monday, November 9

  • FBI tracked Hasan in December 2008   UPI / 9:34PM
    FORT HOOD, Texas, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The FBI said Monday the man accused of the Fort Hood, Texas, massacre came to its attention in December 2008 but was not suspected of "terrorist activities."
  • Motive for Marine killing in N.C. unknown   UPI / 12:14PM
    JACKSONVILLE, N.C., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A Marine Corps spokesman said it remains unclear why a 21-year-old private allegedly killed a fellow Marine at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
  • Jury selection in Baltimore mayor trial   UPI / 10:44AM
    BALTIMORE, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Prosecutors and attorneys for Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon are ready to begin jury selection for her trial on theft charges, courtroom observers say.
  • 'Conficker' computer virus going strong   UPI / 10:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The "Conficker" and "Taterf" computer worms are still going strong a year after they made their first appearances, U.S. experts say.
  • Sunday, November 8

  • Police killing suspect linked to arsons   UPI / 6:34PM
    SEATTLE, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A man authorities accuse of killing a Seattle police officer had homemade explosives and was linked to pipe-bomb arsons of police cars, investigators say.
  • Report: Hasan called for infidel's deaths   UPI / 5:24PM
    FORT HOOD, Texas, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused of slaying 13 people at Fort Hood, once said that infidels should be killed, The Daily Telegraph reported Sunday.
  • Killeen, Texas, mourns Foot Hood shootings   UPI / 5:14PM
    KILLEEN, Texas, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Residents of Killeen, Texas, near the Army's Fort Hood, where 13 were slain in a mass shooting last week, say they share the military's grief over the slayings.
  • Report: Ensign leaves Christian town home   UPI / 4:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., has moved out of a C Street house, a town home on Capitol Hill shared with other Christian lawmakers, sources say.
  • Concern for Muslim U.S. soldiers 'real'   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army chief says there are "real concerns" about a backlash toward Muslim U.S. soldiers following last week's mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Expert: Baltimore mayor should testify   UPI / 3:05PM
    BALTIMORE, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon will need to take the stand in her own defense to prevail in her trial on theft charges, an expert says.
  • Report: Teammates started fatal fight   UPI / 1:54PM
    STORRS, Conn., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A fight last month at a University of Connecticut dance that left a UConn football player dead involved two teammates' disputes with three men, sources say.
  • Lieberman: Will move on Fort Hood probe   UPI / 12:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate will move ahead with an investigation into last week's mass shooting at the Army's Fort Hood, a senior senator says.
  • 'Take a moment to remember them all'   UPI / 9:34AM
    FORT HOOD, Texas, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Saturday identified the 13 people killed in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas:
  • Hasan taken off ventilator   UPI / 5:24AM
    FORT HOOD, Texas, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 fellow military members at Fort Hood, has been taken off a ventilator, the Army said.
  • Investigators believe Hasan acted alone   UPI / 12:05AM
    FORT HOOD, Texas, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, was not part of a terrorist plot, investigators have tentatively concluded.
  • Saturday, November 7

  • Guilty pleas in theft of Ripken sculpture   UPI / 2:14PM
    BALTIMORE, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Three more young men have pleaded guilty in Baltimore to charges they helped steal a statue dedicated to former Orioles baseball star Cal Ripken Jr.
  • Obama decries 'crime against our nation'   UPI / 6:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday called the massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, a "crime against our nation" and those who defend it.
  • Friday, November 6

  • Casey: Fort Hood attack 'kick in the gut'   UPI / 4:14PM
    FORT HOOD, Texas, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. military bases worldwide went silent Friday to honor the victims of a bloody shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, a day earlier.
  • Marine accused of killing fellow soldier   UPI / 3:44PM
    JACKSONVILLE, N.C., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A 21-year-old U.S. Marine private was arrested Friday for allegedly stabbing a fellow Marine to death at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, officials said.
  • Officials: Nolan brother planned jailbreak   UPI / 2:44PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Authorities in Chicago said the brother of "The Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan was allegedly planning a jail escape worthy of Batman.
  • Sports agent who helped defectors is freed   UPI / 12:34PM
    MIAMI, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A U.S. sports agent is returning to his home in Miami after spending 13 1/2 years in a Cuban prison for helping baseball stars defect, his former partner says.
  • Texas Army base death toll climbs to 13   UPI / 5:34AM
    FORT HOOD, Texas, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The death toll in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, climbed to 13 Friday, as investigators raided the apartment of the shooting suspect, officials said.
  • Indian reservation land used for pot farms   UPI / 2:34AM
    WARM SPRINGS, Ore., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Drug cartels are increasingly using Indian lands across the United States to cultivate marijuana, authorities say.
  • Thursday, November 5

  • Pirates move Spanish ship hostages to land   UPI / 4:24PM
    MADRID, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Somali pirates holding a Spanish trawler took three crew members ashore Thursday to press Spain to release fellow pirates, the crew's family members said.
  • EU lawmakers end Web piracy law opposition   UPI / 1:14PM
    PARIS, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A French Internet advocacy group has expressed disappointment the European Parliament dropped its opposition to France's "three-strikes" policy on Web piracy.
  • Ex-NYPD Commissioner Kerik pleads guilty   UPI / 1:14PM
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernard Kerik pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he lied to the White House.
  • Mexican strip club victims targeted   UPI / 9:54AM
    JUAREZ, Mexico, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Investigators say some of the six victims of a shooting in a Mexican border town strip club, one a U.S. Air Force sergeant, were intentionally targeted.
  • Wednesday, November 4

  • Harsher punishment for sexual harassment   UPI / 11:14PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Pakistani women's rights activists won a victory when the National Assembly passed a bill calling for harsher punishment for sexual harassment of women.
  • San Francisco bans cat declawing   UPI / 7:14PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The city of San Francisco has banned the declawing of cats, calling it a barbaric procedure that leads to stress and chronic pain.
  • ICE: Doctor supplied fake immigrant exams   UPI / 6:35PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. immigration officials say a Los Angeles doctor faked medical exams for immigrants seeking U.S. visas.
  • Judge: Robber must post bond to sue store   UPI / 2:24PM
    MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A Michigan robber who claims he was shot and beaten by employees of a party store must post a $10,000 bond before he can sue them, a judge has ruled.
  • Bill to dead student's parents 'insulting'   UPI / 6:44AM
    SACRAMENTO, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- California parents whose son died after being beaten in his college dormitory said they got a notice from a hospital saying he owed more than $29,000 for care.
  • Tuesday, November 3

  • Californian sent to prison in laser case   UPI / 10:24PM
    ORANGE, Calif., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A California man, the first convicted at trial for interfering with pilots by beaming lasers at planes, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, records show.
  • Defendant's move may speed drywall case   UPI / 4:54PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. legal proceedings against Chinese drywall manufacturers could be speeded up by a concession made by a defendant, observers say.
  • Joba Chamberlain's mom pleads no contest   UPI / 4:54PM
    LINCOLN, Neb., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The mother of New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading no contest in Nebraska to selling methamphetamine.
  • Lawyer wants Joyce Meyer testimony   UPI / 4:05PM
    ST. LOUIS, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A lawyer for a slaying victim's family says he wants to get a sworn statement from U.S. televangelist Joyce Meyer, and her son, a ministry executive.
  • HIV-positive man charged in biting   UPI / 12:14PM
    CLINTON, Mich., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- An HIV-positive Clinton, Mich., man intended to use the virus as a weapon when he allegedly bit through his neighbor's lip, a judge said.
  • Suspect robs same bank three times   UPI / 12:05PM
    TAMARAC, Fla., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A heavyset man wearing dreadlocks has robbed the same Tamarac, Fla., bank three times this year without being caught, police said.
  • Doctor convicted of injuring cyclists   UPI / 10:05AM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- An emergency room doctor has been convicted of intentionally injuring two cyclists with his car on a narrow road in Los Angeles, prosecutors said.
  • Monday, November 2

  • 'Horrorcore' possibly linked to killings   UPI / 6:14PM
    DAYTON, Ohio, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Officials are considering a possible connection between a music genre, "horrorcore," and a series of random, brutal killings in the Eastern United States.
  • Football dad punched by former Raider   UPI / 5:14PM
    PLEASANTON, Calif., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A California boys' football coach says former Oakland Raiders player Jeremy Brigham injured him in a fight over alleged stolen plays.
  • Ex-police officer admits to marriage fraud   UPI / 2:05PM
    NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A former police officer in Virginia Beach, Va., pleaded guilty to charges he served as an enforcer for a marriage fraud scheme involving a Navy enlisted man.
  • Woman alleges photos taken from cell phone   UPI / 1:44PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A 22-year-old woman alleges private photographs of her were removed from her cell phone after she took the device in to get fixed at a Salt Lake City store.
  • Canadian gun registry poised for abolition   UPI / 1:34PM
    OTTAWA, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Canadian gun control advocates say they are dismayed that the country's registry for long-gun firearms may soon be abolished.
  • Pentagon says it's hiding online SSNs   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Privacy Office says it is moving to ensure that military service members' Social Security numbers are redacted from the Internet.
  • Suspended sentence in Oshio drug case   UPI / 12:24PM
    TOKYO, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A Tokyo judge Monday sentenced Japanese actor and singer Manabu Oshio to a suspended prison term for using the drug Ecstasy.
  • Poll: Ban texting while driving   UPI / 8:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A vast majority of Americans says texting while driving should be illegal, with many saying it should be punished like drunken driving, a poll indicates.
  • Sunday, November 1

  • Increase in British wildlife crime   UPI / 6:24PM
    LONDON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Crimes against wildlife in Britain have increased more than two-fold since last year, pushing one species to the brink of extinction, authorities say.
  • Saturday, October 31

  • New York 1 likely done with anchor Carter   UPI / 3:44PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A spokesman for New York 1 said the TV channel likely will not bring back anchorman Dominic Carter following a recent judicial scandal.
  • Sex offenders face Halloween requirements   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Convicted sex offenders are required by some U.S. cities and states to post "No Candy Here" signs on Halloween, officials say.
  • Friday, October 30

  • Former pot farm uncovered in Wisconsin   UPI / 2:35PM
    ALMA, Wis., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Authorities in Buffalo County, Wis., said they uncovered a large abandoned pot farm hidden in the middle of the Tiffany State Wildlife Area.
  • Brown aide admits taping reporter   UPI / 2:04PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A spokesman for California Attorney General Jerry Brown has acknowledged taping a reporter's telephone conversation without her knowledge.
  • 'Toxic ship' turns out to be WWI relic   UPI / 12:54PM
    ROME, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A sunken ship found off Italy's Calabrian coast was a World War I passenger vessel and did not have any toxic cargo, an Italian official says.
  • Man charged in shooting death of wife   UPI / 12:44PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A 22-year-old Chicago man is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of his wife, whose body was found in the trunk of her car, police said.
  • College teacher charged with spying   UPI / 10:24AM
    SEOUL, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A South Korean college instructor has been charged with spying for North Korea for the past 17 years, prosecutors said.
  • Thursday, October 29

  • Agency ignores ruling on sex offenders   UPI / 7:24PM
    FRANKFORT, Ky., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Kentucky parole officers have been told to defy a court ruling on sex offenders because the state attorney general wants it overturned, a spokeswoman said.
  • Wrong number escalates to shooting in Ga.   UPI / 6:05PM
    SAVANNAH, Ga., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A wrong number led to angry phone calls and text messages between two strangers in Georgia, then a hostile meeting that ended with one man shot, police say.
  • Officials: 61 arrested for Iraq bombings   UPI / 4:14PM
    BAGHDAD, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Iraqi officials said Thursday that a total of 61 army and police officers were arrested in connection with recent bombings that claimed 155 lives.
  • Internet marks 40th birthday   UPI / 1:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A computer expert said Thursday marks the 40th birthday of the Internet heralded by two computers at California schools connecting for the first time.
  • NASCAR driver Allmendinger accused of DWI   UPI / 1:05PM
    MOORESVILLE, N.C., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Police in Mooresville, N.C., said NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger was arrested on charges of drunken driving early Thursday morning.
  • NYC temp accused of stealing identities   UPI / 12:35PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A former temporary employee at a New York City bank stole the identities of 150 of his fellow employees during his brief employment, prosecutors say.
  • Priest killing prompts dispatcher concerns   UPI / 12:35PM
    MORRISTOWN, N.J., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- New Jersey state officials said the killing of a priest in Chatham, N.J., highlights the need for an updated emergency response system.
  • Nazi death squad member trial suspended   UPI / 11:05AM
    AACHEN, Germany, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Lawyers for a former Nazi death squad member, charged with killing members of the Dutch resistance in World War II, asked that the prosecutor be replaced.
  • Wednesday, October 28

  • Obama signs defense authorization bill   UPI / 5:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The defense appropriations bill U.S. President Barack Obama signed Wednesday proves that Washington culture can change, Obama said.
  • Surgeon: Cosmetics victim still suffering   UPI / 3:44PM
    SEATTLE, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A customer of a Washington state beautician on trial for illegally injecting cosmetics is still dealing with quarter-sized brown lumps, her surgeon says.
  • Psychiatrist stabbed by patient   UPI / 2:24PM
    BOSTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A Boston psychiatrist was recovering from stab wounds Wednesday after she was attacked by a knife-wielding patient, authorities say.
  • North tells GOP more Afghan troops needed   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Former U.S. National Security Council aide Oliver North has told Republican lawmakers the United States needs to send more troops to Afghanistan, witnesses say.
  • Tuesday, October 27

  • Suit: School knew of sex abuse for decades   UPI / 10:44PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The football coach at a New York private school molested students for decades and school officials knew about it, a federal lawsuit against the school alleges.
  • Couple charged with torturing loan agents   UPI / 3:35PM
    GLENDALE, Calif., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A California couple facing foreclosure on their home kidnapped, beat and tortured two loan modification agents they had hired to help them, prosecutors say.
  • U. of New Mexico faces suit on doctor   UPI / 2:34PM
    ALBUQUERQUE, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A woman who claims a physician demanded sex from her in exchange for prescription drugs plans to sue his University of New Mexico employer, a letter indicates.
  • Ky. breeders plead guilty to tax fraud   UPI / 12:14PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The owners of a Kentucky horse farm have pleaded guilty to a $200 million tax fraud scheme, prosecutors say.
  • Trial opens in shooting of NFL player   UPI / 11:44AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A jury has been convened in the case of a Jacksonville, Fla., man charged with shooting and paralyzing former NFL player Richard Collier, officials said.
  • Israelis suspected of war crimes ID'ed   UPI / 10:24AM
    JERUSALEM, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A group of European lawyers has compiled a list of Israeli soldiers who allegedly committed war crimes in Gaza.
  • Monday, October 26

  • Saudi king cancels journalist flogging   UPI / 11:24PM
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Saudi King Abdullah has waived a sentence of 60 lashes for a female Lebanese satellite network producer for a program on non-marital sex, the government said.
  • Ex-rodeo champ killed in ranch shooting   UPI / 4:05PM
    GRANTS, N.M., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Legendary New Mexico rodeo cowboy Sonny Jim has been slain in a shooting incident that erupted over an argument about a fence, police say.
  • Pseudoephedrine sales down after law   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Mo., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- An ordinance in Washington, Mo., requiring prescriptions to purchase decongestants containing pseudoephedrine has resulted in plummeting sales, officials say.
  • College player critically hurt in shooting   UPI / 1:14PM
    HAMPTON, Va., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Hampton University basketball player Theo Smalling is in critical condition after an accidental shooting in Hampton, Va., the university said.
  • Locals seek to control pot dispensaries   UPI / 8:14AM
    GREELEY, Colo., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Local officials in U.S. states where medical marijuana is legal say they are scrambling to determine to how to regulate their pot purveyors.
  • 'Ambien defense' invoked in murder charge   UPI / 12:44AM
    DENVER, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A Denver man who allegedly battered his friend to death is relying on a sleeping-pill defense, his attorney said.
  • Sunday, October 25

  • Va. men sentenced in Texas bank fraud   UPI / 6:05PM
    SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Two Virginia men will serve prison time for defrauding a San Antonio bank by stealing identities and pretending to be in the military, prosecutors say.
  • Calif. teens suspected in celebrity thefts   UPI / 4:54PM
    CALABASAS, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A group of teen burglars in the area of Calabasas, Calif., targeted Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton and other celebrities, authorities allege.
  • Vandalism closes art exhibit in Czech Rep.   UPI / 2:05PM
    BRNO, Czech Republic, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- An art exhibition was shut down in the Czech Republic after vandals struck twice, a gallery official says.
  • Songwriter Fagan remembers lost friend   UPI / 12:54PM
    NASHVILLE, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. country songwriter Rich Fagan says he wants his life to honor his publisher-friend Tom Oteri who died of a heart attack after Fagan cut him with a knife.
  • Ten kidnapped soccer players found dead   UPI / 10:54AM
    TACHIRA, Venezuela, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Police found the bodies of at least 10 members of a Colombian soccer team kidnapped two weeks ago near the border with Venezuela, authorities said.
  • Saudi TV producer sentenced to 60 lashes   UPI / 12:34AM
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A female producer working in Saudi Arabia for a Lebanese satellite network has been sentenced to 60 lashes for a program about non-marital sex.
  • Saturday, October 24

  • Opera singer Pochinki arrested in NYC   UPI / 3:44PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Opera singer Gabriela Pochinki says she is happy she likely will avoid criminal charges after being arrested at a New York eatery.
  • Lifetime nixes balloon boy 'Swap' episode   UPI / 2:34PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A representative for Lifetime says the U.S. cable network pulled a rerun of a "Wife Swap" episode featuring the so-called balloon boy.
  • U.S.: Fleets must upgrade to fight piracy   UPI / 2:34PM
    ATHENS, Greece, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Committing to "best management practices" for commercial maritime fleets is key to battling piracy in the Horn of Africa region, a U.S. diplomat says.
  • Publicist: Stolen jewelry back with Hilton   UPI / 12:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Los Angeles police have retrieved most of former reality TV personality Paris Hilton's jewelry taken in a 2008 burglary, her publicist says.
  • Cruise ship safety measure wins House OK   UPI / 3:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Cruise lines serving U.S. ports would be required to improve crime reporting and safety measures under a bill approved Friday by the House of Representatives.
  • Friday, October 23

  • Sixth person sentenced in passport case   UPI / 6:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A former U.S. State Department employee was placed on probation for a year Friday for accessing confidential passport files, the Justice Department said.
  • Serial bank robber nabbed in Illinois   UPI / 12:34PM
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A man with a history of bank robbery is being held on $250,000 bond in Monday's robbery of Region's Bank in Decatur, Ill., authorities say.
  • Pot scheme in Calif. ends with indictments   UPI / 12:05PM
    SACRAMENTO, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A scheme involving mortgage fraud and marijuana grow houses located in several California cities has prompted 18 indictments, federal prosecutors said.
  • L.A. will consider pot ordinance   UPI / 8:05AM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to take up a controversial medical marijuana ordinance that could force most dispensaries to close.
  • Thursday, October 22

  • Lawyer gets new hearing in Holocaust fraud   UPI / 4:14PM
    JERUSALEM, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The Israeli Supreme Court Thursday granted an appeal hearing to a lawyer convicted of wide-scale fraud against Holocaust survivors.
  • Nazi war crime suspect fights extradition   UPI / 4:05PM
    PERTH, Australia, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- An 88-year-old immigrant in Australia accused of a Nazi war crime during World War II has turned himself in to police but vows to fight extradition to Hungary.
  • Russia, New York Mellon bank settle suit   UPI / 12:44PM
    MOSCOW, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A Russian court has halted a $22.5 billion lawsuit filed against Bank of New York Mellon with the plaintiff announcing a settlement had been reached.
  • Chasing thief costs Wal-Mart worker a job   UPI / 12:34PM
    OCALA, Fla., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A former Wal-Mart worker in Ocala, Fla., said he was fired from his job because he chased after a man who allegedly tried to steal a pack of golf balls.
  • Army officer, soldier killed in shooting   UPI / 11:34AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Two men on a motorcycle fired on an army vehicle in a military officials' residential area in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing an officer and a soldier, police say.
  • Musicians seeks data on torture music   UPI / 1:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Dozens of musicians have joined an effort to get information about music that may have been played to torture detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, activists said.
  • Wednesday, October 21

  • No dismissal of Casey Anthony lawsuit   UPI / 4:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A judge in Orange County, Fla., said he would not dismiss a lawsuit against Casey Anthony, whose young daughter Caylee was killed last year.
  • Ridge supports neighbor in beating case   UPI / 4:34PM
    ERIE, Pa., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge sent a letter asking a judge for leniency on behalf of a neighbor convicted of badly beating a young child.
  • Lawyer, brother deny al-Megrahi death   UPI / 2:24PM
    LONDON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi has not died, his Scottish lawyer and his brother said Wednesday.
  • N.Y. man suing over parking spot clash   UPI / 12:44PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A sushi chef in New York alleges in a lawsuit that another man struck him with a car because he was holding a parking spot for a friend.
  • No suspension for bus driver over pink tie   UPI / 12:14PM
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A mass transit official in Springfield, Ill., said a one-day suspension was rescinded for a bus driver who wore a pink tie to support breast cancer awareness.
  • Mayors stage sit-in over toxic ship   UPI / 11:05AM
    ROME, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Italy's environmental undersecretary agreed to tour the site of a toxic shipwreck Wednesday after 50 mayors staged a sit-in in Rome, the mayors say.
  • 'Wife Swap' couple seeks tax plea deal   UPI / 11:05AM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A New York couple who appeared on the reality television show "Wife Swap" are negotiating a plea agreement on federal charges, court documents indicate.
  • 'Wife Swap' couple seek tax plea deal   UPI / 11:05AM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A New York couple who appeared on the reality television show "Wife Swap" are negotiating a plea agreement on federal charges, court documents indicate.
  • Report: Pirate attacks surpass 2008 totals   UPI / 9:14AM
    LONDON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Global piracy is increasing, with the number of attacks this year already surpassing 2008's total, a British maritime group said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, October 20

  • Life terms for two in rapper slaying   UPI / 11:44PM
    BARSTOW, Calif., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Two men have been sentenced to life in prison for the 2008 murder of rapper Robert Mastrangelo, a slaying that a California judge described as an execution.
  • Lifetime hunting ban for illegal game sale   UPI / 9:24PM
    NASHVILLE, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Officials say a man who pleaded guilty to Tennessee charges of selling wild game and a federal charge of selling migratory birds faces a lifetime hunting ban.
  • California charges State Street with fraud   UPI / 6:14PM
    SACRAMENTO, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- California has filed suit accusing State Street Bank and Trust of overcharging state employee pension funds $50 million since 2001, officials said Tuesday.
  • 36 texts identified in slain stripper case   UPI / 3:44PM
    DETROIT, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Thirty-six text messages sent on city-issued pagers may be relevant to the 2003 case of a slain Detroit stripper, federal magistrates say.
  • Rare 1954 baseball card stolen   UPI / 2:44PM
    FARMINGTON, N.Y., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- New York State Police have asked the public's help in finding a stolen 1954 baseball card valued at $5,500, authorities in Ontario County said.
  • Johnson pardon backers await Obama   UPI / 12:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Supporters of a push to grant a posthumous pardon to U.S. boxer Jack Johnson say they are waiting for President Barack Obama to issue the decree.
  • 10 Yemen insurgents draw death sentences   UPI / 11:24AM
    SANA'A, Yemen, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Ten convicted insurgents have been sentenced to death in Yemen and five others were sent to prison for 15 years, Yemeni officials said.
  • Blood from leech ID's Australian robber   UPI / 9:54AM
    LAUNCESTON, Australia, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Australian police say they've accomplished a first -- using a blood sample from a leech to identify a criminal.
  • Police reveal McNair text messages   UPI / 9:05AM
    NASHVILLE, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Text messages between former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair and the woman who allegedly killed him detailed their final hours, a police report shows.
  • Economic spy case said 2nd of its kind   UPI / 12:04AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The economic espionage trial of two Silicon Valley engineers is just the second such trial conducted under a 13-year-old law, courtroom observers say.
  • Monday, October 19

  • NFL Vick's brother Marcus gets jail time   UPI / 8:44PM
    NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- NFL star Michael Vick's younger brother Marcus Vick was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail in Virginia for violating probation, court records indicated.
  • More cars but fewer car thefts   UPI / 5:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Car thefts are at a 20-year low even though there are twice as many vehicles on America's roads, statistics show.
  • Secret Service duties eyed as threats rise   UPI / 5:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Rising death threats against U.S. President Barack Obama are prompting a debate about the Secret Service's resources and duties, officials say.
  • Kicker Reed charged with resisting arrest   UPI / 3:14PM
    PITTSBURGH, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Jeff Reed was arrested after threatening an officer who was giving a citation to teammate Matt Spaeth, police said.
  • 24 injured in Thailand bomb blast   UPI / 12:44PM
    BANGKOK, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A bomb that went off in a busy Thailand market Monday injured 24 people, including three soldiers, police said.
  • Five terror suspects arrested in Iraq   UPI / 12:14PM
    BAGHDAD, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Iraqi Security Forces Monday arrested five terror suspects in operations in Bahiyah, Kirkuk and Muhallabiyah, authorities said.
  • Conn. man suing over shooting of bear   UPI / 12:05PM
    BARKHAMSTED, Conn., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A man in Barkhamsted, Conn., alleges in a federal lawsuit he had the right to shoot and wound a black bear ripping apart a bird feeder on his property.
  • Sunday, October 18

  • Kourtney Kardashian's home burglarized   UPI / 4:54PM
    CALABASAS, Calif., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. reality TV personality Kourtney Kardashian's home in Calabasas, Calif., has been burglarized, authorities say.
  • Opera singer Beltran seeks retrial   UPI / 3:54PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Swedish-Chilean opera singer Tito Beltran says the Supreme Court of Sweden should grant him a retrial following his conviction on rape charges.
  • Rodman accused of groping woman in Florida   UPI / 3:14PM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is accused of inappropriately touching a woman at a nightclub in Miami Beach, Fla., police said.
  • UConn footballer dies in campus stabbing   UPI / 1:44PM
    STORRS, Conn., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A University of Connecticut football player died Sunday after being stabbed on the Storrs, Conn., campus, authorities said.
  • Saturday, October 17

  • Prosecutors: Smith was on 44 medications   UPI / 5:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Prosecutors alleged in a Los Angeles hearing that model Anna Nicole Smith was taking 44 different medications prior to her death in 2007.
  • Analyst expects Berlusconi media response   UPI / 4:54PM
    ROME, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will likely use his media industry influence to defend himself against criminal charges, an Italian media analyst says.
  • Arrests made in attack on actor Borgzinner   UPI / 4:44PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Three young men have been arrested and a fourth was being sought in connection with an attack on actor Christopher Borgzinner in San Francisco, police say.
  • Bus driver suspended over ice scraper   UPI / 3:44PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A Minneapolis Metro Transit driver will be suspended without pay for 10 days for wielding an ice scraper in reaction to an abusive passenger, officials said.
  • Report: Mother faked son's illness   UPI / 2:24PM
    LONDON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A British mother who faked her son's illness faces up to three years in prison for defrauding the government of $212,000 in benefits, officials said.
  • Gov't: McKinnon can have more time   UPI / 2:04PM
    LONDON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- British computer hacker Gary McKinnon can have extra time to prepare his legal fight against extradition to the United States, officials said.
  • Suspect arrested in concert bombing   UPI / 1:54PM
    CHISNAU, Moldova, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A suspect has been arrested in the bombing of a concert in Chisnau that injured at least 40 people, Moldovan police said.
  • Leaders denounce Belfast car bombing   UPI / 1:54PM
    BELFAST, Ireland, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A Northern Ireland bomb targeting a police officer's car won't send the province back into sectarian violence, leaders pledged.
  • Zimbabwe's Bennett released from jail   UPI / 12:04PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Zimbabwe opposition politician Roy Bennett has been released from jail, his attorney says.
  • South Korean army computers hacked   UPI / 11:54AM
    SEOUL, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Hackers broke into a South Korean army computer network and stole information on dangerous chemicals, officials say.
  • Press injunction dropped in Trafigura case   UPI / 9:34AM
    LONDON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The British newspaper The Guardian says a legal injunction against it has been lifted, allowing it to publish news of a report on toxic dumping in Africa.
  • Drunk student defaces WW I memorial   UPI / 1:34AM
    SHEFFIELD, England, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A drunk college student arrested after urinating on a World War I memorial in Sheffield, England, has provoked widespread outrage, officials said.
  • Friday, October 16

