U.N. official addresses North Korea defectors detained in China

June 17 (UPI) — The United Nations Special Rapporteur on North Korea human rights said Monday he discussed the issue of detained North Korean defectors in China with South Korean officials. Tomas Ojea Quintana told Yonhap following a meeting with

Dog ‘hijacked’ police car, ate officer’s beef jerky

June 17 (UPI) — A Texas police officer who stopped to try to catch a stray dog was carjacked by the sneaky canine, which feasted on the officer’s beef jerky. The Kilgore Police Department said an officer responding to a

Army participates in readiness exercise in Bulgaria

June 17 (UPI) — The U.S. Army participated in a joint exercise with host Bulgaria’s air force, navy and land forces as part of Shabla 19 from June 10-15. Shabla 19, which took place along the Black Sea coast in

Record-breaking 633 divers participate in clean-up in Florida

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Four injured in shooting at Toronto Raptors championship parade

June 17 (UPI) — A shooting during the Toronto Raptors’ championship parade Monday left four people injured, police said. The shooting happened at about 3:45 p.m. at Bay Street and Queen Street West near Nathan Philipps Square in downtown Toronto

Police: Three killed in homicide, one in suicide at Iowa home

June 17 (UPI) — Authorities said Monday that the cause of death of four Iowa family members who were found dead in their home over the weekend was murder-suicide. Chandrasekhar Sunkara, 44, Lavanya Sunkare, 41, a 15-year-old boy and a

11 dead, 122 injured in magnitude-5.8 earthquake in China

June 17 (UPI) — Nearly a dozen people died and more than 100 more were injured in an earthquake in China on Monday night. Government officials said 11 people died and 122 were injured in Changning and Gongxian counties. The

‘Avengers: Endgame’ wins big at MTV Movie & TV Awards

June 17 (UPI) — Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame won Best Movie at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards which aired on Monday. Endgame won over BlacKkKlansman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Us. Men

Thom Yorke to tour North America in the fall

June 17 (UPI) — Thom Yorke will embark on a new North American tour in the fall. The 50-year-old British musician announced Monday he will perform with longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich and visual artist Tarik Barri as Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Science Applications awarded $41.8M for work on Navy missile systems

June 17 (UPI) — Science Applications International was awarded a $41.8 million contract over five years for overhaul and supplemental repair of MK-82 directors and AN/SPG-62 antenna systems — both part of the AEGIS combat system suite — for the

MQ-9 Reaper drone shot down over Yemen on June 6, CENTCOM says

June 17 (UPI) — U.S. Central Command confirmed that a MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down over Yemen at an altitude that suggested Iranian involvement. A statement on Sunday said the U.S. drone, known as a Reaper, was shot

Jada Pinkett Smith wins Trailblazer Award at MTV Movie & TV Awards

June 17 (UPI) — Jada Pinkett Smith was honored with the Trailblazer Award during the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The award was presented by Smith’s Girls Trip co-star Tiffany Haddish. A video montage looking back at Smith’s lucrative

WWE’s Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch make red carpet debut

June 17 (UPI) — WWE power couple Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch made their red carpet debut at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The pair, who made their relationship official in May, both wore all black outfits with

Zachary Levi kicks off 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards

June 17 (UPI) — Host Zachary Levi kicked off the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Monday with an opening monologue. Levi started things off by poking fun at the night’s categories and some of the celebrities in attendance

Nickelodeon alum Danny Tamberelli introduces newborn son

June 17 (UPI) — View this post on Instagram Was a little busy yesterday but got to celebrate Father’s Day for the first time and it was the most special day! Welcome to the world Alfred Noel Tamberelli!!! We call

Two shot at Toronto Raptors championship parade

June 17 (UPI) — A shooting during the Toronto Raptors’ championship parade Monday left two people injured, police said. The shooting happened just before 4 p.m. in Nathan Philipps Square in downtown Toronto, about an hour after the parade began.

Corn prices rise as relentless rain wipes out crops

EVANSVILLE, Ind., June 17 (UPI) — Corn prices are rising this spring as heavy rains across the Midwest lay waste to this year’s crop. On Monday, the corn futures price for July opened at $4.54 per bushel — the highest

Quebec bans some public servants from wearing religious clothing, symbols

June 17 (UPI) — The government of the Canadian province of Quebec passed legislation banning certain public employees, including teachers and judges, from wearing any religious symbolism. The center-right-led government voted 73-35 to approve the bill Sunday night. The ban

Plankton species uses bioluminescence to scare off predators

June 17 (UPI) — At least one species of dinoflagellate plankton uses its bioluminescence for defensive purposes. Researchers determined the species Lingulodinium polyedra uses its glow-in-the-dark abilities to scare off copepod grazers, the species’ primary predator. According to the new

Golden State Warriors congratulate Toronto Raptors with full-page ad

June 17 (UPI) — The Golden State Warriors congratulated the Toronto Raptors on their NBA championship victory with a full-page ad in Monday’s edition of the Toronto Star. The advertisement appeared in the sports section of the newspaper on the