January 27, 2014

In Other News, Jan. 27


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.

New Jersey man in jail for marijuana allowed to leave once a month to go smoke
The same judge who sentenced Ed Forchion to nine months in jail in New Jersey for marijuana possession also lets him fly to California for 10 days each month to smoke marijuana. — UPI
Pope John Paul II's blood stolen from Italian church
A reliquary containing the blood of the late Pope John Paul II has been stolen from a small church in the mountains east of Rome. — ABC
Florida Keys homeowner has gun range in his yard, and it’s totally legal
Near the National Key Deer Refuge in the Lower Keys, Fla. on a sleepy street called Mango Lane, retired sheriff’s deputy Huey Gordon checked the waterway behind neighbor Doug Varrieur’s home for boat traffic. — Miami Herald
Man dies during 8-hour wait in NYC ER waiting room
A 30-year-old man died while waiting 8 hours in an emergency waiting room at New York's St. Barnabas Hospital, his family said. — UPI
Family Loses 300 Pounds Together
Gabi Rose wore maternity clothes for more than 12 years. Her weight, which bounced up and down around her four pregnancies, wasn’t just an aesthetic concern. She had frequent asthma attacks, broke an ankle several times, developed rosacea and noticed that her hair had stopped growing. — Fox 43
Colorado high school closed after student sets himself on fire
A student who walked into Standley Lake High School on Monday morning and set himself on fire in the school cafeteria is in critical condition at a local hospital. — The Denver Post
Man suffers smoke inhalation trying to get Xbox out of burning home
A Kansas man suffered minor smoke inhalation early Friday morning when he ran back into his burning home to retrieve an Xbox, according to Olathe firefighters. — KMBC
Spy agencies scour phone apps for personal data
When a smartphone user opens Angry Birds, the popular game application, and starts slinging birds at chortling green pigs, spies may be lurking in the background to snatch data revealing the player’s location, age, sex and other personal information, according to secret British intelligence documents. — The New York Times
Black hole theory my 'biggest blunder,' Stephen Hawking says
Stephen Hawking now says light and information may be able to escape from black holes, doing an about-face on the objects that helped cement his reputation as the world’s preeminent scientist, New Scientist reports. — Fox News
Firearms hospitalize about 20 U.S. kids a day
Firearm injuries send about 20 U.S. children to the hospital each day, a new study reveals. The research, which was published on Jan. 27 in Pediatrics, looked at a nationally-representative sample of hospitalizations at more than 4,000 medical centers that occurred in 2009 for children and adolescents under 20 years of age. — CBS
Syrian rebels claim government holds young children in jails; regime denies allegation
The Syrian opposition on Monday said children as young as 2 years old remain missing in the country’s jails and state security buildings, disputing government claims that they hold no minors and casting doubt on the safety of civilians who take up an offer to flee the central city of Homs. — The Washington Post