  • Busta Rhymes to pay assault victim $75K   UPI / 10:24PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Hip-hop artist Busta Rhymes has been ordered to pay $75,000 to a man he and a bodyguard allegedly assaulted in upstate New York in 2003.
  • Dating scams becoming more sophisticated   UPI / 9:14PM
    GOLD COAST, Australia, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Increasingly sophisticated crime syndicates are responsible for escalating online dating scams in Queensland, Australia, a fraud officer said.
  • H. Clinton aided by indicted financier   UPI / 4:54PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Financier Raj Rajaratnam, who was indicted in New York Friday, was a major contributor to Hillary Clinton campaigns, records show.
  • N.H. murder suspect was 'horrorcore' fan   UPI / 1:14PM
    MONT VERNON, N.H., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A 17-year-old boy accused of killing a woman in her New Hampshire home was a fan of "horrorcore" rap, the teen's Web pages indicate.
  • Sickle cell linked to 'Real' actor's death   UPI / 12:24PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A medical examiner said sickle cell anemia may have played a role in the Atlanta death of the former fiancee of reality TV star Kandi Burruss.
  • Thursday, October 15

  • Jury to determine if sister-killer insane   UPI / 9:14PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A young Florida man who killed his sister four years ago is on trial to determine whether he is guilty of murder or was insane at the time, court officials say.
  • Man accused of 'Joe the Plumber' snooping   UPI / 7:54PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- An ex-Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police contractor was charged with using a police computer network to find personal information about "Joe the Plumber."
  • Receiver sues Stanford employees for $11M   UPI / 7:05PM
    DALLAS, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The receiver of R. Allen Stanford's businesses said Thursday he sued two ex-employees of the Texas financier's international bank for $11 million.
  • Soldier's girlfriend charged in attack   UPI / 3:44PM
    NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The 27-year-old girlfriend of a Fort Eustis soldier helped him flee the Newport News, Va., post after he attacked a fellow soldier, authorities allege.
  • Caregiver accused of allowing woman to die   UPI / 3:24PM
    SEATTLE, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A caregiver for a 97-year-old woman did nothing to treat the bedsores that ultimately contributed to the senior's death in Seattle, prosecutors allege.
  • NYC real-estate scam alleged   UPI / 12:54PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A reputed con man pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to defraud New York City Marathon organizers and others by trying to sell a building he didn't own.
  • Wednesday, October 14

  • Oakland shooting results in two lawsuits   UPI / 10:14PM
    OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A wrongful death suit against BART in Oakland, Calif., will be merged with one filed by five men claiming they were falsely detained, their attorney says.
  • Report: Conn. 'careless' in laptop theft   UPI / 7:14PM
    HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The Connecticut Department of Revenue Service's "cavalier and careless" attitude exacerbated the theft of a laptop with sensitive data, a report says.
  • Driver suspended for pink tie   UPI / 4:34PM
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- An Illinois bus driver said he was given a one-day, unpaid suspension for wearing a pink tie in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Pass code hacker hits Penn. agency account   UPI / 4:05PM
    CARLISLE, Pa., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Authorities say computer hackers drained more than $479,000 from a Pennsylvania county redevelopment agency's bank account.
  • Partner abuse increases health problems   UPI / 2:54PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A study of 3,568 women found those abused by intimate partners have higher rates of a wide variety of medical maladies, U.S. researchers say.
  • Insurance group targeting Detroit arsons   UPI / 12:24PM
    DETROIT, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A coalition of insurance companies says it will spend $1 million on a program to fight arson in Detroit and the rest of Wayne County.
  • Town cracks down on teen streakers   UPI / 10:24AM
    ST. FRANCIS, Minn., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Authorities in St. Francis, Minn. may charge a teenager with criminal sexual conduct for streaking during a high school football game, police say.
  • 8 slain in Awakening Council attacks   UPI / 10:05AM
    BUHRIZ, Iraq, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Members of the U.S.-backed Awakening Council in Buhriz, Iraq, have been targeted by suicide attacks that killed eight people, Iraqi officials say.
  • Sri Lankan refugee suicide threat quelled   UPI / 9:14AM
    JAKARTA, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Indonesian authorities said Wednesday Sri Lankan refugees aboard a boat in West Java can no longer carry out a mass suicide threat.
  • Tuesday, October 13

  • AT&T-Missouri to pay for E-Rate claims   UPI / 4:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- AT&T Missouri agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.4 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit concerning its E-Rate program, the Justice Department said.
  • Terrorist trials could move to New York   UPI / 1:24PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Five suspects in the World Trade Center attacks likely would be moved to New York if federal indictments are brought against them, authorities said.
  • Body found in trunk of bridge jumper's car   UPI / 11:44AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A man parked his car on a Tampa, Fla., bridge, set it on fire and jumped to his death, said police who later found a body in the burning car's trunk.
  • Another Broward County deputy arrested   UPI / 11:35AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A Florida sheriff's deputy accused of extorting money from marijuana growers had an accomplice on the force, the Broward County sheriff says.
  • French sailors ward off pirates   UPI / 11:24AM
    PARIS, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Pirates who approached two fishing vessels with French military personnel aboard were warded off in the Indian Ocean, officials said Tuesday.
  • CERN scientist charged with terror links   UPI / 9:54AM
    PARIS, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A French anti-terrorism judge says there's evidence an atomic research scientist has been in contact with a North African group with links to al-Qaida.
  • Monday, October 12

  • Alleged fake hero faces U.S. charges   UPI / 7:24PM
    DENVER, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A suspect has been arrested in Denver and charged with stolen valor for allegedly fabricating stories of his heroism in a U.S. Marine uniform, the FBI said.
  • Report: No truth to Conn. kidnapping story   UPI / 2:24PM
    GREENWICH, Conn., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- An August melee in a Connecticut parking lot was triggered by disagreements over money and wasn't connected to kidnapping, documents indicate.
  • AT&T seeking Atlanta copper thieves   UPI / 12:24PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The AT&T telephone company says it will pay as much as $3,000 for tips that lead to the arrest of the individuals stealing copper wire in Atlanta.
  • Military policeman alleges Iraq coverups   UPI / 11:34AM
    LONDON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A former member of the British Royal Military Police says the army refused to investigate claims of Iraqi prisoner abuse.
  • Two U.S. officers accused of troop abuse   UPI / 10:44AM
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Two non-commissioned U.S. Army officers in Iraq were cruel and abusive to their troops, including one who committed suicide, military prosecutors say.
  • Feelings shift on 'West Memphis Three'   UPI / 8:34AM
    WEST MEMPHIS, Ark., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The feeling in West Memphis, Ark., that the right people have been convicted in the 1993 killings of three young boys has been shaken, residents say.
  • 37 writers get Hellman/Hammett grants   UPI / 7:54AM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Thirty-seven writers have received Hellman/Hammett awards recognizing their courage in the face of political persecution, a U.S. human rights group says.
  • Sunday, October 11

  • Iraqis bust alleged terror extortion ring   UPI / 4:34PM
    MOSUL, Iraq, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Iraqi security forces targeting an extortion network have arrested 18 suspects in the northern city of Mosul, officials said Sunday.
  • Brit celeb accountants face tax charges   UPI / 3:34PM
    LONDON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- British tax collectors say a pair of London accountants failed to pay taxes on investments collected from celebrities, sports figures and other wealthy clients.
  • Polanski lawyers fighting extradition   UPI / 12:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. officials should not try to extradite Roman Polanski from Switzerland to the United States, the fugitive French-Polish director's lawyers say.
  • Justice to review DNA waiver policy   UPI / 7:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department is reviewing a Bush administration policy that required some defendants to waive their rights to DNA testing, officials said.
  • Saturday, October 10

  • Rapper Soulja Boy charged with obstruction   UPI / 3:44PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Police in Henry County, Ga., say rapper Soulja Boy was charged with obstruction after he allegedly tried to run from police officers.
  • Former altar boy gets $2.2M in lawsuit   UPI / 1:34PM
    BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A jury in Vermont awarded a former altar boy $2.2 million in compensatory damages for being molested by a priest in his youth.
  • Friday, October 9

  • Household robots threaten privacy   UPI / 3:05PM
    SEATTLE, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The increasing use of household robots mask security risks that threaten privacy, University of Washington researchers warn.
  • Blinded clinic worker gets $5.5M from suit   UPI / 2:44PM
    SEATTLE, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A woman who was blinded while a health clinic worker in King County, Wash., will receive $5.5 million as part of a civil lawsuit settlement, her lawyers say.
  • Man pleads innocent to bear-baiting charge   UPI / 2:34PM
    SOLDOTNA, Alaska, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- An Alaska man has pleaded innocent to a federal charge he baited bears without a permit while working on an episode of the TV series "MonsterQuest."
  • Packers fan accused of game-time attack   UPI / 1:05PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Minneapolis police say an enraged Green Bay Packers fan reacted to his team's struggles during a recent game by stabbing another man.
  • Details of major art theft under scrutiny   UPI / 12:14PM
    SALINAS, Calif., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Authorities in Monterey County, Calif., say they suspect victims of a reported art theft may not be telling the entire truth about the missing artworks.
  • Wednesday, October 7

  • 'Stargate' assailant gets 5 years in jail   UPI / 10:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles judge Wednesday sentenced Dominic Bando to five years in prison for assaulting "Stargate Atlantis" actor Jason Momoa, officials said.
  • J. Roy pleads guilty in hockey fight   UPI / 7:05PM
    SAGUENAY, Quebec, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Former Canadian junior hockey goalie Jonathan Roy, with his hall of fame father at his side, Wednesday pleaded guilty for the on-ice beating of another goalie.
  • Hackers arrested in U.S. bank phish case   UPI / 5:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The FBI says more than 100 suspects have been charged in the United States and Egypt in one of the largest cybercrime cases in history.
  • Saudi 'braggart' can't attend hearing   UPI / 4:24PM
    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A Saudi man jailed for bragging on television about sexual conquests cannot be released to attend an examination of his case by the government, a court ruled.
  • Somali pirates caught attacking Navy ship   UPI / 1:14PM
    PARIS, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- French military officials say they arrested five Somali pirates who mistook a Navy vessel for a commercial ship in the Indian Ocean.
  • Czech art forger draws prison sentence   UPI / 9:34AM
    BRNO, Czech Republic, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Notorious Czech art forger Jan Trojan Jr. must serve 7 1/2 years in prison, a judge ruled Wednesday.
  • Ethnic rivals arming themselves in Kenya   UPI / 9:14AM
    NAKURU, Kenya, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Ethnic rivals in Kenya's Rift Valley province are arming themselves in preparation for more political violence, the BBC reported Wednesday.
  • Reported rapes fall as technology advances   UPI / 8:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Advances in DNA technology and the willingness of victims to work with police are reducing the number of reported U.S. rapes, advocates say.
  • Nowak lawyer says pepper spray not used   UPI / 8:04AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Former U.S. astronaut Lisa Nowak's lawyer says prosecutors failed to turn over a report that could help clear her of attempted kidnapping and assault charges.
  • U.S.: Guinea violence 'criminality'   UPI / 12:24AM
    CONAKRY, Guinea, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A top U.S. diplomat says he told the leader of Guinea, Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara, that Camara is responsible for mass killings and rapes in Guinea last week.
  • Tuesday, October 6

  • Ky. man kept 250 animals cooped in garage   UPI / 11:05PM
    WORTHVILLE, Ky., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A Kentucky man faces charges of animal cruelty after investigators found over 250 animals cooped up under inhumane conditions in his garage, police said.
  • Wife dies in elderly couple's suicide pact   UPI / 7:35PM
    SOMERSET, England, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- An elderly English geologist and his wife jointly attempted suicide, but the husband, who survived, faces murder charges, their daughters said.
  • Woman gets 8 years in cancer hoax   UPI / 2:24PM
    DELAWARE, Ohio, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- An Ohio woman must spend eight years behind bars for bilking contributions from friends and relatives in a cancer hoax, a judge ruled.
  • Hotels eyed as immigrant detention centers   UPI / 12:35PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. homeland security officials say they are considering converting hotels and nursing homes into immigrant detention centers.
  • Iraq raids net six terrorism arrests   UPI / 12:14PM
    BAGHDAD, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A series of Iraq security raids near Baghdad and Kirkuk Tuesday netted six suspected terrorists, military officials said.
  • Dolphins' Billingsley jailed for battery   UPI / 11:05AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Miami Dolphins practice squad player Will Billingsley was facing charges of domestic battery and resisting arrest Tuesday, authorities said.
  • Monday, October 5

  • Reggae star attacked with samurai sword   UPI / 8:54PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Reggae star Major Mackerel suffered cuts on his hand and head when a neighbor allegedly attacked him with a samurai sword in New York, police said.
  • Police: Man texted to direct protesters   UPI / 2:04PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A New York man who protested the Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh may be the first arrested for coordinating protesters by text messaging, documents indicate.
  • Man sues over alleged death prayers   UPI / 1:35PM
    DALLAS, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- An Air Force Academy alumnus who has denounced Christian proselytizing in the armed forces says he is suing a Dallas group for praying that he will die.
  • Aerobics teacher sues suspect's estate   UPI / 1:14PM
    PITTSBURGH, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A pregnant aerobics teacher wounded in a shooting at a gym near Pittsburgh is suing the estate of the alleged gunman, George Sodini, authorities said.
  • States keep their eye on offshore accounts   UPI / 11:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Conn., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Several states have joined the U.S. government in granting time-limited leniency for taxpayers who have hidden funds in offshore bank accounts.
  • Sunday, October 4

  • CBS Letterman disclosure from YouTube   UPI / 11:14PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- CBS employees have removed from the Internet clips of late night host David Letterman's disclosure he had been blackmailed, sources in New York said.
  • Miami law firm eyed in Stanford scandal   UPI / 2:54PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A Miami law firm allegedly helped jailed financier R. Allen Stanford establish an unregulated money pipeline to Antigua, The Miami Herald reported Sunday.
  • So-called Juggalos a concern in Utah   UPI / 1:44PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Utah authorities say loyal Insane Clown Posse fans, also known as Juggalos and Juggalettes, may be linked to violence in the state.
  • Suspect in Andrews' case ordered to Calif.   UPI / 11:54AM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A 47-year-old Illinois man accused of taking nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews will be transferred to California, a judge says.
  • Saturday, October 3

  • Polanski may not have honored settlement   UPI / 3:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Movie director Roman Polanski may not have paid a cash settlement reached in a lawsuit brought by a woman he raped when she was 13, court documents indicate.
  • Illinois man charged over Andrews tape   UPI / 2:14PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A 48-year-old man from Westmont, Ill., is charged with interstate stalking for allegedly videotaping ESPN reporter Erin Andrews in the nude, the FBI said.
  • Fiance's death stunned 'Housewives' star   UPI / 1:54PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" co-star Kandi Burruss is coping with the shock of her fiance's death outside an Atlanta strip club, her publicist says.
  • Southern Union fined $18 million   UPI / 10:24AM
    PAWTUCKET, R.I., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A federal judge has fined Southern Union $18 million for illegally storing mercury at a company-owned site in Pawtucket, R.I., authorities said.
  • Friday, October 2

  • Train ticket counterfeiter spared jail   UPI / 4:24PM
    BRIGHTON, England, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A British computer expert who used fake train tickets to take more than $19,000 worth of free rides was spared jail by a judge.
  • Lockerbie bomber publishes evidence   UPI / 1:24PM
    LOCKERBIE, Scotland, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A Libyan national convicted of orchestrating the deadly Lockerbie bombing over Scotland says he has published documents that help prove his innocence.
  • Shop owner charged with arson   UPI / 11:14AM
    OCEAN CITY, N.J., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Aggravated arson charges have been filed against a New Jersey store owner who was rescued from his burning gift shop earlier this week, police say.
  • Thursday, October 1

  • Suspect held in Letterman extortion try   UPI / 10:54PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A suspect is in custody in an alleged $2 million extortion attempt against David Letterman, the U.S. late night TV host's production company said Thursday.
  • S.C. gov asks court to keep probe secret   UPI / 6:34PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Republican South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford asked the state Supreme Court to keep an ethics report away from state lawmakers, who could remove him from office.
  • LA may limit medical marijuana dealers   UPI / 5:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Los Angeles storefront purveyors of medical marijuana must be at least 1,000 feet from schools, parks and libraries, a city council committee proposes.
  • No dismissals in Roethlisberger case   UPI / 4:14PM
    RENO, Nev., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A Nevada judge rejected defense requests for dismissals of the sexual assault lawsuit against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
  • U.S. airports to expand body scanner use   UPI / 12:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A U.S. law enforcement agency plans to install 150 security machines at airport checkpoints that let screeners see under passengers' clothing, the agency said.
  • Wednesday, September 30

  • Marine cleared of Fallujah murder charges   UPI / 4:44PM
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Murder charges against the last of three U.S. Marines accused of executing four enemy insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq, have been dropped, an attorney says.
  • Hotel heir's Batman collection disappears   UPI / 3:05PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Valuable Batman memorabilia owned by slain Fontainebleau heir Ben Novack Jr. is missing from several Florida warehouses, police in New York say.
  • Travolta takes stand in extortion trial   UPI / 2:35PM
    NASSAU, Bahamas, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- John Travolta testified in a Bahamian court Wednesday that an employee first informed him of the alleged extortion plot involving his son's death.
  • Millionaire gets 20 years for slaying   UPI / 2:14PM
    LONDON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A millionaire U.S. real estate developer must serve 20 years in prison for killing a tenant who was holding up a business deal, a British judge ruled.
  • Book on slayings shouldn't hurt trial   UPI / 2:14PM
    HARTFORD, Conn., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A newly released book about the slayings of a Connecticut woman and her two daughters shouldn't impact the case, experts say.
  • Canadian reservist jailed for shooting   UPI / 1:14PM
    SYDNEY, Nova Scotia, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A 24-year-old Canadian reservist who shot a fellow soldier while playing a game in Afghanistan was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison in Nova Scotia.
  • Five suspected IED makers arrested in Iraq   UPI / 11:44AM
    BAGHDAD, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Iraqi police have arrested five people accused of manufacturing improvised explosive devices, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
  • Pot sellers seen exploiting vague laws   UPI / 10:54AM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Unclear and tangled state regulations on medical marijuana has resulted in California becoming a safe haven for drug traffickers, police say.
  • Dem fundraiser sentenced to 24 years   UPI / 8:14AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- One-time U.S. Democratic Party fundraiser Norman Hsu must serve more than 24 years in prison for illegally funneling cash to candidates, a judge says.
  • Cyber crooks exploit short URLs   UPI / 12:44AM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A burgeoning market for online microblogging sites has presented cybercriminals with new opportunities to work their scams, a U.S. online security expert says.
  • Tuesday, September 29

  • SEC charges salesman in $250M Ponzi scheme   UPI / 4:44PM
    DETROIT, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission filed charges in Detroit alleging a $250 million Ponzi scheme had defrauded a mostly elderly investor pool.
  • Trial begins in volleyball star slaying   UPI / 2:24PM
    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A man accused of slaying a former University of North Carolina-Charlotte volleyball star did so out of anger over their break-up, prosecutors say.
  • Ex-Czech secret agent draws prison term   UPI / 12:34PM
    OLOMOUC, Czech Republic, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Former Communist secret police agent Pavel Minarik must serve up to six years in prison for insurance fraud, a Czech Republic court ruled.
  • Man beaten before soccer game dies   UPI / 12:24PM
    BELGRADE, Serbia, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A 28-year-old French citizen beaten before a soccer game died Tuesday in Belgrade, Serbia, authorities said.
  • Gibson seeks to have DUI expunged   UPI / 11:35AM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Mel Gibson's lawyer has filed papers in California indicating she plans to formally ask a judge to remove a drunken driving arrest from the actor's record.
  • Several factors linked to violent behavior   UPI / 2:05AM
    HELSINKI, Finland, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A Finnish researcher says several factors, including abuse during childhood, may help predict the risk of violent behavior in men.
  • Monday, September 28

  • Zimbabwean activist freed by high court   UPI / 2:24PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A human rights activist cannot be tried for terrorism because she herself was tortured when police kidnapped her, Zimbabwe's Supreme Court ruled Monday.
  • Killer awarded $6,000 in sneaker dispute   UPI / 1:24PM
    GRAVENHURST, Ontario, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A convicted killer in Ontario has been awarded $6,000 for suffering endured when jailers failed to replace his worn-out athletic shoes, authorities said.
  • Hostage details captors' hatred for her   UPI / 11:05AM
    TORONTO, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt says she is convinced the guerrillas who held her in the Colombian jungle for more than six years clearly hated her.
  • Sunday, September 27

  • Polanski victim would drop the case   UPI / 10:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The woman director Roman Polanski raped when she was 13-years-old has said she does not want him "held to further punishment," the Los Angeles Times reported.
  • Film director Polanski arrested in Zurich   UPI / 8:34PM
    ZURICH, Switzerland, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Director Roman Polanski could stay in Switzerland for months if he fights extradition to the United States for a 1977 underage sex case, authorities said.
  • Rapper 50 Cent performs at NYC school   UPI / 6:35PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. rapper 50 Cent says his performance at a school playground in New York was a shout-out to his old neighborhood.
  • Graffiti artist draws 6-month sentence   UPI / 1:34PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Civil rights advocates and artists say a six-month jail sentence given to a Boston graffiti "tagger" is a draconian punishment.
  • Saturday, September 26

  • Six suspected al-Qaida members arrested   UPI / 4:05PM
    MOSUL, Iraq, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Six suspected al-Qaida members were arrested Saturday during three separate operations in northern Iraq, authorities said.
  • Man allegedly pretended to be doctor   UPI / 11:44AM
    MIRA LOMA, Calif., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- A Mira Loma, Calif., man who allegedly advertised cures for AIDS and cancer has been charged with pretending to be a doctor, prosecutors said.
  • Friday, September 25

  • Ex-postal worker admits stealing DVDs   UPI / 5:44PM
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A former U.S. Postal Service worker admitted he stole more than 3,000 Netflix DVDs that had been mailed to the USPS Springfield, Mass., branch.
  • Guilty plea possible in hepatitis C case   UPI / 4:24PM
    DENVER, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A former Colorado surgical technician may plead guilty to charges she injected patients with hepatitis C if a deal can be reached, her attorney says.
  • Widow files suit to clear name   UPI / 3:14PM
    SAN DIEGO, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Cynthia Sommer, the Marine widow convicted of murder and freed when prosecutors dropped the case, has filed a $20 million federal lawsuit against authorities.
  • Killer of Olympic hero Nelyubin sentenced   UPI / 1:44PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The man convicted of killing Russian gold medal-winning Olympics cyclist Dmitry Nelyubin has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, court officials said.
  • Ex-weatherman sentenced for sexual abuse   UPI / 12:44PM
    JOHNSTOWN, Pa., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Former TV weatherman James Holcomb will spend as much as 10 years in state prison in Pennsylvania for sexually abusing a young girl, a judge ruled.
  • Farmer fined for starving cows to death   UPI / 10:24AM
    WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A near-bankrupt Canadian cattle farmer in Manitoba was fined $12,900 for allowing 12 of his cows to slowly die of starvation in 2007.
  • Thursday, September 24

  • Binghamton guard arraigned on drug charge   UPI / 8:54PM
    BINGHAMTON, N.Y., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Binghamton University point guard Emmanuel "Tiki" Mayben pleaded not guilty Thursday in Troy, N.Y., to charges of dealing cocaine, his lawyer said.
  • Family sues frat in son's hazing death   UPI / 8:34PM
    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The parents of a California college fraternity pledge who died during an alleged hazing incident sued the fraternity and nine members, alleging wrongful-death.
  • Woman allegedly smuggled live fish   UPI / 4:44PM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Authorities said a woman was arrested in Georgia for allegedly trying to smuggle live endangered fish from Vietnam in bottles of fish sauce.
  • Civil suit filed against child molester   UPI / 3:34PM
    TACOMA, Wash., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A 49-year-old man in Pierce County, Wash., who molested at least 17 boys is being sued by one of his victims, court records show.
  • Decapitation killer seeking freedom   UPI / 1:54PM
    HAMILTON, Ohio, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A 52-year-old man found criminally insane in the 1990 decapitation of his wife in Butler County, Ohio, should be freed from court control, his attorney says.
  • Ohio eyeing clampdown on ginseng poaching   UPI / 1:35PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says more than 30 people could face criminal charges for illegally harvesting wild ginseng from private property.
  • Medical marijuana users make case in court   UPI / 12:05AM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Patients who use medical marijuana argued in court Wednesday banning marijuana dispensaries in California would force them to buy the drug on the street.
  • Wednesday, September 23

  • Police: Mobster used croc to scare victims   UPI / 4:05PM
    NAPLES, Italy, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A reputed Italian Mafia boss used a crocodile to scare his extortion victims, police say.
  • Van found filled with exotic animals   UPI / 3:44PM
    NAPLES, Italy, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The driver of a van carrying 1,700 banned exotic animals such as tropical birds and chameleons has been arrested in Italy, authorities say.
  • Investigation under way in seagull deaths   UPI / 12:44PM
    TITUSVILLE, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- State wildlife and port authority officers say they are trying to determine who killed nearly 20 seagulls at Florida's Port Canaveral.
  • State: Swim club racially discriminated   UPI / 10:04AM
    HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A suburban Philadelphia club revoked its agreement with a day camp when it discovered the campers were black and Hispanic children, state authorities allege.
  • High court to rule on animal cruelty video   UPI / 9:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court this fall will decide whether free speech rights protect video depictions of animal cruelty, experts say.
  • Navy subcontractor gets 6 months   UPI / 12:14AM
    NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A U.S. Navy subcontractor who admitted rigging bids for repair of elevator equipment on aircraft carriers has been sentenced to six months in prison.
  • Tuesday, September 22

  • School disinvites author after complaint   UPI / 9:35PM
    NORMAN, Okla., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A parent's concerns about a book focusing on a teen drug addict prompted an Oklahoma school to cancel an appearance by the book's author, school officials said.
  • Ex-postal worker admits stealing DVDs   UPI / 7:24PM
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A former U.S. Postal Service worker admitted he stole more than 30,000 Netflix DVDs that had been mailed to the USPS Springfield, Mass., branch.
  • Gambler says Gotti 'visited' parents   UPI / 4:35PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A chronic gambler who owed money to alleged New York crime boss John "Junior" Gotti says Gotti personally paid a visit to his parents.
  • 2 students in school bus beating expelled   UPI / 3:05PM
    BELLEVILLE, Ill., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Belleville, Ill., school officials say their harsh punishment of two students recorded beating a third student on a school bus is a message to others.
  • S. Koreans rescue Yemenis from pirates   UPI / 12:35PM
    ADEN, Yemen, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Five Yemeni fishermen have been rescued by a South Korean naval ship that was patrolling for pirates in the Gulf of Aden, military sources said.
  • Burress sentenced to two years in prison   UPI / 12:14PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday on a gun charge, officials said.
  • Serbia to ban extremist groups   UPI / 11:54AM
    BELGRADE, Serbia, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Serbia says it will outlaw violent groups such as rightists who in recent days have been blamed for attacks on foreigners and gay activists.
  • Russian mogul faces extradition hearing   UPI / 11:35AM
    LONDON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The ex-owner of Russia's largest cell phone retailer, scheduled for an extradition hearing in Britain, says he is innocent of kidnapping and extortion charges.
  • Monday, September 21

  • Gitmo judge delays terror case two months   UPI / 8:14PM
    GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. military judge Monday delayed the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack case until November, giving federal prosecutors time to decide where to try the case.
  • Postalworker admits taking certificates   UPI / 5:34PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A Minneapolis postal supervisor admitted taking retail reward certificates and buying nearly $200,000 in merchandise, court records said.
  • Trojan virus steals bank account passwords   UPI / 4:54PM
    LONDON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A computer "trojan" virus that hackers use to steal passwords to Internet users' online bank accounts is spreading quickly, British experts say.
  • Canada resident facing extradition ruling   UPI / 2:44PM
    NEW DELHI, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A Canadian resident hopes Canada will help him avoid being extradited from India to the United States to face murder charges, an extradition expert says.
  • Film prompts Lloyds tax investigation   UPI / 2:24PM
    LONDON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- British officials said Lloyds Bank was stung by an undercover reporter's film of an employee telling a depositor how to avoid taxes through an overseas fund.
  • Some take up gambling in prison   UPI / 1:24AM
    EDMONTON, Alberta, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Gambling is prevalent in prisons and inmates who didn't gamble before incarceration can acquire a taste for it that's hard to shake, Canadian researchers say.
  • Sunday, September 20

