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One cop issued 80 percent of the marijuana tickets in Seattle this year

One cop issued 80 percent of the marijuana tickets in Seattle this year

SEATTLE, July 31 (UPI) -- One Seattle police officer personally issued 80 percent of the city's marijuana tickets this year and he has since been reassigned.
Evan Bleier
Sierra Leone declares Ebola national emergency

Sierra Leone declares Ebola national emergency

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, July 31 (UPI) -- On Wednesday, Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma declared the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus a public health emergency.
JC Finley
Detroit ice cream man faces deportation for torturing Irish U.N. soldiers

Detroit ice cream man faces deportation for torturing Irish U.N. soldiers

DETROIT, July 31 (UPI) -- A Detroit man will appear in federal court today as the U.S. attempts to deport him to Lebanon for his role in the torture death of two Irish U.N. soldiers.
Matt Bradwell
Russell Brand slams Sean Hannity for 'childish' Gaza segment

Russell Brand slams Sean Hannity for 'childish' Gaza segment

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) -- Russell Brand slammed Sean Hannity's "Sympathy for the Terrorists" segment, calling it "childish" and "unreasonable" on his Internet show, "The Trews."
Aileen Graef
Chadwick Boseman channels James Brown in 'Get On Up' [Interview]

Chadwick Boseman channels James Brown in 'Get On Up' [Interview]

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) -- Chadwick Boseman admits there was no easy part to playing funk music legend James Brown in the biopic "Get On Up."
Karen Butler
Who is the 'Woman in Black' roaming U.S. highways?

Who is the 'Woman in Black' roaming U.S. highways?

WINCHESTER, Va., July 31 (UPI) -- A woman dressed in all black has captured the imagination of highway travelers as she walked from Alabama to northern Virginia, where she arrived Tuesday night.
Matt Bradwell
Rosneft inks North Atlantic drilling contract

Rosneft inks North Atlantic drilling contract

ROSNEFT, Russia, July 31 (UPI) -- Russian oil company Rosneft said it signed a $4.25 billion deal to secure drilling rigs from North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. for work in harsh offshore areas.
Daniel J. Graeber
Obama administration slams House version of border bill, promises veto

Obama administration slams House version of border bill, promises veto

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- The White House stepped forward Wednesday to slam the House version of a supplemental bill as a "patchwork" of "arbitrary and unrealistic demands."
Gabrielle Levy
Survey shows partisan divide in attitudes toward Arabs, Muslims

Survey shows partisan divide in attitudes toward Arabs, Muslims

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- A poll released by the Arab American Institute says there is a deep partisan divide in attitudes toward Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans which masks a generational divide.
Dima Ansari and Alix Hines, Medill News Service
Ebola outbreak prompts Peace Corps withdrawal from West Africa

Ebola outbreak prompts Peace Corps withdrawal from West Africa

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- The Peace Corps announced Wednesday the evacuation of 340 volunteers from the three West African countries most affected by the deadly Ebola virus outbreak.
JC Finley
The moon is (kind of) flat, and scientists know why

The moon is (kind of) flat, and scientists know why

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., July 30 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) say that tidal forces early in the moon's formational history account for its odd appearance.
Brooks Hays
House approves $17B VA deal, sends it to Senate

House approves $17B VA deal, sends it to Senate

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- The House easily passed the $17 billion deal to fix problems at the VA to allow veterans to obtain outside healthcare, add staff and improve facilities.
Gabrielle Levy
Matthew McConaughey stars in new trailer for 'Interstellar'

Matthew McConaughey stars in new trailer for 'Interstellar'

LOS ANGELES, July 30 (UPI) -- A dramatic new trailer for Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" stars Matthew McConaughey as a father who takes part in a space mission to save mankind.
Annie Martin
Oklahoma shook by three earthquakes in less than 48 hours

Oklahoma shook by three earthquakes in less than 48 hours

EDMOND, Okla., July 30 (UPI) -- A pair of earthquakes hit Oklahoma Wednesday morning, less than 48 hours after a slightly larger quake shook the state Monday night.
Matt Bradwell
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