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Judge: Teen accused of starting San Diego-area wildfire can stand trial

Judge: Teen accused of starting San Diego-area wildfire can stand trial

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A teenage girl charged with starting a wildfire that burned about 40 houses north of San Diego is competent for trial, a judge said.
Frances Burns
Source: Ferguson cop beaten before shooting

Source: Ferguson cop beaten before shooting

FERGUSON, Mo., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Nearly two weeks since Michael Brown's death, a source is claiming to reveal more information about the nature of Officer Darren Wilson's injuries.
Gabrielle Levy
U.S. attempted rescue of James Foley, ISIS demanded $132M ransom

U.S. attempted rescue of James Foley, ISIS demanded $132M ransom

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Ahead of this week's grisly execution of journalist James Foley, the U.S. failed in a rescue attempt after his captors demanded millions in ransom.
Gabrielle Levy
Top Hamas commanders killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

Top Hamas commanders killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Israeli airstrikes killed three Hamas commanders overnight Wednesday as peace negotiations between Israel and Gaza showed no sign of restarting.
Gabrielle Levy
Gulf of Mexico auction draws $100 million in bids

Gulf of Mexico auction draws $100 million in bids

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- An auction for acreage in the western Gulf of Mexico drew more than $100 million in high bids from energy companies, the Interior Department said.
Daniel J. Graeber
After major delays, Ukraine begins customs inspection of Russian aid trucks

After major delays, Ukraine begins customs inspection of Russian aid trucks

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The Ukrainian government announced Thursday that the customs clearance process for the first batch of Russian aid trucks has begun.
JC Finley
Thai coup leader Gen. Prayuth named new PM, expanding military control

Thai coup leader Gen. Prayuth named new PM, expanding military control

BANGKOK, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Thailand's Parliament nominated military junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to be the new prime minister, further empowering the military's grip over Thailand.
JC Finley
Robin Williams' ashes reportedly scattered over San Francisco Bay

Robin Williams' ashes reportedly scattered over San Francisco Bay

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Robin Williams's death certificate reportedly states the actor was cremated and his ashes scattered over San Francisco Bay one day after his death.
Veronica Linares
Study explains why ER nurses do what they do

Study explains why ER nurses do what they do

SYDNEY, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- According to a new study by researchers at the University of Sydney, nurses in emergency departments are more extroverted, agreeable and open.
Brooks Hays
Amanda Curtis launches Montana Senate campaign after Walsh bows out

Amanda Curtis launches Montana Senate campaign after Walsh bows out

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- With less than 11 weeks to go, Amanda Curtis, a high school math teacher and single-term Montana state legislator, is kicking off her campaign for U.S. Senate.
Gabrielle Levy
Moscow transmission tower painted colors of Ukraine flag in apparent act of solidarity

Moscow transmission tower painted colors of Ukraine flag in apparent act of solidarity

MOSCOW, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A transmission tower in Moscow has been painted yellow and blue, the colors of the Ukrainian flag, in an apparent act of solidarity with Ukraine.
JC Finley
Tropical storm Karina looks like the number 9 from space

Tropical storm Karina looks like the number 9 from space

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- From the vantage of NASA's Aqua satellite, tropical storm Karina appears like the number nine.
Brooks Hays
4 McDonald's restaurants shut down in Moscow

4 McDonald's restaurants shut down in Moscow

MOSCOW, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A Russian watchdog has shut down four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow, citing "sanitary violations" that were discovered during recent inspections.
Aileen Graef
Doctor with Ebola expected to be released from Atlanta hospital

Doctor with Ebola expected to be released from Atlanta hospital

ATLANTA, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The American doctor being treated for Ebola at an Atlanta hospital has recovered and is expected to leave the hospital Thursday.
Gabrielle Levy
Researchers dig up earliest evidence of snail-eating

Researchers dig up earliest evidence of snail-eating

TARRAGONA, Spain, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The Paleolithic humans on the east coast of Spain were collecting, cooking and eating snails roughly 10,000 years before any of their Mediterranean neighbors.
Brooks Hays
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