  • Two Pakistani soldiers killed in bombing   UPI / 7:54AM
    KOHAT, Pakistan, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A suicide bomber killed two soldiers and injured four other people at a military checkpoint in northwest Pakistan, authorities said Sunday.
  • Saturday, September 19

  • Man gets jail sentence for Seacrest clash   UPI / 3:44PM
    ORANGE, Calif., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A court in California ordered a man to jail for 15 days for assaulting a hospital security guard while following TV personality Ryan Seacrest to his car.
  • Keough of 'Real Housewives' accused of DUI   UPI / 3:24PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Matt Keough, who appeared on "The Real Housewives of Orange County" is facing driving under the influence charges in California, prosecutors say.
  • Dogfighting prompts free-speech fight   UPI / 2:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A case before the U.S. Supreme Court involving dogfighting videos has divided animal-rights groups and free-speech advocates, authorities said.
  • Vegas getting tough on nightclub antics   UPI / 2:34PM
    LAS VEGAS, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Las Vegas police are cracking down on "mega-nightclubs" at casino-hotels that allegedly allow prostitution, lewd behavior and drug use, observers say.
  • Report: Canadians knew of Afghan abuse   UPI / 2:04PM
    OTTAWA, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Canadian army officials in Afghanistan were concerned about Afghan soldiers having sex with children as long ago as 2007, documents indicate.
  • 11 arrested in Serbia soccer beatings   UPI / 12:34PM
    BELGRADE, Serbia, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Serbian officials say they have arrested 11 people in connection with attacks on French soccer fans in Belgrade.
  • Ex-DEA agent 'not guilty' in Stanford case   UPI / 9:44AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Tom Raffanello, the former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Miami office, says he's not guilty of helping a financier destroy records.
  • Friday, September 18

  • Redmond O'Neal sentenced to rehab   UPI / 9:34PM
    SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Redmond O'Neal pleaded no contest Friday to bringing heroin into a California jail and will spend at least one year in a residential rehabilitation program.
  • Reporter accused of stealing from union   UPI / 2:44PM
    GARY, Ind., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A reporter for an Indiana newspaper has been indicted on charges she embezzled $18,000 from the Gary Newspaper Guild, the U.S. Attorney's office says.
  • Court reinstates fired N.O. police officer   UPI / 1:34PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A Louisiana appellate court has reinstated a New Orleans police officer fired after being accused of beating an unarmed man in 2005, a court clerk says.
  • Thursday, September 17

  • Inmate alleges 'cruel and unusual' abuse   UPI / 10:05PM
    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- An Illinois super-maximum prison psychiatrist had an inmate strapped naked to a metal bed frame for up to 32 hours at a time, the inmate testified.
  • Madoff beach house sold   UPI / 7:44PM
    MONTAUK, N.Y., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Convicted swindler Bernard Madoff's beach house on New York's Long Island sold for more than the $8.75 million asking price, the listing broker said Thursday.
  • Jury awards $4.5M for lawyers' errors   UPI / 6:24PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A jury said a Florida law firm twice botched a woman's racial-discrimination case against her employer and now owes her $4.5 million for the errors.
  • Wednesday, September 16

  • Informant: Mafia sank radioactive ship   UPI / 12:14PM
    ROME, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- An Italian government informant says a shipwreck holding toxic waste was deliberately sunk by the Calabrian mafia as a way to bypass environmental laws.
  • Teen may be charged for restroom photos   UPI / 12:14PM
    WESTON, Fla., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A teenager may be charged with a misdemeanor for snapping photos of female coeds in a restroom at his high school, Florida officials say.
  • New laws hurting fundraising   UPI / 11:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Laws banning panhandlers from bothering motorists hurt charitable groups that send volunteers into the streets, the U.S. Muscular Dystrophy Association says.
  • Tuesday, September 15

  • British store probes worker's behavior   UPI / 10:24PM
    PRESTON, England, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A videotape of an English supermarket's former employee includes footage of the man apparently vandalizing the store, police said.
  • Coach's heat death trial to continue   UPI / 1:05PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A Kentucky judge says there's sufficient evidence to continue the trial of a football coach accused of causing the heat stroke death of a high school player.
  • Ugandans charged in deadly rioting   UPI / 10:54AM
    KAMPALA, Uganda, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Scores of detainees have been charged in connection with last week's anti-government riots in Uganda that left 14 people dead, police say.
  • Kabul AIDS threat rises   UPI / 3:05AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Drug addiction centered in a filthy Kabul section threatens an HIV/AIDS epidemic in Afghanistan, already the world's top opium producer, a CNN report says.
  • Monday, September 14

  • Star medical examiners called in trial   UPI / 12:24PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- High-profile medical examiners have been called in the trial of a Boca Raton, Fla., couple accused of fatally starving 89-year-old Elly Lorey, authorities said.
  • Long-missing Jackie Kennedy note recovered   UPI / 8:54AM
    DALLAS, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A note from Jacqueline Kennedy to Ethel Kennedy written after Robert F. Kennedy's assassination has been recovered years after it went missing, the FBI said.
  • Ex-tribunal employee guilty of contempt   UPI / 8:05AM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A former prosecution spokeswoman at a tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, has been found guilty of contempt and fined $10,000, the tribunal ruled.
  • Illicit alcohol kills 30 in India   UPI / 7:24AM
    NEW DELHI, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- At least 30 people, most of them poor, have died in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state after consuming toxic alcohol, authorities said.
  • Williams claims false testimony   UPI / 5:24AM
    DENVER, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The man accused of slaying Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams said the case against him is based on false testimony from witnesses who got plea deals.
  • Brits bristle at Google's ogling   UPI / 3:44AM
    BROUGHTON, England, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Broughton, England, residents say they don't want detailed photos of their village on Google Street Finder, so they refuse to cooperate with photographers.
  • Sunday, September 13

  • Remains believed to be Yale grad student's   UPI / 10:34PM
    NEW HAVEN, Conn., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A body believed to be that of the Yale graduate student who disappeared days before she was to be married was found at the campus, police said Sunday night.
  • Rioters battle police after N.Z. car race   UPI / 8:24PM
    DUNEDIN, New Zealand, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Hundreds of students hurling bricks and bottles battled with riot police after a New Zealand car race, officials said.
  • Nunn 'seemed fine' before woman's slaying   UPI / 6:54PM
    GLASGOW, Ky., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Friends of former Kentucky lawmaker Steve Nunn said he seemed fine hours before his estranged fiance was shot to death and he was found with his wrists slit.
  • Arrests made for Buddha head thefts   UPI / 3:05PM
    XIAN, China, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Two men have been arrested and a third is being sought in connection with the disappearance of Buddha heads in China's Shaanxi Province, an official says.
  • Journalists protest beatings in China   UPI / 8:44AM
    HONG KONG, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Hundreds of journalists gathered in Hong Kong Sunday to protest the government's alleged beating of three colleagues in China's Xinjiang region, officials said.
  • Saturday, September 12

  • Police say Warhol works stolen in LA   UPI / 2:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Millions of dollars worth of original art made by the late artist Andy Warhol was stolen from a Los Angeles home, police say.
  • Child killer allowed brief visit home   UPI / 11:14AM
    CHARLEROI, Belgium, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Convicted killer Marc Dutroux was allowed a brief visit to the house where four girls died before being returned to his prison cell, Belgian police said.
  • Bill to fight blaze could climb to $100M   UPI / 10:04AM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The cost of fighting California's Station Fire, which has burned 250 square miles of San Bernardino National Forest, could climb to $100 million, officials say.
  • Friday, September 11

  • Ex-NHL player Danton paroled   UPI / 8:24PM
    JOYCEVILLE, Ontario, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Former NHL forward Mike Danton was granted full parole Friday in Canada after spending five years in prison for a murder-for-hire scheme.
  • Hacker pleads guilty to computer crimes   UPI / 3:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. computer hacker Albert Gonzalez pleaded guilty Friday to charges ranging from aggravated identity theft to wire fraud, federal officials said.
  • Calif.-Irvine fertility center suits paid   UPI / 3:24PM
    IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A University of California-Irvine spokesman says the state university system is trying to end a fertility center scandal by settling 12 lawsuits.
  • Novelist facing attempted murder charges   UPI / 1:44PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A Michigan crime novelist is facing attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting her father with a shotgun, authorities say.
  • 'Most Wanted' to tell 1990 abduction story   UPI / 12:14PM
    GALVESTON, Texas, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A Texas woman set to be the focus of an "America's Most Wanted" episode says she remains hopeful the assailant in her 1990 kidnapping will be captured.
  • Brown apologizes for Turing treatment   UPI / 11:24AM
    LONDON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has apologized to World War II code-breaker Alan Turing for the way he was treated half a century ago.
  • Stolen Van Gogh drawing recovered   UPI / 11:14AM
    SANTA FE, N.M., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A stolen Van Gogh drawing worth $200,000 was found for sale in a New Mexico consignment shop for just $250, the FBI says.
  • Thursday, September 10

  • Newly rich armor their cars in Brazil   UPI / 4:14PM
    SAO PAULO, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Newly rich residents of Sao Paulo increasingly armor their cars, making more than 3,000 of them bulletproof in a year, an industry armoring trade group says.
  • Sea turtles at risk in Florida county   UPI / 3:05PM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A conservation official in Miami-Dade County, Fla., says sea turtles in the area are facing enhanced threats from beach-goers and vandals.
  • DNA pioneer questions British DNA database   UPI / 12:24PM
    LONDON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- British geneticist Alec Jeffreys, a pioneer in the use of DNA in criminal investigation, says his country's DNA database should be reduced dramatically.
  • Wednesday, September 9

  • Chavez: Israel carrying out genocide   UPI / 4:14PM
    PARIS, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The invasion of Gaza is evidence that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinian Arabs, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says.
  • CIA whistle-blower: Complaint kept secret   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A CIA whistle-blower says the agency kept his complaints about its relationship with a notoriously corrupt Peruvian spymaster secret out of embarrassment.
  • Iran hearings 'soon' on prisoner abuse   UPI / 10:54AM
    TEHRAN, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Military leaders in Iran plan to hold court hearings for jailers accused of abusing prisoners at Tehran's Kahrizak detention center, an Iranian lawmaker says.
  • Tuesday, September 8

  • Suspect charged in Chicago coach shooting   UPI / 8:54PM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A suspect in the shooting of a community league baseball coach was charged Tuesday with attempted murder, Chicago authorities said.
  • Northern Ireland bomb found, defused   UPI / 3:24PM
    FORKHILL, Northern Ireland, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A Northern Ireland bomb disposal team has defused a 600-pound explosive device planted near the border with the Irish Republic, officials said Tuesday.
  • Report: NYC bldg. inspector busts coming   UPI / 1:24PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A wave of arrests of New York City building inspectors is anticipated, in which city employees with alleged crime ties were taped dealing drugs, sources say.
  • Cuban YouTube star's freedom sought   UPI / 12:34PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Human rights activists say they support a Cuban man whose drunken plea for food in a video posted on YouTube resulted in a two-year jail sentence.
  • Eagles propose animal welfare campaign   UPI / 11:54AM
    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A month after signing convicted dog fighter Michael Vick, the Philadelphia Eagles have proposed a campaign to combat animal abuse, officials said.
  • Fake cameras used in anti-crime program   UPI / 10:54AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A real estate developer who promised to combat crime allegedly installed 40 fake security cameras in his development, Orlando, Fla., authorities said.
  • China denies ivory poaching involvement   UPI / 12:54AM
    BEIJING, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- China's illegal imports of ivory have come down sharply since 1998 when a global ban on imports went into effect, a Chinese official said.
  • Monday, September 7

  • Merriman denies assault claim   UPI / 10:24PM
    SAN DIEGO, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman denies a claim by a woman that he assaulted her early Sunday, his lawyer said Monday.
  • Man linked to assault at Disney World   UPI / 3:24PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A 29-year-old Deltona, Fla., man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl at Disney World, authorities in Orlando, Fla., said.
  • Player allegedly shoots coach   UPI / 9:34AM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A community baseball coach was hospitalized after allegedly being shot by a player angry about being taken out of a game, Chicago police said.
  • E-mail passwords easy prey for hackers   UPI / 9:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- There's not much authorities can do to prevent hackers from determining computer users' e-mail passwords, U.S. experts say.
  • Sunday, September 6

  • Michigan man again seeks Granholm recall   UPI / 7:54PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- A Michigan prison guard says he's going to try for the fourth time to mount a petition drive to recall Gov. Jennifer Granholm from office.
  • Report: Libyans paid for bomber's exam   UPI / 5:44PM
    LONDON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Seemingly objective medical advice used to justify the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi was actually paid for by Libya, sources say.
  • Report: Missing ship carried arms to Iran   UPI / 4:05PM
    LONDON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- A Russian ship whose disappearance in the English Channel set off an international search was carrying a secret cargo of arms bound for Iran, sources say.
  • Second night of violence in Gabon   UPI / 10:24AM
    PORT GENTIL, Gabon, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Gabonese President Ali Bongo called for peace as protesters angered by his election joined looters in a second night of violence, authorities said Sunday.
  • Alleged leader of Juarez Cartel arrested   UPI / 7:24AM
    MEXICO CITY, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The Mexican military says it has arrested an alleged drug kingpin linked to the deaths of two U.S. citizens near the Texas border.
  • Saturday, September 5

  • Fallen radio towers focus of dispute   UPI / 3:44PM
    SNOHOMISH, Wash., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- A Washington resident says she opposes the toppling of two Snohomish River Valley radio towers despite the controversy surrounding the structures.
  • Texas bank helping in fraud ring probe   UPI / 2:34PM
    SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Texas insurance and financial services company USAA says it is working with U.S. authorities to help bust a fraud ring that victimized it.
  • Court slaps Indy adult biz ordinance   UPI / 1:24PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Parts of Indianapolis's regulations for adult businesses were in doubt after a court said measures restricting their hours of business were unconstitutional.
  • Friday, September 4

  • Belgian arms dealer jailed in Alabama   UPI / 3:54PM
    MOBILE, Ala., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A Belgian arms dealer was incarcerated Friday in a federal jail in Alabama, accused of trying to buy fighter jet parts for Iran, authorities say.
  • Teen stops assault by texting for help   UPI / 3:14PM
    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A 16-year-old Georgia girl says she avoided being sexually assaulted by text-messaging her friends for help.
  • High school coach's homicide trial begins   UPI / 2:54PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The mother of a Kentucky teen who died of heat stroke told a court Friday of an frantic call she received when her son collapsed at school football practice.
  • Man accused of firing cannonball into home   UPI / 2:24PM
    UNIONTOWN, Pa., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A man in Georges Township, Pa., fired a cannon in his yard, sending a cannonball through the side of his neighbor's home, police allege.
  • Vandals blamed for downed radio towers   UPI / 12:54PM
    EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A radio station official in Snohomish County, Wash., blames vandals for toppling two radio station towers early Friday.
  • Thursday, September 3

  • 3 arrested in Calif. campus shooting   UPI / 4:14PM
    SAN BRUNO, Calif., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Police arrested three young men and charged them with attempted murder after a shooting at a California junior college left an 18-year-old wounded.
  • Wis. group accused of brutal animal deaths   UPI / 12:24PM
    BEAVER DAM, Wis., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A group of 15 young people in Wisconsin's Columbia and Dodge counties allegedly made a game out of hunting down and killing small animals, authorities say.
  • Wednesday, September 2

  • Maine woman receives fake ransom demand   UPI / 2:24PM
    HEBRON, Maine, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A Maine woman says telephone scammers claimed they had kidnapped her grandson -- a U.S. Marine fighting in Afghanistan -- and tried to get her to pay ransom.
  • Lee and Ling write of N. Korean captivity   UPI / 10:54AM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The two U.S. journalists imprisoned for months in North Korea before being freed in August said they never intended to cross the North Korea-China border.
  • Locals: Karzai brother took ballot boxes   UPI / 8:24AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's brother shut down polling places in a district where the local leaders supported his opponent, the area's governor says.
  • Tuesday, September 1

  • Three charged with $10.6M land fraud   UPI / 4:05PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors in Miami said three Florida residents defrauded more than 1,000 people in illegal land transactions worth about $10.6 million.
  • Monday, August 31

  • Art student faked suicide attempt   UPI / 5:24PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- An art student who faked a suicide attempt as part of a school project has been fined $3,500 by a Swedish court, officials in Stockholm said.
  • Mo. politician pays steep price in scandal   UPI / 4:35PM
    ST. LOUIS, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Missouri Democratic state Rep. Steve Brown, who helped the FBI bring down a former protege, has paid a steep price, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday.
  • Sri Lankan reporter gets 20-year sentence   UPI / 12:24PM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- J.S. Tissainayagam, a Sri Lankan journalist praised by U.S. President Barack Obama, has drawn a 20-year prison sentence on terrorism charges, officials say.
  • Judge acquits mother in cyberbully case   UPI / 12:05PM
    ST. LOUIS, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A federal judge has officially acquitted a Missouri mother in a cyberbullying case linked to the 2006 suicide of 13-year-old Megan Meier, authorities said.
  • Hospital accused of illegal transfusions   UPI / 11:05AM
    NEW DELHI, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A private hospital in Rajasthan, India, has been accused of giving children transfusions of blood not tested for HIV, authorities said.
  • Couple accused of starving elderly woman   UPI / 10:24AM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The daughter and son-in-law of an elderly Florida Alzheimer's patient were overwhelmed by her care but did not kill her, their lawyer said.
  • Lockerbie families upset by bomber visit   UPI / 10:14AM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Families of victims of the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing have expressed anger at the visit of a Scottish official to see of the convicted bomber, officials say.
  • Poll: Britons opposed to Megrahi release   UPI / 10:05AM
    LONDON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi's release has led to more trouble for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, a new poll finds.
  • Charges against coach said hard to prove   UPI / 1:05AM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Dueling experts will make it difficult to convict a former Kentucky high school coach in the death of a player from heat stroke, criminal law specialists said.
  • Sunday, August 30

  • Fraud complaints trouble Western officials   UPI / 10:54PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Rising complaints about Afghanistan's elections are causing concern among Western officials, who say they may put the legitimacy of the polls into question.
  • Fla. man to plead guilty in Ponzi probe   UPI / 5:34PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Florida investment adviser Michael Meisner will plead guilty to several federal charges related to an alleged $40 million Ponzi scheme, his lawyer says.
  • Coast Guard seizes 60,000 ecstasy tablets   UPI / 1:44PM
    PORT ANGELES, Wash., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard found a duffel bag containing more than 60,000 ecstasy tablets during an arrest on Washington's Neah Bay, police say.
  • Saturday, August 29

  • Soldier in shooting called incompetent   UPI / 7:44PM
    EL PASO, Texas, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The soldier charged in the fatal shooting of a Chapin High School senior in El Paso, Texas, is not competent to assist at his trial, his attorney said Saturday.
  • NBA suspends Jason Richardson   UPI / 4:14PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The NBA has suspended Phoenix Suns guard Jason Richardson for two games without pay after his guilty plea to driving under the influence.
  • Father: Jenkins did not kill model Fiore   UPI / 3:34PM
    CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The father of reality show actor Ryan Alexander Jenkins says his son did not kill his ex-wife, swimsuit model Jasmine Fiore.
  • Friday, August 28

  • Three indicted in labor fraud case   UPI / 9:05PM
    OAHU, Hawaii, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Two owners of a Hawaii farm have been indicted on charges they lured Thai nationals with the promise of lucrative jobs, then forced them into labor.
  • NBA suspends Denver guard J.R. Smith   UPI / 8:05PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The NBA suspended Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith seven games Friday after his guilty plea in a 2007 car accident in New Jersey that left a friend dead.
  • Guilty plea entered in major ID theft case   UPI / 5:14PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Miami resident Albert Gonzalez has pleaded guilty to 19 felony counts stemming from the theft of credit card records from various retail chains, records show.
  • Kane pleads guilty to disorderly conduct   UPI / 2:35PM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane entered a guilty plea to a disorderly conduct charge for allegedly assaulting a Buffalo cab driver for 20 cents.
  • Texting ban for drivers begins in Missouri   UPI / 1:24PM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Police in Missouri say they may have a hard time enforcing a new statewide ban on text messaging by young drivers.
  • Editor slammed for Berlusconi comments   UPI / 1:14PM
    ROME, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Vittorio Feltri of the Italian newspaper Il Giornale says fellow media editor Dino Boffo should not have criticized Premier Silvio Berlusconi's lifestyle.
  • Russian officer sentenced for spying   UPI / 12:05PM
    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A Russian military officer has been sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of spying for Georgia in the conflict involving South Ossetia.
  • Ahmadinejad lashes at election critics   UPI / 10:54AM
    TEHRAN, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Friday for severe punishment for those behind post-election unrest that followed the June 12 balloting.
  • Police seek suspects in 2 Va. Tech deaths   UPI / 10:44AM
    BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Authorities in Virginia's Montgomery County sought suspects in the shooting deaths of two Virginia Tech students whose bodies were found in a national forest.
  • Nurses key to runaway girl interventions   UPI / 1:54AM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Canadian and U.S. researchers say nurses could be a key to helping sexually exploited runaway girls recover.
  • Thursday, August 27

  • Poll: Britons opposed to Megrahi release   UPI / 11:34PM
    LONDON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, has led to more trouble for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, a new poll finds.
  • truTV to pay tribute to Dunne   UPI / 9:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. cable channel truTV says it will pay tribute to the late Dominick Dunne with a 13-hour marathon of his show "Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege & Justice."
  • Huge pot farms discovered in Colo. forests   UPI / 3:54PM
    DENVER, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Marijuana farms discovered in national forests in Colorado pose potential dangers to hikers and the environment, forest service officials said Thursday.
  • Lawyers seek Roethlisberger case dismissal   UPI / 12:34PM
    RENO, Nev., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A sexual assault case involving Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Washoe County, Nev., should be dismissed, attorneys say.
  • Rogue global computer plan still threat   UPI / 7:54AM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A powerful global software problem still mystifies top security experts eager to do away with it and trace its origins and purpose, observers say.
  • Wednesday, August 26

  • Court sides with union in drug list case   UPI / 11:54PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Federal agents improperly seized a list of 104 baseball players who tested positive for use of performance-enhancing drugs, a U.S. appeals court has ruled.
  • Kin seeks mercy for Tenn. torture-murderer   UPI / 4:34PM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Relatives of Letalvis Cobbins pleaded for mercy for the convicted killer Wednesday at a sentencing hearing in Knoxville, Tenn.
  • 6th person pleads in passports peak case   UPI / 4:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A sixth person pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally accessing scores of confidential passport application files, U.S. officials said.
  • No liver transplant for white supremacist   UPI / 1:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- An imprisoned white supremacist will not be allowed to undergo a liver transplant since two California hospitals found the procedure unnecessary, a judge says.
  • Meteorite stolen from Connecticut store   UPI / 12:34PM
    MONTVILLE, Conn., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Connecticut state police say someone stole a meteorite worth $2,200 from a gift shop at a nature activity center.
  • Tuesday, August 25

  • Star high school RB charged in shootings   UPI / 11:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A star running back for a Los Angeles-area high school has been arrested on attempted murder charges in a gang-related, drive-by shooting, police said.
  • Dad: Soldier guilty of rape tried suicide   UPI / 4:35PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. soldier convicted of raping a German woman is now in intensive care after trying to take his own life before he surrendered, his father said Tuesday.
  • Former NBA referee Donaghy jailed again   UPI / 1:44PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy has been returned to jail in Florida for allegedly violating terms of his probation for a gambling conviction, authorities said.
  • Owners of pet snake arrested in death   UPI / 12:34AM
    OXFORD, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Two Oxford, Fla., adults whose pet snake strangled a 2-year-old were arrested Monday in connection with the death, Sumter County sheriff's officials said.
  • Monday, August 24

  • U.S.: Bernie Madoff not dying of cancer   UPI / 4:35PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Jailed financier Bernie Madoff does not have cancer and is not terminally ill as one newspaper reports, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said Monday.
  • 'Party crews' plaguing California county   UPI / 1:54PM
    FALLBROOK, Calif., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Wild parties thrown by so-called party crews at empty homes in California's San Diego County have become a "new phenomenon" in the area, a detective said.
  • Ravens' Fein charged with assault   UPI / 11:34AM
    BALTIMORE, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Baltimore Ravens rookie Anthony "Tony" Fein has been charged with assaulting a police officer at a restaurant in the city's Inner Harbor, authorities said.
  • Ultra-fast trading software much sought   UPI / 8:14AM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Software programs that allow for ultra-fast computerized stock trading have proven highly lucrative but also controversial, analysts say.
  • Sunday, August 23

  • Husband of slain model found dead in B.C.   UPI / 10:34PM
    HOPE, British Columbia, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Former reality TV star Ryan Jenkins, accused of killing his swimsuit model wife, was found dead Sunday in a motel in British Columbia, Canadian police said.
  • Antwon Tanner pleads guilty to ID theft   UPI / 9:24PM
    BROOKLYN, N.Y., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Antwon Tanner, who plays the character, Skills, in the TV show "One Tree Hill," pleaded guilty to identity theft in New York, court records indicated.
  • Woman's caning reflects move to Shariah   UPI / 2:54PM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The court-ordered caning of a Malaysian Muslim woman for drinking alcohol is part of a move toward stricter enforcement of Shariah law, analysts say.
  • Saturday, August 22

  • Woman sentenced for robbing cancer patient   UPI / 3:34PM
    FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A 42-year-old woman will spend four years, nine months in prison for stealing more than $67,000 from a breast cancer patient, a Texas judge says.
  • Model's body ID'd through breast implants   UPI / 1:04PM
    BUENA PARK, Calif., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Authorities in Orange County, Calif., say the body of Jasmine Fiore was identified through the swimsuit model's breast implants.
  • Megrahi-Gadhafi meeting televised in Libya   UPI / 11:54AM
    TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Released Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was met by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on live state television, witnesses said Saturday.
  • Mexico downplays violence in image rehab   UPI / 10:24AM
    MEXICO CITY, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Mexico's government is struggling to salvage its image as drug-related deaths mount, sometimes as many as 30 in a day, political analysts say.
  • Friday, August 21

  • UBS whistle-blower gets 40 month-sentence   UPI / 4:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld, who blew the whistle on the Swiss bank and its customers, was sentenced to 40 months in jail Friday.
  • My Lai Massacre convict Calley apologizes   UPI / 3:34PM
    COLUMBUS, Ga., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Army Lt. William Calley says he is deeply sorry for his part in the My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War.
  • Mich. man accused of bigamy in lawsuit   UPI / 1:14PM
    DETROIT, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A woman is suing her husband, alleging in a new lawsuit he was already married with children when they got married in Michigan in 2002.
  • AIG compensates some Madoff victims   UPI / 12:24PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. insurance giant American International Group says it paid victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme millions of dollars for losses covered by its policies.
  • Thursday, August 20

  • Judge stands by death row appeal refusal   UPI / 5:54PM
    SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A Texas judge on trial for misconduct testified she would still refuse to keep her court open late, even if for a death row inmate's last-minute appeal.
  • No charges for driver who hit Girl Scouts   UPI / 5:05PM
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- An attorney in San Mateo, Calif., who hit a group of Girl Scouts with his car will not face criminal charges, prosecutors say.
  • Life term for grandmother's arson death   UPI / 4:54PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A Miami man received a life sentence Thursday for setting a fire that killed his 60-year-old grandmother.
  • Marcus Vick accused of violating sentence   UPI / 2:54PM
    NORFOLK, Va., June 11 (UPI) -- Former Miami Dolphins player Marcus Vick violated the conditions of his suspended sentence on drunken driving charges, Virginia authorities say.
  • Man dumped 3 tons of human limbs, waste   UPI / 1:54PM
    DECATUR, Ga., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- An Atlanta businessman was sentenced and fined for abandoning more than three tons of human limbs and medical waste at a suburban storage facility.
  • Burress agrees to deal with prison time   UPI / 1:44PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Plaxico Burress pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony that will send the former New York Giants star to prison for two years for shooting himself in a nightclub.
  • Ex-NFL player facing child support charges   UPI / 1:44PM
    CINCINNATI, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Former NFL defensive end Roosevelt Theodore Nix was arrested in Hamilton County, Ohio, for not paying $214,245 in child support, authorities allege.
  • Lockerbie bomber freed   UPI / 9:54AM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The man convicted of the deadly 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland was released from prison Thursday on compassionate grounds.
  • Law grads sentenced in insurance scam try   UPI / 9:05AM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Two British law-school graduates were sentenced to 16 months of community service in Brazil for falsely claiming they were robbed of $1,600 of belongings.
  • Top Israeli entertainer commits suicide   UPI / 8:04AM
    JERUSALEM, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Israeli prison officials said they will probe the death of disgraced Israeli entertainer Dudu Topaz, who apparently committed suicide in his prison cell.
  • Wednesday, August 19

