February 16, 2014

In Other News, Feb. 16

Editor’s note: “In Other News” is a list of state, national and global headlines compiled by The Daily Citizen news staff. Visit www.daltondailycitizen.com/inothernews for links to these stories. To suggest a story, email the appropriate link to inothernews@daltoncitizen.com. The deadline is 3 p.m.

Oklahoma City dad creates unique pancake art

There is a pancake artist among us. A dad here in the (Oklahoma City) metro is putting other parents and their round pancakes to shame. So, we went to his house for breakfast to see and eat them for ourselves. — News 9

Woman made up rape story to cover for missing work, deputies say

A woman who didn’t want to get in trouble for skipping work fabricated a story about being sexually assaulted on the side of the highway, leading investigators from multiple agencies to waste more than 100 hours searching for a suspect who didn’t exist, deputies say. — Orlando Sentinel

1 in 4 Americans apparently unaware the Earth orbits the sun

Does the Earth go around the sun, or does the sun go around the Earth?

When asked that question, 1 in 4 Americans surveyed answered incorrectly. Yes, 1 in 4. In other words, a quarter of Americans do not understand one of the most fundamental principles of basic science. So that’s where we are as a society right now. — Time

Taco Bell to take orders via smartphone

Taco Bell is preparing to launch its own mobile ordering app for smartphones later this year. The fast food chain started developing the app two and a half years ago and is now beta testing it at five Orange County locations, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. — USA Today

Senators propose smartphone antitheft ‘kill switch’ bill

Lawmakers’ bids to require a smartphone “kill switch” seem to be gaining momentum. Following the proposal of a California bill, a handful of senators have now proposed federal legislation to require carriers to provide a security feature on all cell phones that would render the devices inoperable if stolen. — CNET

California solar farm ‘scorches’ birds from sky

The mirrors of a giant Californian solar plant that will provide enough energy for 140,000 homes are “scorching” flying birds from the sky. — International Business Times.

South Africa rescue halted after trapped miners refuse to leave

Rescue operations at an old South African gold mine were stopped after police arrested 11 miners who had been hoisted out and the rest refused to come up the shaft, the Emergency Rescue 24 service said. It’s too dangerous for rescuers to go in after them, Werner Vermaak, a spokesman for the emergency service, said by phone today. The “illegal miners” had opened up old sealed shafts to dig for gold, he said. — Bloomberg

FBI talking to Pennsylvania police over accused Craigslist killer

The FBI said on Sunday it was in contact with local police in the case of Miranda Barbour, who is charged with murdering a Pennsylvania man she lured via the website Craigslist and reportedly admits to the killing and at least 22 other slayings. — Reuters

Kerry blames Syrian government for stalled peace talks

Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement on Sunday night that blamed the Syrian government for the deadlock in peace talks but asserted that the United States remained “committed to the Geneva process.” — The New York Times

911 call from 76-year-old South Carolina man: “I just shot a man”

A 76-year-old Lincolnville, S.C. man, who shot and killed a robbery suspect outside of his home this past weekend, said this incident was not the first time he was victimized. — Live 5 News

‘Candy Swipe’ developer pens furious open letter to ‘Candy Crush’ makers

In 2010, developer Albert Ransom released Candy Swipe, a simple match three game along the lines of Bejeweled, except with candy. His mother had just passed away, and she liked those sort of games, he writes in an open letter on his website. At the time, he filed for a trademark. In 2012, King released Candy Crush Saga, another match-three game that quickly became one of the most powerful and ubiquitous presences on the app store. Now, apparently, Ransom is abandoning his game after a protracted legal battle. — Forbes