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Homicide trial of five cult members begins in China

Homicide trial of five cult members begins in China

YANTAI, China, Aug. 21 (UPI) --The homicide trial of five people, accused of beating a woman to death as they attempted to recruit her to a Christian cult, began Thursday in Yantai, China.
Ed Adamczyk
Neanderthals and humans interacted for thousands of years

Neanderthals and humans interacted for thousands of years

LONDON, Aug. 21 (UPI) --A new study from Oxford University reveals Neanderthals and humans interacted for up to 5,000 years, 10 times longer than previously thought.
Aileen Graef
Florida pageant mom fed daughter tapeworms to make her lose weight

Florida pageant mom fed daughter tapeworms to make her lose weight

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21 (UPI) --A Florida mom is the subject of an upcoming episode of "Untold Stories of the E.R." after feeding her daughter tapeworms in an attempt to make her slim down.
Matt Bradwell
Tunisia and Egypt restrict flights to and from Libya due to unrest

Tunisia and Egypt restrict flights to and from Libya due to unrest

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 21 (UPI) --The governments of Tunisia and Egypt are restricting flights to and from Libya in an apparent response to the deteriorating security situation in Libya.
JC Finley
Thai coup leader Gen. Prayuth named new PM, expanding military control

Thai coup leader Gen. Prayuth named new PM, expanding military control

BANGKOK, Aug. 21 (UPI) --Thailand's Parliament nominated military junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to be the new prime minister, further empowering the military's grip over Thailand.
JC Finley
Researchers dig up earliest evidence of snail-eating

Researchers dig up earliest evidence of snail-eating

TARRAGONA, Spain, Aug. 21 (UPI) --The Paleolithic humans on the east coast of Spain were collecting, cooking and eating snails roughly 10,000 years before any of their Mediterranean neighbors.
Brooks Hays
Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch to star in 'Richard III'

Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch to star in 'Richard III'

LONDON, Aug. 21 (UPI) --Judi Dench will play Cecily, Duchess of York alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard, Duke of Gloucester in a BBC adaptation of Shakespeare's "Richard III."
Annie Martin
Boko Haram overruns Nigerian police academy

Boko Haram overruns Nigerian police academy

GWOZA, Nigeria, Aug. 21 (UPI) --Boko Haram militants seized a police academy in Gwoza, Nigeria, storming the school in armored tanks taken from Nigerian soldiers.
Ed Adamczyk
Miley Cyrus confirms attendance to MTV VMAs 2014

Miley Cyrus confirms attendance to MTV VMAs 2014

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21 (UPI) --Miley Cyrus will return to the MTV VMAs one year after making history at the awards show with her controversial performance alongside Robin Thicke.
Veronica Linares
PETA buys deflated SeaWorld stock to force release of whales

PETA buys deflated SeaWorld stock to force release of whales

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 20 (UPI) --Animal rights group PETA is buying recently devalued SeaWorld stock in order to gain enough shares to force the release of killer whales in captivity.
JC Sevcik
Brady Morton's body discovered three days after Port Huron Float Down

Brady Morton's body discovered three days after Port Huron Float Down

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) --Divers found the body of Brady Morton Wednesday afternoon, three days after he disappeared during an annual Michigan river float.
Gabrielle Levy
Over $10,000 in marijuana seized from Virginia man named Stoner

Over $10,000 in marijuana seized from Virginia man named Stoner

ORANGE, Va., Aug. 21 (UPI) --A Virginia man whose last name is Stoner faces numerous drug charges after police seized over $10,000 worth of cannabis plants from his home.
Matthew Bradwell
4 McDonald's restaurants shut down in Moscow

4 McDonald's restaurants shut down in Moscow

MOSCOW, Aug. 21 (UPI) --A Russian watchdog has shut down four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow, citing "sanitary violations" that were discovered during recent inspections.
Aileen Graef
Moscow transmission tower painted colors of Ukraine flag in apparent act of solidarity

Moscow transmission tower painted colors of Ukraine flag in apparent act of solidarity

MOSCOW, Aug. 21 (UPI) --A transmission tower in Moscow has been painted yellow and blue, the colors of the Ukrainian flag, in an apparent act of solidarity with Ukraine.
JC Finley
'Breaking Bad' scavenger hunt to be hosted by Aaron Paul

'Breaking Bad' scavenger hunt to be hosted by Aaron Paul

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21 (UPI) --Aaron Paul has planned a "Breaking Bad" scavenger hunt in honor of the AMC program's final Emmys season.
Annie Martin
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