  • UBS agrees to name 4,450 wealthy clients   UPI / 4:44PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- UBS has agreed to reveal names of 4,450 wealthy U.S. clients suspected of hiding $18 billion in assets in the Swiss bank, the U.S. Justice Department said.
  • Jury indicts NHL star Patrick Kane   UPI / 4:05PM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane and his cousin, James, were indicted Wednesday on misdemeanor charges for allegedly attacking a Buffalo cab driver.
  • Asian gangs said behind indoor pot farms   UPI / 3:05PM
    SACRAMENTO, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A three-year investigation of California's indoor marijuana-growing industry indicates Asian gangs still dominate the illicit field, authorities say.
  • Robinson arrested for suspended license   UPI / 2:05PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- New York Knicks basketball player Nate Robinson was free Wednesday after being arrested for driving on a suspended license, police say.
  • Clinton to Scotland: Don't release bomber   UPI / 12:24PM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she intervened in Scotland's deliberations about whether to release the Pan Am Flight 103 bomber.
  • British sailor called part of cocaine ring   UPI / 11:54AM
    PLYMOUTH, England, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A British Royal Navy sailor assigned to anti-drug duty in South America was part of a major cocaine smuggling operation, prosecutors allege.
  • Gunmen seize Kabul bank, battle police   UPI / 8:24AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Pre-election violence gripped Afghanistan Wednesday as gunmen battled police in Kabul and a heavy security lid was clamped onto the capital, officials said.
  • Tuesday, August 18

  • Lockerbie bombing figure drops appeal   UPI / 12:44PM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A Scottish court Tuesday accepted the withdrawal of an appeal by the man convicted of plotting the 1998 bombing of Pan American Flight 103 over Scotland.
  • Judge: Google must reveal secret blogger   UPI / 11:54AM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A New York judge says Google Inc. must turn over the name of an anonymous blogger accused of defaming a supermodel.
  • Monday, August 17

  • Feed the seagulls, pay $4,085 fine   UPI / 4:44PM
    ALDEBURGH, England, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Authorities in an English resort town are warning tourists they could face fines of up to $4,085 for feeding seagulls.
  • Conn. deals with toxic waste dumpings   UPI / 2:24PM
    BRISTOL, Conn., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Connecticut State Police officials say they expect to make arrests following a series of toxic waste dumpings in the state.
  • U.S. Army targeting substandard NCOs   UPI / 9:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Underperforming or even criminal U.S. Army non-commissioned officers are being targeted in a review of nearly 19,000 NCOs' records, officials say.
  • Gays said tortured, slain by Iraq militias   UPI / 9:14AM
    BAGHDAD, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Gay men are being targeted for death by Iraqi militias and the country's leaders have done nothing to stop them, human rights advocates said Monday.
  • Sunday, August 16

  • Vick vows to be good example for kids   UPI / 10:44PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick says he wants to become involved in the community once again as an example to young people.
  • Cash smuggling seizures grow quickly   UPI / 6:54PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The smuggling of cash into and out of the United States is growing quickly, figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection indicate.
  • Former city employee wins $2 million suit   UPI / 6:24PM
    FRANKLIN, Tenn., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The city of Franklin, Tenn., must pay $2 million to a former employee after firing him for having pornography on a city computer, his attorney said.
  • Counterfeit tickets mar McCartney show   UPI / 5:44PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- TicketMaster agents say nearly two dozen people had counterfeit tickets to singer Paul McCartney's recent performance in Atlanta.
  • Crime author missing in South Carolina   UPI / 4:44PM
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Crime author Dale Hudson has been reported missing after his car was found abandoned in Marion County, S.C., authorities say.
  • Iraq terror attacks kill four, injure two   UPI / 1:24PM
    FALLUJAH, Iraq, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Terrorist attacks in Fallujah and Baghdad killed four people and injured two others Sunday, Iraqi police say.
  • Third of mass trials under way in Iran   UPI / 8:54AM
    TEHRAN, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The third round of mass trials began Sunday in Tehran for protesters arrested in the wake of Iran's disputed June 12 presidential election, authorities said.
  • Saturday, August 15

  • Pitino 'forced abortion' claim said false   UPI / 4:24PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A woman's accusations that Rick Pitino forced her to have an abortion are a fabrication, the University of Louisville basketball coach's attorney says.
  • California man pleads in Swiss bank case   UPI / 3:24PM
    MALIBU, Calif., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A California man has agreed to plead guilty to stashing at least $1 million in a Swiss bank without paying U.S. taxes, federal prosecutors said.
  • Michael questioned over British crash   UPI / 3:14PM
    READING, England, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- British singer George Michael was freed without being charged after being detained on suspicion of drunken driving following a serious car crash, police say.
  • U.S., Norway aiding DRC rape victims   UPI / 3:14PM
    KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere says Norway and the United States are building a hospital for Democratic Republic of Congo rape victims.
  • Suspect in multiple shooting in custody   UPI / 2:24PM
    HOUSTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Houston police say a 19-year-old man they are holding is suspected of shooting eight people at a July event at Texas Southern University.
  • Swine flu prompts Iran pilgrimage ban   UPI / 10:34AM
    TEHRAN, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Swine flu concerns have prompted Iranian officials to ban young children and the elderly from this year's Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, medics say.
  • Friday, August 14

  • Obama Joker poster suspect interviewed   UPI / 4:34PM
    CLERMONT, Fla., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said they have interviewed a man suspected of putting up 500 posters depicting President Barack Obama as the Joker from "The Dark Knight."
  • Rapper C-Murder gets life for 2002 killing   UPI / 4:05PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Rapper C-Murder was sentenced to life in prison Friday in Jefferson Parish, La., for the 2002 killing of a 16-year-old boy.
  • Other driver blamed in Phelps crash   UPI / 2:44PM
    BALTIMORE, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Baltimore police say a traffic collision involving U.S. Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps was caused by a female driver in another car.
  • Repatriation order for Gitmo detainee OK'd   UPI / 2:05PM
    OTTAWA, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- An appellate judge in Ottawa Friday upheld a prior ruling requiring the Canadian government to repatriate a Guantanamo Bay detainee.
  • New Eagle Vick: 'I won't disappoint'   UPI / 1:54PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Quarterback Michael Vick, now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, said Friday he was glad to have a second chance in the NFL and "I won't disappoint."
  • Lockerbie bomber may soon be released   UPI / 10:14AM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie Pan Am bombing that killed 270 people dropped his appeal Friday fueling speculation of an early release, officials say.
  • Karroubi claims inmates tortured to death   UPI / 8:24AM
    TEHRAN, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Some Iranian protesters held after June's presidential election were tortured to death in prison, one of Iran's defeated presidential candidates said.
  • Thursday, August 13

  • Panel raps judge for alleged Nazi joke   UPI / 6:24PM
    TRENTON, N.J., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A New Jersey judicial ethics panel filed a formal complaint against a state judge who allegedly made a joking reference to a Nazi organization during a trial.
  • Jury selection complete in Marshall case   UPI / 5:14PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A six-person jury was selected in Atlanta Thursday for the misdemeanor domestic violence trial of Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
  • Poles face prison for illegal software use   UPI / 3:14PM
    WARSAW, Poland, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Two architects in Gdansk, Poland, could face prison terms of 10 years each for designing projects on illegal computer software, police said.
  • Third arrest over boxer Forrest's death   UPI / 3:14PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Atlanta police say a 30-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the killing of professional boxer Vernon Forrest.
  • Stallworth suspended for full NFL season   UPI / 3:05PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Donte Stallworth, a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, has been suspended for the entire 2009 NFL season for killing a pedestrian while driving drunk.
  • Exxon Mobil pleads guilty in bird deaths   UPI / 1:05PM
    DENVER, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. will pay a $600,000 penalty to atone for killing migratory birds in five U.S. states, the Justice Department said Thursday.
  • Ailing Lockerbie bomber seeks release   UPI / 10:14AM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The Scottish government Thursday said it had made no decision on whether to release the terminally ill man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie Pan Am bombing.
  • Court awards largest Katrina damages   UPI / 7:14AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. appellate court upheld the largest insurance verdict stemming from damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 in New Orleans, court records showed.
  • Wednesday, August 12

  • Judge allows Browns Stallworth to work out   UPI / 9:35PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A Miami judge ruled Browns receiver Donte Stallworth may work out with a strength coach while under house arrest, agreeing it was part of his job.
  • Bears: Vick visit 'nothing to do with us'   UPI / 9:05PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A trip to Chicago by ex-football star Michael Vick touched off news reports that he might be visiting with the NFL's Bears, but the team said that wasn't so.
  • Cyclist sentenced for 'furious' driving   UPI / 6:54PM
    DORCHESTER, England, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A speeding bicyclist who collided with an elderly man in Dorchester, England, who later died, was sentenced to seven months in prison, officials said Wednesday.
  • Porcello, Youkilis suspended five games   UPI / 5:54PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Detroit's Rick Porcello and Boston's Kevin Youkilis will sit out five games for their bench-clearing, brawl-inciting actions, MLB announced Wednesday.
  • Lawrence Phillips awaits assault sentence   UPI / 2:14PM
    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Former football star Lawrence Phillips was ordered to appear for sentencing next month after being convicted in San Diego of twice assaulting his girlfriend.
  • Geneva Conventions 60th year marked   UPI / 11:35AM
    GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The Geneva Conventions, signed 60 years ago to protect those caught in wars, are not being respected, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.
  • Locals say Afghan election being rigged   UPI / 10:05AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is systematically rigging the Aug. 20 presidential election in his southern home base, witnesses claim.
  • Tuesday, August 11

  • C-Murder convicted of murder   UPI / 7:44PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A jury in Louisiana found rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller guilty of second-degree murder Tuesday in the 2002 shooting death of a teenage fan in a nightclub.
  • Kane case cabbie lost license in 1990s   UPI / 4:24PM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The cab driver allegedly punched and robbed by Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane has had his own scrapes with the law, the Buffalo (N.Y.) News says.
  • National Forest squatter gets six months   UPI / 1:54PM
    PAYSON, Ariz., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A 57-year-old man who has lived for years in a national forest in Arizona has been sentenced to six months in jail.
  • Kuwait thwarts attack on U.S. base   UPI / 1:05PM
    KUWAIT CITY, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Six Kuwaitis have been arrested for allegedly plotting to attack a U.S. military base during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, authorities said.
  • Canadian YouTube duck-shooters fined   UPI / 10:34AM
    SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Three Canadian men were fined $16,000 for illegally shooting ducks from inside a car in Saskatchewan and posting a video of it online.
  • Ex-Nazi gets life sentence for massacre   UPI / 10:24AM
    MUNICH, Germany, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A 90-year-old German man accused of Nazi war crimes in Italy has been sentenced to life in prison, observers said.
  • Myanmar court finds Suu Kyi guilty   UPI / 8:44AM
    YANGON, Myanmar, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A military court Tuesday extended Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's detention, ruling she had violated house arrest rules.
  • Little time to prepare for trial   UPI / 7:14AM
    YANGON, Myanmar, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The guilty verdict Tuesday against Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi by a military court had been expected as her defense had little time to prepare.
  • Monday, August 10

  • Report: Military program worsens rape   UPI / 9:05PM
    LUGUNGU, Democratic Republic of Congo, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A U.S.-backed military program intended to protect women from rape by rebels has instead resulted in more sexual assaults by Congolese soldiers, advocates said.
  • Military sex crimes cases on the rise   UPI / 1:54PM
    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The number of sexual-assault cases against Navy sailors and U.S. Marines in the Western United States appears to be increasing, court records indicate.
  • Expert: Harsh prison punishment backfires   UPI / 1:54AM
    TORONTO, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The punitive approach in U.S. prisons used on violent, angry criminals only provides a breeding ground for more anger and more violence, a researcher said.
  • Sunday, August 9

  • China publishes Rio Tinto spy allegations   UPI / 7:34PM
    SHANGHAI, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Employees of the British-Australian mining conglomerate Rio Tinto engaged in commercial espionage for at least six years, Chinese officials said Sunday.
  • Wide agenda at Obama summit in Mexico   UPI / 7:34PM
    GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The White House said a wide range of topics will be on the table when President Obama meets with his counterparts from Mexico and Canada in Guadalajara.
  • Duck-shooting video prompts arrests   UPI / 4:34PM
    SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Canadian officials say three men were arrested in Saskatchewan after a YouTube video allegedly showed them shooting ducklings.
  • Saturday, August 8

  • Wife of Monkees' Dolenz accused of fraud   UPI / 5:44PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- New York investigators allege Donna Quinter, wife of Monkees drummer Micky Dolenz, committed fraud to receive government rental subsidies.
  • Alleged funeral fraud ring may cost $600M   UPI / 2:54PM
    ST. LOUIS, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors allege a prepaid funeral business fraud ring may ultimately cost consumers, funeral homes and U.S. state agencies more than $600 million.
  • Afghan farmers urged to ditch poppies   UPI / 12:54PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. and British officials say they are offering incentives to Afghan farmers to entice them to switch from growing poppies used to make heroin to other crops.
  • Friday, August 7

  • Water polo players accused of match attack   UPI / 3:14PM
    ALMELO, Netherlands, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Two female water polo players in the Netherlands allegedly attempted to kill an opponent during a match, authorities say.
  • Former Florida judge admits bank fraud   UPI / 1:35PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Former Florida Appeals Judge Thomas Stringer has pleaded guilty to bank fraud for helping a stripper hide financial assets from creditors, court officials say.
  • Charges possible for ex-SDSU lineman Louis   UPI / 1:24PM
    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A felony battery charge could be filed against former San Diego State University lineman Lance Louis in relation to a 2008 incident, prosecutors said.
  • Innocent plea made in drug tampering case   UPI / 1:05PM
    DENVER, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A former surgical technician in Denver is pleading innocent to product tampering charges, her attorney says.
  • Wrongful conviction costs $3.1 million   UPI / 10:14AM
    BOSTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A man who spent 19 years in prison for crimes he didn't commit has reached a $3.1 million settlement with Ayer, Mass., the town administrator says.
  • Taylor defendant wants to change plea   UPI / 9:35AM
    MIAMI, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A defendant in the slaying of NFL star Sean Taylor said he didn't understand terms of his deal with prosecutors in Miami and wants to rescind his guilty plea.
  • Russia extends probe into genocide claims   UPI / 8:44AM
    MOSCOW, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The investigation into claims of genocide and mass murder of civilians in the 2008 Georgia-Russia war was extended to February 2010, a Russian official said.
  • Thursday, August 6

  • Denial of service attack shuts Twitter   UPI / 11:54PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A denial of service attack shut the U.S. networking site Twitter down almost completely Thursday, site officials said.
  • Suit seeks to get $1.5M from entertainer   UPI / 7:44PM
    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A Tennessee man is suing to collect a $1.5 million settlement he won defending himself against claims of sexual harassment made by a Las Vegas entertainer.
  • Chris Brown's sentencing delayed   UPI / 12:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles judge delayed sentencing for singer Chris Brown, saying she wants a guarantee he'll perform community labor for hitting his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.
  • 2nd suspect caught in Forrest killing   UPI / 12:24PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A second man was behind bars Thursday in the slaying of former boxing champion Vernon Forrest, but the alleged gunman was still at large, police said.
  • Personal data of 131,000 Guardsmen stolen   UPI / 12:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Army National Guard officials say the personal data of nearly 131,000 current and former members of the U.S. military force has been stolen.
  • Livent chiefs to appeal fraud convictions   UPI / 10:14AM
    TORONTO, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Lawyers for the two former chiefs of Canada's Livent theatrical group said they will appeal their corporate fraud convictions in Toronto.
  • Sarkozy asks Israel to free terrorist   UPI / 9:14AM
    JERUSALEM, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy has asked Israel to release a convicted terrorist who plotted to assassinate Jewish spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.
  • Lockerbie families upset by bomber visit   UPI / 8:24AM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Families of victims of the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing have expressed anger at the visit of a Scottish official to see of the convicted bomber, officials say.
  • Security firm denies criminal allegation   UPI / 2:24AM
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Xe, a private security firm formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, has denied claims in court documents that its founder engaged in criminal activity in Iraq.
  • APA votes to prevent 'Nuremberg defense'   UPI / 1:44AM
    TORONTO, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The American Psychological Association voted at a meeting in Toronto to have its ethics committee draft language to prevent the "Nuremberg defense."
  • Wednesday, August 5

  • Underground water can affect earthquakes   UPI / 3:24PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Water deep underground helps subduction zones of tectonic plates mature, making the zone capable of generating powerful earthquakes, U.S. researchers said.
  • New trial begins in killing of journalist   UPI / 1:14PM
    MOSCOW, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A new trial began in Moscow Wednesday for three men acquitted last February in the slaying of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
  • IRS expands probe of offshore accounts   UPI / 10:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The Internal Revenue Service wants to learn who advised wealthy Americans to evade taxes by putting their money in offshore banks, U.S. tax experts say.
  • Tuesday, August 4

  • Web site says it all: Freed!   UPI / 8:54PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The families of U.S. journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee said in a statement they were overjoyed North Korea pardoned the two journalists Tuesday.
  • Computer worm's purpose baffles   UPI / 8:05PM
    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The Conficker botnet, released as an April Fools' joke, seems to still be around, a U.S. computer security officer said.
  • Vick pays surprise visit to school team   UPI / 2:44PM
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick, recently released from prison, says he wants to help young athletes in whatever ways he can.
  • Boston officer sues over Gates discipline   UPI / 12:14PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- A Boston police officer suspended for using a racial slur against Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., says his civil rights have been violated.
  • Acting cybersecurity chief resigns   UPI / 10:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The acting U.S. cybersecurity czar announced she is resigning, leaving a void in the administration's plan to better protect computer networks.
  • Monday, August 3

  • Bills RB has three-game suspension upheld   UPI / 8:24PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch lost his appeal Monday of a three-game suspension assessed by the NFL in April.
  • Burress indicted, Pierce not, in gun case   UPI / 4:05PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress was indicted Monday in a 2008 shooting incident but the grand jury took a pass on ex-teammate Antonio Pierce.
  • Fire victims may have to repay cash awards   UPI / 1:54PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Survivors of a 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire who received cash awards may have to pay some money back, The Providence (R.I.) Journal reported Monday.
  • Kenya's tribunal stance draws criticism   UPI / 8:24AM
    NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Kenya's move against establishing a tribunal to deliver justice for the victims of post-election violence is a U-turn from earlier commitments, advocates say.
  • Sunday, August 2

  • Drunk driver with record kills triathlete   UPI / 7:34PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A Kentucky man allegedly under the influence of alcohol and already facing a DUI charge, struck and killed a man participating in a triathlon, police said.
  • Canada won't block man's extradition   UPI / 7:34PM
    TORONTO, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A Canadian appellate court Sunday rejected an appeal by a German-Canadian businessman to quash his extradition on tax evasion charges, his attorney said.
  • Rapper C-Murder to return to courtroom   UPI / 5:14PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The upcoming retrial of New Orleans rapper C-Murder on second-degree murder charges could be plagued by jury selection problems, an attorney says.
  • Accused judge to attack lawyers' story   UPI / 5:04PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A Texas judge accused of not keeping her office open late enough to accept a death penalty appeal is attacking the credibility of her accusers, her lawyer says.
  • Alleged Brit hacker facing extradition   UPI / 3:14PM
    LONDON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- British officials say they cannot stop the extradition of an autistic man accused of hacking into U.S. government computers to the United States.
  • U.S. cyber warriors fear collateral damage   UPI / 2:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Fears of unintended "collateral damage" to civilian computer systems are hampering efforts to deploy U.S. cyber warfare capabilities, sources say.
  • Khatami denounces protesters' trials   UPI / 11:44AM
    TEHRAN, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Trials under way for dozens of Iranian protesters are unconstitutional and amount to "play-acting," reformist former President Mohammad Khatami says.
  • Saturday, August 1

  • Father convicted in daughter's death   UPI / 9:54PM
    WAUSAU, Wis., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin man who prayed for his daughter instead of getting her medical help was convicted Saturday of second-degree reckless homicide.
  • Jailed Brits to be released by Brazil   UPI / 5:44PM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Two British law school graduates jailed in Brazil for allegedly falsely claiming they had been robbed were to be freed on bail, their lawyer says.
  • Men accused of illegally killing gator   UPI / 5:34PM
    HOUSTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Two Texas men illegally killed a 600-pound alligator that was popular among nature lovers, authorities allege.
  • Keillor's book store struck by burglars   UPI / 3:54PM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Pastor Inqvist of the Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church would be shocked: Thieves have struck author Garrison Keillor's St. Paul, Minn., bookstore, officials say.
  • Downloads case ends with $675,000 verdict   UPI / 2:24PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A Boston University student says he is disappointed he has been ordered to pay $675,000 for illegally downloading and sharing 30 copyright songs.
  • Friday, July 31

  • Slovakia police hold Croatian soccer fans   UPI / 10:14AM
    ZILINA, Slovakia, July 31 (UPI) -- About 100 people were hurt and 230 arrested in clashes between police and Croatian soccer fans in Zilina, Slovakia, a police official said Friday.
  • Thursday, July 30

  • Judge orders young Gitmo detainee freed   UPI / 7:05PM
    WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge Thursday ordered the release of one of the youngest detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but officials said it is uncertain whether he would go free.
  • Suspect in four killings deemed competent   UPI / 4:14PM
    DES MOINES, Wash., July 30 (UPI) -- A judge in King County, Wash., says a 27-year-old man is competent enough to face murder charges in the 2001 deaths of four people.
  • Company allegedly faked concrete tests   UPI / 1:44PM
    NEW YORK, July 30 (UPI) -- A New York company is accused of faking the results of concrete tests conducted at major construction sites such as the RFK Bridge, prosecutors said.
  • Former NFL star gets chance to help kids   UPI / 1:35PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 30 (UPI) -- Jimmy Smith, the former Jacksonville Jaguar Pro Bowl receiver, says he considers himself lucky to get nabbed on DUI and drug charges.
  • Terrorist blames Jakarta blasts on soccer   UPI / 12:05PM
    JAKARTA, July 30 (UPI) -- Britain's Manchester United soccer team was the target of a bomb attack on two Jakarta hotels two weeks ago, a prominent Indonesian terrorist suspect claims.
  • Terrorist blames Jakarta blasts on hockey   UPI / 11:34AM
    JAKARTA, July 30 (UPI) -- Britain's Manchester United soccer team was the target of a bomb attack on two Jakarta hotels two weeks ago, a prominent Indonesian terrorist suspect claims.
  • Bark to plead not guilty in Cohen's death   UPI / 10:54AM
    TOMS RIVER, N.J., July 30 (UPI) -- The man charged with fatally striking "American Idol" hopeful Alexis Cohen with his car in New Jersey will plead not guilty to all charges, his lawyer said.
  • Wednesday, July 29

  • Stolen car, car salesman found together   UPI / 5:05PM
    WAUWAUTOSA, Wis., July 29 (UPI) -- A brand new Chevrolet Malibu stolen from a Wisconsin dealership was found in Pennsylvania -- along with the salesman who allegedly took it, police say.
  • Burress says 'sorry' for gun incident   UPI / 2:54PM
    NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- Former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress said Wednesday he's sorry for a Manhattan nightclub incident last year in which he accidentally shot himself.
  • Suspect in Burks' shooting has record   UPI / 2:44PM
    MEMPHIS, July 29 (UPI) -- The 18-year-old man suspected of shooting Memphis Grizzlies guard Antonio Burks was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 2006, a court spokesman says.
  • Cuban trademarks targeted in lawsuit   UPI / 1:54PM
    MIAMI, July 29 (UPI) -- The survivors of an American man executed by Cuba in 1960 say they are challenging U.S. trademarks held by the Castro government on rum and cigars.
  • Fighting champ admits anarchist graffiti   UPI / 1:34PM
    OLYMPIA, Wash., July 29 (UPI) -- Jeff Monson, a mixed martial arts champion, faces a possible 90 days in jail for spraying anarchist graffiti on the Washington State Capitol.
  • Former college buddies charged in ATM scam   UPI / 1:05PM
    NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- Four former New York University students are accused of concocting an ATM scam that allegedly netted them as much as $1 million since 2003, authorities say.
  • EPA warns of body-building supplements   UPI / 11:14AM
    WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- Popular body-building products sold as nutritional supplements may contain steroids that produce acute liver injury and kidney failure, U.S. regulators said.
  • Iranian reformist Hajjarian to be released   UPI / 10:24AM
    TEHRAN, July 29 (UPI) -- Iranian reformist activist Saeed Hajjarian will be released from prison soon, judicial authorities say.
  • Calif. woman charged in lab vandalism   UPI / 8:34AM
    MENLO PARK, Calif., July 29 (UPI) -- A woman fired from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, Calif., was responsible for nearly $500,000 in vandalism there, the FBI says.
  • Security blunders at Israeli army bases   UPI / 7:34AM
    JERUSALEM, July 29 (UPI) -- An Israeli army data security unit uncovered a series of blunders at military bases near Gaza and accessed highly classified material, the army said.
  • Kashmir leader quits, then stays on   UPI / 12:54AM
    NEW DELHI, July 29 (UPI) -- The chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir quit after an opposition accusation of involvement in a sex scandal, but was later persuaded to stay on.
  • Tuesday, July 28

  • Hollywood aims to stop Pirate Bay plunder   UPI / 11:24PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, July 28 (UPI) -- Several Hollywood movie and television studios have joined the legal fray against Swedish file-sharing Web site The Pirate Bay.
  • 140 demonstrators freed in Iran   UPI / 10:05PM
    TEHRAN, July 28 (UPI) -- About 140 Iranian demonstrators were freed from one prison Tuesday and officials said Iran's supreme leader has ordered a second prison closed.
  • Lawyer: Giants' Pierce facing gun charges   UPI / 4:14PM
    NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) -- New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce is facing gun charges stemming from an incident last year involving teammate Plaxico Burress, an attorney says.
  • Toxins found in Bangladeshi pain reliever   UPI / 10:24AM
    DHAKA, Bangladesh, July 28 (UPI) -- A toxic chemical in a widely used pain reliever and fever reducer is believed to have killed 25 children in six weeks, Bangladesh authorities said Tuesday.
  • Bikers given day in jail for time served   UPI / 10:05AM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 28 (UPI) -- A Vancouver, Canada, judge cited time already served in sentencing two Hells Angels to a day each in jail for serious crimes, authorities said.
  • U.S. Army trying to help troubled soldiers   UPI / 8:54AM
    COLORADO SPRINGS, July 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army says it's doing what it can to help members of a brigade of soldiers returned from Iraq who have shown exceptionally high rates of criminality.
  • Three executed in Japan   UPI / 7:14AM
    TOKYO, July 28 (UPI) -- Three death row inmates in Japan were hanged Tuesday, the first such executions since the introduction of the lay judge system, the government said.
  • Monday, July 27

  • U.S. Senate to hold 'don't ask' hearings   UPI / 4:55PM
    WASHINGTON, July 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays and lesbians in the armed forces will get a congressional hearing, a lawmaker says.
  • Man pleads guilty to selling Army oil   UPI / 4:45PM
    WASHINGTON, July 27 (UPI) -- A Virginia man pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to steal millions of dollars' worth of oil from the U.S. army in Iraq, the Justice Department said.
  • Hackers exploit Adobe Flash, Reader flaw   UPI / 1:24PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif., July 27 (UPI) -- Hackers exploiting a newfound flaw in Adobe Flash video player and Acrobat Reader can steal data and take money from bank accounts, online security experts say.
  • Grenade found outside soccer star's home   UPI / 12:54PM
    SOUTHPORT, England, July 27 (UPI) -- Police in the British county of Merseyside say bomb disposal experts safely removed a grenade from the garden wall of soccer star Kenny Dalglish's home.
  • Bank theft started with trojan virus   UPI / 12:54PM
    ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky., July 27 (UPI) -- Federal investigators said malicious software worked its way from Bullitt County, Ky., email systems to a bank account to steal $415,989.
  • D.A. eyeing jail time for Plaxico Burress   UPI / 12:24PM
    NEW YORK, July 27 (UPI) -- Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau says he wants ex-New York Giants player Plaxico Burress to spend time behind bars for a 2008 shooting incident.
  • Sunday, July 26

