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March 15, 2014

In Other News, March 15

Editor’s note: “In Other News” is a list of state, national and global headlines compiled by The Daily Citizen news staff. To suggest a story, email the appropriate link to The deadline is 3 p.m.

Crazy kitty attacks baby, forces family to call 911

A fat cat with a bad attitude attacked a baby and forced a Portland family to hide in a bedroom before calling 911. — KPTV

School allegedly tells boy to leave My Little Pony lunch bag at home

North Carolina school officials are telling a 9-year-old North Carolina boy who has been bullied for bringing a My Little Pony lunch bag to school to leave the bag at home. Grayson Bruce and his mother say he is being shoved around by school bullies who think his favorite bag is for girls. — Fox News

Obama: Stop bashing my jeans

President Barack Obama hit back at critics calling him out for his “mom jeans.” “I’ve been unfairly maligned about my jeans,” Obama said Friday in an interview with radio host Ryan Seacrest. “The truth is, generally I look very sharp in jeans. There was one episode like four years ago in which I was wearing some loose jeans, mainly because I was out on the pitcher’s mound and I didn’t want to feel confined while I was pitching, and I think I’ve paid my pennance for that. I got whacked pretty good. Since that time, my jeans fit very well.” — CNN

Missing jet ‘deliberately diverted’

The communications systems of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were deliberately disabled, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has said. According to satellite and radar evidence, he said, the plane then changed course and could have continued flying for a further seven hours. — BBC

South Florida Crime Stoppers director going to jail for swallowing tip

It was, he said, a “pretty dry” lunch. Richard Masten, the director of Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers, was arrested for contempt of court on Friday after refusing to hand over an anonymous crime tip to the judge — instead, choosing to put the paper in his mouth, chew it and swallow it, according to ABC affiliate WPLG. — ABC News

Is the mythical ‘five-second rule’ actually real?

New research finds that there is some truth to the so-called “five-second rule” — the belief that food is safe to eat if picked up from the floor in under five seconds. Researchers at Aston University in Birmingham, U.K., studied the rate of bacteria transfer in food items dropped on the floor and picked up within three to 30 seconds. They found that the amount of time an item spent on the floor was directly related to bacteria levels. — CBS News

Pizza chain that markets to Mexicans says new promotion isn’t profane

Pizza Patron is a Dallas-based chain that’s generated a lot of media buzz over the years for advertising aimed at its core customer base, Mexican immigrants. Its newest promotion uses a popular Mexican slang word that to some means “super cool,” while others find it super-offensive. — NPR

United by fear: Life under militants more radical than al-Qaida

An Islamist militant group disowned even by al-Qaida is finding few followers in the Syrian city it controls. Members of the ultra-radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) recently started forcing Christians to live under seventh-century laws and have been known to cut off the hands of thieves in Raqqa. Many Muslims in the city of 220,000 people told NBC News that ISIL’s medieval interpretation of Shariah law had left people of all faiths disenchanted and fearful. — NBC News

U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels are back after 2013 budget cuts clipped wings

After U.S. military spending cuts grounded the Blue Angels for most of last year, the “Rolling Stones” of the skies are getting their wings back to appear at air shows this year. The Blue Angels have been grounded since April 2013, which saved an estimated $28 million, reported NBC San Diego. — The Washington Times


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