January 18, 2014

In Other News, Jan. 18


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.

Nun gives birth to baby boy in Italy

A Salvadorean nun said she had no idea she was pregnant gave birth in Italy this week after she felt stomach cramps while in her convent and was rushed to the hospital, Italian media reported on Friday. — Huffington Post

911 dispatcher keeps job after hanging up on caller

A Las Vegas 911 dispatch operator will keep her job after hanging up on a caller who came home from work to find his mother dead — and now the city’s fire department is planning to hire a quality control officer. — Fox News

‘He was going to be better than he was before’

Doctors didn’t think Grant Virgin would live after he was hit by a hit-and-run driver. Today, his family credits fish oil — a supplement that millions of people take daily — for his dramatic recovery. — CNN

NJ mayor accuses Christie of withholding Sandy aid

Dawn Zimmer, the mayor of Hoboken, N.J., said millions of dollars in Sandy relief was withheld from the city after she refused to approve a major new development favored by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. — ABC News

Firing squads proposed to solve drug shortage

A shortage of a drug commonly used in executions has prompted lawmakers in at least two states to call for the return of firing squads. — NBC News

Couple celebrates end of 26-year separation after man cleared for murder

Mia Schand of Windsor, Conn., can’t keep her hands off her husband Mark. She’s constantly pinching, and patting, and preening the poor guy. If you didn’t know better, you’d think they were newlyweds, but Mark and Mia have been together for years. What’s different now is that they’re finally, actually together.

... In 1986, about a year after they met, Mark was arrested, convicted and sentenced to life without parole for a murder we now know he didn’t commit. — CBS News

15-year manhunt for suspected rapist ends in Montana

An Oregon fugitive was arrested in Montana after a 15-year manhunt, Oregon state police said on Friday. The suspect, 55-year-old Daniel Clement Chafe, was taken into custody on Wednesday in Bozeman, Montana, where he had been living under the name after faking his death in a fishing accident 15 years earlier. — The Washington Times

Russian teen wrote code for Target attack, firm says

Security firm IntelCrawler said Friday that it has identified a Russian teenager as the author of the malware probably used in the cyberattacks against Target and Neiman Marcus, and that it expects more retailers to acknowledge that their systems were breached. — The Washington Post

NSA critics sense reform momentum

Critics of National Security Agency surveillance are hoping President Barack Obama’s call to stop government collection of telephone data will give fresh momentum to legislation aimed at banning the practice entirely. — The Guardian

‘Denied access to justice’: Moscow officials visit Gitmo trying to free Russian detainee

A delegation of Russia’s high-ranking diplomats and representatives of the judicial system has in an unprecedented move visited the Guantanamo Bay prison, as Moscow has stepped up efforts to secure release of the only Russian national there. — RT

Smoking worse than we already thought?

Fifty years after the release of a landmark surgeon general’s report linking cigarette smoking to deadly diseases, the list of those diseases continues to grow. A new report released on Friday lists facial deformities in fetuses, liver and colorectal cancer, diabetes, erectile dysfunction and rheumatoid arthritis among the many health problems associated with tobacco use. — The Atlanta Journal Constitution via Newsy

Where does Georgia stand in exchange enrollment?

Georgia’s enrollment in the insurance exchange in December reached a level that ws almost surprising, given the state’s anemic figure of a month before. The state had 58,611 sign up by Dec. 28, according to federal statistics released recently, up from 6,859 a month before. — Georgia Health News

Funeral home cleared in KJ case

VALDOSTA — The funeral home that prepared Kendrick Johnson’s body for public viewing and burial by reportedly stuffing his body cavity with newspapers and other filler material to replace internal organs removed during an autopsy did not break state law, the Georgia Board of Funeral Service has concluded. — The Valdosta Daily Times