  • Sources: Rihanna, Brown at same hotel   UPI / 4:34PM
    NEW YORK, July 26 (UPI) -- Singer Chris Brown has checked into the same New York hotel as his singer girlfriend Rihanna despite a restraining order against him, hotel sources say.
  • Buttafuoco: Stayed with husband for kids   UPI / 4:14PM
    NEW YORK, July 26 (UPI) -- Mary Jo Buttafuoco says she stayed with her husband Joey for years after she was shot in New York by his mistress, Amy Fisher, because of their children.
  • Chauffeur accuses celebrity chef of assault   UPI / 4:04PM
    HACKENSACK, N.J., July 26 (UPI) -- A 28-year-old chauffeur alleges celebrity chef David Burke assaulted him during a night of drinking in Fort Lee, N.J.
  • Report: Ex-boxer Forrest shot to death   UPI / 2:34PM
    ATLANTA, July 26 (UPI) -- Former boxer Vernon "The Viper" Forrest was shot to death in an encounter with a man who robbed him, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday.
  • U.S. telcos targeted in Cuba lawsuit   UPI / 2:24PM
    MIAMI, July 26 (UPI) -- The Miami relatives of a Cuban-American executed by the Castro government in 1960 are suing U.S. phone companies, documents indicate.
  • Australian festival targeted by hackers   UPI / 12:24PM
    MELBOURNE, July 26 (UPI) -- The director of the Melbourne International Film Festival said Sunday the Australian festival's Web site was repeatedly attacked by computer hackers.
  • Notorious 'Idol' hopeful killed in hit-run   UPI / 11:54AM
    TOMS RIVER, N.J., July 26 (UPI) -- A woman notorious for cursing "American Idol" judges who twice rejected her was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Seaside Heights, N.J., officials said.
  • Father accused in death of daughter, 11   UPI / 1:34AM
    WAUSAU, Wis., July 26 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin man prayed for his daughter instead of getting her medical help as she lay dying, prosecutors said.
  • Saturday, July 25

  • Thornton's daughter freed; case pending   UPI / 4:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 25 (UPI) -- A jail official in Orange County, Fla., says actor Billy Bob Thornton's estranged daughter, Amanda Brumfield, is free on $279,000 bail.
  • China, Russia hold smuggling probe talks   UPI / 2:24PM
    MOSCOW, July 25 (UPI) -- Chinese officials say Russia should take steps to ensure Chinese merchants involved in a recent anti-smuggling operation are treated fairly.
  • Saudi man arrested for TV sex talk   UPI / 12:44PM
    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, July 25 (UPI) -- A Saudi Arabian man has been arrested for bragging about his sexual conquests and techniques on television, officials say.
  • Microsoft to issue emergency IE patches   UPI / 10:14AM
    REDMOND, Wash., July 25 (UPI) -- U.S. computer giant Microsoft Corp. says it is preparing to issue a pair of emergency security patches for its Internet Explorer Web browser.
  • Friday, July 24

  • Woman accused of spreading hepatitis C   UPI / 12:44PM
    DENVER, July 24 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury indicted a surgical technician in Denver for allegedly spreading hepatitis C to 19 patients, authorities say.
  • Jackson's death likely listed as homicide   UPI / 9:54AM
    LOS ANGELES, July 24 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles County Coroner's office will almost certainly list the cause of singer Michael Jackson's death as homicide, law enforcement sources told TMZ.
  • Probe discovery of shooter's records   UPI / 8:05AM
    RICHMOND, Va., July 24 (UPI) -- The former counseling center director at Virginia Tech accidentally removed the records of the shooter who killed 32 people in April 2007, his attorney says.
  • Thursday, July 23

  • Hearing in McNair case postponed   UPI / 1:44PM
    NASHVILLE, July 23 (UPI) -- A hearing for the man who allegedly sold the firearm used to kill former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair has been postponed by a federal judge.
  • AWOL Army soldier found in Texas   UPI / 1:44PM
    LAREDO, Texas, July 23 (UPI) -- A 24-year-old U.S. Army soldier who disappeared from Fort Hood more than a week ago has been arrested in Laredo, Texas, an FBI spokesman says.
  • Six shot at family event honoring rapper   UPI / 7:54AM
    HOUSTON, July 23 (UPI) -- At least six people were shot and wounded on a Texas university campus during an event honoring a Houston rap artist, police said.
  • Wednesday, July 22

  • 'Smilin' Bob' grandmother avoids jail   UPI / 6:54PM
    CINCINNATI, July 22 (UPI) -- An Ohio grandmother convicted of fraud and money laundering tied to the "Smilin' Bob" "male enhancement pill" is free on bond pending an appeal, a judge ruled.
  • Billionaire freed from jail on sex charges   UPI / 3:54PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., July 22 (UPI) -- Florida billionaire Jeffrey Epstein left jail Wednesday after serving less than 13 months for procuring underage girls for sex, his attorney says.
  • Huizenga's son held on drunk boating count   UPI / 3:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 22 (UPI) -- The son of billionaire Florida businessman H. Wayne Huizenga must remain in jail on a drunken boating charge, a Fort Lauderdale judge has ordered.
  • Electrician accused of endangering hotels   UPI / 12:35PM
    NEW YORK, July 22 (UPI) -- A licensed master electrician created a potential fire hazard in five New York hotels by using wooden collars in his electrical work, an official alleges.
  • Aide to ex-Pa. lawmaker gets year in jail   UPI / 1:14AM
    PHILADELPHIA, July 22 (UPI) -- The "irrationally devoted" aide to former Pennsylvania state Sen. Vince Fumo was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in federal prison.
  • In suit, man alleges abuse at orphanage   UPI / 12:05AM
    SEATTLE, July 21 (UPI) -- A man is suing the state of Washington for placing him in a Christian Brothers orphanage where he says he was sexually molested as a boy.
  • Tuesday, July 21

  • Officers accused of killing young gulls   UPI / 8:05PM
    SEATTLE, July 21 (UPI) -- State wildlife agents say they are investigating allegations two members of the Washington State Patrol beat young gulls to death at the Seattle Ferry Terminal.
  • Autistic Marine admits kiddie porn charge   UPI / 7:34PM
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., July 21 (UPI) -- An autistic Marine has admitted possessing child pornography and is expected to be freed from the Camp Pendleton brig near San Diego within days, officials say.
  • Woman charged with $50M grain fraud scheme   UPI / 3:14PM
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., July 21 (UPI) -- A Missouri woman was charged Tuesday with bilking 180 farmers out of $50 million in a Ponzi scheme built on grain purchases, the state attorney general said.
  • Man charged with threatening telemarketer   UPI / 1:54PM
    ST. LOUIS, July 21 (UPI) -- An Ohio man has been jailed in St. Louis after allegedly threatening a telemarketer that he would kill the company's employees, authorities say.
  • Erin Andrews video scammers plant viruses   UPI / 10:35AM
    LONDON, July 21 (UPI) -- A wildly popular Internet video of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews undressing in her hotel room is being used to spread computer viruses, experts warn.
  • Mumbai judge issues gag order   UPI / 7:54AM
    MUMBAI, July 21 (UPI) -- The judge presiding over the trial of the lone surviving terrorist in the Mumbai attacks adjourned the case after issuing a gag order against journalists.
  • Monday, July 20

  • Victim uses TV ploy, tags rapist   UPI / 8:35PM
    LEEDS, England, July 20 (UPI) -- An 89-year-old rape victim copied a scene from a television show to get her attacker's DNA and help British police catch him, police said.
  • Britain to fund waste's return from Brazil   UPI / 10:24AM
    LONDON, July 20 (UPI) -- British officials say they will pay for the return of 90 shipping containers containing toxic waste that had been sent to Brazil illegally.
  • Sunday, July 19

  • Many Nazis remain in the United States   UPI / 7:44PM
    NEW YORK, July 19 (UPI) -- Hundreds, if not thousands, of Nazis are living in the United States, Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said in New York Sunday.
  • British embassy arrestee freed in Tehran   UPI / 7:14PM
    TEHRAN, July 19 (UPI) -- The last of the British embassy employees jailed in Iran on charges of aiding last month's election protests has been freed on bail, officials said Sunday.
  • Saturday, July 18

  • Ship's pilot gets prison for oil spill   UPI / 10:14PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, July 18 (UPI) -- A veteran ship's pilot has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for his part in an accident that dumped 53,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay.
  • Blast suspect facing real 'Fight Club'   UPI / 2:04PM
    NEW YORK, July 18 (UPI) -- A 17-year-old boy who allegedly caused a New York blast in honor of the movie "Fight Club" found a real-life fight club in jail, corrections officials say.
  • Friday, July 17

  • Student charged with hacking Palin   UPI / 11:44PM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., July 17 (UPI) -- A Tennessee judge says lawyers for a student charged with hacking into Sarah Palin's e-mail must limit their request for information from the Alaska governor.
  • Feds make arrest in McNair shooting death   UPI / 5:24PM
    NASHVILLE, July 17 (UPI) -- U.S. agents in Nashville Friday arrested a man who allegedly provided the gun in the recent shooting death of former NFL quarterback Steve McNair.
  • Twitter founder promises better security   UPI / 1:54PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, July 17 (UPI) -- Twitter founder Ev Williams says his U.S. social networking service will increase its security in the wake of a security breach caused by a hacker attack.
  • Army looking for causes of violent crimes   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army says it conducted a study to determine what causes some soldiers to lash out violently, but results offered few hints at contributing factors.
  • Thursday, July 16

  • Hacker raises questions about passwords   UPI / 9:44PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, July 16 (UPI) -- A hacker who accessed a Twitter employee's personal e-mail in San Francisco highlights password security problems, a technical publication said Thursday.
  • Judge: Bosses wrongly got away scot-free   UPI / 9:24PM
    PHILADELPHIA, July 16 (UPI) -- Human services bosses should have been charged with caseworkers in the death of a 14-year-old disabled Philadelphia girl, a judge said in sentencing a worker.
  • Pol jailed after suggesting rival be raped   UPI / 8:44PM
    LUCKNOW, India, July 16 (UPI) -- A senior female politician from India's ruling Congress Party faces 10 years in prison for suggesting a rival female leader should be raped, authorities said.
  • NYC explosion linked to movie 'Fight Club'   UPI / 4:44PM
    NEW YORK, July 16 (UPI) -- A 17-year-old boy preoccupied with the movie "Fight Club" has been charged with setting off a homemade bomb outside a New York coffee shop, police say.
  • Lawyer: Michigan settling prison sex case   UPI / 4:44PM
    LANSING, Mich., July 16 (UPI) -- Michigan is settling a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 500 women who allege they were sexually assaulted by guards in prison, a lawyer says.
  • Michael Vick a football question mark   UPI / 3:24PM
    HAMPTON, Va., July 16 (UPI) -- Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, ending two months of house arrest after 18 months behind bars, is still a team question mark despite support.
  • Yemen ban leads to 293,000 seized weapons   UPI / 3:05PM
    SANAA, Yemen, July 16 (UPI) -- Yemen's Interior Ministry says nearly 293,000 unregistered weapons have been seized since a ban on carrying weapons was instituted in August 2007.
  • Napolitano endorses new U.S. ID card plan   UPI / 1:05PM
    WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano endorsed legislation to replace the stringent Real ID Act with a more flexible and less costly version.
  • Foreclosed Watergate Hotel to be auctioned   UPI / 8:34AM
    WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) -- A Washington complex that was the site of a burglary that led to the Watergate scandal and the resignation of U.S. President Richard Nixon is to be auctioned.
  • Russian human-rights activist found dead   UPI / 1:34AM
    MOSCOW, July 16 (UPI) -- A prominent Russian human-rights activist was found fatally shot Wednesday after being kidnapped in Chechnya, authorities said.
  • Wednesday, July 15

  • Realtor charged in Fla. couple's slaying   UPI / 11:14PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., July 15 (UPI) -- A Florida Realtor has become the eighth person charged in the slaying of a couple known for adopting disabled children, police said Wednesday.
  • Henry sent to prison for drug conviction   UPI / 11:14PM
    BILLINGS, Mont., July 15 (UPI) -- A Montana judge has hit former NFL running back Travis Henry with a three-year prison term for a federal cocaine trafficking conviction.
  • Ex-Cal football player sentenced for rape   UPI / 6:35PM
    OAKLAND, Calif., July 15 (UPI) -- A former University of California-Berkeley football player has received a four-year prison sentence for raping one student and assaulting another.
  • Giove's friends say drug bust shocking   UPI / 5:35PM
    DURANGO, Colo., July 15 (UPI) -- Friends of iconic former U.S. mountain biking champion Missy Giove say her arrest on marijuana charges was shocking because of her anti-drug stance.
  • Man says he killed wife to end suffering   UPI / 4:05PM
    PORTLAND, Ore., July 15 (UPI) -- A man testified in his murder trial in Multnomah County, Ore., he fatally shot his wife because she was suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease.
  • Faith healing trial in closing arguments   UPI / 3:44PM
    OREGON CITY, Ore., July 15 (UPI) -- Prosecutors say an Oregon girl's death last year was a case of irresponsible parenting, not one of following faith healing convictions.
  • Former MLB player lost World Series ring   UPI / 2:44PM
    CHESTER, Pa., July 15 (UPI) -- Former Baltimore Orioles player Tom Chism says his World Series ring was stolen from his home in Brookhaven, Pa., and discarded by a thief.
  • $3.4 million paid for wrongful conviction   UPI / 2:05PM
    BOSTON, July 15 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts town and five of its insurers have agreed to pay $3.4 million to the estate of a man wrongfully imprisoned for a murder he didn't commit.
  • Drug smugglers kill 12 Mexican officers   UPI / 12:44PM
    MEXICO CITY, July 15 (UPI) -- Mexican officials say the 12 people whose mutilated bodies were found beside a rural road in Michoacan state were government intelligence officers.
  • Caylee Anthony disappeared one year ago   UPI / 10:24AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 15 (UPI) -- Exactly one year after Florida toddler Caylee Marie Anthony was reported missing her mother Cindy sits in an Orange County jail cell awaiting trial.
  • Doc denies accessing president's med files   UPI / 9:05AM
    MANILA, Philippines, July 15 (UPI) -- An attorney for a Philippines doctor accused of opening the medical files of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo says she never did it.
  • Azerbaijan seen censoring online media   UPI / 8:05AM
    BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 15 (UPI) -- The government of Azerbaijan is moving to censor online media with the arrest of a satirist who dressed in a donkey suit, advocates say.
  • Child porn not a sex offense risk factor   UPI / 1:24AM
    ZURICH, Switzerland, July 15 (UPI) -- For men without a prior sex offense conviction, consumption of child pornography does not represent a risk factor for a sex offense, Swiss researchers say.
  • Tuesday, July 14

  • Judge says no 'Survivor' reunion for Hatch   UPI / 9:24PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., July 14 (UPI) -- Richard Hatch, who is serving the final months of his sentence for tax evasion under house arrest, won't be allowed to go to Samoa for a "Survivor" reunion.
  • Texas seeks to jam jail cell phones   UPI / 3:14PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, July 14 (UPI) -- Texas prison officials say they have joined other U.S. states in demanding the authority to jam inmates' cell phone calls.
  • Russia detains Pole with dinosaur's egg   UPI / 3:14PM
    WARSAW, Poland, July 14 (UPI) -- Siberian customs officers detained a Pole as he attempted to smuggle a dinosaur egg and other contraband from Mongolia into Russia, Polish Radio said Tuesday.
  • Soldiers allegedly filmed women showering   UPI / 9:55AM
    BAGHDAD, July 14 (UPI) -- Two U.S. soldiers have been charged with filming and photographing female members of their unit taking showers at Fort Dix, Calif., authorities said.
  • Monday, July 13

  • Son of porn pioneer arrested in slaying   UPI / 3:44PM
    NOVATO, Calif., July 13 (UPI) -- The son of the late San Francisco pornography pioneer Jim Mitchell has been arrested for allegedly killing his girlfriend, police said.
  • States eye prison alternatives for some   UPI / 10:05AM
    WASHINGTON, July 13 (UPI) -- U.S. states are expanding alternatives to jailing low-level offenders, such as special drug and driving-while-intoxicated courts, observers say.
  • Rebels claim Lagos tanker facility attack   UPI / 8:34AM
    LAGOS, Nigeria, July 13 (UPI) -- The leading rebel group in Nigeria has claimed responsibility for an attack on an oil tanker facility near the commercial hub of Lagos.
  • Boxer's wife is a suspect in his death   UPI / 2:34AM
    RECIFE, Brazil, July 13 (UPI) -- The wife of retired boxer Arturo Gatti is a suspect in his murder, police in Brazil confirmed.
  • Sunday, July 12

  • Lights on at LA parks to curb violence   UPI / 3:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 12 (UPI) -- The lights are being kept on later into the night at 16 Los Angeles parks to try to curb gang violence, an organizer says.
  • Soldier slain in crossfire near Chicago   UPI / 3:14PM
    HARVEY, Ill., July 12 (UPI) -- A U.S. soldier home on a furlough was shot and killed by crossfire in suburban Chicago, family members say.
  • No hard evidence in S. Korea cyberattacks   UPI / 1:54PM
    SEOUL, July 12 (UPI) -- South Korea's National Intelligence Service says it can't prove a rash of cyberattacks came from North Korea, but circumstantial evidence points to Pyongyang.
  • Five killed in Mexican drug violence   UPI / 11:05AM
    MORELIA, Mexico, July 12 (UPI) -- Three police officers and two soldiers were killed in Mexico in retribution for the arrest of a prominent drug cartel leader, authorities said.
  • Saturday, July 11

  • Paralyzed Texas officer to get new home   UPI / 8:34PM
    LANCASTER, Texas, July 11 (UPI) -- A popular reality TV show says it is rebuilding the home of a former Dallas police officer who is in a wheelchair after being shot during a SWAT operation.
  • Ex-Canadian boxing champ dead in Brazil   UPI / 6:24PM
    PORTO DE GALINHAS, Brazil, July 11 (UPI) -- Arturo Gatti, a Canadian boxer who became world featherweight champion, was found dead Saturday in an apartment in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil, police said.
  • Slain gay sailor buried in Houston   UPI / 2:54PM
    OCEANSIDE, Calif., July 11 (UPI) -- Friends and family of Navy Seaman August Provost say they want to know if he was killed at California's Camp Pendleton because he was gay.
  • Friday, July 10

  • U.S. seeks 'amnesty' for 2 journalists   UPI / 9:44PM
    SACRAMENTO, July 10 (UPI) -- U.S. officials have asked North Korea to grant "amnesty" to two American journalists jailed there, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday.
  • Couple in Lisa Nowak case set to marry   UPI / 6:05PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 10 (UPI) -- Colleen Shipman and Billy Oefelein, victims in the kidnapping plot allegedly formed by former U.S. astronaut Lisa Nowak, say they are getting married.
  • Golf dispute ends with injury, conviction   UPI / 4:14PM
    KENT, Wash., July 10 (UPI) -- A golf dispute in King County, Wash., led to one man receiving a debilitating head injury and another receiving a jail sentence, authorities say.
  • Hackers disrupt South Korea Web sites   UPI / 2:24PM
    SEOUL, July 10 (UPI) -- The cyberattacks that garbled dozens of South Korean Web sites in the past three days appeared to have been halted late Friday, officials said.
  • Vellanoweth blames mystery drink for crash   UPI / 1:24PM
    SACRAMENTO, July 10 (UPI) -- Businessman Roberto P. Vellanoweth alleges in a lawsuit his deadly drunken driving incident was caused by a mystery drink he was given at a Sacramento eatery.
  • Thursday, July 9

  • Zimbabwe mines site of 'horrific violence'   UPI / 3:24PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, July 9 (UPI) -- Illegal diamond mining by Zimbabwean troops has led to violence against civilians, says a global watchdog formed to cut the flow of "blood diamonds."
  • Nigeria welcomes British aid for prisons   UPI / 2:44PM
    ABUJA, Nigeria, July 9 (UPI) -- The Nigerian government says it is pleased with a British plan to help improve the conditions in the West African country's prisons.
  • S. Korea faces new round of cyber attacks   UPI / 1:44PM
    SEOUL, July 9 (UPI) -- Key South Korean governmental and private Web sites were targeted Thursday by a third round of cyber attacks, government and industry officials say.
  • $100,000 violin stolen from home   UPI / 12:24PM
    CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- Chicago police sought the thief Thursday who walked off with a musician's prized 18th century violin, officials said.
  • Wednesday, July 8

  • Third person sentenced in passport scandal   UPI / 6:05PM
    WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- A former U.S. State Department employee was sentenced Wednesday for illegally accessing confidential passport files, the Justice Department said.
  • DRC military vows to punish rapists   UPI / 12:24PM
    KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 8 (UPI) -- A military spokesman in the Democratic Republic of the Congo says the military will punish those guilty of rights abuses, including mass rapes.
  • U.N.: West Africa awash in contraband   UPI / 12:14PM
    UNITED NATIONS, July 8 (UPI) -- The security and economic development of West Africa is being hampered by the trafficking of many kinds of illicit contraband, the United Nations says.
  • S. Korea cyberattacks blamed on Pyongyang   UPI / 11:54AM
    SEOUL, July 8 (UPI) -- Recent cyberattacks that disrupted dozens of South Korean Web sites appear to have been orchestrated by North Korea, sources said Wednesday.
  • Swiss bank accounts remain secret   UPI / 11:05AM
    WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- A new U.S.-Swiss treaty on bank secrecy may not help the Internal Revenue Service catch tax evaders, a Swiss official says.
  • Street gang charged with bank fraud   UPI / 10:54AM
    TRENTON, N.J., July 8 (UPI) -- Members of the Bloods street gang used forged payroll checks to steal $341,000 from eight banks between 2005 and 2007, New Jersey officials said Tuesday.
  • Cyberattack bogs down Web sites   UPI / 8:04AM
    WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- A cyberattack during the last few days targeted Web sites run by major U.S. government departments and agencies, several computer security researchers said.
  • Tuesday, July 7

  • Twitter users warned of online scams   UPI / 12:25PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 7 (UPI) -- Scammers are using social networking Web sites such as Twitter to lure readers into get-rich-quick schemes, the U.S. Better Business Bureau says.
  • London bombings memorial unveiled   UPI / 10:25AM
    LONDON, July 7 (UPI) -- A permanent memorial to the July 7, 2005, London bombings was unveiled Tuesday in the city's Hyde Park.
  • Monday, July 6

  • Police: McNair friend recently bought gun   UPI / 7:34PM
    NASHVILLE, July 6 (UPI) -- The woman whose body was found near that of former NFL star Steve McNair had recently bought the gun found at the scene of the shooting, Nashville police said.
  • Canadian rugby killer spared prison   UPI / 6:24PM
    BAMPTON, Ontario, July 6 (UPI) -- The Toronto-area high school rugby player who fatally injured an opponent with a vicious hit during a game avoided prison time Monday.
  • Rep. King slams media coverage of Jackson   UPI / 3:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., says the media should limit its coverage of Michael Jackson as the late singer was a "child molester."
  • Arson suspect arrested in townhouse fire   UPI / 2:05PM
    MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, July 6 (UPI) -- A 19-year-old Toronto man has been charged with setting two fires that destroyed at least $10 million in townhouses under construction, authorities said.
  • Sunday, July 5

  • Questions swirl around Conyers bribe plea   UPI / 4:14PM
    DETROIT, July 5 (UPI) -- Prosecutors say there is no suggestion that U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is connected to his wife's bribery plea, but questions remain, analysts say.
  • 16 U.N. workers missing in Afghanistan   UPI / 1:44PM
    PAKTIA, Afghanistan, July 5 (UPI) -- Afghanistan police said Sunday 16 United Nations workers have vanished in the eastern part of the country.
  • Australian navy reacts to sex allegations   UPI / 1:24PM
    CANBERRA, Australia, July 5 (UPI) -- The Royal Australian Navy says it has removed four sailors from their ships amid allegations they took part in a sex contest.
  • No pardon for Khodorkovsky in works   UPI / 12:54PM
    MOSCOW, July 5 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says there's no pardon in the works for imprisoned oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was once the country's richest man.
  • Britain works to free final embassy worker   UPI / 7:14AM
    LONDON, July 5 (UPI) -- British officials say they've been assured the eighth of nine embassy workers detained in Iran is to be released Sunday.
  • Philippines bomb kills three, injures 37   UPI / 6:44AM
    COTABATO CITY, Philippines, July 5 (UPI) -- A bomb detonated in a restaurant killing three and injuring 37 Sunday near a cathedral in Cotabato City, Philippines, authorities said.
  • Friday, July 3

  • Privacy, tech limits vex U.S. net defense   UPI / 9:34AM
    WASHINGTON, July 3 (UPI) -- Technical limits and privacy concerns are plaguing the system designed to protect the U.S. government's computer network from cyberspies, officials said.
  • Thursday, July 2

  • Ex-police officer gets life plus 255 years   UPI / 8:35PM
    MEMPHIS, July 2 (UPI) -- An ex-police officer in Memphis who turned down a plea deal was sentenced life in prison plus 255 years for repeated use of a gun in crimes of violence.
  • Calif. court backs illegal raid lawsuits   UPI / 5:34PM
    SACRAMENTO, July 2 (UPI) -- A state appeals court in California says medical marijuana growers and patients should be allowed to sue police over illegal raids of their properties.
  • San Francisco implementing compost fines   UPI / 5:24PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, July 2 (UPI) -- San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom says his city's new mandate on composting food scraps is a localized attempt to help the environment.
  • 2,000 dead cattle rot on Texas feedlot   UPI / 4:54PM
    SUDAN, Texas, July 2 (UPI) -- Texas has fined a feedlot nearly $6,000 for letting 2,000 dead cattle pile up and decompose, attracting flies and creating a stench, officials said.
  • Ex-Yankee Leyritz accused of battery   UPI / 3:54PM
    DAVIE, Fla., July 2 (UPI) -- Police in Broward County, Fla., say former New York Yankees player Jim Leyritz was arrested Thursday on charges he battered his former wife.
  • Blackwater facing new attack allegations   UPI / 3:14PM
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 2 (UPI) -- Contractors employed by the Blackwater private military company, now called Xe, were responsible for six unprovoked attacks in Iraq, a lawsuit alleges.
  • Violinist charged with solicitation   UPI / 3:05PM
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., July 2 (UPI) -- A West Virginia Symphony Orchestra violinist is fighting extradition to Virginia on charges he tried to solicit a minor for sex over the Internet.
  • Court: Rape accusers immune from suit   UPI / 11:34AM
    DETROIT, July 2 (UPI) -- A U.S. federal appeals court ruled a man the courts determined was wrongly convicted of rape cannot sue his accuser -- a decision observers view as landmark.
  • Wednesday, July 1

  • Vick working for children's organization   UPI / 2:34PM
    NEWPORT NEWS, Va., July 1 (UPI) -- Ex-NFL quarterback Michael Vick has left a construction job to work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, the clubs' executive director says.
  • Did movie 'Alpha Dog' influence witnesses?   UPI / 2:04PM
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif., July 1 (UPI) -- An attorney for a former California drug dealer on trial in the killing of a teenager says the movie "Alpha Dog" influenced some witness testimony.
  • Authenticity of Astor signature questioned   UPI / 1:34PM
    NEW YORK, July 1 (UPI) -- A former maid of U.S. socialite Brooke Astor's says she suspects her late employer did not actually sign a document that benefits her son, Anthony Marshall.
  • Politics part of Palin-hack jury selection   UPI / 12:34PM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., July 1 (UPI) -- The lawyer for a Tennessee college student accused of hacking into Sarah Palin's e-mail wants to query prospective jurors about their political preferences.
  • Israeli court seeks harsher sentence   UPI / 8:24AM
    JERUSALEM, July 1 (UPI) -- Israel's High Court of Justice ordered the military prosecutor to hand down stiffer sentences to soldiers involved in shooting a cuffed Palestinian last year.
  • Tuesday, June 30

  • Parker, Broderick release photo of twins   UPI / 12:34PM
    NEW YORK, June 30 (UPI) -- Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have released the first public photo of their new twin daughters, The New York Post reported Tuesday.
  • Stanford's assets frozen in Britain   UPI / 12:34PM
    LONDON, June 30 (UPI) -- The Serious Fraud Office in Britain said it had frozen the assets of accused Texas billionaire Allen Stanford at the request of U.S. authorities.
  • Amnesty for some Tiger rebels   UPI / 1:24AM
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 30 (UPI) -- The Sri Lankan government, after claiming a crushing victory last month over Tamil Tiger rebels, may offer amnesty to some rebel suspects, an official said.
  • Monday, June 29

