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Hamas executes 18 it claims are Israeli informers, takes credit for kidnapping Israeli teens

Hamas executes 18 it claims are Israeli informers, takes credit for kidnapping Israeli teens

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Hamas publicly executed 18 men it accused of collaborating with Israel Thursday and Friday in retaliation for airstrikes that killed three commanders Wednesday.
Gabrielle Levy
Kamala Harris to appeal court ruling against death penalty

Kamala Harris to appeal court ruling against death penalty

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Kamala Harris announced she'd be appealing a federal judge's decision declaring California's enforcement of the death penalty unconstitutional.
Veronica Linares
Ukraine: 130 Russian aid trucks crossing border a 'direct invasion'

Ukraine: 130 Russian aid trucks crossing border a 'direct invasion'

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- 130 Russian aid trucks entered Ukraine without being inspected by Ukrainian border guards or escorted by ICRC personnel, in violation of an earlier agreement.
JC Finley
Jodi Arias granted delay in death penalty retrial

Jodi Arias granted delay in death penalty retrial

MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A Maricopa County judge granted Jodi Arias a three-week delay to prepare for retrial, more than 15 months after she was convicted of murdering her ex-boyfriend.
Gabrielle Levy
Paul Ryan douses Mitt Romney for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Paul Ryan douses Mitt Romney for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with a little help from Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
Aileen Graef
Report: Global spending on data security to top $70 billion

Report: Global spending on data security to top $70 billion

STAMFORD, Conn., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A report by a technology research firm says global spending on information security will reach $71.1 billion in 2014.
Ed Adamczyk
Scotland to model Norway's energy economy

Scotland to model Norway's energy economy

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- An independent Scotland could replicate the success of Norway when it comes to exploiting North Sea oil reserves, the Scottish energy minister said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims' bodies arrive in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims' bodies arrive in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The first Malaysian victims' bodies arrived in Kuala Lumpur more than a month after Malaysia Airlines MH17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine.
Gabrielle Levy
Gulf of Mexico lease draws advocacy fire

Gulf of Mexico lease draws advocacy fire

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. government is called on to halt offshore drilling in an effort to preserve the climate for future generations, Friends of the Earth said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Birds lost their sweet tooth, hummingbirds got it back

Birds lost their sweet tooth, hummingbirds got it back

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- New research suggests hummingbirds have evolved their T1R1 and T1R3 sensors -- typically used to detect umami or savory flavors -- to pick out sugary notes.
Brooks Hays
Baku, Tehran sign energy agreements

Baku, Tehran sign energy agreements

TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Azerbaijan said it signed a memorandum of understanding to broaden energy ties in the Iranian oil and natural gas sector.
Daniel J. Graeber
Mars rover spots rock shaped like thigh bone

Mars rover spots rock shaped like thigh bone

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A new photo from Mars, snapped by the Curiosity rover, shows a rock shaped suspiciously like a thigh bone.
Brooks Hays
Chris Pratt visits children's hospital in 'Guardians' costume

Chris Pratt visits children's hospital in 'Guardians' costume

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Chris Pratt paid a visit to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Wednesday for a special screening of his hit film "Guardians of the Galaxy."
Veronica Linares
George R.R. Martin teases major deaths in 'Winds of Winter'

George R.R. Martin teases major deaths in 'Winds of Winter'

LONDON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- George R.R. Martin says the sixth "A Song of Ice and Fire" book, "The Winds of Winter," gives him "a lot more flexibility for killing people."
Annie Martin
Lauryn Hill dedicates song 'Black Rage' to Ferguson residents

Lauryn Hill dedicates song 'Black Rage' to Ferguson residents

FERGUSON, Mo., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Lauryn Hill took to Twitter Wednesday to ask for peace for the residents of Ferguson following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown and the ensuing protests.
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