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Russia 'directly involved' in Ukraine fighting, widens assault

Russia 'directly involved' in Ukraine fighting, widens assault

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Russian forces have seized the coastal town of Novoazovsk, Ukraine, and are now openly involved in the fighting, Kiev said Thursday.
Gabrielle Levy
Ailina Tsarnaev, Boston Marathon bomber's sister, arrested over alleged bomb threat

Ailina Tsarnaev, Boston Marathon bomber's sister, arrested over alleged bomb threat

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister was arrested in New York City Wednesday after threatening a woman in a domestic harassment case.
Veronica Linares
Syrian militants seize Golan Heights border crossing

Syrian militants seize Golan Heights border crossing

QUNEITRA, Syria, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Syrian militants seize border crossing with Israel-controlled Golan Heights.
Danielle Haynes
Wolf yawns are contagious

Wolf yawns are contagious

TOKYO, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Tokyo have found that yawning is contagious among wolves -- just like among humans.
Brooks Hays
Major general stripped of title over handling of sexual abuse allegation

Major general stripped of title over handling of sexual abuse allegation

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Army Maj. Gen. Michael Harrison demoted to brigadier general and forced to retire over mishandling of sexual assault complaint.
Danielle Haynes
'Cops' crew member fatally shot by friendly fire while filming shootout

'Cops' crew member fatally shot by friendly fire while filming shootout

OMAHA, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A crew member of the popular reality television show "Cops" was fatally shot by friendly fire Tuesday night while filming an episode of the show.
JC Sevcik
Sale of Banksy artwork saves youth club

Sale of Banksy artwork saves youth club

LONDON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Banksy artwork painted on the wall outside a financially-stressed youth club was sold to a private collector for 403,000 pounds ($668,000), saving the club.
Aileen Graef
U.N. recommits to Afghan vote audit despite campaign withdrawals

U.N. recommits to Afghan vote audit despite campaign withdrawals

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The U.N. said Wednesday it is committed to supervising Afghanistan's presidential vote audit despite the withdrawal of the two candidates from the process.
JC Finley
David Chase clarifies remark about Tony Soprano's fate

David Chase clarifies remark about Tony Soprano's fate

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- David Chase's representative has dismissed as inaccurate a widely circulated report that "The Sopranos" creator had finally revealed the fate of Tony Soprano.
Karen Butler
Report reveals 1,400 children sexually abused in English town between 1997 and 2013

Report reveals 1,400 children sexually abused in English town between 1997 and 2013

LONDON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- An independent report investigating child sexual exploitation in the English town of Rotherham reveals 1,400 children were sexually abused from 1997 to 2013.
JC Finley
India asks Pepsi to cut down on sugar in its soft drinks

India asks Pepsi to cut down on sugar in its soft drinks

NEW DELHI, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Indian officials are calling on U.S. soda-maker Pepsi to do its part in helping the country feed its children and help citizens lose weight.
Brooks Hays
Emma Stone debuts short hair at premiere of 'Birdman'

Emma Stone debuts short hair at premiere of 'Birdman'

VENICE, Italy, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Emma Stone debuted a bob haircut with side-swept bangs at the premiere of her new movie, "Birdman," at the 2014 Venice Film Festival.
Annie Martin
Anytime Pale Ale sold by the 99 pack

Anytime Pale Ale sold by the 99 pack

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A small brewery in Texas has turned a big idea into a reality, a 99 pack of beer for $99.
Matt Bradwell
Obama's plan calls for computer chip implants to help soldiers heal

Obama's plan calls for computer chip implants to help soldiers heal

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- President Obama is backing a unique program aimed at developing computer chip implants that well monitor and augment an injured soldier's nervous system.
Brooks Hays
'Coolest' cooler breaks Kickstarter record

'Coolest' cooler breaks Kickstarter record

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Kickstarter for a "portable party" cooler now holds the record for the highest-grossing campaign on the crowd-funding site, ever.
Gabrielle Levy
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