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Israeli airstrike in Gaza targets Hamas commander

Israeli airstrike in Gaza targets Hamas commander

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Israel suspended negotiations and renewed airstrikes in Gaza overnight Tuesday, responding to a burst of Hamas rocket fire that broke nearly six days of calm.
Gabrielle Levy
Record rainfall triggers landslides in Japan; at least 27 dead

Record rainfall triggers landslides in Japan; at least 27 dead

TOKYO, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Heavy rain triggered landslides in western Japan on Wednesday, killing at least 27 people.
JC Finley
Former state A.G. Dan Sullivan to be Republican Senate candidate in Alaska

Former state A.G. Dan Sullivan to be Republican Senate candidate in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan has won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in a race that is already the most expensive in state history.
Frances Burns
Iran wants to develop mini-LNG plants

Iran wants to develop mini-LNG plants

TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- An Iranian official said Wednesday to expect a call to investors to help back the development of small-scale liquefied natural gas facilities in two months.
Daniel J. Graeber
Anna Nicole Smith's estate loses bid for ex J. Howard Marshall's millions

Anna Nicole Smith's estate loses bid for ex J. Howard Marshall's millions

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- An Orange Country District Court has blocked Anna Nicole Smith's estate's last attempt to get $44 million from her ex-husband's son E. Pierce Marshall's estate.
Veronica Linares
Slovakia plants seed in Ukrainian gas sector

Slovakia plants seed in Ukrainian gas sector

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Slovakia and Ukraine have laid the preliminary groundwork for a long future in the natural gas sector, the Slovakian minister of economy said from Kiev.
Daniel J. Graeber
American photojournalist James Wright Foley executed by Islamic State

American photojournalist James Wright Foley executed by Islamic State

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- American photojournalist James Wright Foley, who was kidnapped in 2012 while reporting from Syria, has purportedly been beheaded by Islamic State militants.
JC Finley
Group tweaks Westboro Baptist Church with 'God Loves Gays' campaign

Group tweaks Westboro Baptist Church with 'God Loves Gays' campaign

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- "God" has spoken: He loves gays, and he's putting it on a billboard.
Gabrielle Levy
U.S. opens Gulf acreage to energy companies

U.S. opens Gulf acreage to energy companies

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- More than 20 million acres off the coast of Texas were opened up for bidding for energy explorers Wednesday in New Orleans, the U.S. government said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Police shoot knife-wielding suspect in St. Louis

Police shoot knife-wielding suspect in St. Louis

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A police officer shot and killed a knife-brandishing suspect in St. Louis, Mo., about three miles from where Michael Brown was gunned down more than a week ago.
Gabrielle Levy
Stephanie Jacobsen joins cast of 'NCIS'

Stephanie Jacobsen joins cast of 'NCIS'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Australian actress Stephanie Jacobson is joining the cast of CBS police drama 'NCIS' as Special Agent Leia Pendergast.
Veronica Linares
Grand jury to investigate death of New York man in police chokehold

Grand jury to investigate death of New York man in police chokehold

NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A special grand jury will begin investigating the death of a man in an apparent chokehold by a New York City police officer, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Frances Burns
FBI investigating black man fatally shot in Walmart at U.S. attorney's request

FBI investigating black man fatally shot in Walmart at U.S. attorney's request

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart has asked the FBI to investigate the fatal shooting of John Crawford III who was shot holding a toy gun inside a Walmart by police.
JC Sevcik
South Pasadena teens arrested for planned mass school shooting

South Pasadena teens arrested for planned mass school shooting

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Two Southern California teens were arrested for allegedly planning a mass shooting at their high school just days before classes are due to begin this week.
Gabrielle Levy
Oscar Pistorius' brother makes 'miraculous' recovery after car crash

Oscar Pistorius' brother makes 'miraculous' recovery after car crash

PRETORIA, South Africa, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Carl Pistorius, brother of Paralympian-turned-murder suspect Oscar Pistorius, has made a "miraculous recovery" following a head-on car crash earlier this month.
Gabrielle Levy
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