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Russian ambassador to Sudan found dead

Aug. 23 (UPI) — The Russian ambassador to Sudan was found dead at his residence in the coutnry’s capital city of Khartoun Wednesday, Russian officials said. Sudanese police reportedly found Mirgayas Shirinsky’s dead body in his swimmimg pool. “As soon

FTC approves Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods

Aug. 23 (UPI) — The Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday it will not interfere with Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods, giving antitrust approval to the online retail giant’s largest acquisition. Bruce Hoffman, the acting director of the Federal Trade Commission’s

Judge rules Texas voter ID law still too restrictive

Judge rules Texas voter ID law still too restrictive

Aug. 23 (UPI) — A federal judge on Wednesday rejected changes softening Texas’ voter identification law saying the alterations don’t do enough to make sure black and Latino voters aren’t discriminated against. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos said Senate

Harvey strengthens into tropical depression again

Aug. 23 (UPI) — The National Hurricane Center said the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey restrengthened into a tropical depression Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico. As of the agency’s 5 p.m. advisory, the storm was centered about 525 miles

Chicago Bears’ Charles Leno Jr. signs $38M extension

Aug. 23 (UPI) — The Chicago Bears have signed left tackle Charles Leno Jr. to a four-year contract extension. Chicago announced the signing on Wednesday. A source told NFL Network that Leno’s deal is for $38 million. Leno, 25, joined

Netherlands rock concert canceled amid terror threat

Aug. 23 (UPI) — A venue in Rotterdam, Netherlands, canceled a concert by a U.S. rock band after police there issued a terror alert over a suspicious van, local officials said Wednesday. The band, Allah-Las, was scheduled to play at

San Francisco 49ers sign DT Marks, activate DB Ward from PUP

San Francisco 49ers sign DT Marks, activate DB Ward from PUP

Aug. 23 (UPI) — Veteran free agent defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks has signed with the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco announced the one-year deal on Wednesday. The 49ers also activated defensive back Jimmie Ward from the active/physically unable to perform

Army developing video game to aid weapons prototyping efforts

Aug. 23 (UPI) — The U.S. Army announced Wednesday that it is looking to recruit soldiers to provide input through online gameplay to help develop the Operation Overmatch crowd-sourced innovation platform. Operation Overmatch is part of the Early Synthetic Prototyping

Howard University taps Comey as guest lecturer

Howard University taps Comey as guest lecturer

Aug. 23 (UPI) — Former FBI Director James Comey accepted a role as guest lecturer at Howard University in Washington, D.C., the school announced Wednesday. The historically black university named Comey its keynote speaker for the opening convocation for the

David Beckham drops son Brooklyn off at college in New York

David Beckham drops son Brooklyn off at college in New York

Aug. 23 (UPI) — When David Beckham was 18 years old, he was a pro soccer player. This week, he moved his 18-year-old son Brooklyn into college. Brooklyn Beckham is studying photography at New York City’s Parsons School of Design.

Teen spends 99 cents for ‘nothing’ at McDonald’s

Aug. 23 (UPI) — A teen in England spent 99 cents to order “nothing” from McDonald’s after removing all of the ingredients from the order. Twitter user Ari shared photos of the order and the resulting receipt that featured a

North Korea condemns ‘dangerous pranks’ of U.S., South Korea

Aug. 23 (UPI) — North Korea denounced the ongoing joint U.S.-South Korea drills on the peninsula and warned Washington and Seoul not to engage in “rash acts.” A Pyongyang “peace” committee specializing in propaganda stated Wednesday the annual Ulchi Freedom

Justin Trudeau’s famous panda cuddle sculpted in butter

Aug. 23 (UPI) — A butter sculpture at the Canadian National Exhibition is drawing attention online for its adorable subject matter: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cuddling panda cubs. The sculpture, previewed in a photo tweeted by the exhibition’s official Twitter

Poll: Majority say Trump dividing nation, adding prejudice, hatred

Poll: Majority say Trump dividing nation, adding prejudice, hatred

Aug. 23 (UPI) — A majority of voters believe President Donald Trump is further dividing the country, and that prejudice and hatred has increased since his election, according to a new Quinnipiac University survey. In the poll released Wednesday, 62

Leopard’s bite punctures car tire at South African park

Aug. 23 (UPI) — A safari tour guide in South Africa shared video of a territorial leopard biting and puncturing a tire on his safari vehicle. Johann Jurges, director of South African Bookings, said he was taking a group of

Observations suggest black hole formation scenarios

Observations suggest black hole formation scenarios

Aug. 23 (UPI) — Scientists at the University of Birmingham have identified formation scenarios of black holes by observing gravitational waves. The study, published today in Nature, utilized the LIGO gravitational wave detector in 2015 and 2017 to make landmark

Crane lifts illegally parked car onto roof of building

Aug. 23 (UPI) — A car illegally parked in front of the entrance gate to a residential community in China was moved by a crane onto the roof of a building. A video filmed Tuesday in Benxi, Liaoning Province, shows

Police respond to Jon and Kate Gosselin spat at orthodontist office

Police respond to Jon and Kate Gosselin spat at orthodontist office

Aug. 23 (UPI) — Police responded Tuesday after bitter exes Jon and Kate Gosselin had an argument at their daughter’s orthodontist office. Police officers in Wyomissing, Pa., were called after the reality stars clashed over their custody agreement, according to

Air Force continuing development of BATDOK mobile medical device

Aug. 23 (UPI) — The U.S. Air Force is wrapping up development trials for the Battlefield Assisted Trauma Distributed Observation Kit, following observations of the device’s use in the field. The kit is a software package installed on a smartphone,

By 2050, 139 countries could be powered by wind, solar, water

By 2050, 139 countries could be powered by wind, solar, water

Aug. 23 (UPI) — Stanford scientists outline the infrastructure changes needed to make 139 countries powered 100 percent by wind, water and solar energy by 2050. A transition of this kind could mean less worldwide energy consumption due to the

Squirrel gets too greedy, traps self inside bird feeder

Aug. 23 (UPI) — A hungry squirrel attempting to raid a Georgia man’s bird feeder came to regret its life decisions when it ended up trapped inside the feeder. A video captured by David Ross of Kennesaw shows the squirrel

Police body camera records goat chase in Texas

Aug. 23 (UPI) — Police in Texas were able to wrangle a mother goat and her kid after a chase that was caught on body camera and a round of “neGOATiations.” The Kemah Police Department posted photos to Facebook showing

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