  • Brewers' Jeffress suspended 100 games   UPI / 7:14PM
    NEW YORK, June 29 (UPI) -- Milwaukee Brewers minor league pitcher Jeremy Jeffress has been suspended 100 games after a third drug policy violation, Major League baseball said Monday.
  • Former cop accused of contract killing   UPI / 2:54PM
    NORFOLK, Va., June 29 (UPI) -- A woman's alleged ex-lover and the man she allegedly hired to kill her husband will go on trial in a federal courtroom in Virginia this week, prosecutors say.
  • Britney, Ellen death 'tweets' debunked   UPI / 2:44PM
    CHARLESTON, S.C., June 29 (UPI) -- Messages posted on the Twitpic pages of Britney Spears and Ellen DeGeneres announcing their deaths were planted by hackers, the U.S. company says.
  • Car bomb kills at least nine in Mosul   UPI / 1:44PM
    MOSUL, Iraq, June 29 (UPI) -- A car bomb Monday killed at least nine police officers and wounded two others in Mosul, Iraqi officials said.
  • Driver confesses to running over seabirds   UPI / 1:44PM
    LONG BEACH, Wash., June 29 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials say the driver of a Jeep has confessed to plowing through flocks of protected seabirds on a Washington state beach.
  • Girls Aloud slay fantasist cleared   UPI / 10:54AM
    NEWCASTLE, England, June 29 (UPI) -- A British blogger who fantasized the kidnapping, rape and killing of the pop group Girls Aloud did not break obscenity laws, a court has ruled.
  • 'Great Train Robber' breaks hip in prison   UPI / 10:44AM
    LONDON, June 29 (UPI) -- Ronnie Biggs, the man known as Britain's Great Train Robber, is so frail at age 80 he presents no threat if released from prison, his lawyer said.
  • Sunday, June 28

  • Seven police killed in Philippines attack   UPI / 7:14PM
    MANILA, Philippines, June 28 (UPI) -- Armed rebels killed seven policemen in the southern Philippines province of Basilan, authorities said Sunday.
  • Newspaper mug shots bother ethicists   UPI / 5:44PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., June 28 (UPI) -- U.S. ethicists say they're bothered by the practice of newspapers posting arrest mug shots on their Web sites as a way to boost ad sales.
  • Zimbabwe 'blood diamond' informant jailed   UPI / 3:54PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, June 28 (UPI) -- The Zimbabwean government has arrested and jailed a member of Parliament who intended to reveal an alleged mass grave site of diamond miners, sources say.
  • Man indicted for slaying 27 years later   UPI / 1:34PM
    CLEVELAND, June 28 (UPI) -- The death this month of an Ohio football player 27 years after being wounded in a shooting has resulted in murder charges against the gunman, prosecutors say.
  • U.S., Russia differ on cyber security   UPI / 1:34PM
    WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) -- Russia and the United States disagree on how to counter cyber warfare threats, with Washington deeming an international treaty unnecessary, sources say.
  • Saturday, June 27

  • Ulster loyalists destroy arsenals   UPI / 11:24AM
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland, June 27 (UPI) -- Three Ulster loyalist paramilitaries say they are decommissioning their weapons at the behest of an independent Northern Ireland commission.
  • Amnesty: Iran journalists should be freed   UPI / 11:14AM
    TEHRAN, June 27 (UPI) -- Dozens of journalists imprisoned in Iran since June 12 are at risk of being tortured in jail, Amnesty International says.
  • Friday, June 26

  • Man gets house arrest for killing cyclists   UPI / 11:54AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif., June 26 (UPI) -- A California sheriff's deputy who said he fell asleep at the wheel of his patrol car has been sentenced to four months house arrest for killing two cyclists.
  • Film inspires live Dillinger performance   UPI / 8:54AM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., June 26 (UPI) -- The trial of bank robber John Dillinger's girlfriend is to be re-enacted in St. Paul, Minn., in honor of the new film "Public Enemies," organizers said.
  • Thursday, June 25

  • War re-enactor pleads guilty to shooting   UPI / 11:24PM
    ISLE OF WIGHT, Va., June 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. Civil War re-enactor who shot another re-enactor during a filmed battle scene pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and may go free, attorneys said.
  • Feds tie relic suspect to pyramid scheme   UPI / 9:44PM
    BLANDING, Utah, June 25 (UPI) -- A doctor who killed himself after being charged with looting and selling American Indian relics may have been part of a pyramid scheme, authorities said.
  • Police: Golfer pulled gun during argument   UPI / 4:54PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, June 25 (UPI) -- Authorities in Texas said a dispute over the speed of a golf game led to a 73-year-old man aiming a loaded gun at another player in the parking lot.
  • Oregon bear benefactor ordered to move   UPI / 3:24PM
    NEWPORT, Ore., June 25 (UPI) -- An Oregon judge Thursday ordered a woman to move out of her rural home for three years as part of her probation for feeding bears from the neighboring forest.
  • U.N. cautions against legalizing drugs   UPI / 1:04AM
    NEW YORK, June 25 (UPI) -- The United Nations, calling for more global investment in drug treatment and control, warned against legalizing narcotics.
  • Wednesday, June 24

  • Spector moves to 'special needs' prison   UPI / 11:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 24 (UPI) -- Famed music producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector has been moved to the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran.
  • Ex-astronaut's trial set for Dec. 7   UPI / 10:04PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 24 (UPI) -- A judge in Florida has set a Dec. 7 trial date for former U.S. astronaut Lisa Nowak, charged in a bizarre love triangle assault case.
  • Former USC hoopster in jail   UPI / 6:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 24 (UPI) -- Former USC men's basketball player Stais Boseman was arrested this week after a carjacking, Los Angeles police said.
  • Bomb kills more than 60 in Baghdad   UPI / 4:54PM
    BAGHDAD, June 24 (UPI) -- A massive bomb killed more than 60 people and injured at least 120 Wednesday in Baghdad, amid growing fears of sectarian violence. officials said.
  • MTSU suspends wide receiver for year   UPI / 4:14PM
    MURFREESBORO, Tenn., June 24 (UPI) -- Middle Tennessee State University has suspended Eldred King, its leading wide receiver in the 2008 season, following his admission that he hit his girlfriend.
  • 'Vontae Davis' arrest wasn't Miami rookie   UPI / 2:14PM
    MIAMI, June 24 (UPI) -- Miami Dolphins rookie Vontae Davis says a person arrested this month in Illinois under his name and address isn't him.
  • Pentagon sets up cyber-defense command   UPI / 9:44AM
    WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Defense has created a new cyber-defense command aimed at safeguarding military computer networks, Defense Secretary Robert Gates says.
  • Songwriter charged with multiple rapes   UPI / 8:14AM
    NEW YORK, June 24 (UPI) -- A 71-year-old songwriter and film producer has been charged with allegedly raping or sexually assaulting 11 women in his New York apartment from 2005 to 2008.
  • Tuesday, June 23

  • Hockey coach arrested on rape charge   UPI / 1:24PM
    GROSSE POINTE, Mich., June 23 (UPI) -- A high school hockey coach who led his team to a state championship has been fired for allegedly raping a 16-year-old boy, Grosse Pointe, Mich., police said.
  • Court jails Serb for shooting Croat POWs   UPI / 12:44PM
    BELGRADE, Serbia, June 23 (UPI) -- A Belgrade court Tuesday sentenced a former Serbian soldier to 20 years in prison for shooting Croatian prisoners of war in eastern Croatia in 1991.
  • Waite understands hostage kin's anger   UPI / 11:44AM
    LONDON, June 23 (UPI) -- Former hostage Terry Waite says he understands why the father of one of the British men held captive in Iraq has expressed anger at the government.
  • No charges against Portland, Ore., mayor   UPI / 10:44AM
    PORTLAND, Ore., June 23 (UPI) -- Oregon state officials say they won't prosecute Portland Mayor Sam Adams for a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old intern.
  • Judge orders Gitmo detainee's release   UPI / 10:25AM
    WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Washington ordered the release of a Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison detainee, saying the man's continued detention was illogical.
  • Health of young offenders is poor   UPI / 1:54AM
    ADELAIDE, Australia, June 23 (UPI) -- The physical and mental health needs of juvenile offenders should be a priority if offenders have any hope of rehabilitation, Australian researchers suggest.
  • Monday, June 22

  • 'I just killed my family with a knife'   UPI / 3:24PM
    GLENDALE, Ariz., June 22 (UPI) -- A Glendale, Ariz., man said he was possessed and screamed Eminem lyrics before fatally stabbing his wife and daughter, emergency dispatcher tapes reveal.
  • Black's supporters plead for his release   UPI / 2:54PM
    CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 22 (UPI) -- Jailed former North Carolina House Speaker Jim Black should be moved to a prison closer to home or have his sentence commuted, supporters say.
  • DiMasi to challenge 'honest services' law   UPI / 1:44PM
    BOSTON, June 22 (UPI) -- Lawyers for former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi say they will challenge the "honest services" fraud law used to snare him.
  • More states ban 'magic mint'   UPI / 10:05AM
    SAN DIEGO, June 22 (UPI) -- U.S. sellers of the hallucinogen Salvia divinorum say they're feeling the crackdown from states rushing to ban use of the leaf.
  • Ingushetia president injured in bombing   UPI / 7:54AM
    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, June 22 (UPI) -- The president of the Russian republic of Ingushetia was hospitalized in serious condition Monday after an assassination attempt, officials said.
  • Sunday, June 21

  • Focus unclear in alleged sheriff probe   UPI / 7:54PM
    PHOENIX, June 21 (UPI) -- There is no clear indication of where a federal investigation of a controversial Arizona sheriff is heading, The Arizona Republic reported Sunday.
  • McCain says Obama has 'done well' so far   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain, who lost to President Barack Obama in last year's election, says his political foe has "done well" so far.
  • Strip club suing over underage stripper   UPI / 2:44PM
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, June 21 (UPI) -- The operators of a strip club in Corpus Christi, Texas, did not know one of their strippers was a 14-year-old girl, an attorney for the club alleges.
  • Sources: Rapper Brown pampered in jail   UPI / 1:44PM
    NEW YORK, June 21 (UPI) -- New York City prison officials offered preferential treatment to rapper Foxy Brown while she was incarcerated, Department of Correction sources allege.
  • Friday, June 19

  • U.S. guns fuel Mexican drug violence   UPI / 6:54PM
    BOSTON, June 19 (UPI) -- Fresh evidence that high-powered U.S. firearms are behind much of the Mexican drug violence isn't likely to change America's gun-control policy, experts say
  • Illegal ivory trade thrives in Thailand   UPI / 3:14PM
    BANGKOK, June 19 (UPI) -- Legal loopholes and inadequate law enforcement have made Thailand the largest illegal ivory market in Asia, wildlife advocates said Friday.
  • Sen. Burris won't face perjury charges   UPI / 2:14PM
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill., June 19 (UPI) -- Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., won't be charged with perjury in connection with the impeachment of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a prosecutor has decided.
  • Guy Lafleur avoids jail for perjury   UPI / 11:54AM
    MONTREAL, June 19 (UPI) -- Montreal hockey great Guy Lafleur was spared jail time but put on probation for a year for lying about his son's activities while on bail.
  • 3 years for trying to sell nuclear gadgets   UPI / 12:34AM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., June 19 (UPI) -- A former worker at a U.S. nuclear facility was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday for trying to sell stolen uranium enrichment equipment.
  • Thursday, June 18

  • Aung San Suu Kyi is 64   UPI / 11:05PM
    YANGON, Myanmar, June 18 (UPI) -- Imprisoned opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, on trial in military-ruled Myanmar, turned 64 Friday as thousands around the world greeted her on a Web site.
  • Dpnte Stallworth suspended indefinitely   UPI / 6:54PM
    NEW YORK, June 18 (UPI) -- The NFL Thursday handed Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth an indefinite suspension for an alcohol-related violation that killed a man this year.
  • Ex-Steelers RB Haynes facing charges   UPI / 3:05PM
    PITTSBURGH, June 18 (UPI) -- Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Verron Haynes used three bad checks to purchase a vehicle, prosecutors in Allegheny County, Pa., allege.
  • Wednesday, June 17

  • Justice Dept. settles pregnancy case   UPI / 5:44PM
    WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department and the Bryan County, Okla., Sheriff's Department reached a settlement in a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit, the department said.
  • Mexican soldiers rescue kidnap victim   UPI / 4:54PM
    ROSARITO BEACH, Mexico, June 17 (UPI) -- Mexican soldiers rescued a kidnapped 66-year-old man and arrested four people suspected in a string of Baja California slayings, officials said.
  • Court denies delay for Brown hearing   UPI / 4:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 17 (UPI) -- The California Supreme Court has denied a request made by Chris Brown's lawyer to postpone a hearing in the singer's assault case, officials say.
  • Man who felled eagle's nest gets 2 months   UPI / 3:24PM
    TACOMA, Wash., June 17 (UPI) -- A Washington state business owner must serve two months in prison for purposely felling a tree that held a bald eagle nest, a judge says.
  • Jailed NBA ref to enter halfway house   UPI / 1:44PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., June 17 (UPI) -- Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy will enter a halfway house in Tampa, Fla., after being released from a federal prison, sources say.
  • Polish police arrest 31 pedophile suspects   UPI / 1:34PM
    WARSAW, Poland, June 17 (UPI) -- Polish police Wednesday said they arrested 31 people on suspicion of distributing child pornography on the Internet.
  • AMA adopts security breach policy   UPI / 1:14PM
    CHICAGO, June 17 (UPI) -- The American Medical Association has adopted a policy on computer security breaches that places the interests of the patient first, the AMA says.
  • Anna Nicole judge hit with civil suit   UPI / 1:05PM
    MIAMI, June 17 (UPI) -- A former Florida judge manipulated an elderly Fort Lauderdale woman to gain hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and property, a lawsuit alleges.
  • NSA e-mail collection wider than thought   UPI / 12:14PM
    WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- Recent inquiries have heightened concerns the U.S. National Security Agency's monitoring of domestic e-mails is wider that thought, government sources say.
  • Families plead for 2 journalists' release   UPI / 11:44AM
    WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- Family members of the two U.S. journalists jailed in North Korea appealed for the women's release Wednesday, saying they feared for their well-being.
  • Lawyer seeks apology for traffic ticket   UPI / 10:54AM
    WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- A policeman picked the wrong person when he ticketed a Washington lawyer for flashing his headlights to acknowledge an upcoming speed trap, the lawyer says.
  • Tuesday, June 16

  • Illinois couple allege anti-semitism   UPI / 4:05PM
    WINNETKA, Ill., June 16 (UPI) -- A Winnetka, Ill., couple say their lawsuit against a neighbor stems from his assault conviction and alleged anti-Semitism.
  • Hall molestation trial under way in Texas   UPI / 4:05PM
    FORT WORTH, Texas, June 16 (UPI) -- A 23-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, woman alleges former major-league baseball player Melvin Hall Jr. sexually molested her when she was 12-years old.
  • Dad gets 90 days for attack on coach   UPI / 3:15PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, June 16 (UPI) -- A man who admitted breaking the jaw of an assistant football coach at his son's high school in Utah after a lost game has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.
  • Report: Auchincloss fixated on JFK Jr.   UPI / 2:34PM
    ASHLAND, Ore., June 16 (UPI) -- Kennedy family member Jamie Auchincloss, being investigated for allegedly possessing child pornography, was long ago exiled by the political clan, sources say.
  • Stallworth pleads guilty to manslaughter   UPI / 1:14PM
    MIAMI, June 16 (UPI) -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth pleaded guilty in Miami Tuesday to DUI manslaughter and will serve one month in jail.
  • N. Korea: Journalists admitted crimes   UPI / 12:05PM
    PYONGYANG, North Korea, June 16 (UPI) -- Two women U.S. journalists held by North Korea have admitted they had political motives in secretly entering the country, Pyongyang says.
  • U.S. to check Mexico-bound vehicles   UPI / 11:54AM
    WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- U.S. border agents will now check for guns and drug money in vehicles heading south over the border into Mexico, officials say.
  • Judge: LAPD must remain under U.S. eye   UPI / 10:44AM
    LOS ANGELES, June 16 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Police Department must remain under the scrutiny of federal monitors as part of a reform effort until next year, a judge has ruled.
  • Police detective blogger's ID revealed   UPI / 9:04AM
    LONDON, June 16 (UPI) -- A British police detective who wrote an anonymous online blog that thinly disguised actual cases can't keep his identity secret, a court has ruled.
  • Monday, June 15

  • O.J.'s suit tangled in legal suit   UPI / 7:54PM
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 15 (UPI) -- A judge in California Monday told a former agent for O.J. Simpson to hold on to the suit the ex-football star wore the day he was acquitted of murder charges.
  • Alleged drug cartel head caught in Mexico   UPI / 12:35PM
    MEXICO CITY, June 15 (UPI) -- The suspected head of Mexico's Cardenas Guillen drug cartel has been arrested by the Mexican military, federal defense ministry officials say
  • Saturday, June 13

  • Red kite's poisoning under investigation   UPI / 7:44AM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 13 (UPI) -- Police in Scotland are hunting for the killer who left poisoned bait consumed by a red kite, a bird of prey that almost became extinct decades ago.
  • Friday, June 12

  • Delay in plea change in Sean Taylor case   UPI / 2:35PM
    MIAMI, June 12 (UPI) -- A defendant accused in the shooting death of Redskins defensive back Sean Taylor, will have to wait until June 19 to change his plea, the Miami Herald said.
  • Artist enraged by theft of chainsaws   UPI / 1:44PM
    DES MOINES, Iowa, June 12 (UPI) -- An artist in Des Moines, Iowa, who makes sculptures with chainsaws says he is enraged over the theft of eight of his dangerous tools.
  • Thursday, June 11

  • Former child bride seeks to end trust suit   UPI / 11:05PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, June 11 (UPI) -- A former child bride and star witness in a criminal case against a polygamous sect leader has offered to settle a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, court papers say.
  • Driver in deadly Adenhart crash was DUI   UPI / 5:24PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., June 11 (UPI) -- The driver of the vehicle carrying Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart the night of his death had an illegal blood alcohol level for her age, prosecutors say.
  • Judge awards raped inmate $1.3 million   UPI / 4:24PM
    DENVER, June 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. Circuit Court judge says a female inmate will receive $1.3 million as compensation for being raped at a Denver correctional facility.
  • Star witness dropped from corruption trial   UPI / 3:34PM
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. government's star witness in a corruption trial of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., will not be called to testify, prosecutors said.
  • Marcus Vick accused of violating sentence   UPI / 2:54PM
    NORFOLK, Va., June 11 (UPI) -- Former Miami Dolphins player Marcus Vick violated the conditions of his suspended sentence on drunken driving charges, Virginia authorities say.
  • Attorney blames acne drug for bombing   UPI / 2:05PM
    LOCKPORT, Ill., June 11 (UPI) -- An attorney alleges an acne drug being used by his 15-year-old client prompted the teenager to detonate a homemade bomb in Lockport, Ill.
  • Aussie tennis player's father sentenced   UPI / 2:05PM
    BELGRADE, Serbia, June 11 (UPI) -- A court in northwest Serbia sentenced the father of Australian tennis star Jelena Dokic to 15 months in prison for making death threats.
  • Widow suing government over mob killing   UPI / 12:35PM
    REVERE, Mass., June 11 (UPI) -- The widow of a Massachusetts man slain by two gangsters alleges in a lawsuit the FBI failed to take immediate action in the 1976 killing.
  • Cop who ran over sunbather suspended   UPI / 11:34AM
    JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla., June 11 (UPI) -- A rookie police officer who drove a sport utility vehicle over a sunbather on a beach has been suspended for a week, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., police said.
  • Wednesday, June 10

  • Hong Kong man indicted on export ban   UPI / 4:44PM
    DAYTON, Ohio, June 10 (UPI) -- An Ohio grand jury has indicted a Hong Kong man for allegedly trying to buy 12 infrared thermal imaging cameras for illegal export, prosecutors say.
  • Deal reached for Biggs' healthcare   UPI / 4:14PM
    LONDON, June 10 (UPI) -- An agreement has been reached for a London borough council to pick up the healthcare tab for train robber Ronnie Biggs when he leaves prison, officials say.
  • Change of venue sought in hepatitis trials   UPI / 1:54PM
    LAS VEGAS, June 10 (UPI) -- A hearing is scheduled at the end of the month on a change of venue request for one of Nevada's largest-ever medical malpractice litigations, lawyers say.
  • Feds freeze online poker bank accounts   UPI / 1:54PM
    NEW YORK, June 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department has ordered banks to freeze the accounts of payment processors handling the bets of online poker players, documents indicate.
  • Former Bears fullback draws probation   UPI / 1:34PM
    CHICAGO, June 10 (UPI) -- Former Chicago Bears fullback Roland Harper has been sentenced to 2 years probation for his conviction on contract fraud.
  • Police examining Auchincloss porn evidence   UPI / 1:05PM
    ASHLAND, Ore., June 10 (UPI) -- Oregon police say they are examining evidence seized last year in a child pornography raid against the late Jacqueline Onassis' half-brother.
  • Village got water from tainted well   UPI / 1:05PM
    CRESTWOOD, Ill., June 10 (UPI) -- The Illinois attorney general has filed a lawsuit accusing Crestwood officials of secretly obtaining drinking water from a contaminated community well.
  • Epstein teen sex plea deal details sought   UPI / 10:54AM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., June 10 (UPI) -- Attorneys for women who allege they were hired as teen prostitutes by a wealthy Florida money manager say they want to unseal a secret plea agreement he made.
  • Aetna targeted in suit for losing data   UPI / 10:54AM
    HARTFORD, Conn., June 10 (UPI) -- U.S. insurer Aetna has been targeted in a lawsuit alleging it failed to protect personal information of employees and job applicants, documents indicate.
  • Tuesday, June 9

  • Steiff executive denies raping assistant   UPI / 3:05PM
    NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- An executive of Steiff teddy bears denies he raped his New York assistant, who has filed an $80 million lawsuit against him and the company.
  • Michael Vick given bankruptcy deadline   UPI / 2:44PM
    NORFOLK, Va., June 9 (UPI) -- Lawyers for former Atlanta Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick said Tuesday his bankruptcy plan will depend on his getting back in the game.
  • Kilpatrick moves into $1M Texas home   UPI / 1:14PM
    SOUTHLAKE, Texas, June 9 (UPI) -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who told prosecutors he was nearly broke, has moved into a rented $1 million mansion in Southlake, Texas, neighbors say.
  • Judge orders report on Gotti's health   UPI / 10:24AM
    NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- Accused New York mobster John Angelo Gotti was unable to appear in court on racketeering charges and may need surgery, his lawyer said.
  • Monday, June 8

  • Adenhart suspect pleads not guilty   UPI / 11:14PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., June 8 (UPI) -- A California man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in connection with the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others.
  • Reward offered in killing of rare seals   UPI / 3:05PM
    KEKAHA, Hawaii, June 8 (UPI) -- The Surfrider Foundation says it's offering a reward for information in the shooting deaths of two endangered Hawaiian monk seals in Kauai, Hawaii.
  • Slain Iraqi's family sues Blackwater   UPI / 2:14PM
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 8 (UPI) -- U.S. security contractor Blackwater USA and its founder Erik Prince have been named in a lawsuit alleging a war crime in Iraq, documents indicate.
  • Suspicious car fires up 27 percent   UPI / 12:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 8 (UPI) -- The number of suspicious U.S. car fires is spiking as owners of pricey and gas-guzzling cars are finding they can no longer afford them, insurers say.
  • Man sues for damage from 55-hour erection   UPI / 10:54AM
    NEW YORK, June 8 (UPI) -- A former New York state inmate alleges he was permanently injured when a prison nurse failed to treat a 55-hour erection caused by an anti-psychotic drug.
  • Sunday, June 7

  • 'Goodfellas' actor facing extortion charge   UPI / 4:24PM
    NEW YORK, June 7 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Tony Darrow, known for playing mobsters, attempted to extort money from a man several years ago, federal prosecutors allege.
  • Saturday, June 6

  • 'Hooker For Jesus' marries rock musician   UPI / 12:34PM
    LAS VEGAS, June 6 (UPI) -- "Hooker For Jesus" Annie Lobert and Oz Fox of the Christian heavy metal band Stryper have gotten married in Las Vegas in a webcasted ceremony.
  • Friday, June 5

  • White House seeks Guantanamo changes   UPI / 9:54PM
    WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) -- The White House is considering clearing the way for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who face the death penalty to plead guilty without a full trial.
  • Globovision head facing usury charges   UPI / 2:24PM
    CARACAS, Venezuela, June 5 (UPI) -- Globovision President Guillermo Zuloaga says his being charged with usury is merely an attempt to silence his private Venezuelan TV network.
  • Two Guinea-Bissau officials assassinated   UPI / 1:05PM
    BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, June 5 (UPI) -- An interim army chief in West African country of Guinea-Bissau said Friday two major political figures were killed, possibly in relation to a planned coup.
  • Ex-Army officer sentenced in fraud scheme   UPI / 12:44AM
    TRENTON, N.J., June 5 (UPI) -- A former U.S. Army Reserves lieutenant colonel was sentenced to 30 months in prison Thursday for her role in a lucrative fraud scheme in Iraq.
  • Thursday, June 4

  • N. Korea restricts journalists' trial   UPI / 9:44PM
    PYONGYANG, North Korea, June 4 (UPI) -- North Korean officials have banned observers from the espionage trial of two U.S. journalists, officials said.
  • Judge: Police may use stun gun to get DNA   UPI / 8:24PM
    LOCKPORT, N.Y., June 4 (UPI) -- Police may zap a suspect with a stun gun to get a DNA sample as long as it's not done cruelly, excessively or with resulting injury, a New York judge ruled.
  • Terror suspect's father rips Jews, feds   UPI / 7:44PM
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 4 (UPI) -- The father of an ex-convict accused of trying to blow up two New York synagogues and attack military aircraft accused Jews of overstating the alleged plot.
  • FBI: Alleged killer may have eyed Atlanta   UPI / 5:44PM
    ATLANTA, June 4 (UPI) -- The FBI said it was looking at whether a Muslim convert accused of killing a soldier outside an Arkansas recruiting center also targeted an Atlanta Jewish site.
  • Fla. gives $9.5M to family of abused boys   UPI / 4:24PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., June 4 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed into law a $9.5 million claims bill for the adoptive family of three boys raped and abused while in government foster care.
  • Ex-Taiwan leader's children tied to graft   UPI / 2:24PM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 4 (UPI) -- The son and daughter of former Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian were named defendants in a corruption case embroiling the ex-leader, prosecutors said.
  • Wednesday, June 3

  • Two arrested in Wash. armored car slaying   UPI / 6:05PM
    TACOMA, Wash., June 3 (UPI) -- Police have arrested a man and a woman in connection with a fatal armored car robbery at a Washington state Wal-Mart, officials said.
  • Sex offenders living under Miami bridge   UPI / 2:24PM
    MIAMI, June 3 (UPI) -- The head of Florida's American Civil Liberties Union says she is "worried sick" about a group of 70 sex offenders forced to live under a state bridge in Miami.
  • Army sergeant charged with pimping teen   UPI / 12:54AM
    TACOMA, Wash., June 3 (UPI) -- An Army sergeant facing Washington state charges of promoting prostitution has now been charged by federal prosecutors with sex trafficking of a child.
  • Tuesday, June 2

  • Man charged in abortion doctor slaying   UPI / 8:54PM
    WICHITA, Kan., June 2 (UPI) -- Scott Roeder, the man suspected of killing a Wichita, Kan., abortion doctor, made his first court appearance Tuesday from jail via closed-circuit TV.
  • Navy chaplain convicted of rape   UPI / 3:14PM
    NORFOLK, Va., June 2 (UPI) -- A U.S. Navy chaplain is sentenced to 10 years in prison for committing rape and adultery while stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Middle East.
  • Thornton's ex defends their daughter   UPI / 2:44PM
    OCOEE, Fla., June 2 (UPI) -- Billy Bob Thornton's ex-wife says their daughter, who was arrested on child-neglect charges, is devastated about the death of her godchild while in her care.
  • 'Rockefeller's' wife: I had a blind spot   UPI / 2:35PM
    BOSTON, June 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. wife of accused kidnapper "Clark Rockefeller" says she believed the outrageous lies he told her for 15 years because she had a "blind spot" for him.
  • Traffic charges against Burress dismissed   UPI / 12:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 2 (UPI) -- Four traffic tickets issued to former New York Giants football star Plaxico Burress have been dismissed by Florida officials, an attorney says.
  • Navy seeks missing Maersk Alabama cash   UPI / 9:24AM
    WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Navy investigators are probing what happened to $30,000 that was involved in the rescue of a U.S. ship captain from Somali pirates, a source says.
  • Sunday, May 31

