Former Oklahoma senator gets 15 years for child sex trafficking

By Nicholas Sakelaris  (1) Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A former Oklahoma lawmaker was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Monday for child sex trafficking. Former state Sen. Ralph Shortey, who pleaded guilty last year to paying a teenage boy for sex, apologized in court Monday for "leading a double life of sin." "I have begged God's forgiveness, [...]

2018-09-18T12:19:00+00:00September 18th, 2018|

Typhoon Mangkhut kills 4, causes flooding, landslides in China

Laborers work on a bamboo scaffolding in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in the Hung Hom district in Hong Kong, China. Photo by Jerome Favre/EPA-EFE Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Typhoon Mangkhut continued its destructive path Monday, killing four people in southern China and forcing 3.1 million evacuations. Torrential rains and strong winds pounded Guangdong and later Guangxi Zhuang, [...]

2018-09-17T12:17:14+00:00September 17th, 2018|

Super typhoon slams into China after pummeling Philippines

HONG KONG/MANILA (Reuters) - A super typhoon made landfall in China’s Guangdong on Sunday, the country’s most populous province, after wreaking havoc in Hong Kong and Macau and killing potentially more than 50 people in the Philippines. Packing winds of more than 200 kph (125 mph), tropical cyclone Mangkhut is considered the strongest to hit [...]

2018-09-16T13:07:05+00:00September 16th, 2018|

Mike Pompeo: John Kerry’s Iran meetings ‘beyond inappropriate’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said his predecessor John Kerry's meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif were "beyond inappropriate" and undermined U.S. foreign policy in an unprecedented manner. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Former Secretary of State John Kerry's meetings with Iranian officials have become a political battleground with [...]

2018-09-16T12:58:19+00:00September 16th, 2018|

Hundreds rescued as Florence arrives on land; 300K without power

By Nicholas Sakelaris  (0) Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Hurricane Florence began flooding coastal towns in North Carolina early Friday, prompting dozens of swift water rescues and power blackouts for hundreds of thousands. The center of Florence hit southeast North Carolina early Friday, where an estimated 20 or 40 inches of rain is forecast before the storm disappears. Nearly [...]

2018-09-14T12:14:24+00:00September 14th, 2018|

Hurricane Florence on final approach to Carolina coast as Cat 2 storm

Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast early Thursday as a Category 2 storm. The worst conditions are expected to arrive later Thursday and into early Friday. Sept. 13 (UPI) -- After swirling in the Atlantic for several days, Hurricane Florence is making its final approach to the East Coast Thursday, when it's expected to arrive on [...]

2018-09-13T12:23:02+00:00September 13th, 2018|

NWS: Florence could be ‘storm of a lifetime’ when it reaches East Coast

By UPI Staff  (6) Hurricane Florence is seen in the Atlantic early Wednesday on approach to the U.S. East Coast. The National Weather Service said it could become the "storm of a lifetime." Image courtesy NOAA Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Projections for Hurricane Florence are becoming more serious as the Category 4 storm approaches the East [...]

2018-09-12T12:37:07+00:00September 12th, 2018|

At least 7 dead, hundreds hurt after powerful quake hits Japan

Mud covers vehicles on a destroyed street after a powerful earthquake and liquefaction in Sapporo, Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Thursday. Several people died and dozens were reported missing, officials said. Photo by Jiji Press/EPA-EFE Sept. 6 (UPI) -- At least seven people have died and more than 3 million homes have lost power on the northernmost [...]

2018-09-06T13:33:16+00:00September 6th, 2018|

U.S. jobless claims fall to near 49-year low

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to near a 49-year low last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength that should continue to underpin economic growth. A man carrying a stack of job listings listens to a discussion at the One Stop employment center in San Francisco, California, August [...]

2018-09-06T13:04:51+00:00September 6th, 2018|

At least 19 on Emirates flight confirmed ill: New York mayor’s office

NEW YORK (Reuters) - At least 19 people aboard an Emirates flight from Dubai to New York were confirmed ill when the aircraft landed on Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport, after as many as 100 passengers and crew reported feeling sick, authorities said. Ten of the 19 people on Emirates airline [EMIRA.UL] Flight [...]

2018-09-05T18:17:54+00:00September 5th, 2018|