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January 17, 2014

In Other News, Jan. 17

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.

Jessie Vetter’s Team USA goalie mask required to remove Constitution rendering

When Team USA women’s hockey goalie Jessie Vetter takes to the ice next month at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, her mask will be missing something. Namely, the U.S. Constitution. — Fox News

Hunter now the prey?

Corey Knowlton is on edge sitting inside a Las Vegas hotel room, surrounding by a private security detail, explaining why he spent $350,000 for the chance to hunt a black rhinoceros in the southern African nation of Namibia. — CNN

Cop’s ‘heart sank’ to know he shot at minivan full of kids

A former New Mexico state police officer who fired shots at a minivan during a chaotic traffic stop last year had no idea the vehicle was full of children, and his “heart sank” when he finally realized it, he told ABC News in an exclusive interview. — ABC News

Playboy model found dead at LA home

Former Playboy centerfold Cassandra Lynn Hensley was found dead at a friend’s home in Los Angeles, the coroner said Friday. Hensley was 34. — CNN

Japanesed WWII soldier who refused to surrender for 29 years dies

A Japanese soldier who hid in the jungle and refused to surrender until 29 years after the end of World War II died on Friday aged 91. Hiroo Onada was one of the last of many so-called “hold-outs” dotted around Asia who refused to give themselves up after Japanese Emperor Hirohito surrendered to the Allies in 1945. — NBC News

Obama’s NSA changes: More questions than answers?

President Obama on Friday announced a series of reforms to the nation’s surveillance apparatus, including steps to add more privacy safeguards to a controversial National Security Agency program that collects Americans’ phone records in bulk. The reforms, however, leave a number of open questions for Congress and other government officials to resolve. — CBS News

 NSA collects millions of texts daily

The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents. — The Guardian

Chipper leaving Atlanta

After a year of golfing, hanging with his sons, and watching a lot of baseball, Chipper Jones is ready to roll his sleeves up again — as a rancher. — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ohio execution using untested drug cocktail renews the debate over lethal injections

Dennis McGuire took 15 minutes to die by lethal injection Thursday morning at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville for the 1989 rape and murder of a 22-year-old pregnant woman named Joy Stewart. — The New York Times

Legislators share thoughts on Medicaid expansion

While describing how Georgia’s economy has escaped its “deep freeze,” Gov. Nathan Deal again showed no signs of thawing on the idea of expanding Medicaid. While Medicaid expansion has its vocal advocates, Deal’s fellow Republicans in the state leadership strongly support his opposition to expansion, making change unlikely soon. — Georgia Health News

Homeschool mom whose newborn was seized by hospital speaks out: ‘They wouldn’t let me see her’

Jodi Ferris, a homeschooling mom who had her newborn baby seized by Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania, spoke about her ordeal for Home School Legal Defense Association’s podcast, “Home School Heartbeat.” Why the baby was seized is unclear. — Christian Post

Syria hands over plan for Aleppo ceasefire, readies for prisoner exchange

The Syrian government is ready to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with opposition forces in the flashpoint city of Aleppo, Foreign Minister Walid Moallem has said. A list of rebel prisoners has also been drawn up in preparation for a proposed exchange. — RT

Suicide bomber strikes popular Lebanese restaurant in Kabul

A suicide bomber blew himself up near a popular Lebanese restaurant frequented by foreigners in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday, and bursts of intense gunfire ensued. — Reuters

Putin: Gay people will be safe at Olympics if they ‘leave kids alone’

President Vladimir Putin said Friday that gay people have nothing to fear in Russia as long as they leave children alone. Putin met with a group of volunteers in the Olympic mountain venue at Krasnaya Polyana on Friday to wish them success at the Games. — The Washington Post

Republicans warn of security flaws in Obamacare website

Republicans in Congress sought to showcase what they call major security problems with the Obamacare website HealthCare.gov on Thursday, just as U.S. officials ramp up a national campaign to persuade young adults to use the site to enroll in health insurance. — Reuters

Texas man busted for warning motorists of police speed trap fights city hall

Apparently, residents in one North Texas town aren’t legally allowed to hold up homemade signs. Ron Martin, 33, tried it — he held a sign he penned to warn drivers about speeding traps — and got cited by police. — The Washington Times

Judge sentences Virginia gun-rights advocate Adam Kokesh to probation

A D.C. Superior Court judge Friday placed Adam Kokesh, the Fairfax County gun-rights advocate, on two years of probation in connection with an Independence Day incident in which he videotaped himself loading a shotgun in Freedom Plaza, near the White House. — The Washington Post

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