  • Burmese govt. in exile plans new strategy   UPI / 11:44PM
    YANGON, Myanmar, May 31 (UPI) -- Myanmar's government in exile says tensions are rising in that country over the military junta's trial of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • U.S. joins probe of doctor slaying   UPI / 11:35PM
    WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- Federal agencies are joining the investigation of the slaying in Kansas of a doctor who performed abortions, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday.
  • Producer, Texas at odds on 'Waco' film   UPI / 9:14PM
    HOUSTON, May 31 (UPI) -- A producer says he'll still make a film about the 1993 Branch Davidian firefight even though Texas officials denied his request for help with production costs.
  • Drug gang allegedly runs Mexican state   UPI / 3:44PM
    LAZARO CARDNEAS, Mexico, May 31 (UPI) -- A new, violent and cult-like drug trafficking group has taken over the day-to-day political life of the Mexican state of Michoacan, residents allege.
  • Spector gets 19 to life in actress slay   UPI / 2:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 29 (UPI) -- Famed music producer Phil Spector, who was convicted last month of killing actress Lana Clarkson in 2003, was sentenced Friday to 19 years to life in prison.
  • 'Cybergeeks' lured into U.S. defense work   UPI / 12:14PM
    MELBOURNE, Fla., May 31 (UPI) -- Lucrative Pentagon contracts and the private-sector recession are luring young "cybergeeks" into working on U.S. computer security, experts say.
  • Friday, May 29

  • Trio convicted of killing by fire   UPI / 4:34PM
    NORWICH, England, May 29 (UPI) -- Two young men and a woman were convicted Friday in Britain of killing a teenager by making him drink gasoline, dousing him with it and setting him on fire.
  • Spector gets 19 to life in actress slay   UPI / 3:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 29 (UPI) -- Famed music producer Phil Spector, who was convicted last month of killing actress Lana Clarkson in 2003, was sentenced Friday to 19 years to life in prison.
  • Former Hooters waitresses allege tip theft   UPI / 1:44PM
    DUBLIN, Calif., May 29 (UPI) -- Eight former waitresses of the Hooters eatery chain allege in a lawsuit their bosses at four Hooters establishments in California routinely stole their tips.
  • Obama outlines national cybersecurity plan   UPI / 12:24PM
    WASHINGTON, May 29 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama Friday announced broad goals, but little detail, for combating intrusions in U.S. cyberspace, including appointing a cyber czar.
  • Lawyer: Rihanna will testify if called   UPI / 9:05AM
    LOS ANGELES, May 29 (UPI) -- Rihanna's lawyer said Los Angeles prosecutors are expected to call the pop star to testify at singer Chris Brown's court hearing next month.
  • Thursday, May 28

  • Motive sought for Tilton home break-in   UPI / 3:44PM
    MIAMI, May 28 (UPI) -- An attorney for former televangelist Robert Tilton says it remains unclear why an unidentified man broke into Tilton's home in Miami.
  • Wednesday, May 27

  • Ex-HUD official guilty in campaign scheme   UPI / 9:54PM
    WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- Jerry Pierce-Santos, a Washington lobbyist and former member of the George W. Bush administration, admitted Wednesday he raised campaign funds illegally.
  • Contractors: Urged to lie in Afghan death   UPI / 8:05PM
    WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- Two U.S. security contractors involved in the shooting of an Afghan civilian say they were pressured by their employer to say they were drunk at the time.
  • Jury chosen in 'Clark Rockefeller' trial   UPI / 3:05PM
    BOSTON, May 27 (UPI) -- The 16 jurors chosen for the Boston kidnapping trial of the man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller are mostly young, college-age people, trial watchers say.
  • Jail looming for Navy chaplain after plea   UPI / 1:54PM
    NORFOLK, Va., May 27 (UPI) -- A U.S. Navy chaplain is facing up to nine years in jail after pleading guilty to sex charges in relation to affairs he had with fellow members of the Navy.
  • Civil suit filed in killing of Ill. family   UPI / 1:24PM
    WATERLOO, Mo., May 27 (UPI) -- A televangelism operation in Missouri has been drawn into a wrongful death case involving a former security guard, court papers indicate.
  • Briton alleges MI5 collusion in torture   UPI / 10:54AM
    LONDON, May 27 (UPI) -- British intelligence services colluded in the torture of a terrorism suspect at the hands of Bangladeshi interrogators, a lawsuit alleges.
  • China hands out penalties for accidents   UPI / 8:44AM
    BEIJING, May 27 (UPI) -- China says it is handing out harsh criminal and disciplinary penalties to 169 people in connection with a series of workplace accidents.
  • Simpson appeals Nevada conviction   UPI / 12:44AM
    LAS VEGAS, May 27 (UPI) -- O.J. Simpson's lawyers filed an appeal Tuesday with the Nevada Supreme Court, asking for a reversal of his kidnapping and robbery conviction.
  • Tuesday, May 26

  • Jets' Rhodes cleared in rape case   UPI / 3:24PM
    MORRISTOWN, N.J., May 26 (UPI) -- New York Jets safety Kerry Rhodes is not the target of any criminal probe into a woman's claims that she was raped in his home, prosecutors say.
  • In Virginia, don't smile for the camera   UPI / 10:14AM
    WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) -- Arkansas, Nevada, Indiana and Virginia say their 'no-smiles' policy on photos prevents fraudulent driver's licenses from being approved.
  • Monday, May 25

  • Woman alleges rape at Rhodes' home   UPI / 12:14PM
    MORRISTOWN, N.J., May 25 (UPI) -- A Canadian tourist alleges she was raped by two men at the home of Jets defensive back Kerry Rhodes, police in Morristown, N.J. said.
  • Sunday, May 24

  • Gun dealers not liable for drug gang buys   UPI / 7:14PM
    HOUSTON, May 24 (UPI) -- The dealers who sold guns to 10 Houston men accused of supplying Mexican drug gangs with military-style weapons aren't liable, U.S. officials say.
  • Woman admits to bleeding infant daughter   UPI / 5:44PM
    CINCINNATI, May 24 (UPI) -- An Indiana mother has admitted to purposely taking blood from her 9-month-old daughter to gain attention for herself, prosecutors say.
  • Sources say thief robbed actor Bacon   UPI / 2:04PM
    NEW YORK, May 24 (UPI) -- Film actor Kevin Bacon unsuccessfully attempted to catch a man who stole his Blackberry at a New York subway station, sources told the New York Post.
  • GOP finds wedge issue with detainees   UPI / 12:24PM
    WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- The emotional debate over where to put Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, terror detainees threatens U.S. President Barack Obama's pledge to close the camp, analysts say.
  • Friday, May 22

  • 5 sentenced in P.R. campaign fund scandal   UPI / 11:54PM
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 22 (UPI) -- Three campaign workers were sentenced Friday for arranging illegal contributions to former Puerto Rican Gov. Anibal Acedo Vila, federal prosecutors said.
  • Child abuse makes depression worse   UPI / 10:34PM
    ROCHESTER, Minn., May 22 (UPI) -- A history of child abuse makes most psychiatric illnesses worse and abuse increases the challenges facing depressed inpatients, U.S. researchers say.
  • Public perception of homicide TV tainted   UPI / 2:14PM
    ROCHESTER, Minn., May 22 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers compared two popular crime dramas to actual homicide data and discovered art does not imitate life.
  • Myanmar opposition head denies allegations   UPI / 12:54PM
    YANGON, Myanmar, May 22 (UPI) -- An attorney for Aung San Suu Kyi, a leading opposition figure in Myanmar, says she denies having violated the terms of her house arrest.
  • Report: Ryan Leaf indicted   UPI / 12:24PM
    CANYON, Texas, May 22 (UPI) -- Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been indicted by a Randall County (Texas) grand jury on drug and burglary charges, the district attorney's office said.
  • Jury convicts ex-soldier of wartime crimes   UPI / 11:14AM
    PADUCAH, Ky., May 22 (UPI) -- A federal jury in Kentucky found an ex-U.S. Army private guilty in the 2006 slaying of an Iraqi family but was divided on whether to invoke the death penalty.
  • Ex-G.I. gets life for rape, killings   UPI / 10:04AM
    PADUCAH, Ky., May 21 (UPI) -- A former U.S. Army private received a life sentence with no parole Thursday for raping an Iraqi teenager and killing her and her family.
  • Thursday, May 21

  • Reaction to Obama's security speech mixed   UPI / 7:05PM
    WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- Reaction to U.S. President Barack Obama's national security speech Thursday was mixed, with some critics backing him and others calling him misguided.
  • Obama, Cheney duel over national security   UPI / 5:44PM
    WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney offered contrary judgments of U.S. counterterrorism policies in dueling speeches Thursday.
  • Michael Vick back home after prison term   UPI / 5:24PM
    HAMPTON, Va., May 21 (UPI) -- Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick returned to his Virginia home after serving a federal prison term for his role in a dogfighting operation.
  • Bush undercut U.S. security, Obama says   UPI / 3:34PM
    WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- Former President George W. Bush applied an unjust, "ad hoc" approach to terrorism that undercut U.S. security, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
  • Obama: Some Gitmo inmates may move to U.S.   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama said Thursday some accused terrorists at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, might be moved to U.S. prisons.
  • Man accused of stalking via text messages   UPI / 1:24PM
    PHILADELPHIA, May 21 (UPI) -- Police in Pennsylvania said a 39-year-old man is in custody for allegedly stalking an ex-girlfriend through thousands of text and voicemail messages.
  • Wednesday, May 20

  • Expert says Chinese not intn'l hackers   UPI / 9:14PM
    BEIJING, May 20 (UPI) -- A Chinese Internet expert rejects reports of hackers inside China tapping into other nations' computer networks, saying their own covert agents may be to blame.
  • Vick leaves federal prison   UPI / 7:35PM
    LEAVENWORTH, Kan., May 20 (UPI) -- Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick left a federal prison in Kansas Wednesday where he served 19 months after pleading guilty to dogfighting charges.
  • Seattle Archdiocese sex-abuse case settled   UPI / 3:24PM
    SEATTLE, May 20 (UPI) -- A 44-year-old man who sued the Catholic Archdiocese in Seattle over alleged sexual abuse by a priest has settled his case for $700,000, his attorney says.
  • Maverick star's ex jailed and expecting   UPI / 1:14PM
    DALLAS, May 20 (UPI) -- The ex-girlfriend of Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki says she is pregnant with his child and they had planned to get married on July 18th.
  • Marine admits starting Calif. wildfire   UPI / 11:14AM
    SAN DIEGO, May 20 (UPI) -- A U.S. Marine has admitted starting a San Diego wildfire that burned parts of Camp Pendleton and triggered evacuations last year, prosecutors say.
  • Man charged with bow hunting kangaroos   UPI / 1:14AM
    MELBOURNE, May 20 (UPI) -- An Australian man was charged Wednesday with shooting two kangaroos in a park in a suburb of Melbourne.
  • Genes explain repeat teen-crime victims   UPI / 12:54AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 20 (UPI) -- Genes trump environment as the main reason some adolescents are more likely than others to be victimized by crime, a U.S. researcher suggests.
  • Tuesday, May 19

  • 10 charged in Mexican gun-running scheme   UPI / 3:54PM
    HOUSTON, May 19 (UPI) -- Ten Houston men have been charged with conspiring to supply 150 military-style guns to Mexican drug trafficking organizations, U.S. officials say.
  • Pastor charged in money laundering scheme   UPI / 2:54PM
    MIAMI, May 19 (UPI) -- U.S. officials say a Florida pastor led a real estate money laundering operation on behalf of Miami cocaine dealers.
  • 700 inmates die in Zimbabwe prison   UPI / 2:44PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, May 19 (UPI) -- Appalling conditions in Zimbabwe's Chikurubi prison have resulted in at least 700 of its 1,300 inmates dying in the last year, local media reported.
  • 'Cyber-bullying' sentencing delayed   UPI / 1:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 19 (UPI) -- A federal judge, questioning the actions of prosecutors, delayed sentencing for a woman convicted of "cyber-bullying" a 13-year-old girl who committed suicide.
  • Suu Kyi trial a 'mockery,' laureates say   UPI / 7:35AM
    YANGON, Myanmar, May 19 (UPI) -- The trial of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and a U.S. citizen moved into its second day Tuesday, with nine Nobel laureates calling it a "mockery."
  • Monday, May 18

  • Captain pleads guilty in equipment theft   UPI / 6:44PM
    WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army captain pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to steal military equipment and sell it to an Iraqi businessman, the Justice Department said.
  • Gambler says casinos plied him with booze   UPI / 2:54PM
    LAS VEGAS, May 18 (UPI) -- A U.S. philanthropist charged with not paying nearly $15 million in Las Vegas gambling debts says the casinos are at fault for keeping him intoxicated.
  • Legal clash highlights property room issue   UPI / 1:44PM
    MIDDLETOWN, Ohio, May 18 (UPI) -- The city of Middletown, Ohio, alleges an employee who works in a police property room should be held accountable for problems at the evidentiary site.
  • Supreme Court won't hear Jefferson appeal   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court says it won't hear an appeal from former Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., to throw out most of the criminal charges against him.
  • Florida madam to face fines, house arrest   UPI / 11:24AM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., May 18 (UPI) -- The alleged Florida madam of a celebrity Internet call girl service is likely to face fines and house arrest under a plea deal, sources say.
  • Sunday, May 17

  • Vick will face strict rules upon release   UPI / 7:34PM
    HAMPTON, Va., May 17 (UPI) -- Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick will have to follow strict rules when he returns home to Virginia after being released from prison, officials say.
  • Leyritz DUI reading found to be false   UPI / 4:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 17 (UPI) -- Former major league baseball player Jim Leyritz won't have to go back to jail since the alcohol-monitoring device in his car likely malfunctioned, a judge says.
  • Defendant's health halts homicide trial   UPI / 1:34PM
    WAUSAU, Wis., May 17 (UPI) -- A reckless homicide trial in Wausau, Wis., was halted temporarily after the defendant suddenly slumped over and appeared dazed, a lawyer said.
  • SEC probing alleged employee misconduct   UPI / 1:34PM
    WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Securities Exchange Commission says it is investigating allegations a deputy director misused her authority in a personal matter.
  • Friday, May 15

  • Mulroney: Schreiber link was 'peripheral'   UPI / 3:05PM
    OTTAWA, May 15 (UPI) -- Former Canadian PM Brian Mulroney said Friday his relations with a German-Canadian businessman were "peripheral," even though he got $225,000 in cash from him.
  • Officials probe killer's art sold online   UPI / 9:05AM
    WINNIPEG, Manitoba, May 15 (UPI) -- Manitoba is investigating if a Web site selling art by a killer who beheaded and dismembered his victim is breaking the law, Justice Department officials said.
  • Thursday, May 14

  • Kerlikowske opposes 'war on drugs' idea   UPI / 3:35PM
    WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) -- Gil Kerlikowske, head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, says the United States should not see itself as fighting a "war on drugs."
  • Mulroney says he would have disclosed cash   UPI / 3:05PM
    OTTAWA, May 14 (UPI) -- Brian Mulroney said Thursday he would have disclosed his cash relationship with Karlheinz Schreiber if government lawyers had asked the right question.
  • Agassi, Graf at center of domain lawsuits   UPI / 2:54PM
    LAS VEGAS, May 14 (UPI) -- Former tennis stars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf allege in lawsuits filed in Las Vegas their names have been illegally used in Internet site domain names.
  • Yacht owner hit with big fine over pelts   UPI / 2:35PM
    MIAMI, May 14 (UPI) -- A Florida federal judge has fined the owner of a luxury yacht $150,000 for decorating the big boat with allegedly smuggled exotic animal pelts, officials say.
  • Greece cracks down on illegals   UPI / 1:44PM
    ATHENS, Greece, May 14 (UPI) -- Greece plans to use the military and impose stricter court penalties to control a growing number of illegal immigrants entering the country, officials said.
  • Kenyan gets 8 months in poacher's death   UPI / 12:44PM
    NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 (UPI) -- Thomas Cholmondeley of a Kenyan white settler family has been sentenced to eight months in prison for killing a black poacher on his estate, officials said.
  • Tech gets 8 months for sex pictures theft   UPI / 9:05AM
    HONG KONG, May 14 (UPI) -- A Hong Kong judge sentenced a computer technician to jail for stealing sexually explicit photos of pop star Edison Chen Koon-hei, officials said.
  • Wednesday, May 13

  • U.S. official charged with espionage   UPI / 11:54PM
    WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. Defense Department official has been charged with providing classified information to a Chinese government agent, officials said Wednesday.
  • Mulroney recalls Airbus scandal with tears   UPI / 6:44PM
    OTTAWA, May 13 (UPI) -- Tears welled up in Brian Mulroney's eyes Wednesday as he testified about police considering him a fraud suspect when he was Canadian prime minister.
  • Names of military shooting victim released   UPI / 4:54PM
    BAGHDAD, May 13 (UPI) -- Military officials Wednesday identified the four Army soldiers and one Navy commander killed in the shooting at a combat stress clinic at Camp Liberty, Iraq.
  • Clinton recording played in Hsu trial   UPI / 12:34PM
    NEW YORK, May 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised Norman Hsu in a recording used as evidence in a New York case against the disgraced fundraiser.
  • Army missed signs convicted G.I. was ill   UPI / 11:14AM
    PADUCAH, Ky., May 13 (UPI) -- Lawyers for a former U.S. solider facing a death sentence say the Army missed signs that Steven Green was afflicted with acute stress disorders while in Iraq.
  • Ex-NBA player Blount gets year in pot case   UPI / 11:14AM
    HAMILTON, Ohio, May 13 (UPI) -- An Ohio judge sentenced Corie Blount to a year in prison Tuesday, rejecting the ex-NBA player's claim the 29 pounds of marijuana he had were for personal use.
  • EU member targets French Internet law   UPI / 10:34AM
    BRUSSELS, May 13 (UPI) -- A member of the European Parliament says he will urge legal action against France if it adopts a controversial Internet anti-piracy law.
  • Judge orders release of Gitmo detainee   UPI / 9:05AM
    WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- A federal judge ordered a Yemeni detainee released from the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military prison, ruling the government used iffy witnesses to make its case.
  • Tuesday, May 12

  • Victoria Gotti's N.Y. house in foreclosure   UPI / 10:54PM
    NEW YORK, May 12 (UPI) -- Author and former reality television star Victoria Gotti's $4.2 million Long Island, N.Y., estate is in foreclosure, court records show.
  • Celebrity lawyer Dreier stays free on bond   UPI / 4:44PM
    NEW YORK, May 12 (UPI) -- Celebrity attorney Marc Dreier can remain free on bail after pleading guilty to bilking clients out of $700 million, a New York judge says.
  • 3 counsel appointed for Blagojevich trial   UPI / 2:14PM
    CHICAGO, May 12 (UPI) -- A federal court Tuesday appointed three defense lawyers for the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich whose funds are depleted.
  • Boy George released from prison   UPI / 1:35PM
    LONDON, May 12 (UPI) -- Pop star Boy George has been released from Edmunds Hill Prison in Suffolk, England, after serving four months of a 15-month sentence for false imprisonment.
  • Florida reports sex offender e-mail glitch   UPI / 11:55AM
    MIAMI, May 12 (UPI) -- An e-mail sent to 11,000 people mistakenly told them Florida no longer would track sex offenders whose whereabouts concerned them, state authorities said.
  • Clemency mulled for Iraq detainee murders   UPI / 11:14AM
    GRAFENWOHR, Germany, May 12 (UPI) -- A military judge is considering whether to grant clemency to three U.S. soldiers convicted of killing four Iraqi detainees, officials say.
  • Soldier charged in 5 Camp Liberty deaths   UPI / 10:44AM
    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, May 12 (UPI) -- A U.S. soldier has been charged in the shooting deaths of five soldiers at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, a U.S. military spokesman said Tuesday.
  • Okada mulls run for Japan party post   UPI / 10:44AM
    TOKYO, May 12 (UPI) -- Japan's main opposition party will soon hold a vote to choose a new leader, and party vice president Katsuya Okada says he's considering a run for the top post.
  • Ex-G.I. faces death for Iraq war crimes   UPI / 8:34AM
    PADUCAH, Ky., May 12 (UPI) -- A Kentucky man may become the first person face a death penalty from a U.S. civilian court for crimes committed overseas as a soldier, prosecutors say.
  • Monday, May 11

  • Terror suspect death called suicide   UPI / 8:54PM
    NEW YORK, May 11 (UPI) -- Human rights advocates Monday called on Libya to investigate the death of a terror suspect in Tripoli that authorities have said was a case of suicide.
  • Journalist freed from Tehran prison   UPI / 6:05PM
    TEHRAN, May 11 (UPI) -- U.S. free-lance journalist Roxana Saberi was released from a Tehran prison Monday, her attorney said.
  • Bing sworn in as Detroit mayor   UPI / 4:34PM
    DETROIT, May 11 (UPI) -- Dave Bing was sworn in as Detroit's 62nd mayor Monday, taking the reins of a city rocked by economic hardship and political scandal, witnesses said.
  • Pitt's Baldwin facing misdemeanor charge   UPI / 12:24PM
    PITTSBURGH, May 11 (UPI) -- University of Pittsburgh wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin is facing a misdemeanor indecent assault over an incident involving a female student, police say.
  • State senator charged in attack   UPI / 11:34AM
    NEW YORK, May 11 (UPI) -- New York state Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn, has been removed as Senate majority whip for allegedly attacking a photographer, legislative leaders said.
  • Sunday, May 10

  • Md. gov. wants to jam prison cell phones   UPI / 5:05PM
    BALTIMORE, May 10 (UPI) -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to ask the federal government for permission to jam cell phone calls by prison inmates.
  • Iranian court hears Saberi appeal   UPI / 7:24AM
    TEHRAN, May 10 (UPI) -- The appeals process began Sunday for a U.S. journalist jailed in Iran on charges of being a spy, her father told CNN.
  • Saturday, May 9

  • Son of Run-DMC's Joseph Simmons charged   UPI / 5:14PM
    NEW YORK, May 9 (UPI) -- The son of rap group Run-DMC founding member Joseph Simmons has been arrested in New York for allegedly buying marijuana, police said.
  • 50 Cent says cleared in mansion fire   UPI / 2:54PM
    YAPHANK, N.Y., May 9 (UPI) -- U.S. rapper 50 Cent says police have cleared him in a fire that almost killed his former girlfriend, but local authorities say no one has been ruled out.
  • Iranian court to hear Saberi appeal   UPI / 2:34PM
    TEHRAN, May 9 (UPI) -- Roxana Saberi's lawyer says he's optimistic the jailed U.S.-Iranian reporter will be acquitted after an appeal to be heard Sunday in Tehran.
  • 'Big Dig' ceiling collapse charges dropped   UPI / 1:05PM
    BOSTON, May 9 (UPI) -- A Cambridge, Mass., company says it feels vindicated by prosecutors' decision to drop charges against it in Boston's "Big Dig" tunnel collapse.
  • Obama keeps Bush plan for 'virtual fence'   UPI / 11:14AM
    WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- The Obama administration's plan to create a "virtual fence" on the U.S.-Mexican border relies on unproven technology, a security analyst said.
  • Friday, May 8

  • Pedophile gang convicted in Britain   UPI / 12:14PM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, May 8 (UPI) -- A jury in Scotland has found eight members of a pedophile gang guilty of attacks on children, including one involving a 3-month-old infant.
  • Ex-U.S soldier guilty of Iraqi killings   UPI / 11:44AM
    PADUCAH, Ky., May 8 (UPI) -- Former Army Pvt. Steven Dale Green has been convicted of capital murder in the 2006 killing of an Iraqi family in their home 20 miles south of Baghdad.
  • Thursday, May 7

  • Punitive policies to reduce drug use fail   UPI / 11:24PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, May 7 (UPI) -- Punitive policies intended to reduce drug use by making life difficult for convicted users are counterproductive, U.S. researchers found.
  • Drew Peterson arrested in 3rd wife's death   UPI / 11:05PM
    BOLINGBROOK, Ill., May 7 (UPI) -- Drew Peterson, a former Illinois police sergeant, was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, police said.
  • 'Liberty City Six' trial pricetag: $10M   UPI / 5:24PM
    MIAMI, May 7 (UPI) -- The case of six men accused of plotting to bomb Chicago's Sears Tower and attack FBI offices has cost at least $10 million, a newspaper analysis indicates.
  • Deal may bring jailed pregnant Briton home   UPI / 3:14PM
    LONDON, May 7 (UPI) -- A pregnant British woman accused of smuggling heroin in Laos could serve her sentence in England if she is convicted, Britain's Foreign Office said Thursday.
  • Justice Dept. drops appeal in Watada case   UPI / 1:54PM
    FORT LEWIS, Wash., May 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department said it decided to drop its appeal of a judge's ruling that a Fort Lewis, Wash., Army officer cannot face court-martial twice.
  • Arrest made at home of Mavericks' Nowitzki   UPI / 11:35AM
    DALLAS, May 7 (UPI) -- A 37-year-old woman was arrested by FBI task force agents at a Dallas home belonging to Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, police said..
  • Wednesday, May 6

  • Indictments issued in Toledo scandal   UPI / 6:44PM
    DETROIT, May 6 (UPI) -- Eight people, including six former Toledo Rockets student-athletes, were charged Wednesday with conspiracy to commit sports bribery, federal authorities said.
  • Con man evaded police for three decades   UPI / 1:44PM
    LARGO, Fla., May 6 (UPI) -- Florida police held a man dubbed "Plasma Pat," who says he wore a Wal-Mart cap to swindle people out of $2.5 million in 30 years.
  • Probation sought for U.S. contractor   UPI / 12:54PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 6 (UPI) -- Defense attorneys are seeking probation for a former Army Ranger who pleaded guilty to killing a man while serving as a private contractor in Afghanistan.
  • Ohio woman shows off U.S. face transplant   UPI / 12:05PM
    CLEVELAND, May 6 (UPI) -- An Ohio woman who became the first U.S. recipient of a face transplant has decided to reveal her identity because she is about to leave the Cleveland Clinic.
  • Swede, 21, charged in Cisco hacking scheme   UPI / 10:44AM
    WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- A 21-year-old Swede has been charged with hacking into Cisco Systems Inc.'s computers and stealing trade secrets, U.S. officials say.
  • Appeal to be heard; Saberi resumes eating   UPI / 10:05AM
    TEHRAN, May 6 (UPI) -- An Iranian appeals court will review the espionage conviction of imprisoned U.S. free-lance journalist Roxana Saberi next week, a judiciary spokesman said.
  • Polish police arrest pedophilia suspects   UPI / 9:44AM
    WARSAW, Poland, May 6 (UPI) -- Police said they arrested 54 people in towns across Poland in an attempt to break up child pornography rings.
  • S. Korea tax offices raided in bribe probe   UPI / 9:34AM
    SEOUL, May 6 (UPI) -- Prosecutors raided the offices of a South Korean government tax agency Wednesday, widening the country's bribery scandal, official sources indicated.
  • Tuesday, May 5

  • Michael Vick's dogs on road to homes   UPI / 8:34PM
    RICHMOND, Va., May 5 (UPI) -- Most of the dogs seized from Michael Vick's Virginia dogfighting operation appear likely to live out their lives in new homes, animal protection officials say.
  • Accused war criminal not fit for trial?   UPI / 6:05PM
    ROME, May 5 (UPI) -- An Italian judge postponed a preliminary hearing Tuesday for a German veteran charged with war crimes to determine if the defendant has Alzheimer's disease.
  • Chamberlain's mom nabbed on meth charge   UPI / 3:24PM
    LINCOLN, Neb., May 5 (UPI) -- The mother of New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain was arrested in Nebraska on suspicion of dealing drugs, police say.
  • Poland seizes illegal cigarette factory   UPI / 2:54PM
    WARSAW, Poland, May 5 (UPI) -- Polish police said they arrested 13 people on suspicion they were running an illegal cigarette factory in southwestern Poland.
  • Former sergeant guilty of theft, bomb hoax   UPI / 9:44AM
    CHARLESTON, S.C., May 5 (UPI) -- A 14-year veteran of the U.S. Army and Navy has been sentenced to two years for theft and bomb threats at Lajes Field, Azores, prosecutors said.
  • Hunger-striking Saberi fed intravenously   UPI / 7:34AM
    TEHRAN, May 5 (UPI) -- U.S. journalist Roxana Saberi, on a hunger strike in an Iran prison to protest her spying conviction, was hospitalized to get nourishment, her father said.
  • Monday, May 4

