February 2, 2014

In Other News, Feb. 2

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 inothernews@daltoncitizen.com. The deadline is 3 p.m.

Missouri State Rep wants “high five” to be official state greeting

Politicians are known for lots of hand shakes and kissing babies, but this Missouri State Representative will likely become known for the “high five”. Courtney Allen Curtis introduced a bill to the Missouri House of Representatives that would make the high five the official state greeting. — Fox2 Now

Man falls from third story at Mall of Georgia

Gwinnett County authorities told Channel 2 Action News that a person fell from the third floor balcony at the Mall of Georgia Sunday. According to police, a man bought a ticket to the movies inside the mall and was sitting on the balcony railing just after 1 p.m. When he was asked by a security guard to get off, he fell. It’s unclear whether the man lost his balance or jumped over the railing. — WSBTV

Whoops! JK Rowling says ‘Harry Potter’ ending may be wrong

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is having second thoughts about having ended the series with heroine Hermione Granger paired up romantically with Ron Weasley. — The Chicago Sun-Times

Student’s pants set afire by Apple iPhone

A student from Kennebunk, Maine who is 13 years old sustained what doctors described as moderate burns on Friday after an iPhone she had in her back pockets caught fire, reported a located newspaper. — WKRB

Man used tow truck to steal abandoned cars from Atlanta highways

A 34-year-old man is accused of using a tow truck to take cars that were abandoned in Atlanta during the winter storm and traffic jam. — Fox News

New York man arrested for allegedly threatening to kill George W. Bush

A New York man sitting in a car armed with a rifle, a container of gasoline and a machete was arrested Friday after allegedly threatening to kill former President George W. Bush, according to a federal court complaint. Benjamin Smith, 44, threatened to “kill, kidnap and inflict bodily harm” on Mr. Bush, and he professed a love interest in one of the former president’s twin daughters, Barbara, the complaint said, CNNreported. — The Washington Times

New York City mayor drops Staten Island Chuck; Groundhog predicts long winter

Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped Staten Island’s celebrity groundhog Sunday. Then Staten Island Chuck dropped some bad news on New Yorkers. — CBS New York

Rival groundhogs differ on winter forecasts

Forget the Seahawks vs. the Broncos. The real rivalry that started much earlier on Super Bowl Sunday was the South vs. North battle over Groundhog Day bragging rights between General Beauregard Lee and Punxsutawney Phil. — The Atlanta-Journal Constitution

Mexico castaway dreams of home after "13-month" sea ordeal

A Mexican castaway, who says he spent more than a year adrift in the Pacific, has pleaded to be taken home after washing up in the Marshall Islands. — BBC

Search on for survivors

Indonesian rescuers will search through thick ash yesterday hoping to find survivors after Mount Sinabung volcano erupted engulfing victims in scorching clouds, killing 15 people including four high-school students. — Oman Daily Observer

36 dead in air strikes on Syria's Aleppo

At least 36 people were killed Sunday in regime air strikes and aerial attacks with explosive-packed barrels on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said. — Lebanon Daily Star

Israeli leaders cry foul over Kerry’s boycott warning

A chorus of Israeli politicians warned Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Sunday that they would not be bullied into a peace deal with the Palestinians by growing threats of boycott and isolation. — The Washington Post

GoldieBlox Super Bowl ad strives to entice girls to science

Amid all the Super Bowl commercials for beer, cars and snacks - and their sometimes sexist imagery - a small Oakland toy company will inject a dose of antipink girl power. — San Francisco Gate

Woody Allen denies Dylan Farrow's sexual assault allegation

Film director Woody Allen released a statement Sunday denying adopted daughter Dylan Farrow's allegation that he sexually assaulted her when she was 7 years old. — CNN

Mysterious underwater “fairy rings” explained

They're not the work of World War II bombs or aliens or fairies. Instead, mysterious underwater rings spotted off the coast of Denmark are the result of poison, biologists say. — The Weather Channel

Drug trafficking is speeding deforestation in Central America

A new report says that drug smuggling in Central America is rapidly increasing rates of deforestation. Remote forests in Honduras and Guatemala are being cut down to facilitate landing strips for the transportation of narcotics. — BBC