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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
Hagel: Islamic State 'beyond anything that we've seen' and an 'imminent threat'

Hagel: Islamic State 'beyond anything that we've seen' and an 'imminent threat'

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The terror group Islamic State "is beyond anything that we've seen" and poses an "imminent threat," U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Thursday.
JC Finley
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
73 killed in Iraq mosque shooting

73 killed in Iraq mosque shooting

IMAM WEIS, Iraq, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A Sunni Muslim mosque in Imam Weis, Iraq, was invaded by a suicide bomber Friday, followed by a Shia militia that shot and killed at least 73 people.
Ed Adamczyk
Mudslides hit area in Washington State charred by wildfires

Mudslides hit area in Washington State charred by wildfires

WENATCHEE, Wash., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Thunderstorms in the area in Washington State charred by the massive Carlton Complex wildfire brought mudslides that blocked highways.
Frances Burns
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Heather Mack, mother, argued in lobby before suitcase murder

Heather Mack, mother, argued in lobby before suitcase murder

DENPASAR, Indonesia, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A woman who found was murdered and stuffed into a suitcase at a luxury hotel in Bali was seen arguing with her daughter just hours before her death.
Gabrielle Levy
Syrian war death toll surpasses 190,000 in 3 years

Syrian war death toll surpasses 190,000 in 3 years

NEW YORK, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The United Nations released a report on Friday that documents more than 190,000 deaths killed during Syria's three-year civil war.
JC Finley
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
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