  • Polanski won't return to U.S. for hearing   UPI / 11:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) -- Roman Polanski's attorneys say the French-born filmmaker will not return to the United States to meet a court deadline in his decades-old sex-abuse case.
  • Sources say friendly fire killed hostage   UPI / 5:44PM
    PARIS, May 4 (UPI) -- A man whose yacht was being held by Somali pirates was killed accidentally by French commandos during a rescue attempt, Europe 1 reported Monday.
  • Sunday, May 3

  • French navy captures 11 suspected pirates   UPI / 4:05PM
    MOMBASA, Kenya, May 3 (UPI) -- The French navy said Sunday it had 11 suspected pirates in custody following an apparently misguided piracy attempt on the Indian Ocean east of Kenya.
  • Cinco de Mayo event in New York canceled   UPI / 11:54AM
    NEW YORK, May 3 (UPI) -- The annual Cinco de Mayo event in New York that draws thousands of people has been canceled amid concerns about the swine flu epidemic, organizers say.
  • Saturday, May 2

  • N.O. police misreport rape statistics   UPI / 3:24PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 2 (UPI) -- Rape statistics released by the New Orleans Police Department were wrong and sexual assaults actually increased rather than decreased, police now say.
  • U.S. looking to keep Gitmo tribunals   UPI / 11:34AM
    WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- The White House is reviving a modified version of former U.S. President George Bush's military tribunals for terror detainees, administration sources say.
  • Friday, May 1

  • Internet sieges on the rise   UPI / 5:05PM
    WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- Attacks on the Internet infrastructure are on the rise, security experts say.
  • Woman sentenced over death of twins   UPI / 3:14PM
    BRISTOL, England, May 1 (UPI) -- A woman who killed her unborn twins in Bristol, England, during an apparent attempt to induce birth was sentenced to 14 months in prison, a court said Friday.
  • Book alleges Jack the Ripper not real   UPI / 3:05PM
    LONDON, May 1 (UPI) -- The serial killer Jack the Ripper who plagued London in 1888 was the creation of the media and not a real person, a new book alleges.
  • Arrests in Mexican drug fight tops 60,000   UPI / 12:54PM
    MEXICO CITY, May 1 (UPI) -- More than 60,000 suspects have been arrested during the last two years in connection with Mexico's ongoing fight against drug trafficking, figures show.
  • Redmond O'Neal sent to drug rehab   UPI / 11:54AM
    LOS ANGELES, May 1 (UPI) -- Redmond O'Neal, the son of U.S. actors Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal, has entered a drug treatment program as an alternative to jail, prosecutors said.
  • Thursday, April 30

  • Jailed ex-husband dragging out divorce?   UPI / 11:05PM
    NORRISTOWN, Pa., April 30 (UPI) -- A Philadelphia-area woman whose husband is in prison for trying to kill her says he is using the legal system against her by dragging out their divorce.
  • Wednesday, April 29

  • Judge blasts press leaks in DiMasi probe   UPI / 2:24PM
    BOSTON, April 29 (UPI) -- Leaks to the press in a secret criminal probe of associates of former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi must stop, a federal judge says.
  • Soldier faces year in prison for desertion   UPI / 2:44AM
    FORT STEWART, Ga., April 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Army enlisted man Cliff Cornell was sentenced to one year in prison Tuesday evening in Georgia after a court-martial found him guilty of desertion.
  • Tuesday, April 28

  • 2-year-old gorilla rescued in Congo   UPI / 10:54PM
    GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, April 28 (UPI) -- A young gorilla hidden in a bag was rescued from a suspected trafficker as he got off a plane, officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo said Tuesday.
  • 3 brothers get life for Fort Dix plot   UPI / 5:05PM
    CAMDEN, N.J., April 28 (UPI) -- Three Albanian immigrants were sentenced to life in federal prison Tuesday for their part in a plot to attack soldiers at Fort Dix in southern New Jersey.
  • 5 million Poles download illegally a month   UPI / 4:05PM
    WARSAW, Poland, April 28 (UPI) -- About 5 million Poles a month illegally download Internet copies of software, games, music and movies, Polish Radio said.
  • Israeli soldier sold fake sick passes   UPI / 1:05PM
    JERUSALEM, April 28 (UPI) -- An Israel Defense Forces soldier who created fake sick notes was sentenced Tuesday faced eight months in prison, court records showed.
  • Obama to expand cyberwarfare capabilities   UPI / 8:14AM
    WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will move to expand, streamline and protect the Defense Department's cyberwarfare capabilities, sources say.
  • Monday, April 27

  • Roh remains silent on bribe question   UPI / 10:34AM
    SEOUL, April 27 (UPI) -- Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun used his right to remain silent during questioning in a bribery scandal, sources said Monday.
  • Sunday, April 26

  • Loss of anti-drug data called blunder   UPI / 5:14PM
    LONDON, April 26 (UPI) -- British opposition leaders say the loss of secret anti-drug trafficking information in Colombia is a major government blunder.
  • Israeli convicted on Iran spy charges   UPI / 4:05PM
    TEL AVIV, Israel, April 26 (UPI) -- An Israeli man has been sentenced to four years in jail for passing sensitive information to Iranian agents in Turkey, prosecutors say.
  • Saturday, April 25

  • Gambler claims casinos led her on   UPI / 8:54PM
    HAMILTON, Ontario, April 25 (UPI) -- A Canadian woman who stole from her employer to feed a gambling habit has sued two casinos and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.
  • Jailed reporter on hunger strike   UPI / 2:24PM
    TEHRAN, April 25 (UPI) -- U.S. reporter Roxana Saberi has vowed not to eat until she is freed from an Iranian prison in Tehran, her father said Saturday.
  • Charges filed in alleged Pitino extortion   UPI / 1:05PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 25 (UPI) -- A woman has been charged in an alleged extortion attempt against University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino, authorities say.
  • Playboy model in court over alleged DUI   UPI / 12:34PM
    CHICAGO, April 25 (UPI) -- Evidence against Playboy model Crystal McCahill in her Chicago court case over an alleged drunken driving incident should be suppressed, her lawyer says.
  • Rihanna trying to retrieve seized jewelry   UPI / 11:34AM
    LOS ANGELES, April 25 (UPI) -- An attorney for Rihanna says police should return $1.4 million in jewelry seized as evidence in a Los Angeles assault case.
  • Friday, April 24

  • Jailed reporter can appeal conviction   UPI / 2:14PM
    TEHRAN, April 24 (UPI) -- The head of Tehran's judiciary says a three-judge panel will issue a "strong and fair" ruling in the case of jailed Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi.
  • Sentence delayed in medical marijuana case   UPI / 10:14AM
    LOS ANGELES, April 24 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Los Angeles has postponed sentencing for a man who became a key figure in the national debate over medical use of marijuana.
  • Stolen gov't laptop has info on 1 million   UPI / 9:14AM
    OKLAHOMA CITY, April 24 (UPI) -- A stolen state government laptop computer contains personal information about more than 1 million Oklahoma residents, officials said.
  • Thursday, April 23

  • Prison may explain black health disparity   UPI / 10:24PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. prison system punishes more than just its inmates -- it also takes a toll on the health of friends and loved ones left behind, researchers said.
  • China rejects cyber-attack claim   UPI / 3:14PM
    BEIJING, April 23 (UPI) -- China faces computer hacking problems of its own and should not be accused of hacking into other countries' computers, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.
  • Report: Sumo wrestlers get drug tests   UPI / 3:05PM
    TOKYO, April 23 (UPI) -- The Japan Sumo Association has conducted its first random drug tests on Japanese wrestlers, Kyodo news service reported Thursday.
  • Thai court backs state of emergency   UPI / 1:44PM
    BANGKOK, April 23 (UPI) -- The state of emergency imposed in Thailand in response to civil unrest is lawful, the country's Criminal Court said Thursday.
  • S. Korea urges N. Korea rejoin nuke talks   UPI / 1:05PM
    SEOUL, April 23 (UPI) -- South Korea's foreign minister urged North Korea Thursday to rejoin the six-way talks on its nuclear program and to stop hindering the process.
  • China punishes 881,000 officials in 5 yrs   UPI / 1:05PM
    BEIJING, April 23 (UPI) -- Some 881,000 Chinese officials have been punished for misconduct over the past five years, the Communist Party of China says.
  • Court reconsiders China blogger verdict   UPI / 12:54PM
    HOHHOT, China, April 23 (UPI) -- A Chinese court says it is reviewing whether a libel verdict against a blogger who exposed alleged land acquisition problems was arrived at fairly.
  • Companies blamed for S. Korean oil spill   UPI / 12:14PM
    SEOUL, April 23 (UPI) -- Samsung Heavy Industries and the Hebei shipping company are to blame for a major oil spill in South Korea, the country's Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
  • Court overturns soldier's rape conviction   UPI / 11:54AM
    MANILA, Philippines, April 23 (UPI) -- A U.S. soldier and his accuser mutually agreed to sex, a court in the Philippines ruled Thursday in overturning a rape conviction.
  • Cybergangs infiltrate social network sites   UPI / 10:05AM
    WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- Cybergangs are hiring employees to decipher the distorted letters, or "captchas," used by social networking Web sites to guard against spam, experts say.
  • Wednesday, April 22

  • Israel: War crimes accusations unfounded   UPI / 8:54PM
    JERUSALEM, April 22 (UPI) -- Accusations that Israeli forces committed war crimes during the military incursion into Gaza are unfounded, Israeli military investigators say.
  • Mac users note new computer virus   UPI / 7:14PM
    CUPERTINO, Calif., April 22 (UPI) -- Computer hackers have breached the previously pristine territory of Macintosh computers, a U.S. technology security director said.
  • 1.9-million-PC botnet uncovered   UPI / 4:35PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 22 (UPI) -- U.S. computer security experts say they have discovered a "botnet" of 1.9 million secretly infected "zombie" PCs controlled by a Ukrainian gang.
  • No Angels singer released by police   UPI / 4:24PM
    FRANKFURT, Germany, April 22 (UPI) -- German pop star Nadja Benaissa has been released from police custody after she was arrested for allegedly knowingly infecting a partner with the HIV virus.
  • Turkey targets Kurdish exile group   UPI / 2:24PM
    ANKARA, Turkey, April 22 (UPI) -- Turkish prosecutors say they've opened legal proceedings in Ankara against 31 members of an alleged political front group for banned Kurdish separatists.
  • Jolie in talks to play Kay Scarpetta   UPI / 1:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, April 22 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Angelina Jolie is in talks to play crime-solving heroine Kay Scarpetta in a film based on Patricia Cornwell's blockbuster novels.
  • Penn State's Bowman has probation extended   UPI / 1:05PM
    BELLEFONTE, Pa., April 22 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania State University linebacker Navorro Bowman will serve a year of probation for smoking marijuana, a judge said Wednesday.
  • Crash victim gets record $17 million award   UPI / 12:14PM
    TORONTO, April 22 (UPI) -- A Canadian appeals court has upheld a record $17 million accident award to a Toronto man who ran a red light and was brain-damaged in 2008.
  • War crimes charges against Israel sought   UPI / 11:05AM
    TEHRAN, April 22 (UPI) -- A conference of Islamic prosecutors in Iran worked Wednesday to develop an indictment against Israeli leaders, accusing them of war crimes in Gaza.
  • Auto rescue chief's firm faces questions   UPI / 10:05AM
    NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) -- A U.S. investment firm run by Steven Rattner, who heads the White House's efforts to rescue the auto industry, is struggling for its future, observers say.
  • Peace activists draw prison sentences   UPI / 9:44AM
    LINKOPING, Sweden, April 22 (UPI) -- A court in central Sweden has sentenced three peace activists to prison for trying to destroy fighter planes manufactured by Saab Aerospace Systems.
  • Pentagon cyber-command to be established   UPI / 9:14AM
    WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- The Obama administration is planning to establish a new U.S. military command to oversee computer security and develop cyberwarfare weapons, sources say.
  • U.S. didn't research waterboarding   UPI / 8:24AM
    WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- The Bush administration did not research the "waterboarding" torture technique enough to realize it had been deemed ineffective by U.S. trainers, sources say.
  • Tuesday, April 21

  • Earnhardt Jr., Mears placed on probation   UPI / 10:54PM
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- NASCAR placed Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Casey Mears on probation Tuesday for the next six Sprint Cup Series races.
  • Ex-military official guilty in bribe case   UPI / 8:44PM
    COLUMBUS, Ga., April 21 (UPI) -- A former U.S. military official pleaded guilty in Georgia Tuesday to conspiring to commit bribery in a multimillion-dollar telecommunications contract.
  • Teen piracy suspect can be tried as adult   UPI / 7:05PM
    NEW YORK, April 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge in New York Tuesday said a Somali teenager accused of piracy in the kidnapping of Maersk Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips will be tried as an adult.
  • Two officers arrested in Fla. drug sting   UPI / 11:35AM
    MIAMI, April 21 (UPI) -- Two law enforcement officers in the Florida Keys were arrested on drug charges in an FBI-led undercover operation, a U.S. attorney's spokeswoman said.
  • Serbia's prisons overcrowded   UPI / 7:44AM
    BELGRADE, Serbia, April 21 (UPI) -- More than 10,000 inmates are locked in Serbia's prisons -- about 4,000 beyond their capacity -- a Justice Ministry official said.
  • Monday, April 20

  • Ky. won't charge former mine inspector   UPI / 1:34PM
    HAZARD, Ky., April 20 (UPI) -- Kentucky officials have not sought charges against a state worker accused of falsifying mine inspection reports, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Monday.
  • Sunday, April 19

  • U.S. auto execs fear Mexico kidnappings   UPI / 6:54PM
    JUAREZ, Mexico, April 19 (UPI) -- White-collar U.S. auto company workers in Mexico say drug gang kidnappings have turned border factory towns into war zones.
  • Report: FEC fines Sharpton $285,000   UPI / 5:34PM
    WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- The Rev. Al Sharpton has been fined $285,000 for violating federal election rules during his 2004 Democratic campaign for U.S. president, records indicate.
  • Weapons studied in Sondhi slay attempt   UPI / 2:34PM
    BANGKOK, April 19 (UPI) -- Police investigators say they're tracing leads on the weapons used to critically wound the leader of Thailand's People's Alliance for Democracy.
  • Army stops issuing drug, felony waivers   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- The economic downturn has improved the quality of U.S. Army recruits, and the service has stopped accepting felons and drug abusers, officials said.
  • Trial of alleged Banks' stalker under way   UPI / 2:05PM
    NEW YORK, April 19 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in New York alleged in opening statements in Brady Green's trial that the homeless man left a trail of evidence while stalking model Tyra Banks.
  • Pitino alleges extortion attempt   UPI / 10:54AM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 19 (UPI) -- The FBI says it is investigating an alleged extortion attempt against University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.
  • Saturday, April 18

  • Iran sentences U.S. reporter to 8 years   UPI / 6:14PM
    TEHRAN, April 18 (UPI) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday the United States will work to free an Iranian-American journalist sentenced to prison in Iran for spying.
  • Murder charges possible in quake probe   UPI / 2:14PM
    L'AQUILA, Italy, April 18 (UPI) -- Murder charges could be possible as Italian investigators seek answers about the collapse of supposedly "quake-proof" buildings, a prosecutor says.
  • 22 killed, 15 hurt in Pakistan bombing   UPI / 2:04PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 18 (UPI) -- At least 22 people were killed and 15 wounded Saturday when a suicide bomber rammed a truck into a Pakistani military convoy, officials said.
  • LA bank robberies up, not near record   UPI / 1:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, April 18 (UPI) -- Tough times appear to be prompting more bank heists in Los Angeles County, but they're still well below record 1990s record levels, the FBI says.
  • Woman arrested, accused of stalking Perry   UPI / 1:24PM
    ATLANTA, April 18 (UPI) -- A woman arrested in Atlanta has been accused of stalking actor and producer Tyler Perry, sources say.
  • Official innocence granted to Ill. man   UPI / 12:34PM
    CHICAGO, April 18 (UPI) -- An Illinois judge has granted a "certificate of innocence" to man who spent 26 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, his attorney says.
  • Friday, April 17

  • Adenhart remembered at Md. memorial   UPI / 9:34PM
    WILLIAMSPORT, Md., April 17 (UPI) -- About 200 people turned out in Maryland for a private memorial service for Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, who was killed last week in a car crash.
  • 'One Tree Hill' actor arrested   UPI / 4:14PM
    NEW YORK, April 17 (UPI) -- A supporting player on the U.S. television series "One Tree Hill" has been arrested for allegedly trafficking fake Social Security cards and stealing numbers.
  • Retired N.Y. cop alleged scam victim   UPI / 2:24PM
    NEW YORK, April 17 (UPI) -- A retired New York police officer who won $120,000 in a lawsuit against the city alleges she has been the victim of a scam orchestrated by another officer.
  • Detroit has trouble replacing streetlights   UPI / 2:05PM
    DETROIT, April 17 (UPI) -- At least one in 10 streetlights isn't working in Detroit, an examination of 200 miles of city streets indicates.
  • Squatter found in foreclosed mansion   UPI / 1:05PM
    SUGAR GROVE, Ill., April 17 (UPI) -- An Illinois man who spent eight months living in a lakeside mansion that was in foreclosure has been arrested by Sugar Grove police.
  • Prison time for Pirate Bay proprietors   UPI / 11:24AM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 17 (UPI) -- Four of the founders of the Swedish Pirate Bay file-sharing Web site have been sentenced to a year in jail for violating copyright laws.
  • Thursday, April 16

  • Sergeant gets life for killing prisoners   UPI / 7:05PM
    VILSACK, Germany, April 16 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army sergeant was sentenced Thursday to life in prison and a dishonorable discharge for killing four Iraqi prisoners.
  • 89 bats shot in Arizona mine   UPI / 4:44PM
    PHOENIX, April 16 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials in Arizona are searching for the killer of 89 Mexican free-tail bats shot to death in an old mine shaft.
  • Kansas prison welcomes back Michael Vick   UPI / 1:34PM
    LEAVENWORTH, Kan., April 16 (UPI) -- Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has returned to a federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan., prison records showed Thursday.
  • U.S. Army reservist accused of theft   UPI / 12:44PM
    NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army reservist stationed in New York allegedly stole $100,000 in electronics and supplies through a government purchasing program, officials say.
  • Croatia complains about tourist warning   UPI / 12:14PM
    ZAGREB, Croatia, April 16 (UPI) -- Croatia Thursday protested a warning issued by Britain's Foreign Office that tourists visiting Croatia be aware of threats from organized crime.
  • Wednesday, April 15

  • Sumo figure faces sentencing in death   UPI / 4:54PM
    TOKYO, April 15 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Japan are seeking a seven-year prison sentence for a former sumo stablemaster accused of ordering wrestlers to assault a 17-year-old grappler.
  • New sentencing for Utah white separatists   UPI / 2:05PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, April 15 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors say they are reviewing a court ruling ordering the resentencing of two Utah white separatists accused of harassing minorities.
  • Blago a reality TV star? It could happen.   UPI / 11:44AM
    CHICAGO, April 15 (UPI) -- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will ask a federal judge in Chicago for permission to travel to Costa Rica to be in a reality TV show, his attorney said.
  • Doctor guilty of leaking patient info   UPI / 11:05AM
    NARA, Japan, April 15 (UPI) -- A Japanese psychiatrist accused of leaking medical records to a journalist is guilty of breaking confidentiality laws, a court says.
  • Mistrial sought in Castroneves case   UPI / 10:05AM
    MIAMI, April 15 (UPI) -- Attorneys for Indy 500 driver Helio Castroneves have moved for a mistrial in the $5.5 million tax evasion case against the Miami resident.
  • Mexican cartels buy guns from U.S. dealers   UPI / 7:44AM
    WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) -- Smugglers supplying guns to Mexican drug cartels can evade detection for years because arms dealers are lightly regulated in U.S. border states, officials say.
  • Tuesday, April 14

  • Sumo teacher on trial   UPI / 10:34PM
    NAGOYA, Japan, April 14 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Japan Tuesday sought a 7-year prison sentence for a sumo stable master accused exhorting wrestlers in a fatal attack on a young competitor.
  • Castroneves tax jury resumes deliberations   UPI / 4:54PM
    MIAMI, April 14 (UPI) -- Jury deliberations resumed Tuesday in the Miami tax-evasion trial of Indy 500 champ Helio Castroneves.
  • Goody's widower sentenced for assault   UPI / 3:14PM
    LONDON, April 14 (UPI) -- Jade Goody's widower Jack Tweed was sentenced in London to 12 weeks in jail for assaulting a cab driver after magistrates considered his personal circumstances.
  • N.Y. process server charged in fraud case   UPI / 12:54PM
    NEW YORK, April 14 (UPI) -- A New York company failed to provide notification to thousands of consumers facing debt-related lawsuits, causing them unknowingly to default, officials say.
  • Dutch reporter mugged in Detroit   UPI / 12:34PM
    DETROIT, April 14 (UPI) -- Dutch journalist Jacqueline Maris says she'll try to present a balanced story about Detroit, despite having her rented car stolen at gunpoint.
  • Saberi spy verdict expected within weeks   UPI / 8:04AM
    TEHRAN, April 14 (UPI) -- Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi will receive a verdict in her Tehran spying trial within weeks, Iranian officials said Tuesday.
  • Monday, April 13

  • Basketball players get suspended jail time   UPI / 10:05PM
    SEOUL, April 13 (UPI) -- Three American basketball players who were fired from their South Korean teams for smoking marijuana were sentenced Monday to suspended jail terms.
  • Conficker worm stealing identities   UPI / 9:54PM
    NEW YORK, April 13 (UPI) -- A computer worm that has infected millions of computers around the world this month is spreading, a U.S. expert said Friday.
  • Consumers suing harassing debt collectors   UPI / 1:44PM
    HOUSTON, April 13 (UPI) -- More consumers are fighting back against debt collectors who allegedly use illegal harassment tactics, consumer lawsuit figures indicate.
  • 80 waste incinerator protesters arrested   UPI / 12:54PM
    NOTTINGHAM, England, April 13 (UPI) -- More than 80 British environmentalist protesters were arrested Monday for allegedly attacking a waste-to-energy incinerator, police say.
  • Roh family members quizzed in bribe probe   UPI / 11:24AM
    SEOUL, April 13 (UPI) -- South Korean prosecutors have questioned an in-law of former President Roh Moo-hyun in an unfolding government bribery scandal, sources say.
  • Manila: No pullbacks without hostages   UPI / 11:05AM
    MANILA, Philippines, April 13 (UPI) -- The Philippines government says it won't offer kidnappers any pullbacks of troops until the release of more Red Cross hostages is guaranteed.
  • Critics: UAE aims to muzzle media   UPI / 8:04AM
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 13 (UPI) -- A proposed law governing news media in the United Arab Emirates would hamper its ability to report on sensitive subjects, Human Rights Watch said Monday.
  • Saturday, April 11

  • Obama sticks to Bush detainee policy   UPI / 2:44PM
    WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- The Obama administration is sticking, for now, with a policy that contends U.S. detainees held in foreign prisons have no U.S. legal rights, observers say.
  • Nine killed in Awakening Council bombing   UPI / 8:54AM
    BAGHDAD, April 11 (UPI) -- Nine people were killed and 31 injured Saturday in Iraq when a suicide bomber set off an explosive at an Awakening Council headquarters, officials said.
  • Friday, April 10

  • Logger sentenced in old-growth tree theft   UPI / 5:54PM
    SEATTLE, April 10 (UPI) -- A timber thief was sentenced to prison Friday for cutting down 31 old-growth cedar trees in a Washington national forest, federal prosecutors in Seattle said.
  • 15 gunmen rob Macedonia bank, hurting two   UPI / 1:05PM
    SKOPJE, Macedonia, April 10 (UPI) -- Fifteen gunmen broke into a bank Friday in Skopje, Macedonia, and made off with $66,000, leaving a policeman and a woman injured, police said.
  • Conficker worm still does little   UPI / 9:54AM
    NEW YORK, April 10 (UPI) -- Experts are trying to figure out what the Conficker worm is up to, and two U.S. security companies issued reports Thursday.
  • 6th woman claims songwriter raped her   UPI / 9:44AM
    NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- Police in New York say a sixth woman has claimed that "You Light Up My Life" songwriter Joseph Brooks raped her.
  • Thursday, April 9

  • U.S. aid urged in Mexican drug war   UPI / 5:54PM
    MEXICO CITY, April 9 (UPI) -- Mexico's top lawman wants the United States to deliver on a promise of hundreds of millions of dollars in training and equipment to fight drug lords.
  • Ex-dean: Grants investments were valid   UPI / 5:34PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 9 (UPI) -- An ex-university dean charged with money laundering and tax evasion told U.S. investigators he invested grants in property to fund his research non-profit.
  • Arrests made in fake funeral scam case   UPI / 3:14PM
    LONG BEACH, Calif., April 9 (UPI) -- Two women have been arrested on charges they conducted fake funerals in Long Beach, Calif., in order to collect on insurance policies, authorities say.
  • Ex-bank examiner faces 15 years in forgery   UPI / 3:14PM
    WHEATON, Ill., April 9 (UPI) -- A former U.S. bank examiner who bought a house with fake papers saying he had won $805,000 in a lawsuit pleaded guilty to fraud and forgery, authorities said.
  • Marine acquitted of killing Iraqi prisoner   UPI / 3:05PM
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., April 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. Marine sergeant was acquitted Thursday morning of killing a prisoner during the fighting in Fallujah in Iraq in 2004.
  • Sources: Jackson-Blago fundraising probed   UPI / 2:54PM
    CHICAGO, April 9 (UPI) -- Investigators are looking at fundraising by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, sources said.
  • Thieves steal 63,000 pounds of bait fish   UPI / 1:44PM
    LINDEN, N.J., April 9 (UPI) -- Thieves have stolen more than 63,000 pounds of bait fish from a trucking business in Linden, N.J., the firm's owner says.
  • Colo. adviser charged in Ponzi scheme   UPI / 12:54PM
    DENVER, April 9 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators sued a Colorado investment manager, alleging he ran a Ponzi scheme and used investor money to buy classic cars and Rembrandt masterpieces.
  • Bills back suspended 3 games by the NFL   UPI / 12:44PM
    NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch has received a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
  • Wednesday, April 8

  • Vigil held for slain California girl   UPI / 3:35PM
    TRACY, Calif., April 8 (UPI) -- Residents of Tracy, Calif., say they came to a candlelight vigil at the home of an 8-year-old girl found dead this week to show their support for her family.
  • Cyberspies targeting U.S. electric grid   UPI / 1:54PM
    WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- Russian and Chinese cyberspies have penetrated U.S. electric utility computer networks, inserting software that could disrupt power supplies, sources say.
  • 'Potter' actor arrested on pot charge   UPI / 9:54AM
    LONDON, April 8 (UPI) -- Jamie Waylett, a 19-year-old British actor who plays a supporting role in the "Harry Potter" movies, has been arrested for alleged cannabis possession.
  • Tuesday, April 7

  • No parole for man in AIDS-infection case   UPI / 11:24PM
    ALBANY, N.Y., April 7 (UPI) -- New York parole officials have once again rejected a bid for early release from a man who allegedly infected 13 women with the AIDS virus.
  • Physicist sent to prison   UPI / 9:54PM
    NORFOLK, Va., April 7 (UPI) -- A Virginia physicist was sentenced to 51 months in prison Tuesday for illegally helping China with its space program and offering bribes to Chinese officials.
  • Wash. man accused of stealing IDs   UPI / 8:54PM
    SEATTLE, April 7 (UPI) -- Federal officials say a Washington state man used file sharing software to steal personal information from other computer users.
  • Fujimori convicted for role in massacres   UPI / 6:05PM
    LIMA, April 7 (UPI) -- The Peruvian Supreme Court Tuesday found former President Alberto Fujimori guilty for his role in the massacre of 25 people in 1991 and 1992.
  • Victorious Tar Heels greet UNC fans   UPI / 3:44PM
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C., April 7 (UPI) -- The NCAA champion University