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Mar 23,2009
CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. -- A man was shot and killed by police in Crystal River, Fla., Monday after he stabbed a police dog, authorities allege. Police said in a release the shooting by Citrus County Sheriff's deputies occurred after the man stabbed and injured a dog and then charged the deputies, The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times said. The dog had been used in an attempt to apprehend the man, whose identity was not immediately released, officials said. The ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
WASHINGTON -- Fraud takes place throughout the seafood industry due to a lack of proper oversight by U.S. federal agencies, a government group says. The Government Accountability Office said in a report that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has failed to act on numerous complaints of fraudulent seafood products ranging from mislabeled goods to products with incorrect weights, USA Today said Monday. The GAO report said some seafood companies stand accused of increasing products' weight by ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. -- Police say a woman found lost and disoriented 14 years ago at a Woodbridge, N.J., mall has been identified as Elba Leonor Diaz Soccarras. Since 1994, Soccarras, who suffers from advanced Alzheimer's, has been a patient known only as Jane Doe at Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital in Glen Gardner, The Star-Ledger newspaper in Newark, N.J., reported Monday. When found, Soccarras was well-dressed and clean but carried no identification and couldn't remember who she was or ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
WASHINGTON -- The installation of more and more electronic entertainment gear in airliners could pose safety hazards, U.S. advocates say. With TV screens and personal video systems at each passenger seat armrest in some planes, in-flight entertainment systems are becoming more sophisticated, but are also generating more heat and possible wiring problems, leading some safety advocates to say danger from the systems is returning, USA Today reported Monday. The newspaper said nearly 400 reports of problems ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
WASHINGTON -- The case of a U.S. citizen who says he was tortured in the United Arab Emirates as a terror suspect shows Washington's sway over foreign arrests, critics say. Naji Hamdan, an American Muslim who had lived in Dubai since 2006, says he was arrested on unspecified charges of promoting terrorism last year and tortured into signing a confession after FBI agents from Los Angeles showed up in the UAE to question him, The ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
NORTH LAWRENCE, N.Y. -- A man charged with setting a fire that killed four people in Nassau County, N.Y., was motivated by jealousy, a relative of the victims claims. Caleb Lacey, 19, believed his girlfriend was interested in Saul Preza, 19, who died in the fire, along with Preza's mother, Morena Vanegas 46, and her daughters Susanna, 9 and Andrea, 10, Preza's brother, Jose Borjas, told Newsday in a story published Monday. Lacey "felt threatened by Saul. ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Mount Redoubt, a volcano in southern Alaska, spewed anew Monday, the fifth eruption since it rumbled back to life, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The eruptions that began Sunday night were obscured by darkness and snow, CNN reported. The volcano's activity, which is expected to continue for weeks or months, caused some interference with air travel, officials said. The alert level went to red, the highest level, when the eruptions began, the Alaska Volcano ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Army is worried that its confusing combat fitness rules could result in ill troops being sent into war, an official report indicates. An Army inspector general's report obtained by USA Today says there are more than a dozen "inadequate, unsynchronized or conflicting" official policies covering fitness, which ups the chances of "soldiers who do not meet medical deployability requirements" being sent into combat, the newspaper reported Monday. The report was requested last year ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
WASHINGTON -- A law that takes effect next year will let multiracial students more accurately describe their heritage on school forms. Students throughout the United States will be able to identify as both white and Asian, for example, or black and American Indian, The Washington Post reported Monday. The new way of gathering information about race and ethnicity could radically change how educational reforms are measured, said Jack Dale, superintendent of schools in Fairfax County, Va. Under the ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
WASHINGTON -- As U.S. President Barack Obama nears announcing his Afghanistan war strategy, observers are drawing distinctions between Obama and his immediate predecessor. Aides to Obama said they were still deciding how the announcement, which could come this week, would be made, The New York Times reported Monday. But as former President George W. Bush's tenure became defined by the war in Iraq after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, Obama's presidency ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
WASHINGTON -- A senior Taliban leader responsible for roadside bombings and suicide attacks against NATO forces died during an attack on his compound, NATO said Monday. Maulawi Hassan died with nine other militants during a weekend attack in Helmand province, The New York Times reported. "He became known for his insurgent activities in the autumn of 2008 and was heavily involved in several illegal activities," a NATO statement said. No civilians were killed in the attack, the statement ... [full story]
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Mar 20,2009
NEW YORK -- U.S convicted killer Charles Manson says in his first released recording in 15 years that a true human being feels compassion for incarcerated animals. Manson, who was convicted for his part in the deaths of actress Sharon Tate and six others, speaks about his love for nature and animals in a recording set to be broadcast next Monday by "Inside Edition," the TV series said in a press release Friday. "It's all about the ... [full story]
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Mar 20,2009
CHICAGO -- A police officers union says it will fight a move by Chicago aldermen to allow private security guards to write traffic tickets and other minor citations. The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police called the idea dangerous and predicted it would wind up actually adding to the workload of busy patrol officers. "They're not helping us,'' said FOP third vice president Greg Bella. "When you put somebody out there who does not know the job, it ... [full story]
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